Father's Day Craft Week: Seven Gifts to Make

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I love Father's Day, but dang, it's hard to come up with the perfect gift. Both my dad (RIP) and my husband always seem to have every gadget available.

Are you having trouble too? No worries! Check back here all this week for daily doses of Father's Day craft ideas - cool ideas! I'm starting the ball rolling!

1. Mantastic Soap. Have a metrosexual kinda pop? Whip up a batch of creamy and yummy smelling soaps for him. I used cocoa butter melt and pour soap base, and then added a bit of essential oil. You can use darker soap colorants for a macho touch, and then wrap them in cool scrapbook paper. They will make a nice side gift for dad!

2. Pimped Out Tool Chest. Actually this was Patrick's grandpa's tool chest from, like, 50 or 60 some years ago. I glued washers all over it to give it an artsy edge. I know - it adds zero function to the structure, but it sure looks pretty, don't you think? To make this I used super strength glue. And yes. I asked Patrick before I touched the tool box. His Grandpa Greg (sign of the cross) was always so sweet to me and got a kick out of all the crafty things I used to make and show him. I think he is winking at me from heaven because he is impressed.

 

 3. Lucky Guy Notepad. Blank journal covered in fabric using adhesive spray. Easy! I stamped the words with acrylic paint.

4. Watch stand. My dad made this, it was one of his last craft projects before he passed away. I now have this stand on my drsser and I think of my dad all the time. To make this, he cut off the handle from a hammer, attached it to a metal rod and mounted to a block of mesquite. Polished it up, etc. His version is a little detailed, but you could do a simpler version!

5. Manly Mealtime. My husband made this. It's a hacked up TV tray. He drilled a hole and inserted a coozie for a drink, then nailed a pirate flag to go up and down for second helpings, and added a placemat on the side for magazines. He also stenciled designed and then added a coat of resin!

6. Fisherman's Tackle-Box-in-A-Hat. From my husband: "It’s a tackle box inside your hat! I bought a hat at the army surplus store. I  kept it intact and created a shallow “tray” from acetate sheets and then used camo fabric I bought to go over it. I used hot glue to put it together. I made small compartments for fishing supplies. I also added a waterproof iPod holder on the side, and a small case for tiny objects. I also had to make sure that everything was very lightweight. No one likes a fisherman with a headache! Now that is what I call MANTASTIC!"

7. Cardboard Bola Tie.
Supplies:
Cardboard
White craft glue
Black and gold paint
High gloss varnish
Bola tie slide
Craft knife or scissors
Think you don’t have supplies? Look harder. Cut off a flap from a cardboard box and you can make a bola tie slide like this. First, sketch or trace your design on paper and then cut out the pieces from the cardboard. Cut a foundation piece and glue the design on top. It will look layered. Paint the whole thing black, and then use gold paint to accent it. This tie rocks for a stylin’ grandpa, dad or any other dude who sports stylin’ neckwear.

Crafts/DIY editor, Kathy Cano-Murillo, is the founder of CraftyChica.com and is the author of nine books.

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