Handmade Holidays...

Don't Fail me now moms!!
June 9, 2009 at 10:35 PM

 I have read all the great fathers day ideas and well there not really my DH's thing. I need your help. My husband was super jelous of all the great things our son brought and made me from school. I wanted to make hime some equally special things. Here's the thing my DH is not in the service, not a big sports fan, athletic, or any other themed thing. He's a tech nerd (video games), movie guy, mostly a couch potato what the hell can we make? Oh and he does office work. Hellp me Ladies!!!


  • barmelino
    June 9, 2009 at 10:40 PM

    Does he have a favorite snack? buy a popcorn bowl and let your son decorate it.... fill it with "movie night essentials!

  • sewmama1990
    June 10, 2009 at 1:31 AM

    Father's Day Personalized Notepad Cube

    This easy art project for kids makes a gift that will remind Dad of how much he's loved long after Father's Day is over.

    You will need:

    a plain notepad cube
    broad, pointy markers (do not use fine tips as they will catch between the pages)


    Wrap a rubber band around a notepad cube and have kids write greetings and create original art on two sides with a broad, pointy marker. Move the rubber band, and create more art on the other two sides. Tie the notepad with a colorful ribbon. As an added gift, slide in a nice pen.

    Helping Hands Tree Father's Day Gift for Dad

    This Father's Day, kids can make a tree of helping hands that Dad can redeem for help around the house and yard. Dad will love the thoughtful sentiment of this art project, as well as the gift of spending time with his kids.

    You will need:

    green construction paper or poster board

    felt tip marker

    craft glue or hot glue gun


    tree branch with at least 6 off shoots

    flour/salt dough (see recipe) or Crayola Model Magic dough (in white, green, or brown)

    square of cardboard (approximately 6 inches) or small paper plate


    Trace and cut around child's hand six times on colored paper.

    Have child select six household chores and write them (assist younger children) on the helping hands (for example, "Help with washing the car").

    Glue hands to the tree branch with craft glue or hot glue gun (glue gun should only be used by an adult).

    Place a mound of dough on cardboard or paper plate. "Plant" the tree branch in the mound of dough.

    Paper Maché Book Ends

    If I could just get all of my "Work in Progress" onto the website, I would have a really big site. I have a big folder of photos of completed craft projects and am constantly amazed by how long it takes to get them on the site. The good thing about that, though, is that when I do end up adding things it's like a little walk through parenting history for me (it's almost as good as scrapbooking!)

    Anyways, the girls are 10 and 6 now (I think they were about 7 and 3 when we did this project)

    Materials and directions are for ONE book end.


    milk carton

    something heavy (rocks work perfectly and are fun to collect outside, but you can also use dried beans, dried rice or sand)

    colored macaroni (click here for directions on how to make)


    paper mache paste (click here for directions on how to make)


    masking tape

    white glue

    poster or tempra paint -- any color


    Photo of child

    OPTIONAL: spray varnish


    Prepare your paper mache paste right away so it has time to cool (if using the boil method). I like boiled paste as it's smoother and takes a lot less flour (the REDUCE part of the three R's!).

    Cut the top off the milk carton. This may require adult assistance

    Measure the bottom of the carton (it should be about 5 inches).

    Measure up the same height on the milk carton and make a mark.

    Cut down from the top until you reach the mark you made.

    Fold over the edges so you have a perfect box (it doesn't have to be a complete cube, but it helps the kids practice measuring.)

    Fill the box with something heavy (we used rocks and had lots of fun collecting them)

    Refold the edges and tape TIGHTLY.

    (you may notice we are always using this odd green masking tape in our crafts... er, you don't have to use green -- you can use the regular color)


    Tear strips of newspaper about 1 " wide and as long as you want.


    Dip in the paper mache paste, but then remove excess paste (I run it through my fingers to do this)


    Cover the milk carton cube, in no more than 4 layers of paper mache (I always tell the kids no more than 2 as they always put on too much *grin*). If you put on more than 4 it will likely mold before it dries depending on your climate.


    Let dry COMPLETELY. It goes faster in a warm breezy place. If it's a nice day, just stick it outside (just don't forget it if it starts to rain). It takes a day or so to dry.


    OPTIONAL: apply a second layer of mache. The more layers you add, the sturdier it will be. We applied a second layer, but we only did one layer, not 4 this time.

    we always use scrap white computer paper or toilet paper (don't laugh *grin*) for the final layer of all of our paper mache projects.

    It takes less paint to cover.

    I find newspaper needs two coats of paint, whereas the white paper only needs one.

    Toilet paper gives a rough texture which is nice for some projects.

    We used computer paper for our tiger.

    Paint the whole thing your preferred color and let dry


    Use white glue (liberally) to glue colored macaroni onto the TOP AND ONE SIDE ONLY! of the project

    If you put macaroni all over, it will break when you put it up against books and make a mess

    if you're making two book ends, put macaroni on opposite sides of each book end


    Let dry.


    OPTIONAL: cover in a coat of clear varnish. This will make it last longer (especially since poster paints aren't water proof),


    After varnishing, cut out photo of child to the same size (or a bit smaller) than your cube. Glue onto the front of the cube


    We made these bookends for Grandma Doris (one with each daughter) and they're still proudly displayed in her home. It would also make a nice Mother's Day or Father's Day gift.










  • bmamaever
    June 10, 2009 at 4:59 PM

    Make a pencil holder for him out of cans, some kind of remote holder.  I am lost, I never know what to make for men. 

  • hypermamaz
    June 10, 2009 at 6:16 PM

    we're in the same boat....lol

    -remote control/game controller holder out of wrapping paper covered cans?

    I like that popcorn bowl idea....there are lots of ceramic shops you can go to - paint and then they fire and glaze it

    we're making a tshirt for my dh with fabric markers and stuff.


  • hottmomma26
    June 10, 2009 at 8:02 PM

    Thanks moms!!! Not sure still ugh!! 

  • hottmomma26
    June 10, 2009 at 8:04 PM

    Hmm I like this I'll have to maybe find a DVD he wants. 

  • mnwintercritter
    June 11, 2009 at 8:37 AM

    My guy is also tech nerd.  When I go to trade shows I get a lot of "toys:. You know stress squeeze toys, desk magnets, tangle teasers that you have to twist around to get apart... all with company logos on them.  Well I have found a couple of websites where you can buy these toys one off without logos on them. I got a couple of brain twister games off the site, a stress squeeze toy at the dollar store, small magnastix set, etc... and had my son make his dad a desktop toy box. We cut the flaps off one side of a  us postage box, covered the outside with wrapping paper and put pictures of my son and his dad all over it with stickers.

    Mostly my son's idea. Going to work with dad isn't as much "fun" as going to work with mom.  Now dad also has some fidgit toys to keep them both occupied.

  • Ribbonlady
    June 11, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Not sure what you mean about office work, but you could make him a cool checkbook cover, how about some desk accessories with your kids' pictures on them? 

  • wendyms
    by wendyms
    June 11, 2009 at 4:17 PM

    I came across a quote by William Shakespeare and thought it would be perfect on a t shirt. The quote is: It is a wise father that knows his own child. I think it would be hilarious to add the following line to it: Have you seen mine? My husband would get a kick out of it. Thought I would share for those of you still looking for ideas for a dad with a sense of humor.

  • SgtWife0502
    June 11, 2009 at 10:32 PM

     I went to michaels and got some cute little frames that my kids painted , I got the cutest pic of my son & husband , then one of my daughter & husband , and they're giving that to him for his office at work.

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