8 Homemade Father’s Day Gifts That Kids Can Make

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Father’s Day is just around the corner (Sunday 6 September) and what better excuse for the kids to get crafty and create something handmade for their Dad, Pop or Grandpa. If you’re a little stuck for inspiration, here is a step-by-step guide to 8 simple and low-cost gifts to make with your child.

I’d always recommend adult supervision during kids craft time and, depending on the age and ability of your kids, they will need help with some of the steps. Kids craft can get messy so it’s a good idea to lay down newspapers or an old sheet to protect your surfaces and dress your kids in old clothes before they start.

While these crafts make great Father’s Day gifts, they can also be used as inspiration for birthday, Christmas, Mother’s Day or teacher gifts as well.

Decorated Plate, Mug or Bowl

Homemade Fathers Day Gifts

Fill your finished item with Dad’s favourite chocolates, bikkies or slice, then wrap in cellophane and tie off with a bow for an extra special touch.

You will need:

  • A plain porcelain plate (or mug, or bowl). We found ours at Kmart for 75 cents each.
  • Sharpies in a few different colours

Instructions:

  1. Wash and dry your plate thoroughly.
  2. Let the kids get creative on the plate with the Sharpies.
  3. Wait at least 24 hours before the baking process.
  4. Place plate into a COLD oven and set temperature to 220 degrees.
  5. Once oven has reached 220 degrees bake for 30 minutes.
  6. Turn oven off and leave the plate in the oven until both the oven and the plate have cooled.
  7. Fill with Dad’s favourite chocolates, biscuits or slice. We wrapped ours in cellophane and tied with a ribbon for an extra touch.
    Note: The baking process sets the design. Hand wash only.

Painted Rock Photo Holder

Perfect to sit on their desk or bedside table to display their favourite photo, dads will love this photo holder all the more, because it’s been handmade.

Homemade Fathers Day Gifts

You will need:

  • A smooth rock
  • Acrylic paints
  • Clear varnish (optional)
  • Craft or floral wire
  • A selection of beads
  • A photo of the kids (or any photo you think dad might like)

Instructions:

  1. Wash and dry the rock.
  2. Let the kids get creative with the paints to decorate the rock. Once the rocks have dried they can be sealed with a clear varnish. Allow to dry.
  3. Take one end of the wire, wrap it around the rock and twist to tighten.
  4. Thread some beads onto the wire.
  5. Create the loop at the top by wrapping the end of the wire 2-3 times around a thick marker.
  6. Pop your photo into the photo holder and you’re done!

Decorated Hammer

Every dad can use a hammer. This one is sure to put a smile on his face every time he goes to use it!

You will need:

  • A hammer with a wooden handle
  • A small piece of sandpaper
  • Sharpies
  • Clear varnish

Instructions:

  1. Sand the handle of the hammer lightly (especially if the handle is glossy).
  2. Let the kids decorate the handle with Sharpies. They might like to write a message or, if they’re younger, you can help them write one.
  3. Coat the handle in 1 or 2 coats of clear varnish to protect.

Father’s Day Certificate

Once the kids have finished colouring and decorating this certificate it can be rolled up and tied with a ribbon to be presented to Dad on Father’s Day or framed to be hung in his office.

You will need:

  • A ‘Greatest Dad’ printed certificate
  • Colouring pencils, crayons and markers

Instructions:

  1. Do a web image search for a free ‘Father’s Day certificate colouring page’.
  2. Choose a favourite and print.
  3. Set the kids up with some pencils and markers to colour and decorate the printout.
  4. We also searched ‘We love you Pop colouring page’ and ‘Best Grandad colouring page’ for the kids’ grandparents.

Homemade BBQ Spice Rub

Suitable for beef, pork, chicken, fish or vegetables, this homemade spice mix will appeal to the dads who love to barbecue.

You will need:

  • A small, clear jar (we used an empty Moccona coffee jar)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white or raw sugar
  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp chilli powder (optional)
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp cumin

Instructions:

  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. Transfer to the air-tight jar.
  3. Add a label with the date and advising that the rub can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 month and is suitable for all meats or vegetables.

Decorated Tie Photo Prop

Homemade Fathers Day Gifts

Make Dad a special tie to wear on Father’s Day. It makes a great photo prop and wonderful keepsake. He might even like to start a tradition by keeping it to wear every year on Father’s Day.

You will need:

  • Cardboard
  • Pencils, markers, glitter, stickers etc to decorate
  • Hole punch
  • Elastic

Instructions:

  1. Draw a tie shape onto cardboard, adding tabs at the top (as per picture).
  2. Have the kids decorate the tie and brightly as they can.
  3. Punch a hole in each small tab.
  4. Thread through enough elastic to fit the tie over Dad’s head and secure at each end.

Jar of Home-baked Treats

Homemade Fathers Day Gifts

I can’t think of any dads who don’t like home-baked goodies (or any kid who doesn’t like baking!) In our house we always go for the good old packet mix for ease and convenience. This time we used Green’s Mint Slice.

You will need:

  • A large, clear, empty jar
  • Recipe and ingredients (or packet mix) for a slice or biscuits
  • Enough energy and patience to handle baking with kids

Instructions:

  1. Prepare the biscuits or slice according to the recipe or instructions.
  2. If making a slice, slice into small squares.
  3. Taste test a couple to make sure they’re ok.
  4. Fill the jar for Dad and share out the leftovers.

6 Breakfast in Bed Ideas

Father’s Day wouldn’t be the same without breakfast in bed for Dad. Here are some ideas to make it extra special.

  1. Make Dad pancakes in the shape of the letters D and A to spell DAD. Place on a plate, decorate with fresh berries and dust with icing sugar.
  2. Beer and Bacon Pancakes – Add half a cup of beer and squares of fried bacon bits to a regular pancake mix for a unique twist.
  3. Slice a red or green capsicum into large rings and use them as egg rings to fry Dad’s eggs. Serve up the eggs, complete with capsicum ring, on buttered toast.
  4. Make Dad a ‘big breakfast’ with fried bacon, eggs his preferred way, potato gems or hash browns and sliced and fried tomato. Serve with toast.
  5. Health-conscious dads might appreciate a breakfast smoothie instead. Use fresh fruit, a tub of yoghurt, almond or coconut milk and add any greens or ‘extras’ you think he might like.
  6. Breakfast Skewers – Thread some of Dad’s favourite fruit onto skewer sticks then add another element such as mini pancakes, protein balls or donut holes to make them extra special. Place on a plate and drizzle with a small amount of melted honey.

We hope you’ve found some inspiration from the above ideas. We’d love to see photos of your creations. Please feel free to share them on the Newy With Kids social media pages.


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