This article was written by Penny Flanagan for Kidspot.com.au and has been adapted for Kidspot.co.nz
Gorgeous homemade ways to celebrate Father's Day and say 'I love you'
Father’s Day can leave us all a bit stumped. Men are so hard to buy for and you can’t just go the flower angle. But here are 20 ideas that will make Dad’s day this Father’s Day - from cute photo keepsakes to a fool-proof scone recipe that even the kids can make.
You can create something Dad will want to keep forever, if you just put a bit of thought into it. Here are some sweet ideas to get you started.
1. Cute photo idea
A photo is more than just a photo when you make a bit of effort and set up something gimmicky like this sweet little foot photo idea above.
- See here for how to create this cute photo for Dad.
2. Following in Daddy’s footsteps artwork keepsake
Record your child’s footprint for posterity and give Dad an artwork to remember with this cute artwork idea that overlays your child’s footprint onto Dad’s. As the years go by, you won’t believe how small your child’s footprint once was.
- See here for how to create a footsteps artwork keepsake for Father’s Day.
3. Handprint scroll artwork keepsake
Handprints and footprints are the ultimate tear-jerkers. This one involves presenting Dad with a classy ‘scroll’ tied up with red ribbon on the special day. Watch the big guy well up when he gets this one.
- See here for how to make a handprint scroll artwork for Father’s Day.
4. Family handprints artwork
If you like to keep things simple, just get everyone together to make a big family handprint artwork for Dad.
- See here for how to make a family handprints artwork.
Awesome homemade card ideas
A homemade card says so much more. Here are five of the best homemade cards from Kidspot and around the web.
5. iDad card
If you have a gadget-loving Dad on your hands, honour his love of gadgetry with this nifty iDad card.
- See here for how to make an iDad card.
6. I love you this much card
How much do you love him? How much?! This much!
- See here for how to make an ‘I love you this much’ Father’s Day card.
7. DAD card with free printable template
Craft? Check! No artistic skill from Mum required? Check! Cute Father’s Day card? Done!
- See here for a free DAD card printable and instructions
8. Origami shirt and tie card
If you like to get a bit corporate with it and you have a child who likes a challenge, this shirt and tie origami is a a little fancier and says, “We care enough to do origami”.
- See here for how to make a shirt and tie origami card.
Useful trinkets and things Dad can use
Imagine making something that he might actually use. We’ve put our noggins together and come up with a few useful trinkets here.
9. Crocheted coasters
Get your kids to get their crochet on and create a pair of matching coasters for Father’s Day. It’s also a great introduction to the wonderful world of crochet.
- See here for how to make a crocheted coaster.
10. Popsicle stick keys and coins box
He hasn’t had a proper Father’s Day until he’s been presented with some very functional popsicle stick craft. He can keep his keys in it! (Then he might stop asking you where they are.)
- See here for how to make a popsicle stick box
11. 3D container with printable
This one comes with a free printable and presents a bit of a geometric challenge for your maths-loving junior geek.
- See here for a free printable and instructions on the 3D containter.
12. Give Dad a coupon booklet
Create a coupon booklet for Dad, offering free hugs, breakfast in bed and a whole host of other useful stuff.
- See here for free printable Father’s Day coupons.
Who doesn’t love a bookmark? It’s so much better than using a receipt or an airline boarding pass. And this will remind Dad of home, wherever he is throughout the day.
13. Make Dad a woven bookmark
There are so many ways to make a bookmark - this one comes with a free template to help you along.
- See here for a free template and instructions on how to make a woven bookmark.
Yummy food offerings
Nothing says “I love you” more than a batch of homemade goodies. And food is the gift that keeps on giving (until he eats it all, that is). Here are some easy recipes that the kids can make or at least, help you out with.
14. Fool-proof lemonade scones
The way to Dad’s heart will be his stomach. These fizzy scones are SO easy even kids can make them. Whip up a batch for morning tea on Father’s Day.
Find the Easy lemonade scones recipe here.
15. Make a chocolate cake
This is the best chocolate cake recipe ever. Show Dad you care and make him his very own for Father’s Day. Don’t scrimp on the icing, it’s the best part.
- Find the Best chocolate cake recipe ever here.
16. Make Dad a big batch of homemade Rocky Road
No cooking required, just melt, mix and refrigerate. One word: yum.
- Find the best Homemade rocky road recipe here.
17. Make some fudge … in a bag
Yes, you heard me, just put it all in a bag and mix it up, sister.
- Find the Easiest fudge in a bag recipe here.
18. Make a big batch of pancakes
I have road-tested this recipe … extensively … and I can confirm it is both easy and delicious. Make Dad a big stack o’pannies for brunch and your work is done!
- Find the Best pancake recipe ever here.
19. Make Dad's celebration cake
A little more work but wonderful fun for the kids when they decorate it especially for Dad. It look's great too and there will be leftovers for the kids school lunches!
- Find the Dad's celebration cake recipe here.
20. Father's Day meal ideas
We have put together all Dad's favourites in a gorgeous slideshow so you can feel inspired when you prepare a special meal for your Dad this Father's Day!
- Find the Father's Day meal idea slideshow here.
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