Mother’s Day is a great opportunity for Dads to get creative and make some homemade gifts that have that extra special touch of appreciation. We understand that not everyone prefers going down the DIY route, so there are loads of gift ideas you could buy instead using online coupons from places like PromoCodeWatch. If however, you’d like to give the DIY gift a go, we’ve gathered some of the best posts from our fellow Dad Bloggers to give you some DIY gift ideas.
Dad Blogger: Designer Daddy
If you have left over plastic eggs from Easter, Designer Daddy has a great way to recycle them instead of throwing them away. Here is a quick and easy craft that the kids can help with. Designer Daddy provides the easy steps and even a handy-dandy template for the “cutting-a-leaf-freehand-impaired.”
Dad Blogger: DadCAMP
A few weeks ago, DadCAMP’s wife dropped a gift hint by sharing a link to a great new Mother’s Day alternative to buying Hallmark cards each year. The idea was to create a Mom’s Book that can be used every year to would chronicle and preserve the “cards” from the kids. Read DadCAMP’s story and see his version of the Mom’s Book.
How great would it be to not buy another Mother’s Day card that will probably end up in a box, on a shelf, or (eek) in the trash? What if you could make something super simple and amazing that Mom can keep forever and look at any time with every single Mother’s Day “card” all in one place?
Make a Mother’s Day Journal! It’s so brilliant, there is no way we would have come up with it!
*Stickers or anything else you want to put on the cover and/or back
*Mod Podge (I like the antique)
Do you have a cell phone that needs to be charged and like to drink? If you answered yes, then I have the project for you. I made the one you see above for my wife on her last birthday. She had been saving wine corks for years, writing the date we drank it and the event it was for in permanent marker. She got tired of the cords and wires on the kitchen counter, so I decided to put the evidence of our love for wine on display Continue reading
As a stay-at-home dad, I often send cute pictures to The Wife while she’s at work. After hearing her say, “I miss that face,” so many times, I thought she should have many of his faces at work. So, I got a small wood cube from a craft store and transferred some photos of his face onto each side. Then, while she’s at work, she can turn the cube around and see six of his faces. Continue reading
On my honeymoon in Hawaii (humble brag) I bought a wood post card and didn’t believe that it could be mailed with regular postage. I was wrong. I knew I had to make my own some day. I mean, who doesn’t want to receive a wooden postcard in the mail?
Be warned, there are restrictions on what the post office will allow you to send. I have done the troubleshooting for you, so all you have to do is follow the rules. As long as you follow these rules, you can mail a piece of wood at regular postage rate plus a “non-machinable surcharge.” It’s all less than a dollar!
When The Wife and I were preparing for The Understudy to be born, I knew I wanted to build something for him to be in his room. I looked all over Pinterest (yes, cool dads look at Pinterest) for some inspiration. I found the growth chart rulers and knew I wanted to make that. That looked easy and it would be something we could keep forever. Then, I saw some amazing tree bookshelves. They were so cool, and I knew that if I could come up with an idea, I could use my resources and make it come to life. Continue reading
In preparation for Valentine’s Day, we received this great DIY project from the 247 Community. Lea Laschober discovered some tips and twists to help make Melted Crayon Heart Valentines a quick, fun project with the kids. Any parent knows that there are used, broken, mis-matched, half-eaten bits and pieces of crayons all over their house. You can find them in the junk drawer, the school supplies box at the end of the year, and in the bottoms of their school bags. They’re everywhere. You can not only repurpose ALL of those old crayons, you can also get the kids excited to search for bits and pieces all over the house. Now that’s using your resources!
Thanks to Lea, Josie, Rollie and Alayna for this great tutorial! Continue reading