Kids Crafts for Father’s Day

If you are anything like me, you wait until the last possible minute to come up with a Father’s Day gift. Then you are stressed because you want it to be the most perfect or most creative ever. The ideas below take the guess work out of coming up with a one of a kind gift any father would enjoy. These crafts can be made by someone as young as two (with a little help of course) or as old as twenty-five.

Father’s Day Coupon Book

This is one of the most versatile and easiest crafts for anyone to make.  Depending on the age of your child will determine what the coupons can be redeemed for. For example: my two year old’s coupon book states “Good for one (quick) back scratch” and “Good for one free hug”. If your child is older, the coupons could read anything from “Good for making a batch of your favorite cookies” or “Good for one free car wash”.

To start you can do one of two things (or a mixture of both): (1) You can type out the different coupons and print then cut down to size  or (2) You could have your child hand write the different coupons (if your child is just learning to write this would be so precious).

After you have your coupons written, cut down to the desired size.  The next step is the best step of all – decorating! For my young one, stickers and colors are the best route. Older ones might want to make a cute envelope for their coupons to fit in.

Whatever you decide, this gift is sure to please!

Why I Love You So Book

This is also a great book for any age to give to a Father for Father’s Day. It can be as thick or thin as you desire. This book is quick and easy to make with things from around the house.

Step One: Gather your supplies.

(1) Cardboard – think cereal box, notebook covers, the cardboard that comes in a pack of scrapbooking paper, nothing that is too thick.

(2) Plain paper for the inside. I chose a regular printer paper in the color blue (as I thought it looked good with my cover). You can also go with a light cardstock as well.

(3) Decorative paper. This is for your cover. You can really use anything. I used the front cover of the current West Elm catalog. I fell in love with the VW Bus on the front.

(4) Glue stick, ruler, paper trimmer – miscellaneous items but all greatly needed.

Step Two: Cut down your cardboard to desired size. My book is 4 x 4 ¾ (already shown cut down to size in photo above). This is a random size, yes, I know, but that is how I roll. You will need two pieces of cardboard the same size – one for the front and one for the back. You could make this book up to 5 x 5 or 6 x 6 if you wanted. I, personally, like the smaller size as it can easily be thrown in a briefcase or a packed lunch for a great surprise.

Step Three: Cut your cover. This is a little tricky, but you can do it! All you need to do is cut you cover the size of your cardboard plus extra for the tabs to fold over (as shown above).

Step Four: Glue your pieces of cardboard to the front and back cover, fold your tabs over nice and neat, and glue down.

Step Five: Cut strips of paper (mine is the blue paper) for the pages in your book. You will double the length and keep the height the same. Example the strips for my pages were cut  9 ½ x 4. When you are finished cutting out your desired amount of pages, fold all your strips in half.

Step Six: Take your folded strips and glue together starting at the fold. This will make a page like effect (after all we are making pages).

Step Seven: Glue the very first page to the inside of the front cover and your very last page to the inside of the back cover.

You now have a great book for your child to decorate and fill with reasons why they love their daddy. You also could use these as small photo albums for dad to tuck into his briefcase.

Also, try these great last minute gift ideas kids can make from the other great writers of Blissfully Domestic:

Design a Baseball Hat for Dad

More Father’s Day Gift Ideas

More books kids can make

What do you think?