Make-and-Learn Crafts: Father's Day Craft Projects for Deserving Dads

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Make a frame that suits your pop: Think pennies for a financial father, nuts and washers for a mechanical man, bandages for a doctor. Credit: Gina Provenzano

He goes to every game, gives the best advice and is always there with a hug when one is needed most. So to celebrate Father's Day on June 20, give Dad a homemade gift to show how much he's loved.

Kids can celebrate Dad and all he does with a collection of crafts that range from super easy to creatively crafty. Let them choose a project that best suits their ages, skills and their Pops.

Fabulous Frames
Easy

What You'll Need:

  • Flat front wood frames, in desired sizes
  • Paint, in desired colors
  • Paint brush
  • Pennies, nuts and washers, golf tees or other small trinkets
  • White glue


What to Do:


1. Paint frames and allow to dry.

2.
Use white glue to adhere pennies or other trinkets to frame around edges.

3.
Allow to dry.


Take note of this perfectly pressed dress shirt notepad. Credit: Gina Provenzano


Dressed-Up Dad Notepad
More skill required

What You'll Need:

  • Solid card stock paper, in desired dress shirt color
  • Striped paper (for tie)
  • Scrap paper
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Black marker
  • Double-faced mounting tape
  • Glue stick
  • Rectangular paper notepad, approximately 2 1/2 inches by 4 1/2 inches

What to Do:

1.
Measure notepad and then add 1 inch to the width and 1/2 inch to the length.

2.
From solid card stock, cut two rectangles to this measurement. Then cut two rectangles from scrap paper.

3.
Using scrap paper and pencil, draw long triangles on either side of top of paper for collar. Next, draw a rough circle between the two triangles and extend two lines down to make the tie. Make a pocket by drawing a small square with an upside down triangle at the bottom. Cut out the collar, tie and pocket from scrap paper to use as a pattern.

4.
Using card stock, trace around the collar and pocket pattern with black marker and cut out pieces. Using striped paper and pencil, trace around tie pattern and cut out piece.

5. Put pieces of double stick mounting tape on the backside of the collar piece and adhere it to the top of the rectangle piece. Repeat for the pocket piece and adhere it to one side of the shirt.

6. Coat the back side of the striped tie using the glue stick and place it on the shirt between the collar points.

7. Coat the back cover of the notepad using the glue stick. Align the notepad along the top short edge of the remaining card stock rectangle (shirt back). Next, coat the front cover of the notepad using the glue stick and align it along the top short edge of the shirt front piece. Press down to secure pieces together.


A royal topper for first-rate Dad. Credit: Gina Provenzano


The King's Crown
Easy

What You'll Need:
  • Oaktag (a thick paper similar to poster board)
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Cup or other circle to use as pattern, about 3 inches in diameter
  • Quarter to use as pattern
  • Scissors
  • Rhinestones
  • White glue
  • Markers
  • Measuring tape
  • Tape
What to Do:

1. Measure and mark for a line 2 1/2 inches below the top long edge of oaktag.

2.
Measure and mark another line 2 1/2 inches below the first one.

3.
Align the cup between the first line and the top edge of oaktag. Start about 3/4 inch from the side edge. Trace around cup with pencil. Continue down the line, leaving about 3/4 inch between each circle.

4.
Place the quarter at the point where the circles are the closest and trace around it. Repeat for each circle intersection on the line. Cut out crown.

5.
Use white glue to adhere rhinestones to each round point.

6.
Use markers to write your Father's Day message on the crown. Then decorate crown with dots and lines.

7.
Measure the rim on one of Dad's hats. Add two inches. Roll crown to form hat, overlap edge by two inches. Use tape to secure.


A top chef and perfect pop deserves to don this special apron. Credit: Gina Provenzano


Top Pop BBQ Apron
More skill required

What You'll Need:

  • Scrap fabric, in gold, brown, green, red and white
  • Iron on, paper-backed fusible web (to be used by an adult only)
  • Iron (to be used by an adult only)
  • Scrap paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Black apron
  • Paper towel
  • Alphabet stamps
  • Fabric paint
What to Do:

1. Adults only: Iron on a 6-inch square piece of fusible web to the wrong side of gold fabric. Iron on a 6 inch by 2 inch piece to the wrong side of brown fabric, green fabric and white fabric.

2. With pencil, draw a bun top, bun bottom, burger patty, lettuce leaves, onion slivers and ketchup drips on scrap paper. Cut out patterns from paper. Use pencil to trace bun top and bottom on fusible web paper of gold fabric. Trace the patty on the brown fabric, the lettuce on the green fabric, the onions on the white fabric and the ketchup on the red fabric in the same manner.

3. Cut out all pieces.

4. Remove the backing from the fusible web on all pieces and assemble burger on the front center of the black apron.

5. Adults only: Cover burger with paper towel and iron according to instruction on fusible webbing. Remove towel.

6. Use fabric paint and stamps to stamp "Top Pop" or other message on apron atop burger.

Related: Hope for Craft-Challenged Moms

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.