Are you ever afraid of tackling a do-it-yourself project in fear you will end up on a ‘Pinterest Fail’ board? Well, no fear here because these five budget-friendly and kid-friendly Father’s Day gifts are as easy as making a cup of your morning mom fuel!
Included in the list are projects easy enough for even the youngest of children. All projects cost less than $10 to make as well! Each DIY project will include the ages it would be suitable for. I encourage adult supervision for all of these even if children are older as some use concrete and the oven which can be dangerous no matter the age!
1. Shrinky Dink Hand Print Keychain
I absolutely loved doing this project and think it makes the cutest personalized gift for that special dad!
Age: 0+ (with adult help)
- Shrinky Dink Paper (white or clear)
- Gloss Paint
- Paint Brush
- Permanent Marker
- Hole Punch
- Sheet Pan (lined with parchment or foil)
- 10mm Jump Ring
- Split Key Ring
The shrinky dink paper should come with instructions. In case it doesn’t here is how you can create this fun project!
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees
- Paint the child’s hand with the gloss paint and press firmly on to shrinky dink paper
- Let dry completely
- Once dry, carefully cut out the hand print leaving a small edge. I left the middle fingers connected so I could punch a hole between them.
- Punch your hole
- Write child’s name and age or year on handprint
- Place on
baking sheet and bake for 1-3 minutes. If the piece wrinkles or sticks to itself you can just use a utensil to peel it apart and then gently press down with oven mitt and place back in the oven for 30 more seconds.
- Use pliers to separate jump ring and attach to shrinky dink piece. Then attach to split key ring and it is ready to be attached to keys!
2. Walking Stone
This walking stone makes the perfect gift for the outdoor father. It would make a great addition to any garden or lawn and can be admired for years to come!
Age: 3+ (with adult help)
- Walking Stone Kit
- Disposable cup or bucket
- Stir Stick (I used a butter knife and wiped clean after I was done)
The Walking Stone Kit should come with detailed instructions but just in
case here are the general instructions.
- Mix concrete bag and proper amount of water (according to package instructions) in a disposable cup or bucket
- Pour concrete mixture into mold and gently shake mold to release air bubbles
- Let sit for 10 minutes and then add decorations
- Let dry over night before popping out of the mold
3. D-A-D Picture
This one is super easy and perfect for any age!
Age: 0+ (with adult help)
- Poster Board (any color)
- Letters to trace (can be printed off of the computer from Notes or Microsoft Word)
- Frame (with 1-3 slots)
- Begin by creating the letters D-A-D on the computer using any software program like Microsoft Word or Notes. Make the letters as big as you can and centered on the document. You will have one letter per page.
- Print letters and cut out
- Trace letters onto poster board
- Cut out letters from poster board
- Have child sit in front of a pretty background holding one letter at a time
- Repeat step 5 with all three letters (D-A-D)
- You can then print each picture from home or at your local print shop
- Place in 3 slot frame or if you would like you can combine the three pictures through Walmart or Walgreens print services online and use a single frame.
4. Painted Grill Plate
We are always in need of plates to put our food from the grill on and this fun project is perfect!
- White Large Plate (any shape)
- Paint Pens
- Wipe plate clean
- Paint design on plate
- Bake at 300 degrees for 30 minutes (do not preheat oven, it will allow plate warm up)
- Let cool in oven before removing
5. D-A-D Painted Canvas
I did this project with my daughter last year and she was only five months old at the time! It was super easy and fun for both of us!
Age: 0+ (with adult supervision)
- Blank White Canvas
- Use tape to mark off the area you do not want painted such as DAD
- Next either dip hands in paint or use paint brush to paint over the tape and onto the canvas
- Let the painting dry completely
- Once it is completely dry, peel back the tape and discard