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7 Easy-to-Make Gifts for Father's Day

  • Crafts by Ellen Goldberg

    "Fab Dad" Cap
    Cut out letters to spell "Fab Dad" (or whatever short phrase you like) from felt, or buy precut letters. Adhere to the front of a plain baseball cap with fabric glue.

  • Sarah Amato

    Chalkboard Message Center
    Paint the unfinished frame of a small chalkboard and two clothespins with craft paint. When dry, use hot glue or craft glue to attach the clothespins to the top for notes. Twist two teacup hooks into the bottom to hang keys. Decorate with stickers.

  • Recycled Cardboard Desk Organizer
    Wrapping paper
    A few toilet paper and paper towel tubes
    Cardboard (scrap)
    Decorative paper
    Glue Stick
    Craft glue
    Ric Rac (optional)

    Cut three tubes into different heights. Cover each tube with wrapping paper. Glue three together, (two tall ones for pens and pencils and one short one for paper clips). Cut a heart shape out of cardboard large enough to cover the bottoms of the three tubes. Cover heart with decorative paper. Glue the heart to the bottom of the three tubes. Optional; Decorate edges with ric rac.

  • Desk-Supply Keeper
    Paint a plain cardboard box in Dad's favorite color. Let dry. Glue a toy car, plastic animal, or other manly bauble to the top of the lid to create a handle. Fill with paper clips or nuts and bolts if he's a toolhead. Add the finishing touch to the box with crayons or markers.

  • Alphabet Photo Frame
    Refrigerator magnetic letters
    Craft glue

    Choose magnetic letters that spell I and Dad. Cut the shape of a heart out of a piece of cardboard the same size as the letters. Glue photo on cardboard. Cut an additional heart out of felt. Cut the inner section of the heart out to create the frame. Glue letters and heart together Letters should be level to allow it to stand on a desk.

  • Desk Frame
    Unfinished photo frame, available at craft stores like Michael's
    Craft glue
    Chalkboard paint
    Two clothespins

    Paint frame with chalkboard paint and let dry. Decorate with stickers (we used bees!). Glue clothespins for notes. With chalk, write I love Dad.

  • Rock Paperweight
    Search your yard or local park for a flat, smooth rock. Wash thoroughly and let dry. Have your child create a masterpiece! With acrylic paint, he can paint Dad's face, a ladybug, a turtle, or simply "Dad rocks!" Is your child too young to draw? An abstract design like the one we've shown is supercute, too.