Make these gifts for dad

By Drum Digital
12 June 2014

Home-made gifts often mean more to parents than expensive bought ones. Here are our 10 favourite ideas for DIY gifts. Get the children together and start making one today.

Home-made gifts often mean more to parents than expensive bought ones. Here are our 10 favourite ideas for DIY gifts. Get the children together and start making one today.

1. Frame a photograph

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Don’t use an existing photograph – take a new, cute one. Use fun accessories such as a blackboard with a special message for Dad, or do what this person on Pinterest did and write a message on the children’s feet. Choose a pretty frame and you’ll have the perfect gift.

2. Make a surprise packet

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Fill a brown paper packet with nice gifts such as biltong, a pocket knife or chocolate and nuts. Cut out a tie in coloured paper (or cut out a tie in white paper and colour it in) and stick it to the top of the paper packet. Cut two slits parallel with the top of the bag on both sides, about a centimetre or two from the top edge. Fold the two pieces of paper back around the tie and secure with Sellotape so that Dad can remove the tape to open the bag.

3. Make a fun shirt for Dad

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This is fun for the children and for Dad, who gets a free massage out of it. On thewinthropchronicles.blogspot.com they show you how to draw a car racetrack on the back of a shirt. You can be creative and paint trees and houses beside the track. Dad will love the shirt.

4.     Make a reminder dog

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This little dog is perfect for holding telephone messages, a love note or one of the children’s pictures (or as shown in the photograph, just holding a pen). Use four washing pegs, eyes, cloth and a pompom (all available at material shops) and stick everything together as shown. Use a strong glue and let the children paint the dog before sticking on the nose, eyes and ears. Don’t feel you have to make a dog; be creative.

5. Make a ‘Dad is grrrreat’ pirate card

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Give Dad a laugh with this grrreat pirate card – it’s just too cute. Paint your child’s hand, press it down on the front of the card you’ve cut from cardboard and let him draw the pirate’s face with hat and eye patch.

6. Make a Daddy plate

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You’ll need a glass plate, glass paint, a paintbrush and an oven. Using a stencil, paint your dad’s name or the word “Dad” on the plate. Bake the plate according to the instructions (check the glass paint containers for instructions on how long to bake, what you can bake and at what temperature).

7. Make chocolate spoons

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You’ll need: cooking chocolate (available in the baking section of your supermarket), icing and plastic spoons. Melt the chocolate according to the instructions, dip the spoons in it and wait for the chocolate to set before dipping the spoons again. You can speed up the process by putting the spoons in the fridge after each dipping. When you think the chocolate layer is thick enough, dip one last time in the melted chocolate and apply the icing. Allow to cool and harden, wrap in plastic and tie ribbons around the necks of the spoons. Present a chocolate spoon to Dad in his favourite coffee cup – he can dip it in his coffee or in hot milk to make hot chocolate.

8. Make a Dad tray

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You can serve Dad’s coffee to him on it and he can keep his keys, wallet, watch and cellphone on it when he doesn’t have them in his pocket. Write something amusing or personal on the tray. You can make the tray yourself out of cardboard and strengthen it with paint (as this blogger did), or buy a cheap melamine or plastic tray and paint it.

9. Make your own dominoes

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We like the stones that have been painted to look like dominoes, but you can also use cardboard like this blogger did. Look for long stones in the garden or park and use white paint or Tipp-Ex to paint them to resemble dominoes. Dad won’t be able to make a train with them but you’ll still be able to play with them. Present them to Dad in a pretty box the children have decorated.

10. A garden on the table

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If Dad likes plants a pot plant is just the thing for him. Succulents don’t need much water, they look pretty in the house and you can use them to make a little rock garden. Choose a large pot, put stones and gravel in the bottom, add a layer of soil and plant succulents the children have chosen. They might like to place pretty stones on top or a hand-painted one between the plants.

-Dalena Theron

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