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Surprise Dad with a Great Homemade Father's Day Gift

We all know dads are the best! It’s fortunate, then, that Father’s Day is coming around again (Sunday 15 June 2014) and we can let all the fathers in our lives know how much we love and appreciate them! But before you start wracking your brains for a Father’s Day gift to buy, why not check out our homemade gift ideas below?

As always when kids are around, there’s bound to be a bit of messiness involved, but don’t worry – Surf excel’s handy stain removal tips are here to help, even with stubborn marks like poster paint. What’s more, you can feel good about the fact that these recycled homemade gifts are contributing to a greener environment!

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Yes, most dads go to work every day, love to watch sport, and are generally not that bad at fixing things around the house. But in actual fact, every dad is different, so the best Father’s Day gifts are those that suit his interests. Great handmade gift ideas for dads might include the following:

  • ‘Super Dad’ masks, badges, or key chains (made from cardstock, string and safety pins).
  • A trophy for the “World’s Best Dad” (see our tutorial below).
  • A certificate of achievement for being a “Wonder Dad” (you can create your own with paints and paper or on the computer).
  • A voucher book for chores – make your own based on what needs to be done around the house.

The ultimate gift for Father, however, might be a lazy morning, with breakfast in bed – sometimes there’s nothing better than relaxation and peace and quiet!

What You Need for Homemade Father’s Day Gifts

  • A plastic bottle (water or juice shapes are best)
  • Cardboard tube (try one from a roll of kitchen roll or toilet roll)
  • White card stock
  • Masking tape
  • Yellow or gold acrylic or spray paint
  • White glue
  • Black marker pen

How to Make a Trophy for the World’s Best Dad

  • Step 1 - Prepare the "cup" and "plinth" of the trophy

    Cut the top of the bottle off, just after the point where the curve of the bottle becomes straight. Turn it over. This will be the ‘cup’ of your trophy. Measuring a height of 3 cm, cut the bottom off the remaining part of the bottle. Turn it over. This will be the ‘plinth’ of your trophy.

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  • Step 2 - Prepare the "stem" and "handles" of the trophy

    Cut a length of cardboard roll to become the ‘stem’ of the trophy, connecting the top and the bottom parts together. Take a sheet of card stock and fold it in half. Cut two ear shapes out – you then will have 4 matching pieces. These will be the ‘handles’ of the trophy.

  • Step 3 - Glue the trophy together

    Place the cup part of the trophy into the top of the length of toilet roll and tape them together from the inside. Place the other end of the cardboard roll on top of the plinth part of the trophy and tape or glue them together.

  • Step 4 - Add the handles

    Glue two sets of matching handle pieces together, leaving a centimeter at the top and the bottom of the handles unglued. Separate the cardboard ends, bending outward to form a flat surface. Tape these flat surfaces to the side of the cup to form the handles.

  • Step 5 - Decorate your homemade Father's Day gift

    Now, use spray paint or paint mixed with white glue to paint the trophy. Once the trophy is dry, write your ‘World’s Best Dad’ message on the front of the trophy with the black pen. Optionally, decorate the trophy with adhesive jewels or glitter to give it some extra sparkle, and fill the cup with Dad’s favourite treats.

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There you have it! A thoughtful homemade Father’s Day gift any dad would love. What do you think? What are you giving your dad this year? Share your ideas with us in the comment box below!