Let me start this post by saying: I am probably THE WORST arts & crafts person EVER! No, seriously! I can’t cut in a straight line to save my life, I still draw like I am in the 4th grade, and I almost failed Art when I was in Middle School. Still, ever since my baby has been old enough, I have made a conscious effort to try to do some arts & crafts projects with her. After all, besides the fact that she needs exposure to that sort of thing, it might be an interest of hers, something that she likes, so I have to let her explore things that I am not a huge fan of. Also, it will help her learn that you should always try your best, even with you are not the best at something.
All that being said, this week has been all about Father’s Day! We’ve been getting ready by doing some projects together, all thanks to the wonderful ideas you can find on Pinterest. I mean, I could never come up with any of these things on my own! Thank you, Pinterest!
I decided to share with you all some of our projects, in case you need some last minute inspiration.
Project 1 – #1 Dad Medal
This was the one project my kiddo was really hands on with. After all, she’s only 20 months-old and there is not much she can do on her own in the crafts department yet. The inspiration came from BusyBeeKidsCrafts.com. This project was particularly great for her because she LOVES stickers! It’s one of her favorite things to do and we go through stickers like crazy. For this craft I used things that I already had at home. We happened to have a green plastic plate, a bunch of fairy stickers, some construction paper, and decorative string.
So I let L have fun decorating her plate with all her fairy stickers. Once she was done, it was mommy’s turn. With a black permanent marker I decided to write “#1 Dad” instead of “World’s Best Dad” like suggested on the site. Why? Again, because I am terrible at arts! Less letters, less room for error. Afterwards, I cut out some ribbon shapes out of red construction paper and taped them to the plate, made a hole at the top of the plate and finished it up with some red and white decorative string (that has been hanging around the house since Christmas – always trying to utilize things that I already have in the house).
And… voilá! Here is the final result! What do you think?
Project 2 – Dad’s Stache Jar
I saw this idea on Pinterest and thought it was so cute! And since daddy has a sweet tooth and always loves to have little midnight snacks, I knew I just had to do this one! I took this idea and free printable from the blog over at Thoughts from Alice. Once again, the only thing I had to buy was the candy to put inside the jar. Everything else I had at home. M&Ms are always great, but in all honesty I got them because they were colorful (shhhh… don’t tell daddy!).
I had label stickers at home and with the free printable this was an easy task. The only more complicated detail was that I had to resize the image to fit my particular label. After printing the label, L had fun filling the jar while practicing her colors (she is obsessed with naming colors these days). Fortunately, she doesn’t really know what chocolate is yet, so there was no temptation to eat them.
I didn’t have the tape they used on this website, so I improvised by using the same decorative string that I used above.
Since we got a lot of M&Ms, we actually did two jars. One for home and one for the office. We know daddy is going to love this one!
Project 3 – You are my Superhero prints
This idea from Glued to my Crafts is adorable! I thought it would be a slam dunk! I got some white construction paper, folded it in half to make a cute little card. The kiddo is older now, has done prints at the developmental playgroup she attends, so it would be way easier to get her prints on paper this time. And it was! Problem here was… the paint I had was just not good!
If I had more time, I would have gone out and got new fingerpaint, but this was the last craft of the week, so, time to improvise! I finished up the unfinished prints with crayons and was still able to salvage that sinking ship, wouldn’t you say? Now mommy just needs to write some loving words and I will probably let little miss sunshine decorate the inside with some more sticker too.
Project 4 – Refurbishing daddy’s office frames
Last year we gave dad two picture frames for his office. It so happened that he brought them home a couple of weeks ago asking for updated pictures. Perfect timing. After scrolling through our pictures, I picked the one’s I thought he would like the most and we will surprise him with updated frames on Sunday.
And that’s that! You don’t need a lot to make the father in your life feel special!
Do you need some last minute inspiration? Go over to my Pinterest page and check out my Father’s Day board!
Good luck if you are venturing on some last minute crafts
and Happy Father’s Day!
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