DIY Father’s Day Gift Ideas for Kids | Cute Beltz

With Father’s Day right around the corner, so we’ve been thinking about easy-to-make gifts for Dads that you can make with your kids.  While plenty of dads might be pleased with gifts like a lap top case or a traditional tie, wouldn’t they love something handmade from their kids even more? After all, it’s the thought that counts, not how much you spend, right?

Crafting up the perfect Father’s Day gift is easier (and often cheaper) than you think.  Check out some of these ideas!

Desk Organizer for Dad

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Help Dad sort office supplies in style with this neat desk organizer.

What You Need:

  • 3 aluminum cans
  • DecoArt no-prep metal paint (3 colors)
  • Sponge brushes
  • Dishwashing glove (optional)
  • Colored rubber bands
  • 3 metal-rimmed tags
  • Crayons
  • 2 small binder clips

Directions:

1. Paint 3 empty aluminum cans with no-prep metal paint; set aside to dry. (Make it clean and easy by wearing a dishwashing glove to hold the can while your child paints.)

2. Stretch colored rubber bands around the body of each can. Crisscross them for a more abstract look, or follow the can’s grooves to create evenly spaced stripes.

3. Let your child write d-a-d, one letter per tag. Loop a rubber band through the hole and wrap it around the can. Use binder clips to hold the cans together.

Dad Rocks Salt Dough Personalized Paperweight

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Rock, fabric, scissors and — craft! Turn a stone from the yard into a personalized paperweight for Dad.

What you’ll need:

  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup water
  • bowl
  • cookie sheet
  • 1/2 cup pea gravel

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.

2. Mix flour, salt and water together in a bowl. If dough is too sticky add small amounts of flour until it is doughy and pliable. Be careful not to add too much as the dough will dry out and your creation will crack.

3. Shape a piece of the dough into a ball in your hands. Place the ball on the cookie sheet and flatten to about 1/2″ thickness.

4. Carefully select pieces of pea gravel to spell out “DAD ROCKS”. Press them firmly but gently into the salt dough.

5. Bake your paperweight for 2-2.5 hours until completely dry.

Remove from oven and allow to cool before handling or removing from cookie sheet.

Optional: You can spray your creation with acrylic sealer or paint it with a clear coat sealer.

Peekaboo Letters Father’s Day Card

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What you’ll need:

  • 2 pieces of cardstock or construction paper (colors do not have to match)
  • 3 different colored or patterned papers (or have kids color white paper with markers or crayons)
  • Scissors
  • White craft glue
  • Craft knife

Directions:

1. Choose which piece of cardstock will be your card and fold it in half.

2. Use a pencil to write the letters D A D in block letters down the front of the card diagonally.

3. Open the card and place it on a cutting board. Have an adult use a craft knife to carefully trace the outline of the letters and gently pop them out of the card. Set the pop out pieces aside, do not discard.

4. Place the card on the work surface so that the front of the card is facing up. Hold the patterned papers under the card cover to help you decide which patterns to use for each letter. Once you have decided, glue them in place, checking the front to make sure they look good. You may need to trim your patterned paper in certain spots if the overlap.

5. Open the card and lay it flat so that the front if now facing down onto the work surface. Take the second piece of cardstock and trim it to fit onto the inside of the card. This will hide the patterned papers from view when the card is opened. Glue it in place.

6. Position the card with the front facing up again. Take the pop outs from the letters and trim out the center piece of the D’s and the A. Glue them on the front of the card in the appropriate places.

7. Allow your card to dry them write a nice message for dad inside!

What will your kids be making dad for Father’s Day? – Cute Beltz

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5 Easy and Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas

It’s the thought behind the gift that counts, but when that gift arrives in a beautifully hand wrapped package it’s a bit more special. Receiving a fabulously wrapped gift doesn’t just build up anticipation for the gift inside, it adds to the gift as a whole.  You can do something simple, like wrapping your gift in kraft paper and decorating it with washi tape, or get your hands dirty and make some yarn pom-poms. However you decide to decorate your gift, you can always find something lying around the house to use.  If you’re looking for some easy and creative gift wrapping ideas for your next birthday party or holiday, take a look at our roundup of DIY gift wrap ideas.

Have Spare Tissue?

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Do you ever find yourself with packs of tissue paper but not gift bags? Here’s a way to use all of that spare tissue paper in a fun, creative, DIY way.  Try layering different colors of tissue paper for a simple yet eye-catching look.

Boxed Treasures

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For an assortment of smaller gifts, keep them all together in a wooden box like this one.  These cases are usually only a few dollars from a craft store. Fill it up with filler grass and organize the individual gifts for a completely aesthetic presentation.

Make It a Piece of Art

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If you’re ithe creative type, share something special by designing original art and showcasing it on top of the wrapped gift like this one. It’ll be a present to remember, and hopefully the person receiving the gift will want to keep it as a way to remember that special day.

Rolls of Fun

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For odd-shaped or tubular presents, try the Tootsie Roll twist. Depending on the fabric you choose, you can make this gift fit any occasion and stand out, too. Then, with two short strings, you can tie simple bows around the ends and voila!

Thinking Outside the Box (or Bag)

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You can find many interesting alternatives to the traditional wrapped gift or gift tote at any  container Store – just use your creativity! Look for a container that goes with the theme of your gift, add a ribbon and bow, and presto! You’ve created a one of a kind gift presentation, and a gift within a gift!

Do you have a gift wrapping idea? Share it with us! – Cute Beltz

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Easter Basket Gift Ideas | Cute Beltz

DSC_0477With Easter just a few days away why not add something more than candy to your kid’s basket.  Check out some of your ideas for making your child’s Easter basket fun, creative, and unique.

Gift Baskets for Toddlers

Toddlers are just beginning to learn about Easter and what it means to receive an Easter basket. Keep it simple with brightly colored plastic eggs. In the case of toddlers, you don’t need to fill the eggs with anything because anything small enough to fit in an egg can be considered a choking hazard. In addition to plastic eggs, you can include Easter themed soft books, building blocks and stuffed animals.

Gift Baskets for Preschoolers

When filling an Easter basket for a preschooler, first, think about what kind of container you’d like to use. Certainly a traditional basket works well, but there are lots of other treat holders you can use. Consider filling up something that your little one can play with or put to use later like:

  • beach pail
  • big pocketbook
  • play grocery cart
  • Coloring books
  • jewelry box
  • puzzles
  • bubbles
  • chalk
  • bicycle helmet

Preschoolers and Elementary Kids

If your little one is head over heels for craft projects and coloring an excellent idea is to arts and crafts themed Easter Basket full of special goodies. Crayons and coloring books are a must. Include items such as markers, finger paint and/or paint and paintbrushes. You can’t forget the construction paper in a variety of wonderful colors.

All Ages

From infant to teenager, books are perfect Easter-basket filler.  This may be a clichéd but the truth is that books are one of the best gifts that you can ever give to children on any occasion. Books help to develop a habit of reading in children that they can pick up as a hobby. Reading helps to expand the mind and creates a sense of curiosity and thirst to find out more. For toddlers you may want to choose cloth books or board books with thick pages and bright colorful pictures. Preschool and early elementary students enjoy books about animals, other children or their favorite television characters. For older children and teens, pick the newest book in a series they enjoy or a subscription to a favorite magazine.

 

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Super Holiday Gifts For Everyone – Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide 2012 | Cute Beltz

We love being recognized, it is confirmation that we are providing you, the consumer with what you like and that is all we have ever wanted to do.  We are very appreciative to be included in the Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide 2012 which was compiled by Little style FileBon Bon Rose Girls and Chic & Cheap Nursery.  The guide has so many great items to choose from and best of all, they have included the best items by category.  Find us on page 16, under what else?? Kids Stocking Stuffers!  Browse through the guide, we are sure you will find a gift for that special person on your list, I know I have found several, now just to narrow them down! 🙂

Happy Shopping! – Cute Beltz

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We Are In!!! Mommy Perks Holiday Gift Guide

It is always a joy to be included in a holiday gift guide.  Mommy Perks is an awesome community and Shara, the owner of Mommy Perks is a true cheerleader for small business.  She is the owner of Mommy Perks and Personal Child Stories, two great sites you should checkout.

I am thrilled to have a place in the 2012 Holiday Gift Guide, check us out on page 5.   Along with Cute Beltz, you will be amazed by the creative, educational and beautiful gifts that are offered by these businesses.  This is the gift guide that will jump-start your holiday shopping!

 Peacock Pottery,The Boys StoreWikki StixSlimy BookwormFatCat PhonicsDaddy BookinsLittle Journey’s WorldJudith RayeTeach MyFlip2BFit, Pea Wee Baby and SwaggerTag

Happy Shopping! –Cute Beltz

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