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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Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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Mother’s Day is coming up fast. It’ll be nice to take the time to make a Mom feel special for all the laundry, home-cooked meals, and much needed advice she has given us over the years.  Take a peek at our selection of creative and memorable gift ideas that will surely make mom smile!

Create a Scrapbook

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This is something your mom can hang onto and show off as an awesome keepsake. It can include pictures, quotes about moms and/or pieces of advice your mom has given you, artifacts like pieces of a quilt that she made or pictures you made as a kid, written down memories, information about her favorite foods, recipes, vacations, music, etc. Make it fun, but most of all, make it about her! It doesn’t have to be extravagant or artsy as long as it’s got heart. Scrapbook or craft stores will have everything you need to make your mom a keepsake she’ll truly enjoy.

Make a CD

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Most computers have the ability to burn CDs with music. Grab some of your mom’s favorite songs and load them up on a CD.  Maybe include a few that were popular when you were born? For extra credit, you could personalize the cover of the CD and even decorate the jewel case.

Replace Candy with a Memory Jar

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Write out some of your best memories (a dozen or more) of mom or grandma on small pieces of pretty paper. Include things you’ve done together, favorite family traditions, things she’s done or said that made a difference to you, the best advice she’s given you. Fold them and put them into a jar so that she can “munch on them” over time.  People are often surprised at your best memories of them. You’ll be surprised at how much sharing these memories means to mom or grandma.

Kitchen Herb Garden

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Another garden idea is to plant a kitchen herb garden. This is a fabulous gift for a mom who loves to cook. Not only will she have beautiful herbal plants (many of which bloom and have lovely flowers) but the fragrance and bounty for cooking is perfect! You can also plant these in boxes or small beds outside the house. Check your geographical zone to find out what grows in the areas where you live

A Basket of Moms Favorite Things

Buy a pretty basket and stuff it full of your Moms favorite stuff like: Tea, chocolate, wine, coffee, snacks, confections, makeup, books, bookmarks, gift cards, a framed picture of the kids- so on and so forth. Tie the basket off with a pretty ribbon and voila! It’s a personalized, thoughtful gift that she will surely cherish.

 

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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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