Last-Minute Gifts for Dads you Can Make Yourself

Help celebrate Father’s Day in style with this gift and card kids can make themselves.

Father’s Day Trophy (Ages 4 and up)

Who’s #1? Why, your dad, of course! Make it official with this fun trophy.

What You’ll Need:

• Two paper cups

• Masking tape

• Yellow or gold glitter tempera paint

• Old newspapers or butcher paper

• Painting bowl

• Paintbrush

• Pipe cleaners

• Glue

• Dad Decals template

• Scissors

• Crayons

Step 1: Spread old newspaper or butcher paper on top of your workspace. Then squeeze yellow glitter tempera paint into a bowl.

Step 2: Place one cup upside down and then stack the second cup on top, right-side up, so the bottoms of the cups are touching each other.

Step 3: Secure the two cups together by wrapping masking tape around the circumference of the bottoms of the cups. Note: Younger kids may need some additional help with this step to be sure that the cups are securely held together.

Step 4: Paint the cups (and visible masking tape). Let dry.

Step 5: Poke two small, vertically aligned holes about two inches apart on one side of the top cup.

Step 6: Repeat on the other side of the top cup.

Step 7: Select two pipe cleaners of the same color to make “handles” on each side of the cup by inserting one end of a pipe stem into the cup through the top hole and the other end into the cup through the bottom hole. Secure the pipe cleaner by curling or bending about a half-inch of each end inside the cup.

Step 8: Select a Dad Decal  to add to your trophy. Color, cut out and glue the decal to the top half of their trophy, and then present to Dad!

Shirt & Tie Father’s Day Card (Ages 4 and up)

Show Dad how much you appreciate him with this unique card.

What You’ll Need:

• Tie template

• Father’s Day Poem reproducible

• White construction paper, 12 by 18 inches

• Construction paper, 9 by 12 inches

• Markers

• Scissors

• Glue Stick

Step 1: Cut a 12-by-18-inch sheet of white construction paper in half lengthwise.

Step 2: Take one of the pieces and fold it in half. The folded edge will be the top of the card.

Step 3: Measure about 2 inches from top on each side of the card. Cut a 1½-inch diagonal slit on each side.

Step 4: Fold the flaps inward to make a shirt collar.

Step 5: Trace the tie template ( onto colored construction paper.

Step 6: Cut out the tie and decorate it as desired.

Step 7: Glue the tie onto the front of the card beneath the folded collar.

Step 8: Cut out and glue the printable Father’s Day Poem ( to the inside of the card, or write your own heartfelt message. Don’t forget to sign the card before giving it to your dad!

Father’s Day Card (Ages 3 and up)

Dad will be sure to see himself in this perfectly personalized card.

What You’ll Need:

• Lakeshore People Shapes™ Project Kit

• Lakeshore Make-A-Face Sheets

• Construction paper in assorted colors

• Googly eyes

• Hair-Colors Crinkle Strips or crinkled paper

• Pipe cleaners

• Wikki Stix

• Pom-poms

• Crayons

Step 1: Decorate a People Shape using materials from the People Shapes Project Kit, which includes body shapes, felt clothing, craft hair, feathers, sequins, glue and more. Or cut out your own person shape from construction paper and decorate.

Step 2: Glue the decorated figure to the bottom of a sheet of construction paper.

Step 3: Using glue, attach a Make-A-Face to the top of the figure (or cut out an oval or round face from construction paper and then glue to your paper body). Decorate the face with googly eyes, Wikki Stix, pom-poms, crinkle strips and pipe cleaners.

Step 4: Give the card to your dad or grandpa and wish him a happy Father’s Day!

Dazzling Sun (Ages 6 and up)

Summer starts June 21. Welcome it with this colorful sun.

What You’ll Need:

• Tissue Paper

• Glue

• Stapler

• Yarn

• Scissors

• Paper bowls

• Hole punch

• Sun template


Step 1: Cut three sheets of tissue paper (red, yellow and orange) into approximately 1-inch-by-1-inch squares. Crumple the tissue paper.

Step 2: Dip the crumpled tissue paper into glue and stick it onto the outside of two bowls. Set aside to dry.

Step 3: Reduce or enlarge the sun template ( so that the sun’s circle is the same size as the rim of the bowl. Or trace the rim of the bowl and draw your own sun template.

Step 4: Staple three sheets of tissue paper (red, yellow and orange) together. Trace the sun template onto the layers of tissue paper, then cut out the shape you just traced.

Step 5: Put glue on the rim of one bowl and place it face down on the tissue paper. Let it set for a few minutes. Repeat the process with the other bowl.

Step 6: Once the bowls have completely dried, staple them together. Punch a hole at the top, and display with yarn. Happy summer!

Check It Out!

Find more fun summer craft ideas at Click on crafts and activities, under resources. Or drop by any Lakeshore Learning Store Saturdays between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. for Free Crafts for Kids. There are locations in in Walnut Creek, San Leandro and San Jose.


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