Father’s Day Card: Tie Printable

This is a simple tie card/craft idea for Father’s Day. The fun thing about this card is Dad can wear it!

Father's Day Tie Card Printable

Materials

Tie Template

Light cardboard or paper

Scissors

Ribbon or string

Decorating: stickers, pens/pencils, collage material, glue, paint.

1. Template

Click the pictures below for the PDF printables.  There is a blank one, plus one with a blank tie / Happy Father’s Day MessageFather's Day Tie Card Printable

Father's Day Tie Card Printable

 

2. Print

The best way to do this is to print the template directly on light card (coloured or white). Paper can be used too but the tie will sit better on heavy paper or card. Alternatively, cut the tie out and use as a template.

Father's Day Tie Card Printable

3. Cut

Cut around the outline.

4. Decorate

This is the fun part where my kids got involved.  Decorate with:

  • Drawings
  • Patterns
  • Collage
  • Photo of the child
  • Paint
  • Stickers

stickers, drawing & collage

Father's Day Tie Card Printable

Tip: If doing a collage, it works well to laminate the tie after the collage is dry.

7. Message

Write a message to Dad on the back of the tie card.

6. Ribbon

Tape or staple a section of ribbon or string on the top (so Dad can wear it if he wants to!)

Father's Day Tie Card Printable

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DIY: Decoupage a Terracotta Pot (with a child’s drawings)

I have Renee from About the Garden here with a fantastic Father’s Day gift idea!

An Easy Way to Decoupage a Terracotta Pot with Artwork

how to decoupage a pot

My Dad is the best Poppy! Not only is his shed a small gallery of all things artistic created by my little people, but he seriously still displays art that my siblings and I created some twenty something-something years ago. Whilst I adore that my Dad gives every item, no matter how amateur, the chance to shine, I thought this year I’d try to encourage my children to create something useful Poppy could use.

The thinking cap went on. But dear oh me, how do you give the man that has everything something useful?

Then light bulb! My Dad has always been a keen gardener, I remember pottering around with him in our back gardens picking tomatoes, rosella and squash. We always had an abundance of fruit trees (mango season was something to behold in our yard with over six trees) and more recently he has created a little oasis in the pergola area for all manner of potted plant.

So armed with my Dad’s love of pot plants and my children’s love of art, it seemed only natural to combine the two into an original Father’s Day Gift for 2014. 

Supplies

Terracotta Pot

PVA Glue

Pencil & drawing materials

Paint brushes

Paint

Paper

Small flowering plant or succulent

How to make a decoupage pot

Step 1: Making a Template

It’s not as easy as printing off a template to use as terracotta pots come in a variety of different shapes and sizes. I found the easiest way to make the correct size template for the children to draw on, was to create my own. This is how:

1. Place a starting mark on the pot.

how to decoupage a pot
2. Holding a sharp pencil to paper and against the base of the pot, slowly roll the pot across the paper, using your starter mark as an indicator of where you need to stop. This should create a natural arched pencil line.

how to decoupage a pot

3. Repeat #2, but this time holding the pencil under the top lip of the pot.

how to decoupage a pot
4. Cut out the drawn template, don’t stress if it is a little large, this can be fixed later on.

how to decoupage a pot

TIP: If you’ve purchased more than one pot in the same size, you can photocopy or track around your initial template to save time. A good reason to buy pots the same size! 

how to decoupage a pot

What size pot is best? 

Really, it’s up to you what size pot you choose. For a first time project select something smaller over a gigantic terracotta pot, as it is much easier to work with. Ensure that whatever pot size you select it’s going to fit the plant you want, noting that most garden centers stock starts in 180mm pots.

Step 2: The Art

This part was easy. After I cut out the drawn template, I set the children to work with colouring pencils. I choose pencils over felt pens as they do not run when wet and I wasn’t sure how crayons would effect the protective layers required to make the pots water proof.

Alternatively, you can use artwork your children have already created and just cut to template size or rip into pieces for a layered decoupage look. 

how to decoupage a pot

how to decoupage a pot

Step 3: Glue Mix

Decoupage is all about glue. There are specialized products you can purchase from craft stores like Mod Podge, however diluted PVA glue does the same job.

Dilute two (2) parts PVA glue with one (1) part water, and mix together well. You want the glue consistency to be easy to paint onto the pot with a standard paintbrush. The glue will have a whiteness to it initially, but will dry clear.

TIP: You can mix glitter into the diluted PVA glue for that extra bit of SPARKLE! Or if you wish to paint directly onto your terracotta pot, mix PVA glue with colour paint pigments.

Step 4: Sticking and Painting

Application of the drawn template piece is a little fiddly, so unless you have older children, it’s a job for an adult. Here is how to get started:

1. Get the children to paint the terracotta pot all over with the glue mix and let dry. Then repeat. This process adds an excellent waterproof layer to the pot and will limit potential water damage to the paper artwork.

How to make your own decoupage glue
2. This is the adult part. Recoat terracotta pot with glue mix, than carefully but quickly apply the artwork, gently rubbing your hands over the surface to get the paper to adhere to the terracotta pot. Don’t worry too much if there are a few wrinkles, but you do want to push out any air bubbles trapped underneath.

how to decoupage a pot

3. Trim off any excess paper artwork around the bottom of the pot. Apply glue mix and glue the edges down. Tipping the terracotta pot upside down, allow the glue to dry.

how to decoupage a pothow to decoupage a pot

4. Most decoupage work requires numerous coats; ten (10) is what we did for this project, to seal and waterproof the paper artwork displayed. We spent a day coming back to our pots every 30-40 minutes a part and painted on another layer. Once complete give the pots a good week to dry out before adding the plants.

how to decoupage a pot

TIP: Whilst not essential for this project, it’s usually recommended with decoupage projects to give the surface a light sand after every application of glue mix. 

OPTIONAL: Kelly has had success using an outdoor varnish over projects like this to help to preserve colour. Jo Sonja’s Gloss Varnish – Indoor & Outdoor Use works well (available from specialist craft stores like Spotlight).

Step 5: Selecting the plants 

With our pots, we decided not to pot up, but rather have the plants from the garden centre sit inside the pots, so Poppy could pot himself. Poppy loves succulents, so my children selected two beautiful little succulent plants, one with the most beautiful orange flowers!

how to decoupage a pot

how to decoupage a pot

how to decoupage a pot

how to decoupage a pot

I loved this Father’s Day project, as it was something that my two and five year old could both get involved in. Best of all this method of decoupage is so versatile and cheap!

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Father’s Day Craft: Hand Print Canvas

I did a hand print canvas craft for Father’s Day three years ago and decided to do it again this year. How the kids have grown!  This is a gorgeous personalised gift idea for Father’s Day.  Blank canvas can be found at discount and craft shops starting from about $4.

This activity doesn’t take take very long to do and it’s easy!  I had it done in under 10 minutes.

2011

father's day craft idea -- canvas hand print
2014

Father's Day Craft - hand print canvas

Materials

Canvas (large enough to hold how many kids hands you have)

Non-toxic Paint (a different colour for each child)

Paper or a section of cardboard

Instructions

 1. Squirt about a 10 cent size blog of paint on a piece of paper or cardboard.

2. Pick which hand you are featuring and then rub the hand into the paint, ensuring all fingers are covered. It’s a good idea to do a test run on a blank piece of paper to get used to the press down/lift up action. This is also a good way to check how much paint works best to get that handprint look (rather than a big splodge).

hand print canvas

hand print canvas3. Once hand is covered in paint, press down firmly on the canvas, and then lift hand directly up quickly, being careful not to smudge the print.

4. Allow paint to dry and date the back Father’s Day Year (e.g. 2014)

5. The paint washes off hands easily.

Idea: Get each child to write (in permanent marker) or paint their name around the hand.

For something different, we went with pearly colours this time instead of the bright colours we did 3 years ago.

Love it!

hand print canvas

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Father’s Day Craft: Paddle Pop Stick Note Pad Holder

This sticky notepad holder is easy to make for Father’s Day.  Plus, it’s useful too!

Father's Day craft Ideas -- Sticky Note Holder complete

Materials

Craft glue
Thick cardboard
Approx 41 Paddle-pop (Popsicle) sticks
Pen
Sticky note pad
Felt pens
Scissors

Instructions

1. Draw on cardboard a 11 cm square (this is idea for standard sticky note pad size). I used a section of cardboard from a box.
2. Glue down 2 paddlepop sticks parallel inside the pen line.
3. Glue a dot on the ends of another 2 paddle-pop sticks and place on the existing paddlepop sticks to form a square. Just check here that the note pad will fit nicely inside the square (but not too snug).
4. Repeat this process, placing 2 parallel paddle popsticks at a time until you have used all sticks expect one.
5. Write Happy Father’s Day (year) on the remaining paddle-pop stick in box and glue to the front of the sticky note box.
6. Place the stick note pad inside.
7. Colour the top paddlepop sticks with felt pens to finish it off.
8. Once dry, cut around the base of the box to size.

Father’s Day Craft: Painted Frame

father's day craft idea -- painted photo frame 
Blank wooden photo frames can be found at most craft stores from about $5. If Dad has a study at home or an office at work, it’s a great way to update the pic of the kids.

Materials

Picture frame

Paint

Paint brushes

Photograph

Cup of water for rinse brushes between colour changes

Paper Towel (to wipe off excess water from brush in between colour changes)

Instructions

1. Spread newspaper or junk mail down on a table.

2. Paint frame.

3. Allow to dry.

4. Insert photograph (or picture drawn by the kids)

5. Wrap in handmade paper.

Display and enjoy!

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Father’s Day Craft: Rock Paper Weight

This paper weight rock will add a splash of colour to Dad’s desk. The secret to a great paper weight is finding a good sized rock that has a flat-ish bottom so it sits well.

father's day craft idea -- dad rock paperweight

Materials

Smooth rock that sits fairly flat

Paint

Paint brush

Paint Pen (or permanent marker)

Instructions

1. Paint rock. Allow to dry.

2. Use a paint pen (or permanent marker) to write the word DAD on the rock

3. Optional: for a nice finish, once the rock is dry, coat with a product like Jo Sonja’s Gloss Varnish – Indoor & Outdoor Use

Tip: For something fun, write Dad Rocks! (pun intended)

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Father’s Day Craft: Pen Holder Photo/Bookmark

Dad can pop this photo in with the pens.  It’s an interesting way to display a photo of the kids and it’s easy to make too! 

father's day craft idea -- pen holder photo

Materials

Paddle-pop (Popsicle) stick

Craft Glue

Photograph

Scissors

Instructions

1. Print a favourite picture of the kids. For this craft, it works best to use a portrait picture of kids standing close together, like the one I used below.

Father's Day Gift Idea

2. Cut around the outline of the figures and glue to the top of a paddle pop stick (allowing a large portion of stick to stick out the bottom so it can sit in a pen holder).

3. Write Happy Father’s Day (plus the date) on the end of the stick with a pen.  It can also be used as a bookmark.

father's day craft idea -- pen holder photo complete

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Father’s Day Craft Ideas for Kids to Make

Father’s Day all started with a woman. The idea for creating a day for children to honour their fathers began with a woman named Sonora Smart Dodd. Sonora adored her father and, while listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909, she felt Fatherhood should be recognised also.  Through her influence, the Spokane Ministerial Alliance decided to hold the first Father’s Day celebration on June 19, 1910 in Spokane, Washington.

To help celebrate the special men in your lives, below are 10 craft ideas.

Gifts for Kids to Make for Father’s Day

1. Sticky Notepad Holder

This sticky notepad holder is useful and easy to make. Ideal for children aged 6-10.

{Father’s Day Craft: Sticky Note Pad Holder}

Father's Day craft Ideas -- Sticky Note Holder complete

Materials:
Craft Glue
Cardboard
41 Paddlepop sticks
Pen
Stick note pad
Felt pens
scissors
Instructions:
  • Draw on cardboard a 11 cm square. I used cardboard from an used box.
  • Glue down 2 paddlepop sticks parallel inside the pen line.
  • Glue a dot on the ends of another 2 paddlepop sticks and place on the existing paddlepop sticks to form a square.
  • Repeat this process, placing 2 parallel paddle popsticks at a time until you have used all sticks expect one.
  • Write “Happy Father’s Day 2011″ on the remaining paddlepop stick in box and glue to the front of the sticky note box.
  • Place the stick note pad inside.
  • Colour the top paddlepop sticks with felt pens.
  • Once dry, cut around the base of the box.

{Father’s Day Craft: How to Make a Sticky Pad Note Holder}

Father's Day craft Ideas -- Sticky Note Holder

2. “Dad: Rock Paper weight

I love this paper weight rock. It will no doubt add a spash of colour to Dad’s desk.

{Father’s Day Craft: Rock paperweight}

father's day craft idea -- dad rock paperweight

Materials:

Smooth rock that sits fairly flat

Paint

Paint brush

Paint Pen

Instructions

  • Paint rock
  • Use a paint pen (or permanent marker) to write the word “DAD” on the rock

Tip: Write with paint pen, “Dad rocks!” on the back of the rock.

3. Photo frame

I purchased a craft photo frame at a discount store for $4.50. My daughter painted it and I put a favourite picture of the kids inside.

{Father’s Day Craft: Painted Photo Frame}

father's day craft idea -- painted photo frame

Materials:

Picture frame

Paint

Paint brushes

Photograph

4. Personalised Tea (or Coffee) Bags

Personalised photo tea bags is a fun idea for a Grandpa. To find out how to make them, read my instructions on this post: Personalised Photo Tea Bags.

{Father’s Day Craft: Photo Tea Bags}

father's day craft idea: Personalised Photo Tea Bags

5. Pen Holder Photo

This pen holder photo is sure to make Dad smile.  Simply print and cut around a favourite picture, glue to the top of a paddlepop stick and write “Happy Father’s Day 2011″ on the end of the stick. Dad can pop it in with the pens and pencils. It can also be used as a bookmark.

{Father’s Day Craft: Pen Holder Photo}

father's day craft idea -- pen holder photo

Materials:

Paddlepop stick

Craft Glue

Photograph

Scissors

father's day craft idea -- pen holder photo complete

6. Hand print Canvas

A hand print canvas is a beautiful personalised gift.  I purchased this canvas from a discount shop for $4.  It’s a wonderful idea to put the name and age of each child on the completed project.

{Father’s Day Craft: Hand Print Canvas}

father's day craft idea -- canvas hand print

Materials:

Canvas

Paint

7. Garden Paver Feature

This garden paver cost me 50 cents. Allow the kids to decorate with paint pens (you can buy from stationery stores and some newsagents). The paint will fade a little in the sun so place the paver in an undercover garden or on a patio for best results.

{Father’s Day Craft: Garden Feature}

father's day craft idea -- garden paver

Materials:

Paver

Paint Pens

8. Bookmark

Such a simple idea but something I know will put a smile on Dad’s face when he is studying.

{Father’s Day Craft: Bookmark}

father's day craft idea -- bookmark

Materials:

Paper clip

Ribbon

Photo

Cardboard cut to size (with hole punched at top) or shipping label

 Instructions:

  • Glue photo to cardboard
  • Child decorates cardboard
  • Tie one end of the ribbon to the cardboard and the other to the paperclip
  • To use as a bookmark, place the paper clip over the marked page and leave the photo hang out

9. Father’s Day Memo

Sun Hats & Wellie Boots has this adorable owl memo. Click the picture to find out more.

{Father’s Day Craft: Owl Memo}

Father's Day Craft -- memo

10. PaddlePop Stick Magnetic Photo Frame

This classic Father’s Day craft is always a winner because it’s easy and looks great. Click the picture to read the instructions.

{Father’s Day Craft: Paddpop stick magnetic photo frame}

father's day craft -- paddlepop stick photo frame

Other Craft Ideas

  • Paint a shirt
  • Paint a calico BBQ apron
  • Decorate a jar with paint, buttons and stars, and fill with some delicious homemade treats
  • Paint a canvas
  •  Make a pillow cover out of calico (or buy a white pillow cover) and allow the child to draw on it with fabric markers
  • Make a chocolate cake and write the word “DAD” with smarties on top
  • Make a footprint bookmark by cutting around print and attaching a ribbon
  • Make wrapping paper for dad with hand prints on butchers paper

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Father’s Day Craft: The Best Dad for Me!

Father’s Day is celebrated at different times around the world.  I never knew that until today. The idea for creating a day for children to honour their fathers began with a woman named Sonora Smart Dodd. Sonora adored her father and, while listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909, she felt Fatherhood should be recognised also.  Through her influence, the Spokane Ministerial Alliance decided to hold the first Father’s Day celebration on June 19, 1910 in Spokane, Washington.  Father’s Day all started with a woman.   Why am I not surprised.

Australia: Sunday 5 September 2010

Belgium: Sunday 14 June 2010

Brazil: Sunday 9 August 2010

Spain: Wednesday 18 March 2010

Sweden: Sunday 8 November 2010

Thailand: Sunday 5 December 2010

United States of America: Sunday 20 June 2010

Father’s Day Paper Craft Card

My children are making this Father’s Day Card for their Dad.  I’ve included a free PDF print out if you would like to do it also.

Materials
Glue
Sticky tape
Scissors
Father’s Day Craft Template (click to print)

       

  

Instructions

1. Colour all paper doll men on page 1

2. Cut around dotted lines on page 1  (you will have 2 pieces)

3.  Pinch line on page 2 between fingers

4. Cut both lines on page 2 

5. Tape paper doll men together

6. Thread paper doll men through slots on page 2

7. Tape the end of the paper doll men to form a circle

8. Taple single paper doll man on the indicated section on page 3

9. Fold page 2 in the middle with the words on the outside

10. Fold page 3 with the words on the inside

11. Insert page 3 into page 2

12. Tape pages together on the top, bottom and side (allowing room for the paper doll to slide through)

13. Card complete #one

14. Card complete #two

15. Card complete #three

How it works

 

 

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External Links

History of Father’s Day

Father’s Day World Dates

Sonora Smart Dodd