Father’s Day Gifts Were a Hit!

Last week, I told you that the kids and I were working on some handmade Father’s Day gifts for hubby.

I am pleased to say, he *LOVED* them! All day long, hubby kept telling me how much he loved everything.

When I posted, I didn’t have pictures of the completed projects, because they weren’t finished yet. We finished them up on Saturday, and here are the results:

Dad Rocks Father's Day Gift

Kids Hand Prints Project for Father's Day

To learn how I made these, click here: Getting Crafty with the Kids

And here’s a picture of the framed “Dad” print from ScrapWalls.com – It looks *awesome*! I am so glad I purchased this deal from PlumDistrict, because it made his entire day. He loved looking at all the pictures.

Dad picture from scrapwalls.com
Want to see what big project I’m starting next? It’s a Ragamuffin Memo Garland. I have tons of old baby clothes that have little stains or signs of wear on them, or they’re just special to me. I figure this will be the perfect way to keep them forever and give them new life!

Tell me, How was Father’s Day for the Daddies in your life?

Getting Crafty with the Kids

Father’s Day is just around the corner, and since we are trapped in a house thanks to our chickenpox outbreak, we have had to get seriously crafty to give him something special.

Hubby is already getting a fantastic collage from ScrapWalls, but I wanted to do something more. (I have this thing – I just can’t give one gift. I have to go all out. It’s a serious weakness.)

Anyway, I decided we needed to get crafty. I found a recipe online for a cute “Dad Rocks” project here.

I ended up modifying it a bit and creating my own version as well as an additional gift with the kids hand prints.

Here’s our Dad Rocks project:

Dad Rocks

And here’s the hand print gift I mentioned:

kids prints
Yes, that’s Gage’s foot. 🙂 He had no desire to open his hand and let me put it on there, so we improvised!

I’m heading to Walmart on Saturday to get Ash the stuff she needs for camp. While we’re there, we’ll grab a couple of blocks of wood from the craft section and some heavy-duty glue. I’m going to spray these with a clear sealant, paint the wood, and then attach the pieces to the wood. Then, I’ll use some fabulous Command Brand strips to hang them up. I’ll share pictures as soon as we get them finished up.

The recipe that the girl posted on her site didn’t work so well for me, but tweaking it did. Here’s what I did:

1/4 cup salt
3/4 cup flour
1/4 cup water
food coloring (optional)
parchment paper (optional)

Preheat oven to 250*

Mix together the flour, salt, and water in a bowl until it forms a dough. If the dough is too sticky, keep adding flour. (Just be careful, because if the dough gets too dry, it will crack in the oven!)

Once you have the dough at the right consistency, form it into a ball. Tear off a piece of parchment paper, and use a rolling pin to flatten the ball into an oval shape that’s about 1/2 an inch thick. (Make sure it’s even, or it will do funny things – like bubble up – in the oven.)

Use rocks to spell out Dad Rocks. Push the rocks into the dough as far as you can.

Place the item on a cookie sheet. (Tip: Keep it on the parchment paper, so it won’t stick to your cookie sheet!) Bake in the oven for 2 – 3 hours, or until completely dry. Spray front and back with a clear sealant (optional, but it will last longer if you do!).

For the hand print project, I doubled the recipe above, but did everything else the same. (I used a toothpick to write the year and the kids’ names in the dough.) It had to cook longer – almost 5 hours, but that’s because it was a lot of dough. You won’t need to double it if you only have a couple of small hands.

My kids had a blast doing this together, and we can’t wait to finish up the projects and give them to Daddy on Father’s Day!

((To see the completed projects, click here: Father’s Day Gifts Were a Hit!))

Now, you tell me: Are you making Dad a gift this year?