5 Father’s Day ideas

Give Dad a day to remember with these 5 cute homemade gifts

Written by Sara Conway

It’s Father’s Day. Of course it is. You’ve known this for months. There have been aisles dedicated to it in the supermarket.

Yet, here you are, a few days to go, and you haven’t bought anything.

Then you realise. All he really wants is to sit and read his paper on the loo (guilt-free!) and a little something to prove you didn’t forget. Something that tells him his kids care. Something they can make themselves!

That’s why we’ve compiled this list of homemade Father’s Day gifts. From a pizza that says, “I love you” to a mug that knocks the spots off your local pottery café, there’s bound to be something perfect for Dad.

 

1) A pizza my heart: a cheesy way to say I love you.

What you’ll need: a wrap, pizza sauce, cheese, peppers – sliced, plus dad’s favourite toppings

What to do:

1. Pre-heat the oven to 200C/180C fan/gas mark 6.
2. Help your kids cut the wrap into a heart shape.
3. Now, they top it with the pizza sauce and cheese.
4. Then, they write DAD with the peppers.
5. Add Dad’s favourite toppings, if you like.
6. Pop it on a lined baking tray in the oven for 20 minutes.

2) Sealed with a kiss: nothing beats a homemade card.

What you’ll need: Coloured card, a pencil, glue, felt tips, scissors

What to do:

1. Make a card by folding a piece of coloured card in half.
2. Let your child loose with your craft supplies.

That’s it! The crazier the design, the better – because it proves it was made by them.

3) Love from your little monsters: for dads with a sweet tooth.

What you’ll need: 100g white chocolate, food colouring (any colour), candy eyes and puffed rice squares (shop bought or follow this recipe)

What to do:

1. Unwrap the squares so they’re ready to use.
2. Now, melt the chocolate. Get your child to break the white chocolate into a microwaveable bowl. Blast it for 10 seconds and give it a stir. Repeat until most (but not all) of the chocolate is melted.

TIP! If you heat it for too long the chocolate will solidify. The remaining chocolate will melt as you do the next stage.

3. Now add a drop of food colouring and let your child stir until the chocolate has changed colour.

TIP! If your chocolate does solidify, a little drop of hot water should save it.

4. Now they can dip each puffed rice square into the chocolate. Let it run down the square a bit then lay them on a baking tray.
5. Now they can add the eyes. And pop into the fridge until set.

4) A cup full of reasons why I love you: a mug with a special message.

What you’ll need: a mug, Sharpee pens, alphabet stickers (we used these)

What to do:

1. Wash and dry your white mug.
2. Apply alphabet stickers to spell out ‘Dad’. Add star-shaped stickers too, if you like.
3. Now your child can scribble lots of colours over the stickers.
4. Next, show them how to peel off the stickers to reveal the design.
5. Bake the mug in the oven at 350 for 30 minutes.
6. Finally, the kids can cut out paper hearts and write special words about dad on them. Then pop the hearts in the mug!

5) You’re roarsome! Little fingers make this picture personal.

What you’ll need: paint, paper, coloured card and glue

1. Squirt blobs of paint onto a plate for fingers to dip into. We used orange, yellow, red and some gold glitter paint we found lurking in a drawer.
2. Let your child go wild finger painting the lion’s mane.
3. Help them to cut out three paper and card hearts in yellow (biggest), orange (smaller) and red (smallest). Folding the paper helps to cut a symmetrical heart.
4. Help your child to stick the hearts as shown to make the lion’s face.
5. Then get them to paint a little red tongue.
6. Draw eyes on paper, snip them out and stick them on. Or if you have googly eyes, use those.

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