36 Easy Handmade Gift Ideas for Dad

Have you made plans for Sunday?

If you’ve not nailed down the exact gift you’re giving Dad or Grandpa for Father’s Day, no worries. I’ve got you covered.

Here are 36 last minute gift ideas for Dad that you and the kids can MAKE TOGETHER using things you already have on hand!

I am in love with each of these.  Which one if your favorite?

easy homemade gift ideas for dad

 36 Easy Handmade Gift Ideas for Dad

  1. Kids Layered Hand Print - super easy. You already have thievery you need on hand to make this! And, it is a memento your husband will keep forever!
  2. Etched Glass Mug for Dad- etching class is so much easier than you think. You can easily get the supplies at the craft store.
  3. Personalized Sharpie Mug - all you need is sharpies and a blank mug and you can create something dad will drink out of at work every day!
  4. T-Shirt for the Pun Lovin’ Dad- this is my kind of shirt. Super punny, rather your puns are intended or not. I love creative creations.
  5. I’m Hooked on Daddy Canvas Gift - I love letting my kids create art on canvas. This one uses their hand print to make a fish. Love!
  6. Father’s Day Chalkboard Printables- if you love chalkboard art you will love these ideas.
  7. Cowboy Toothpick Holder- super easy, super adorable toothpick container!
  8. Father’s Day Poem Printable- grab a frame, print this and you’re good to go! Add a picture to it if you want.
  9. Make Your Own Magnet Father’s Day Gift- I love these magnets that Dad can use in his office.
  10. Monogrammed Necktie Coffee Cuff- take an old necktie to the next level and use it as a coffee cuff. Love!
  11. Father’s Day Gift Idea – Free Printable Necktie Bottle Tags and Cupcake Topper- concert glass soda bottles to a gift with these printables! Adorable and easy.
  12. Father’s Day Bookmark- the kids will love making these. Include hand-drawn picture from them!
  13. 5 Father’s Day Crafts for Kids- five easy crafts. Pick one!
  14. Dad Rocks Business Card Holder- convert an old cassette tape case to a business card holder! Brilliant.
  15. Homemade Root Beer Barbecue Sauce and Printable- homemade BBQ sauce is so easy! Did you know rootbeer BBQ sauce tastes amazing? Make this and bottle it with this cool printable!
  16. King of Pops Father’s Day Gift Idea and Free Printable- use these printables to make a sucker that much cuter!
  17. Father’s Day Grilling Apron- easy apron the kids can help make!
  18. Photo Love for Father’s Day- is Daddy an Elvis fan? He’ll love this!
  19. Turn an Old Tie into a Bookmark- this would be perfect for his Bible!
  20. 3 Sports Themed Father’s Day Crafts for kids- if Daddy is into sports he will love these!
  21. Father’s Day Coloring Page- who doesn’t love a fun color page!?
  22. Beer Cap Tray- perfect for his man cave. 
  23. Father’s Day Card made with Homemade Stampers- we love making homemade cards. This one is a keeper!
  24. Framed Moustache Art- fun way to use paint swatch cards!
  25. Manly Lemon Hand Scrub- oh, you know I love stuff like this!
  26. Man Bouquet for Dad- who said Dad doesn’t love a bouquet. Use CANDY!
  27. Nailed It Homemade Gift for Dad- super cute and you can keep it forever!
  28. Toddler DIY Practical Gifts for Dad- a sweet way to decorate the tool bag!
  29.  Father’s Day DIY Love Lock- a fun and manly key chain for Dad.
  30. Celebrate Dad Printables- a fun printable for Dad. Super cute.
  31. Father’s Day Love Book- LOVE THIS! 40 reasons why we love you!
  32. Handmade Father’s Day Cards- I am a sucker for a homemade card idea.
  33. Father’s Day Printable Gift Idea from Preschooler to Dad- precious keepsake that is fill in the blank!
  34. Father’s Day Tie Bookmarks-another way to make a bookmark. Cute!
  35. Father’s Day Printables- fun!
  36. Inexpensive Gift Ideas for Dad- I love affordable!

Which ones are you going to make?

Don’t forget to enter to win a $100 Home Depot Gift Card for Dad while you’re here! Celebrate him all month long!

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Super Easy and Meaningful Gift for Dad {plus $100 Home Depot Giveaway}

I am so excited to share with you a super easy {and very meaningful} gift idea for Dad.

This is perfect for Father’s Day or for any day of the week.

We made this yesterday for my husband and sat it on the end table in the living room. It was the first thing he noticed when he came home from work and he could not stop talking about.

It uses supplies you likely have on hand. It is so easy and he will love it!

And you know what pairs with it perfectly? A Home Depot gift card!

Dad’s wear many hats. My husband works so hard for our family. A pair of socks just isn’t going to cut it this year! (You can even give Home Depot gift cards online!)

Let me show you how to make this craft and then I will show you some amazing gift card ideas!

super simple gift for dad #springmadesimpleSupplies:

  • card stock
  • finger paints or acrylic paints
  • paper plate for holding the paint
  • hair dryer, for quick drying
  • picture frame
  • a Home Depot gift card to pair with it

Add one color of paint to a paper plate.

Let the child with the largest hands go first.

Coat one of his hands with paint.

Press the hand down in the center of the card stock.

Use the hair dryer to dry the paint. It takes maybe 2 minutes of running the hair dryer over the hand print to get it to dry.

handprint craft for kids

Get the next color ready on a clean paper plate.

Have the child with the next largest hand go next. There is a big difference in a 13 year olds hand and an 8 year olds hand.

Repeat this hand print and drying process ending with the smallest hand last.

super easy gift for dad

Once you’ve dried each hand print you can frame it right away.

hand print gift

Now, let’s check out the Home Depot gift card that you can out with this! I know what my husband will use his gift card for. He wants a new generator!

home depot gift card

  • You can buy the gift card online if you want.
  • You can also buy it from a group (as in all the adult kids can go in together to buy Dad a gift even if some live near or far).
  • Dad can always go online to check his gift card balance.

Who wouldn’t want a hand print keep sake and a Home Depot gift card? My husband would love this generator!

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Easy DIY Mason Jar Soap Dispenser (Foam Pump)

Earlier this week I shared with you my recipe for homemade liquid hand soap, which is chemical free. This recipe is intended for a foam pump soap dispenser.

Naturally I thought it would be cool to make a mason jar soap dispenser for storing the soap in. It is super easy (and budget-friendly) to create. And, we use a foam pump so it goes perfectly with our homemade soap!

Here is how you make it. Literally, this takes just a few minutes to do! (Makes an awesome gift idea too!)

Mason Jar Soap Dispenser

 

You Will Need:

Grab your used, empty foam soap bottle and unscrew the bottle from the pump.

foaming hand soap dispenser from Target will be converted to mason jar soap dispenser

Grab your mason jar.

Disassemble your jar from the lid.

quart mason jar

Trace, with a marker, the opening of the soap bottle onto the flat mason jar lid.

Reassemble the lid back onto the jar. This will give you a sturdy drilling grip.

trace a the circle top of the soap bottle

Assemble your power drill with step bit attachment.

step drill bit

Use the bit and drill into the circle you’ve made on the lid.

You can wear goggles if you want to be safe.

DO NOT HAVE CHILDREN NEAR. The metal shavings can fly.

use step drill but to cut circle in mason jar lid

Remove the lid  and now use your kitchen shears to finish cutting out the circle you’ve made in the lid.

Watch the sharp edges- you can cut yourself if you’re not careful.

use heavy duty kitchen scissors to cut the rest of the mason jar lidGrab the empty soap bottle.

Use the Xacto knife to cut the top of the lid off.

cut the top off of the plastic bottle from Target

Push the plastic lid through the opening you’ve created in the mason jar lid.

BE CAREFUL. The edges you’ve cut are sharp.

how to make a mason jar soap dispenser

Flip the lid over and apply some hot glue where the plastic and the metal lid meet.

This will keep the plastic in place when you’re screwing and unscrewing the pump on.

hot glue the metal lid to the plastic lid

Screw the pump on to the lid.

DIY mason jar foam soap dispenser

Fill the jar with your favorite soap.

You will love my chemical free homemade liquid hand soap  that kills 99.96% of all bacteria!

A double batch of this recipe will fit in the quart mason jar.

chemical dree bacteria killing soap recipe

And there you have it. A thrifty mason jar soap dispenser!

As I tell my kids, one pump is enough!

diy foam soap pump for mason jar

 

These are perfect for kitchens and bathrooms!

See how easy it is to go from a disposable empty bottle to a gorgeous mason jar soap dispenser in minutes?

How to go from a Target brand soap dispenser to a beautiful mason jar foam soap dispenser in minutes!

MORE DIY CLEANING TUTORIALS

 

 

DIY Glitter Flip Flops

Right now Dollar Tree has a huge stash of flip flops that have just arrived. Tons of colors and sizes for everyone.

I wanted a fun and easy way (that would not break the bank) to jazz them up a bit and make them a little dressy. Perfect for summer dresses, right?

I am going to show you how quick and simple this craft is and it really takes a pair of flip flops to an entirely new level!

This is a fun project that kids can help with too!

dollar store flip flops

I am so excited to be partnering with Dollar Tree to share their new Summer Fun products with you!!

You Will Need:

  • flip flops
  • Mod Podge
  • paper plate (or something to pour some of the Mod Podge out on)
  • hot glue gun
  • hot glue sticks
  • glitter
  • fake flowers

I got everything in this picture at Dollar Tree except the Mod Podge and the foam brush which I already had on hand. I spent like $6!

Did you know Dollar Tree is having a flip flop frenzy? Check out all of the colors you will find!

flip flop frenzy at dollar tree

Pour out some of the Mod Podge onto a plate.

Evenly coat the straps of the flip flops with Mod Podge using the foam brush.

dollar flip flops from dollar tree

Generously cover the Mod Podge with glitter.

Let it sit for a few minutes and then shake off the excess glitter.

how to make glitter flip flops

Grab your fake flowers. I love these white orchids that were at Dollar Tree.

Remove the flowers at the stem. Just pull and they will pop off.

Use the hot glue gun to secure them to the flip flop straps.

dollar store flowers

I just did one flower on each flip flop, but feel free to add as many as you want.

diy glitter flower flip flops

Use a baby wipe or wet cloth to wipe off the access glitter that is on the foot of the shoe.

Otherwise, just wear them and it will fall off.

dollar tree flip flop frenzy

These were so easy to make and the two sweet girls I made these for will love wearing them as we enjoy Spring and look forward to Summer!

Hurry in to Dollar Tree now to grab flip flops in every color. Once they are gone, they are gone!

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25 Last Minute St. Patrick Day Crafts

If you are looking for some last minute activities to do with the kiddos that are St Patrick Day crafts, I have 25 awesome ideas to share with you!

Each of these creations are from other bloggers. Some of these are home decor, some are free printables to do with the kids and some are just super cool crafts for moms and little ones! Many of these make great gift ideas for school, teachers or friends. {{My favorite might be the Mod Podge Lucky Charms bracelet! You’ll love it!}}

It is never too late to create and have fun! I really hope you enjoy these.

25 last minute st patrick day crafts

25 St Patrick Day Crafts

  1. St Patricks Day Leprechaun Hat Craft
  2. Fingerprint Shamrock Canvas
  3. Rainbow Crafts: Cloud and Rainbow Drops
  4. Lucky Charm Bracelet
  5. St Patricks Day Welcome Shamrock
  6. Shamrock Tree on Canvas
  7. St Patricks Day Word Search Puzzle
  8. Rainbow Leprechaun Trap
  9. 3D Tissue Paper Shamrock
  10. Satin Shamrock Headband
  11. Easy Rainbow Crafts for Kids
  12. St Patricks Day Dollar Tree Wreaths
  13. DIY Rainbow Blocks
  14. St Patricks Day Yarn Wreath
  15. Layered Felt Rainbow Magnet
  16. DIY Paper Shamrock
  17. Pot of Gold Craft
  18. Fingerpaint Rainbow Kids Activity
  19. St Pattys Day Banner
  20. DIY St Patricks Day Banner
  21. Shamrock Puppy
  22. Four Leaf Clover Paper Craft
  23. Little Leprechaun Hat Craft
  24. St Patricks Day Chalkboard Printable
  25. St Patricks Day Window Clings

So, which one is your favorite?

Free Printable Cupcake Toppers for Valentines Day

If you know me, you know I love to bake cupcakes for birthdays and special occasions. I also love to have cute toppers, so I thought I would give you guys some free printable cupcake toppers for Valentines Day.

With just a few supplies you can kick your cupcakes up a notch. These are perfect for school parties, homeschool parties or just to bake at home with the kids to enjoy as a family.

free printable cupcake toppers for valentines day

You Will Need:

Print out the cupcake toppers on card stock.

valentine cupcake toppers

Use your circle punch to cut out the cupcake toppers.

Printable Cupcake Toppers for Valentines Day

Use the hot glue gun to attach the sucker stick to the cupcake topper.

cupcake toppers for valentines day

Gather up your cooled cupcakes.

(I had 12…. but a sweet little boy with the initials Matthew Jason took one. He proceeded to eat it right in front of me and shrugged his shoulders and said,  “What? I the baby.”.  Craziest four year old ever!)

valentine cupcakes

Pipe the icing on them. If you’re looking for a great icing recipe I have two on this site. (Traditional Buttercream and Chocolate Buttercream)

valentine cupcake toppers

Yum!

cupcakes for valentines day

Add your cupcake topper into the cupcake and you are all set!

*Disclaimer: I had to retake these pictures because the lighting was so dark. I just grabbed some store bought cupcakes.

printable cupcake toppers

Aren’t they adorable? I love the colors of the printable and that sweet little bird.

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Kid Valentine Crafts: Color Your Own Treat Bag Topper

Are you getting geared up for Valentine’s Day? Are you on the hunt for free printables you can use for your kids to exchange at school or with family and friends?

I love these bag toppers that your kids can color themselves. You just attached them with a stapler to a cello treat bag (clear or decorative) and fill it with whatever you want. I  used popcorn, but you could put candy in there too. My boys thought these were fun to color too.

valentine treat printable you can color

There is a place on the back for you to write who these are from and who they are to.

Hop over to Red Ted Art to get the full tutorial. I shared these over there yesterday.

Before you leave, I hope you’ll check out all of my kid Valentine Crafts.

And, make sure you’re following my All Things Valentine Pinterest Board. I am pinning new things there every single day!



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Cutest Pencil Holder (Valentine Printable)

We are having so much fun creating kid Valentine crafts.

Yesterday my friend Kim and her kids came over. They homeschool too and once a week we get together for the kids to play and hangout and Kim helps me organize different areas of my house. She is amazing at organizing and can optimize space like I have never seen anyone do before. ! I tell her all the time she should start a business.

Her daughter is 9. Skylar is the only girl in the mix of Kim’s boys and my boys. I wanted her to help me make these super sweet pencil holder Valentine cards. She was totally up for it!

Here is how we created them.

kid valentine crafts (pencil holder printables)

You Will Need:

Gather up all of your supplies.

There are four Valentine cards to each sheet to help save on paper.

I grabbed my festive Valentine pencils at Target in the dollar bins. I loved the sparkly glitter!

kids valentine crafts

Use the paper cutter or your scissors to cut out the cards.

free valentine printable

Let the kids write who the cards are to and from.

Doesn’t Skylar have gorgeous nails?

kid valentine crafts

Now this job is for an adult. Use the X-Acto knife to cut slits for the pencils.

There are two black lines where you need to cut the lines.

pencil holder valentine

Slide the pencil through the slits and you have a simple, affordable and perfect Valentine card to handout at school or Mother’s Day Out!

We’re going to have a Homeschool Valentine party and exchange with friends. I plan on printing some of these!

free valentine printable

These are perfect for parents who are on the hunt for non-candy Valentines!

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25 {{More}} Kid Valentine Crafts

I don’t know about your kids, but my children love to do arts and crafts. I doesn’t hurt that we homeschool, so we are home all day and always looking for more fun activities to create during the day.

If you are on the hunt for kid Valentine crafts, we have pulled together another collection of even more ideas.

The last collection I shared with you were all crafts from my site. This time around I am sharing all the idea of other bloggers.

While you’re here, check out all of my Valentine crafts. We have tons of things to keep you and your little one busy.And, what I love about this collection is it’s great for many different ages and an excellent way to spend time together as a family.

25 kid valentine crafts

25 {{More}} Kid Valentine Crafts

1. Baby Footprint Heart from Jany Claire
2. Love Bugs from Little Family Fun
3. Sweetie Glasses from Mom Tried It
4. Valentine Heart Leis from MAKE
5. Valentines Dump Truck from No Time For Flash Cards
6. Toilet Paper Heart Stamping from In Lieu of Preschool
7. Valentine Bottle Basket from Ramblings of a Crazy Women
8. Valentines Love Cup from Easy Crafts for Kids
9. Cupid Arrows from Craftaholics Anonymous
10. Heart Cone Tree from I Gotta Create!
11. Shaving Cream Marbled Hearts from The Chocolate Muffin Tree
12. Valentine Treasure Rocks from Growing a Jeweled Rose
13. Valentine Scratch Heart from Putti’s World
14. Plastic Bottle Vases from Hands on as We Grow
15. Puffy Hearts from Scrumdilly-Do!
16. Black Glue Hearts from Mess for Less
17. Valentine Pets from Learn Create Love
18. Message in a Bottle from FSPDT
19. Crayon Heart Valentines Cards from Endless Acres Farmtiques
20. Valentines Countdown from 123 Homeschool 4 Me
21. Love Bug Valentine Cards from Mom on Timeout
22. Handprint Cards from Rosy~Posy
23. Kiss Me Treat from Kids Activities Blog
24. Bubble Printed Valentines Hearts from The Chocolate Muffin Tree
25. Handprint Craft from LaughPaintCreate

Which one are you most excited to create with your little one?

Homemade Valentine Cards Using Celery as a Rose Stamp

Homemade Valentine cards are so fun to make. Have you ever tried it? You can create them at any age and they make the perfect keepsakes and gifts.

I adore the idea of using celery as a rose flower stamp. Have you ever seen this done? It is so neat.

I am going to show you how to make these easy homemade cards. You likely will already have everything on hand- I know I did. I even had celery for an upcoming soup recipe. Score!

My boys are so excited to mail these to grandparents, cousins and other family and friends. Your kids will love them too.

homemade valentine cards for kids

You Will Need:

  • celery, with the end cut off
  • acrylic paint- any color (we used red, pink, green and gold)
  • small paint brush, for painting on the stem
  • paper plates, for holding your paint
  • glitter (use salt if you do not have any glitter)
  • white cardstock or blank white cards
  • stamp that says made by (optional)
  • stamp pad (if you’re doing a made by stamp)

acrylic paint for crafts

Squirt your paint onto paper plates.

Grab your celery. This is what it will look like when you chop the end off of it. Have you ever noticed it looks just like a flower? How neat is that?

Reserve the celery stalks for cooking.

celery used for rose stamp

Dip the celery rose into the paint.

painting with celery

Make sure it is evenly coated with paint.

using celery to make a rose stamp

Take a sheet of card stock folded in half to look like a greeting card, or use these blank greeting cards.

Stamp the card with the celery.

And you have a rose!

homemade valentine cards

We alternated colors between pink and red.

Some of the colors ran together and we loved it even more!

homemade valentine cards kids can make

While the paint is still wet, sprinkle the rose with glitter or salt.

Shake off any excess.

add glitter

Use the paint brush to draw a stem on the rose. I made little leaves too.

homemade rose valentine card

Matthew had fun painting his stems and leaves.

homemade valentine cards preschoolers can make

He said he likes big, big leaves!

(This is where I want to say, “Wait, wait! Small leaves!”. Then I remember this is his project.)

homemade valentine cards using celery as a stamp

Luke wanted to add grass to his. Totally his idea and I thought it was great.

easy homeamde valentine cards

He also wanted to add a sun- and I just happened to have some gold acrylic paint.

We sprinkled glitter on the sun too.

painted homemade valentine cards

We stamped the back of the card with a handmade by stamp.

You can certainly free hand this, but I already have the stamp and I love the way it looks.

Then the boys can just write their name under it.

handmade for you by stampLet them dry.

These are perfect for giving to family and friends for Valentine’s Day.

Fill out the inside with a sweet message or drawing.

how to make homemade valentine cards

The hard part is deciding who gets each one.

I just love them!

homemade valentine cards kids can make using celery and paint

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