Here’s what Dad is really thinking this Father’s Day: “I don’t really need anything, so what I’d really like for Father’s Day is just something that lets my kids show off how thoughtful and creative they can be.”
Fortunately, we’ve got some great ideas from FamilyFun
magazine that do just that.
This six-piece desktop decoration showcases family photos on two sides when it’s assembled and doubles as a brainteaser when Dad needs a distraction.
6 (11/2-inch) wooden cubes
Acrylic paints and paintbrushes
Thin black marker
Two photos (3 by 5 or 4 by 6)
Double-sided adhesive sheets
Letter stickers (optional)
1. Paint the sides of each cube, leaving the top and bottom bare.
2. When they’re dry, arrange them in a rectangle, unpainted sides up, and wrap a rubber band around them to hold them together. Using the marker, trace the rectangle onto the picture side of each photo, making sure everyone’s faces fit within the rectangle. Apply a double-sided adhesive sheet to the back of each photo and cut along the tracing lines.
Peel off the adhesive’s backing and adhere one photo to the top of the cubes and one to the bottom (since it’s a bit tricky, it’s a parent’s job).
3. Divide the photos by cutting along the edges of the cubes with the X-Acto
knife (another job for a parent). Add letter stickers if desired.
PERSONALIZED PAPERWEIGHT Dad rocks! And
this 3-D portrait proves it … Coat the top and sides of a clean flat
rock with paint that matches Dad’s skin tone and let it dry. Using tacky
glue, add strands of yarn for hair (we cut ours into 1/2-inch pieces and
attached them in clusters). Finally, paint on Dad’s eyes, nose, mouth and
any other distinguishing features, like
CAR WASH KIT Give Dad a cartload of customized car wash supplies. While you’re at it, throw in a voucher promising an eager cleaning crew of kids every time Dad needs to scrub down the station wagon. We decorated our kit with hand-drawn adhesive-backed craft foam cars and a bright, cheery sun. Then we loaded it up with sponges, paper towels and cleaning products.