DIY Presents for Dad

Written by tanya khan
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DIY Presents for Dad
Give your father a handmade gift. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Whether it's your dad's birthday, Christmas, Father's Day or another special occasion, consider making him a thoughtful and meaningful present instead of giving a store-bought item. Keep his interests in mind as you make him something he can proudly display, wear, eat or use. A scrapbook that chronicles his life or a golf towel are two DIY gifts you can make your dad. Add personal touches to the selected gift so he will treasure it forever.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Pictures and memorabilia
  • Magazines
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Black pen
  • Stickers
  • Sequins
  • Glitter pens
  • Decorative trim
  • Hole puncher
  • 1-inch twill tape
  • Terry cloth, 16 by 22 inches
  • Sewing machine
  • Grommet kit
  • Metal clip

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  1. 1

    Determine the theme for the scrapbook before you begin compiling it. You can make a scrapbook that chronicles your dad's life or a theme that portrays only one aspect of his life or personality.

  2. 2

    Rummage through old photo albums for memorable photos of your dad back from when he was younger as well as more recent ones. Also look for memorabilia such as old concert tickets he and your mom went to, a newspaper clipping of his work and a preserved flower from a bouquet he gave your mom.

  3. 3

    Spread the pictures and memorabilia on the worktable and determine the format of the scrapbook. Look for inspirational quotes from magazines and also cut out pictures of his favourite car, food, sport and vacation resort from different magazines to add to the scrapbook.

  4. 4

    Separate the pictures into different piles. For instance, put pictures from family trips and vacations together in a pile, those from when your dad was younger in another pile, his marriage and honeymoon in a third pile and recent ones in another.

  5. 5

    Paste items on plain sheets of paper using glue. The arrangement of photos and memorabilia depends entirely on you; you can paste two photos on a standard sheet of paper or cut pictures to make them smaller.

  6. 6

    Write a caption under each photo, such as the date it was taken or your memory of it. Ask your mom or an older family member to help if you cannot recall the date. Also embellish each page with decorative stickers, magazine cutouts that represent your dad's interests or handwritten quotes using glitter pens and glued sequins. Also write personal messages to your dad and reasons why you love him on separate papers, or under pictures of the two of you.

  7. 7

    Paste a family photo or one of your dad in the centre of a blue paper. Glue decorative lace over the edges of the paper so it serves as the cover of the scrapbook.

  8. 8

    Compile the pages in chronological order. Align the papers before punching two holes through the middle left of the papers. Tread decorative ribbon through the holes and knot in a bow along the front.

    Golf Towel

  1. 1

    Fold 1-inch twill tape around the edges of a 16-by-22-inch terry cloth. Sew the tape to the fabric, a 1/4 of an inch inward from the edge of the towel.

  2. 2

    Mark a hole for the grommet 1 1/2 inch below and toward the middle of the towel from the left corner with a marker and punch out a 1/2-inch hole at the mark.

  3. 3

    Insert the grommet through the hole and clip its base on the other side under the towel. Open the metal clip and place it through the grommet.

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