For all the ways Dad takes care of the family during the year, he deserves a special day of celebration. Homemade crafts are a way for kids to show their love for Dad on Father's Day; they can take time and effort to create a gift more meaningful than a store-bought one. If Dad is a do-it-yourselfer, he probably already has his own toolbox, but he will appreciate a toolbox craft created just for him.
Even very young children will be able to make a toolbox card for Dad this Father's Day. Start with heavy paper or card stock about 8 by 5 inches. Fold the paper almost evenly in half horizontally, leaving about 3/4 of an inch that doesn't overlap. Fold over the 3/4 flap to overlap the rest of the card. The top flap will be the "lid" of the toolbox. Cut out a handle from black construction paper and glue it to the top of the toolbox, right at the crease. Cut out a yellow rectangle, about 1/2 by 1 inches, and glue it to the centre of the "lid," where it meets the rest of the card. For a metallic toolbox, wrap the card stock aluminium foil before performing any of the other steps.
Mint Tin Mini Toolbox
Make a mini toolbox out of a mint tin for Dad to store tacks, washers, rubber bands or other small objects. First paint the mint tin using paint intended for metal; spray paint works well. Find or buy a metal eye strap, which is a small piece of metal intended for securing lines on boats. These are available at hardware stores. Use a hot glue gun to adhere the eye strap to the top of the tin. To make it more realistic, drill small holes in the top of the tin and screw the eye strap on.
Favourite Things Foam Cutouts
Dad can use an old-fashioned wooden toolbox to carry tools around or as a memo box on his desk. Buy the plain wooden style of tool box from a craft store or hardware store. Paint the box with tempera or acrylic paint. Draw templates of some of Dad's favourite things, like a barbecue, bowling pin, book or hammer and use these as guides for cutting shapes out of craft foam. Cut out lettering to spell "No. 1 Dad" or "Master Craftsman," too. Use a hot glue gun to adhere the foam cutouts to the tool caddie.
Buy the plain wooden type of tool caddie that is available at craft stores and home improvement stores. Have kids choose pictures of the family and search magazines for pictures of Dad's hobbies and cut them out. Paint a small portion of the wooden caddie with clear craft glue and press the photos on top. Cover the whole caddie with pictures, fabric and scrapbook paper, then paint a layer of glue over all of the items, making sure the corners and edges are all laying smoothly.
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