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With Father’s Day just a couple of weeks away, I feel like I’m really on top of things this year! I’ve already purchased Father’s Day cards and I was able to create a Father’s Day toolbox with my kids this weekend – perfect for an assortment of dad gifts. I try to do something handmade each year for my husband, and things kind of fell by the wayside last year with a new baby in the house. This year, though, we are not going to let him down.
When I was at Walmart buying cards, I also purchased a toolbox to decorate. (The toolbox was very inexpensive – less than $7 – and it can be used after Father’s Day!) I had finger paints at home, and it really was a matter of what we were going to put inside his box. A gift card for coffee and a travel mug were a given. He loves drinking coffee. Something else that he loves is creating things with the kids. So a copy of the book Geek Dads is perfect! (There are a couple of different Geek Dads books – they offer different things to build, science experiments, and activities to do as a dad and kid.) I also included the cards from myself and the kids. American Greetings has a lot of fun cards to choose from at Walmart.
So for decorating, I had to get a little creative with the kids hand prints. Specifically the baby’s. I painted her hand, and then applied it to the box, but she immediately makes a fist, so that was a little trying. And the paint didn’t want to really show up – so after I got the basic outline of her print, I added more paint so it would really stand out. I did this with both hands and then immediately put her in the bathtub. (Yes, the hand prints were made in our bathroom floor. I highly recommend this. Otherwise you may end up with paint all over your child and your home.)
While she was bathing, my son came in and we did his hand prints. I painted his hands, pressed it to the box, and then added more paint so the orange was really bright. TIP: When painting over the print, don’t apply TOO much paint or it will peel when it has dried.
Later that evening, I added “DAD” to the end. I’m really pleased with how it turned out! (By the way, let it dry overnight befire you try to add anything inside the box.) When I added the gifts to the box, I decorated it with tissue paper and a bow from American Greetings. The cards and gift wrapping items are all in the same spot (in my store, that would be aisles G11 and G18.)
While I was buying Father’s Day cards, I also picked out a card for someone I know could use a little pick me up. Isn’t it fun to get nice mail? Or just to hear from a friend or loved one that they’re thinking about you? I think we need to send more cards (less bills, right?)
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Another idea I had for the toolbox – after I’d pulled this one together – is doing other themes. You could easily create a camping box filled with s’mores ingredients. Or how about a movie lover’s toolbox? I was going to include movie tickets for my husband, but the theatre he likes doesn’t sell gift certificates. With any of these themes, the toolbox would have remained the same.
Do you have any fun and creative plans for Father’s Day this year?