Father’s Day gift ideas: 3 DIY projects for Dad that look store-bought
By Aimee Heckel
Making something yourself is more satisfying than simply buying it at the store, according to an article on Lifehacker.com. And building something also makes you value it more, according to Psychology Today.
The problem, though, is when DIY goes bad. Case in point: the website Pinterest Fail. (Read this article on when to DIY and when to leave it to the pros.)
Sometimes receiving a smeared marker self-portrait on a napkin can be heartwarming — although are you really going to leave it prominently displayed in the kitchen for years to come? Maybe not.
Here are three great DIY gifts you and your family can make for Dad for Father’s Day — only these are sure to turn out great and look like you bought them at the store. So, you get the satisfaction of making it yourself, without the disclaimer to guests when they come over to visit.
1. Paint-it-yourself pottery. Look for a pottery painting studio in your town, and spend an afternoon there with the kids. Let each kid paint something useful (read: not a dust-collector), like a salt and pepper shaker or a bowl.
Trick to getting the best turnout: Choose a common color scheme. Make it match your kitchen, or only pick complimentary colors. Let your children paint the background and you can add details on top with a smaller brush or stencil.
After glazing and going through the kiln, you’ll be amazed by how beautiful almost anything turns out.
Then follow these directions on Instructables.com to turn it into a phone case — using only fabric and duct tape. And dads do love them some duct tape. (See photo, courtesy of Instructables.com)
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3. Revamp Dad’s office with a new chair, one that you make yourself. The blog She’s Crafty features a simple DIY guide to how to cover a boring black office chair.
Pick out a fabric pattern that Dad will love — and make sure it’s soft and comfortable, too. This is an easy project you can do with the help of your kids in one afternoon, and it won’t set you back the price of a brand new chair, either.
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