Father’s Day Gift

C/O  Positively Splendid…. This is an adorable Father’s Day gift Idea

 

c/o Positively Splendid

 

Creating these couldn’t possibly be simpler:
Snap photos of your kiddos holding signs telling what they love most about their daddy (dad, papa, granddad, etc.).
Download one of the free “We {heart} You” files below, deciding which orientation and wording suits your needs.
Use Picasa (available for FREE through Google) to create a collage using the file you just downloaded and your sweet photos, and print them onto photo paper (or send them off to be professionally printed). Not familiar with how to create a collage in Picasa? Here’s a quick how-to.
step 1 / Select your desired photos and your “We {heart} You” file by clicking on them with your mouse while holding down the Ctrl button on your keyboard. Now, click on the button that says “Collage” at the bottom of the screen.
step 2 / With the “Settings” tab selected, choose the grid option from the first drop-down menu. Use the slider just below that to adjust the spacing between your pictures. At this point, drag and drop your photos to rearrange them as desired within your collage. Now, choose your size (I used 8×10) and then click on “Create Collage.” Print out your collage, and place it in a frame. That’s all there is to it!

 

If you have more or fewer kiddos, you’ll have to adjust the layout of your collage accordingly. Fortunately, Picasa gives you plenty of options for doing just that!

I have made one of these for Mr. Splendid, and one for each of our dads from the kiddos. I love that this was such a quick and easy project, but that it is one that has such sentimental value. I think everyone will love it!

If you are interested in putting together one (or a few!) of these collages, they have created two different sets of the “We {heart} You” files, in both vertical and horizontal orientations depending upon your needs, which you can download for free. I hope you’ll find the name your kids call the special guy in your life below. 🙂

These files were created for an optimal printing size of 5×7. If the collage idea isn’t for you, another terrific option would be to frame the printable on its own, and then display the framed photos of your kiddos alongside it. What a darling mantel display that would make!

Click on the thumbnails below to be taken directly to the page where you can download each image. 

     

 

     

 

     

 

         

 

Thanks so much for reading!

DIY Father’s Day

If you’ve been following us on Facebook or Twitter, you know we’ve been posting 12 Days of Father’s Day Gifts and Ideas. But with Father’s Day coming up in just a few days, you may be thinking it’s too late to get anything for dear old Dad. Luckily, that is not the case! Today, I’ve put together a list of some of my favorite Father’s Day crafts.

 

First, are these simple and adorable Tin Can Treats from Our Best Bites.

Image c/o ourbestbites.com

Fantastic, no?

So you know all those cans you have sitting in the pantry? (Not that I know from experience or anything…) Anyway, now is the time to use a few of them! For this craft, you’ll need the ones with the pop tops. You can either use the food for a meal or just store it in the fridge/freezer for up to a week.

First, check out the Father’s Day post here, and then take a look at the complete tutorial.

 

If you want the kiddos to help with some other crafts too, here are some great examples:

Let Dad know what you think of him with this #1 Trophy Craft.

Remember pet rocks? Make your whole family with this Rock Family Plaque.

Try some personal Father’s Day coupons.

Why not monogram one of Dad’s old ties for an updated look?

 

Check out some more Free Gift Ideas here. Of course if DIY isn’t exactly your style, check out our guy-friendly Eco Tote!

Make a Meal for Dad!

Baja Buffalo Chicken Wings

what you need

1/3 cup lime juice
1/3 cup  tequila Baja Buffalo Chicken Wings
1/3 cup chopped chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
1 Tbsp.  garlic salt
1 Tbsp. ground red pepper (cayenne)
2 lb.  chicken wings, separated at joints, tips removed
3/4 cup BULL’S-EYE Raging Buffalo Barbecue Sauce
2 Tbsp.  sliced green onions

make it

COMBINE lime juice, tequila, chipotle peppers, garlic salt and red pepper in large resealable plastic bag. Add chicken; seal bag. Turn bag over several times to evenly coat chicken with the lime juice mixture. Refrigerate 30 min. to marinate.

PREHEAT grill to medium-high heat. Remove chicken from marinade; discard bag and marinade. Grill chicken 15 min., turning occasionally. Brush lightly with some of the barbecue sauce. Continue grilling 4 to 5 min. or until chicken is cooked through, turning and brushing frequently with the remaining barbecue sauce.

PLACE chicken on serving platter; sprinkle with the onions.

http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/baja-buffalo-chicken-wings-94340.aspx

Cowboy Burgers

what you need

8 ground beef patties (2 lb.)Cowboy Burgers
2 Tbsp.  olive oil
3 sweet onions (2 lb.), thinly sliced, separated into rings
3 Tbsp.  A.1. Original Steak Sauce
8 hamburger buns
2   tomatoes, sliced
8 KRAFT Singles

make it

HEAT grill to medium heat.

GRILL patties 5 min. on each side or until done (160ºF).

MEANWHILE, heat oil in large nonstick skillet on medium-high heat. Add onions; cook and stir 10 min. or until golden brown, stirring frequently. Stir in steak sauce.

FILL buns with tomatoes, burgers, Singles and onion mixture.

http://www.kraftrecipes.com/recipes/cowboy-burgers-110591.aspx

CHIPS AHOY! Wiches

what you need

3 cups vanilla ice cream, slightly softened

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3/4 cup sprinkles

make it

SPREAD 1/4 cup ice cream onto flat side of each of 12 cookies. Cover with remaining cookies to make 12 sandwiches.

ROLL edges in sprinkles.

FREEZE 1 to 2 hours or until firm.


Sweets can be part of a balanced diet but remember to keep tabs on portions.
VARIATION
Prepare using your favorite flavor of ice cream, sherbet or frozen yogurt. In addition, roll edges in chopped PLANTERS Nuts, colored sprinkles, chocolate chips or toasted BAKER’S ANGEL FLAKE Coconut instead of the sprinkles.
MAKE AHEAD
These cool treats are perfect for making ahead of time. Simply prepare as directed, wrap in plastic wrap and store in freezer for up to 1 month.

Happy Father’s Day!

Have a great Father’s Day!  Hopefully the day is filled with barbeque grilling, golfing, and relaxing.

Here are some Father’s Day jokes in honor of the day.

Who is the Winner?
The father of five children had won a toy at a raffle.
He called his kids together to ask which one should have the present.
“Who is the most obedient?” he asked.
“Who never talks back to mother? and
“Who does everything mother says?”
Five small voices replied in unison. “Okay daddy! You get the toy.”

The Joy Ride
Bob was 16 and finally got hold of his driver’s license. In order to celebrate the special day, the whole family went out to the driveway and climbed into the car to enjoy his first official drive. However, dad went to the back seat, where he sat right behind his boy. When Bob saw his dad he said “Dad, you must be fed up of the front seat after teaching me how to drive all these days Right?” “Nope!”, came the quick reply from the dad. “I’m going to sit back here and kick the back of your seat while you drive, just like you’ve been doing to me for the last sixteen years!”

Magic Penny
After putting their three-year-old child Brian in bed, his parents heard muffled sobs coming from his room one night. Rushing back in, they found that the child was crying hysterically when he saw them. He told his parents that he had accidentally swallowed a penny and was sure that he would die now. The father, in an attempt to sober him down, took out a penny from his pocket and pretended to pull it out from Brian’s ear. The child was really thrilled and stopped crying at once. In a flash, he snatched the penny from his dad’s hand, swallowed it, and then cheerfully demanded, “Do it again, Dad!”

Long-haired David
After getting his driving license, David visited home during vacation and asked his dad for the family car. His dad agreed, but put forwarded three conditions – good grades in school, a neat room and a decent haircut. After several months, David came home again. He had followed the three things that he had promised his dad, except getting his hair cut. When the father saw that his son had disobeyed him, he asked for an explanation. David smartly said, “Hey dad, even Jesus had long hair.” His Father was not someone to be taken for a ride and smilingly replied, “Yes, son, you’re absolutely right. And Jesus also walked everywhere he went.”

Who’s the Boss?
While having their evening dinner together, a little girl looked up at her father and asked, “Daddy, you’re the boss in our family, right?” The father was very pleased to hear it and confidently replied, “Yes my little princess.” The girl then continued, “That’s because mommy put you in charge, right?”

Read more at Love Your Father

A Father’s Day Gift

Recycle an old tie for this Father’s Day gift.

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  • An old tie
  • Scissors
  • Waxed paper
  • Tacky glue
  • Self-adhesive Velcro-dot fastener

Instructions

1. Cut the tie as shown (A) so that it’s 16 inches long.

2.  Slip a piece of waxed paper into the wide opening. Then, run lines of glue around the edges of one half of the tie.

3.  Fold the tie in half and curl the cut edge inside the opening at the opposite end (B).

4.  Glue the cord ends in place and add a Velcro-dot fastener. Set a book on top of the tie to press it flat while the glue dries.

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Family Fun

Barbeque Apron

Here is a perfect gift for Father’s Day.  The kids will have a blast decorating something for Dad, and will love seeing him wear it grilling all summer long.

Add a few splashes of fabric paint to a plain canvas apron, and what do you get? A gorgeous kid creation that will artfully shield Dad’s clothes from that messy grill.

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  • White canvas apron, in Dad’s size, available at craft stores
  • Masking tape
  • Fabric paints of different colors
  • Paintbrushes

Instructions

  1. Prewash the apron. Mark off sections of the apron with masking tape, so each child artist gets his or her own tableau.
  2. Kids can sketch out ideas on paper beforehand or go straight to canvas. Themes might include food on the grill, family self-ortraits, or Dad’s favorite things. Remove the tape and set the paint according to the manufacturer’s directions.

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Family Fun

“The Stepfather: Was I Dad or just a stand-in?”

With Father’s Day celebrations just around the corner, many men may be questioning their role in a child’s life, particularly stepfathers.  For Kevin Keck, author of the memoir Are You There God? It’s Me. Kevin, this issue presents itself as he is wanting his stepson to call him “Dad.”  This candid story from the perspective of a bachelor-turned-father figure, presents an interesting look at family dynamics and the fact that “a dad isn’t about genes, it’s about love, nurturing, and being present in a child’s life.”

Take a look at the article and read Kevin Keck’s story here.

Turn an old Hammer into Something Special for Your Dad this Father’s Day!

Monogram Painted Hammer

What you’ll need:

  • 1 wood handled hammer
  • Sand paper 
  • Acrylic paints, any colors plus white
  • Paintbrushes
  • Black fine point marker
  • Clear acrylic glaze or sealer

How to make it:

  1. Sand the wood handle of the hammer to rough up any coating that may have been added. Paint one side of the wooden handle white. Once it’s dry, paint the other side white. (See photo.)
  2. Decorate the rest of the hammer in whatever fashion you like! You will need to paint one side, let it dry, and then paint the other side. Let dry completely. (See photo 12.)
  3. Use a black fine point marker to add any details, such as outlines. It’s important to let the marker dry for a good 30 minutes; otherwise your sealer may cause the marker ink to bleed.
  4. To monogram the hammer, paint the first letter of dad’s name toward the bottom of the handle (T for Tom, B for Bob, etc). (See photo.)
  5. In a well ventilated area, have an adult spray the hammer with a clear sealer or glaze. Let dry and repeat for a second coat. Allow to dry overnight.

Tips:

  1. This project will require some patience because there’s quite a bit of dry time involved. For small children, a coat of white and a few different colors of finger painting or brush painting is usually fine. For older kids, they may want to be more intricate, adding stripes, lines, and polka dots. Just be sure to allow dry time for each layer.
  2. You can get cheap hammers at the dollar store.
  3. You can speed up the process of this project by sanding the hammer and painting it white ahead of time and just allowing kids to decorate.
  4. Crayons or markers are also an alternative to paint! Have kids color directly on the white painted surface, and then spray with sealer afterward.

http://crafts.kaboose.com/painted-hammer.html

Father's Day Coloring Pages

Here are some great websites with Father’s Day-themed, printable coloring pages:

http://printables.kaboose.com/holidays/fathers-day/coloring-pages/dad-color.html

http://www.kookerkids.com/coloring_fathers_day.htm

http://familyfun.go.com/arts-and-crafts/season/specialfeature/fathers-day-crafts-and-gifts/

http://familycrafts.about.com/od/fathersdaycolor/Fathers_Day_Coloring_Pages.htm

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