DIY Father’s Day gifts that don’t suck

Mostly everyone I know has been impacted financially by Covid-19. It’s seen a massive shift in our daily lives, and most people are trying to budget a shoe string to stretch even further.

In my effort to “sawdust the meatloaf” I’ve been putting a lot of thinking into DIY Father’s Day gifts for the four girls to make. We’ve got four individual levels of skill, patience, understanding and cooperation. Everyone making the same thing is…well… Kind of possibly asking for a disaster.

In my mind, and in theory here are a bunch of easy, inexpensive, fun, achievable projects you can do with your kids of various ages to rock Dad’s world. I’ve tried to honestly avoid the “Covid memory” style crafts because they aren’t my style. I want to be able to hang stuff up and it not become “dated”/seasonal. In the past I’ve kept decorations up for a solid year and I’m still not sure if that was creative and cute or simply depression.

Please note – any pricing or store recommendations are for things I can personally get located in Canada. Your stores may be different or have different stock available.

Concrete Keepsakes

You can actually do a lot with concrete pretty easily – with a 10lbs bag being around $3-$5 at Lowe’s – it’s an inexpensive way to make decorative pathway stones, molds, and knick knack gifts. While you can buy it at places like Michael’s and it’s more specifically for crafting, your paying around $18 for a bag and that, to me, is a little expensive.

My favorite idea for this is to upcycle old metal pots and pans to make funky garden stones or decor. In the past I’ve made a garden stone out of an old heart shaped baking pan and glass stones from Dollarama.

Two options-

Going off the directions of your cement, mix it then pour a layer down. Personally I’d do 2-3 inches and then press the stones and decor into the mix until they are half submerged. You can do a pattern, random, you go girl. Do your thing.

The second way is a little tricky and comes out slightly different. Put your stones and such down first, then pour the cement mix on top. I didn’t like this method because you need to work quickly with cement and it’s tricky to keep things in place while pouring, but it is a smooth, flat finish vs a textured top.

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