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Topic: Crafty Sentimental Gift for First Father's day for a dad who Waited a LONG time!  (Read 9253 times)
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karak411
« on: June 06, 2007 10:57:47 AM »

Hey crafty peeps, I need your help.

My husband and I tried for 4 1/2 years for a baby and through the miracle of science, we were blessed with our wonderful daughter last July.

So this is my husband's first father's day and I want to make it special.  He LOVES LOVES LOVES this kid, she has him totally wrapped around her finger and he loves to flaunt his "daddy" status.  Plus he works his bootay off in a demanding job so that I can stay home with her.  He's a GREAT guy and I want him to know how much I appreciate him and love that he's her daddy.

I am a bit of a crafty beech, so it's only appropriate that I create something for him.  I sew LOTs and I love to scrapbook, but I always like to try new things.

He works really really hard, so he doesn't have many hobbies.  He likes TV, like Heros and Lost and shows like that.  He loves beer! He's very handy and loves to play with power tools when he gets the chance.  He likes to fish but doesn't get to much anymore, because I work on the weekends so he hangs with the kid.  He also likes to play poker but doesn't get to much anymore since it tends to be expensive and late at night.  His favorite hobby though is reading.....reading geeky books to be exact!  Starwars and Salvatore books are his favs.  He did mention that he'd like the new Gunslinger book from steven king....Oh, and he's a total math geek, like does math in his head for fun while he's driving.

So, the question then is......what should I do?!  I've got ideas for store bought gifts, but I'd really like to make him something sentimental.

Oh!  Two more things, his birthday is the DAY BEFORE father's day, lucky him.  And I tried to make him a "dad" ring from PMC at christmas......ummmm disaster!  Sad

Thanks in advance you guys.  I guess mommy brain has me feeling a bit uncreative. 
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« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2007 03:27:04 PM »

WEll, since he's so proud and he won't to show off that he's a dad, how about a stencilled "daddy" shirt with a cute saying or something like that. Stencilling is relatively easy.

The obvious is to make him a scrapbook out of the pictures of him and your daughter.
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« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2007 03:45:18 PM »

those are cool ideas...  i like the dad shirt and stuff - this idea occurred to me and then i realized it may not be fathers-day appropriate.  maybe you can use it anyway, or for another time.  anyway.  on with the idea!

i was thinking some sort of personalized beer stein (a set of them, maybe?) , a six pack of beer that has personalized labels, and a set of coasters (perhaps with your daughter's face?  i don't know if that'd be weird.).

anyway.  hope it helps Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2007 04:55:28 PM »

have you ever done any work with clay???

Maybe you could make a model of your husband's favorite literary character???

What about a little baby backpack thingy (you know those things that secures the baby to you when you guys take walks??) with his name stenciled on with the words "number one dad" Huh

A handmade photo frame could also work?

Ha! I hope these aren't bad ideas! good luck!
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« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2007 04:57:47 PM »

have you ever done any work with clay???

Maybe you could make a model of your husband's favorite literary character???

What about a little baby backpack thingy (you know those things that secures the baby to you when you guys take walks??) with his name stenciled on with the words "number one dad" Huh

A handmade photo frame could also work?

Ha! I hope these aren't bad ideas! good luck!

I love the handmade photo frame idea. You could decorate the frame with his hobbies/interests.
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« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2007 05:24:55 PM »

This isn't particularly crafty for you, but what about getting him a beer-making kit? My dad has one and is absolutely nuts about brewing his own beer. Then if you want to get crafty, you could design labels for his beers....maybe something with a picture of your daughter, or he and her (she and him?) together. You could call it Best Dad Beer or Superdad Beer or something...Oh! You could call it "(Your last name) Beer" and then have a tag line along the lines of "Creating great things since (year your daughter was born)".

Or my other idea was doing a scrapbook from your daughter's point of view, all, "This is my dad and he's totally awesome". I've also always thought it would be fun to do a scrapbook in a comic book style too.  Wink

Congrats for your hubby's first father's day! And a belated happy mother's day to you!
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« Reply #6 on: June 07, 2007 05:35:19 PM »

When I was little my mom dipped my feet in different colors of paint and put them all over a white shirt with the saying "My daughter walks all over me"  Grin
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« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2007 05:48:29 PM »

I was goofing off and came up with this. It'd make an okay shirt or something else.

http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e142/teapotdnky/dad-1.jpg
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« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2007 05:52:00 PM »

I was goofing off and came up with this. It'd make an okay shirt or something else.

http://i38.photobucket.com/albums/e142/teapotdnky/dad-1.jpg

Ha! Cute! Cheesy
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« Reply #9 on: June 08, 2007 07:27:40 PM »

When I was little my mom dipped my feet in different colors of paint and put them all over a white shirt with the saying "My daughter walks all over me"  Grin
i like that , very cute.
 also simular idea.. handprints  with the saying.. _________'s got me wrapped around her fingers..
 fill in the blank with her name, " my daughter/baby" Daddy's little girl" whatever you can think of that would fit best.
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« Reply #10 on: June 09, 2007 10:04:22 AM »

Wow you guys, you all totally rock my socks!!

I love the feet idea!!  So cute and the beer thing, such good ideas, I especially love the "making good things since 2006".

And I was on track with the frame, I was thinking of stealing the home depot commerical idea and getting a wooden yard stick and cutting it into four peices and making a frame out of it.  Then wood burn "You rule dad" onto it.

I love them all!!  Thank you!!

Oh and feel free to continue to add ideas if you must!   Wink
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« Reply #11 on: June 11, 2007 07:06:05 AM »

Along the lines of "baby's first Christmas" type things you could do him some "Dad's first Father's Day" stuff, a tshirt, coffee mug to mention a couple of things you could use.  You can get bake-on porcelan paints for the mug - maybe do a handprint on the mug - check for toxicity first and wash off hands immediately. 

My kids did the plaster handprints for their dad. 
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« Reply #12 on: June 14, 2007 03:25:43 PM »

Ideas from the blogs:

photo cube cards- make a set and let him assemble some.  Add captions to your pictures to daddy it up a bit

http://www.goodyblog.com/playing_house/2007/06/photo_finish_cu.html

choose a couple books or activity ideas/supplies from www.geekdad.com to get his mind percolating for the future fun he and the kid(s) will have.  My geek husband LOVES this stuff.

a personalized mini-multitool.  These are great for dad-tasks (and mom tasks too- see a whole list of parent assists in my blog post) and you can them engraved at most mall engraving shops/kiosks while you wait:
http://babytoolkit.blogspot.com/2006/12/leatherman-micra.html

Make a card and put a footprint on it.  (you'll need a helper to do this without a huge mess)
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« Reply #13 on: February 22, 2008 05:55:34 AM »

A T-shirt with your daughters pic on it that says "Worlds Greatest Dad"?
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« Reply #14 on: May 29, 2008 12:51:24 PM »

If he reads you could make him some book ends. I'm always looking for interesting bookends because I have lots of books...Michaels sells those cardboardy ones you can paint of decoupage...
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« Reply #15 on: June 07, 2008 05:10:32 AM »

I used to work in an engraving shop. If you can find a shop with either a sand blaster or a laser engraver you can take in the feet prints for their hospital cards and have them engraved on beer mugs. If you could scan the image yourself and bring them photo ready art work that would cut down on your cost.

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« Reply #16 on: May 09, 2009 10:37:08 AM »

I'm not sure where you could do this but I know it's possible.  When I was a little girl (I'm 31 this year!) my mom had all of us four kids get our picture taken at this place that did photo t-shirts.  I was like 4 years old I think.  Anyway, there are 2 boys and 2 girls in my family so we did girls on one side boys on the other.  My Dad STILLS wears this shirt!  It is see through in some spots!  We did it again when I was in highschool...but I tell you, that one from when we were all little...he just wears and wears.  So I'm thinking since he is so proud to be a daddy that he just might enjoy a sentimental gift like this one.  Just a thought. 

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