START YOUR PLANNING EARLY THIS YEAR!
There is still some time before panic sets in and you end up getting Dad something last minute. Here are a few ideas to help get you started — there's a range of easy to more difficult!
Are Dad's snacks always being eaten by other people? We've attached a handy snack tag PDF that can be printed on adhesive paper or normal paper (then grab the tape) so that Dad can label his special treats. This could be a nice additional to whatever else you're doing or getting for him!
DAD'S TACKLE BOX OF SNACKS
Does Dad love his candy? Grab a tackle box or plastic craft box and fill it with his favourite Mac's Favourites! From Gummi Sharks and Peach Rings to Gummi Worms and Cherry Sours, we've got you covered! Don't forget to really personalize it with a custom label for the top.
Does your Dad love, love, love chocolate bars? If so, this might be the perfect card/gift all in one! Get creative, and customize it to suit your Dad!
MAN CAVE COASTERS*
We thought this project was cool, but you'll definitely need to be VERY careful with the sharp edges, adhesive materials and sealant.*
What you'll need:
• tin snips
• 4x4 tiles (can be purchased individually at Home Depot or like store)
• pop cans (1 for every coaster you want to make)
• paper towel or rag
• clear varnish, epoxy or sealant that adheres to tile and aluminum
• furniture felt pads or felt squares and glue
• approximately 2-3 days
After rinsing your pop cans, VERY CAREFULLY cut off the top and bottom of the cans with tin snips — ensure that you are keeping as much of the label as possible for best results. The edges will be extremely sharp, so be carefully about handling these and the pieces that have been removed. Cut down the seam of the can, and cut a square section to fit the 4x4 tile. Optimally, some of the tile will show around the sides so that you can eliminate the sharp edges.
Put silicone on the back of the aluminum can square (around edges as well as across the middle) and press onto the top of the tile. Thoroughly wipe away excess silicone that will squeeze out with a warm, damp paper towel or rag. For best results, place a piece of paper or paper towel on top of the coaster, and stack heavy books on the tile(s) for 8-12 hours. The pop can labels may have a slight crinkle to them, but that just adds personality.
When the silicone is dry, apply the varnish, epoxy or sealant across the top and on the edges of the coaster to keep the labels from scratching or cutting anything or anyone. Follow the drying directions on the varnish/epoxy/sealant packaging.
Once the coasters are dry, place the felt pads on the bottom to keep from scratching surfaces, and viola! You have a set of man cave coasters!
*Only recommended to be made by responsible teens and parents. Some aspects of this project require caution.