Cheap But Chic: Gifts to Put the Fun in Father’s Day

Tired of giving a necktie and beef jerky for dear old dad for Father’s Day? Are you running out of ideas? Here at Cheap but Chic have you covered with these six Father’s Day crafts.

  1. Sweet Beer Mug according to


  • Glass beer mug
  • Large bag of butterscotch candies
  • 10 Large marshmallows
  • Cellophane
  • Ribbon

Step 1: Take glass beer mug fill 2/3 of the way up with the butterscotch candies.

Step 2: Fill remaining area in mug and a little higher with marshmallows.

Step 3: Wrap in cellophane and wrap with ribbon.

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2.  Fingerprint Hanging With Dad Card according to


  • Thin Rope or Twine
  • Brown Paint
  • Brown or Black Marker
  • Glue
  • White Cardstock or Heavy Paper

Step 1: Cover your work surface with newspaper.

Step 2: Start by dipping your thumbs into the brown paint and stamping it on the white piece of paper or cardstock.

Step 3: After that, dip your pointer finger in the paint and press it right above the thumbprint.

Step 4: Cut a piece of rope/twine and glue it onto the paper just above the monkey bodies. Grab the brown marker and draw the tail, ears, arms, and legs!

Step 5: Finish the monkeys off by drawing black eyes and a dark brown circle/smile on their face. Write “I love hangin’ with you!” at the top of the card

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3. Best Dad I Ever “Saw” Magnet


  • Scissors
  • Pinking Shears
  • Computer Paper
  • Construction Paper
  • Heavy Cardboard
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue
  • School Glue
  • Box Cutter
  • Hole Punch
  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Magnet

Step 1:First cut your Pringles container down the side with scissors or box cutter. An adult will have to help if you are using a box cutter.

Step 2: Cut off the bottom of the pringles can and open up the silver cardboard.

Step 3: Next, cut the silver cardboard in half.

Step 4: Then cut the half sheets in half until you have 8 pieces. You only need 1 of these pieces to make your saw blade.

Step 5: Get your pinking shears and cut the zigzag shape at the bottom of your saw blade. On the top of the saw blade cut a diagonal line so the top of the blade slopes down. Now your saw blade is done. Save the scrap pieces of your silver cardboard and use the hole punch and punch out two holes in it. These two holes will be the rivets on the handle of your saw.

Step 6: Next draw a handle on a heavy piece of cardboard. Cut it out.

Step 7: Then with a box cutter cut out the inside of the handle. An adult might want to do this part.

Step 8: Now you have to glue your handle to the saw blade. On the side of the handle there will be a little opening, put hot glue along the inside of the cardboard then put the saw blade into the glue. Hot glue the rivets on top of the handle and now your saw is done.

Step 9: Now you have to make your message for your saw. I wrote — Best Dad I Ever “Saw” !! on the label maker of my computer. I got 30 messages. If you are only making one saw then you can just make it on word pad and print it out. Cut it out and then make your frame around the message you made with some colored construction paper. Make the construction paper a little bigger than your message. You could glue these two things together with school glue or hot glue. Then glue your message onto the saw blade.

Step 10: On the back of your saw hot glue on the magnet and you’re done. I used some free magnets that we got at a health fair this year.

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  1. Pirate’s Treasure Chest Craft according to


  • an empty kleenex box
  • some black and yellow construction paper
  • a printer
  • scissors
  • glue
  • something to color with

Step 1: Cover the kleenex box with black construction paper (all sides).  Use enough glue that when we slit open the top the paper will stick.

Step 2:Using sharp scissors, have an adult cut around 3 sides of the kleenex box, about an inch from the top (so the treasure chest opens). You will need to bend back the cardboard on the remaining, attached side so the chest opens and closes nicely.

Step 3: Glue a piece of yellow or red construction paper, felt or tissue paper to the inside of the “lid” and chest (so it looks like a nice velvety lining).

Step 4: Now comes the fun part!  Print out the template of choice.

Step 5: Colour the pieces, as necessary and cut them out.

Step 6: Glue the KEEP out warning onto the top (lid) of the chest.

Step 7: Cut 1/2 inch strips from yellow construction paper and glue them to all the edges of the treasure chest.

Step 8: Glue the lock onto the front of the chest.

Step 9: Glue the handles onto the sides of the chest.

Step 10: Optional:  Glue sequins, fake jewels or painted rocks onto the lid for a jewel encrusted treasure chest.

Step 11: Fill with gold coins or put the, oh so stereotypical, tie or wallet inside and use the chest as a really cool gift box!

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  1. Necktie Father’s Day Card according to


  • 8 1/2 x 11 inch Blue cardstocks
  • Stripe patterned paper
  • 2 Buttons
  • White gel pen
  • Needle
  • Double-sided tape
  • Scissors
  • Pencil

Step 1: Fold the blue cardstock into half.  Click on Printables and print out the pattern pieces.

Step 2: Place the heart pattern to the center of the folded card. Use the pencil to draw around the shape. Cut out.

Step 3:Make tracings of tie from stripe patterned paper, and the collar and pocket from blue cardstock. Cut them out.

Step 4:Pierce holes around collar and pocket. Use white gel pen to draw stitches.

Step 5: Adhere tie to card.

Step 6: Next, adhere the collar and pocket.

Step 7: Attach buttons.

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6. Folded-Shirt Card according to


  • 8 1/2-by-14-inch decorative paper
  • Glue

Step 1: Place paper facedown. Fold in half vertically; unfold. Line up left edge with centerline fold, and crease; repeat with right edge. Unfold, and lay flat.

Step 2: Fold top-left corner in to line up with outermost crease, forming a triangle; repeat on top-right corner. Using index fingers and thumbs, pinch together outside points of each triangle so they meet, and crease.

Step 3: While still pinching triangles, fold down top edge (this will make sleeves).

Step 4:Turn paper upside down, and flip it over. Fold down top edge 3/4 inch.

Step 5: Flip paper over. Fold top left and right corners so tips meet at centerline.

Step 6: Tuck bottom edge under collar, and flatten by creasing. For the tie, cut out an 8-by-1/2-inch strip of decorative paper. Knot paper. Snip close to knot on one side; trim other to a point. Glue to shirt.

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