DIY Father’s Day Gifts You Can Make In an Afternoon
Brigitt Earley and Sarah Karnasiewicz
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Golf Tee Frame
Two of Dad’s favorite things in one gift. You can use any frame you have on hand, but a green one (red or navy would look nice, too) makes natural or white golf tees pop.
What You’ll Need:
Hot glue gun
Place your frame flat on the table. Before gluing in place, plot out your design. Pro tip: Alternating the direction of the golf tees helps you fit more on the frame.
Using a hot glue gun, squeeze a dollop of glue onto each end of a golf tee. Secure in place. Repeat until the frame is filled. Let dry approximately 10 minutes.
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Spicy Beer Mustard
Spoon this flavor-packed condiment onto a cheese platter, use it as a dip for pretzels, or slather it all over sausages; no matter what, we guarantee it will be his go-to all grilling season long.
Flip the glass coaster upside-down, so the beveled edges rest against your table or surface. Use the foam brush to apply a layer of Mod Podge.
Immediately place the photo, picture-side down, on top of the layer of Mod Podge. Pro tip: Use the edge of a credit card to smooth out any wrinkles or air bubbles. Let dry approximately 10 minutes.
Apply a layer of Mod Podge to the backside of your photo. Let dry approximately 10 minutes. Add a second layer of Mod Podge. Let dry approximately 10 minutes.
Stick one felt furniture pad to each corner to prevent the coaster from scratching surfaces.
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Olive Oil Hot Fudge
While it might seem unconventional, adding a generous glug of olive oil and a pinch of salt to this decadent fudge sauce gives it an irresistibly fruity edge. Bonus: when drizzled on ice cream, the sauce cools into a firm, glossy shell—just like your favorite scoop shop topping, minus the mysterious ingredients.
A pair of well-worn pants gets new life as a cool catchall for change, keys, and other small accessories.
What You’ll Need:
Plain glass dish/tray (available at dollar and craft stores)
Foam craft brush
Fabric Mod Podge
Thin permanent marker
Lay denim over your dish to measure how much fabric you’ll need. Cut a rectangle out of the fabric, approximately 3 inches larger than the dish. Pro tip: This ensures you’ll have enough denim to cover the sides of the dish. Set denim aside.
Use a foam craft brush to paint a layer of Mod Podge all over the top and sides of the dish.
Immediately place the denim on top of the layer of Mod Podge, folding the corners in. Pro tip: Use your finger to ensure the fabric is flush with the glass along the perimeter of the dish, in the corners, and on the sides. Let dry approximately 10 minutes.
Apply a layer of Mod Podge on top of the denim. Let dry approximately 10 minutes.
Apply a layer of fabric Mod Podge to your contrasting fabric. Let dry approximately 10 minutes. Pro tip: This will prevent the fabric from fraying when you cut it. Once dry, use stencils to trace the word “Dad.” Cut out.
Apply a layer of Mod Podge to the top of the dish. Immediately place the cut-out letters on top, in the center of your dish. Let dry approximately 10 minutes.
Apply a layer of Mod Podge over the top and all sides of the dish. Let dry approximately 10 minutes. Repeat.
Once dry, flip the dish upside-down, and use scissors to trim any excess fabric.
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Spicy Peanut Brittle
Sweet, spicy, and oh-so-addictive, this old-fashioned candy comes together in minutes and, thanks to the microwave, couldn't be easier to make. The trickiest part: trying not to eat it all in one sitting.
Lay your base plate on a flat surface (you can use a bunch of flat LEGOS, instead, if that’s what you have on hand).
Place four layers of bricks, to fit, around the perimeter. Leave space for your window or doorframe.
Place the window or doorframe in place. Where your frame ends, place four layers of bricks perpendicularly, to section off space for paper clips, thumbtacks, and other small office supplies. Once the square on the right side of your desk caddy is sectioned off, place four layers of bricks down the middle to section the square in two.
On the left side of the desk caddy, add four more layers of bricks around the frame, in a square.
Print and cut a photo to fit the frame. Tape to secure.
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Soaked in spirits and emboldened by a splash of vermouth, these tasty little olives are like a martini, minus the drink. Serve them alongside cheese and crackers for the perfect cocktail hour nibble.