Homemade Father's Day Gift: Popsicle Stick Box For Dad
Poor Dad never gets a break around here -- not even on Father's Day. While Mother's Day is a luxurious celebration with breakfast in bed, brunch at a nice restaurant, and pampering and relaxation, Father's Day puts the guest of honor to work.
My children's concept of A Perfect Father's Day is a lot like the book of the same title: lots of quality time playing Daddy's "favorite" games (read: the kids' favorite games). Daddy is the "cool" and "fun" parent around here so they are not going to give up a second of their "Daddy time". Then, Daddy and Papa fire up the grill and cook their own Father's Day dinner.
Well, at least Daddy gets more craft gifts than mommy does! (That's a bonus, right?)
This year, we are making Popsicle stick boxes for Dad to keep his phone, keys, or cufflinks.
- Popsicle / craft sticks
- Embellishments (dried pasta, mosaic tiles, sea glass, sea shells, letter tiles or beads)
- Paint (optional)
1. Spread glue along the length of two sticks.
2. Place one stick perpendicular to the two sticks, connecting them, to form the third side of a square. Continue laying down sticks next to each other until you have filled the space to create the bottom of the box.
3. Let this dry a little so you can flip it over. The two original sticks should now be face up. Put a dab of glue on all four corners and lay down sticks perpendicular to the two original sticks to again form a square.
4. Continue alternating directions and pasting down two sticks perpendicular to the previous layer. Build the sides of the box as high as you wish.
5. Lay but do NOT glue two sticks next to (parallel to) your last two sticks. These will be the "tracks" that will enable the top of your box to slide on and off. Place a dab of glue on each of the four tips of these two "track" sticks you did not glue down. Place two sticks perpendicular to the "track" sticks on the dabs of glue. Let dry a little so you can remove this frame of the box's top without it falling apart.
6. Fill in the frame of the top as you did with the box's bottom.
7. You should now have a box and a top. (Note: You can paste a large bead at one end of the top to act as a stopper to prevent the top from sliding all the way off the box, if you wish.)
8. Decorate to your heart's content. My kids chose to leave the sticks natural and not paint but you can paint, glitter, and paste on any embellishments you like. We used letter tiles, "jewels", and sea glass. Seashells are nice if Dad is a beach guy. When I went to camp, we used to paste on dried pasta and then spray paint with gold or silver metallic paint. Older kids could create a mosaic with tiles.
My children are very proud to give these boxes to their Daddy and can't wait to make one for themselves!