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Homemade gifts from the heart for Father’s Day

Comic book coasters.
Comic book coasters. rhailey@star-telegram.com

Father’s Day is Sunday, and that means there are only three days left to find a gift for the special dad in your life. To help you with your gift-giving dilemma, we rounded up a list of kid-friendly crafts that are guaranteed to be a hit with dear old Dad. From comic book-themed coasters to rest his drink on during the big game to homemade aftershave meant to keep his skin feeling great, here are five easy gift ideas worth making.

Up, up and away

He’s a superhero in his own right, so show Dad how much you care by giving him a set of comic book-themed coasters that are perfect for game days and poker nights. Children will have fun picking out which of their favorite superheroes most resemble their pop.

Building blocks of love

Remind Dad of all the wonderful weekends you’ve spent playing with Legos together by making him his very own Lego tie pin. Made using only three items, the easy-to-assemble gift is the perfect way to help Dad keep you close to his heart no matter where he goes.

Get in the game

Game nights with the family are always fun, so why not encourage more quality time together by gifting Dad a set of handmade dominoes? They’re customized to reflect his favorite colors, so Dad will love knowing that you put so much thought into creating each tile.

So fresh and so clean

Even someone as handsome as Dad needs help with his grooming regimen. This Father’s Day, you can ensure that he always looks great by whipping up a batch of homemade aftershave. Made with all-natural ingredients, the soothing product offers a refreshing finish.

Cheers to Dad

Toast Dad on his special day with a customized flask that is as unique as his personality. Use woodgrain contact paper and a permanent marker to write a sweet, personalized message. It’s a nice way to let Dad know how much you appreciate all the things he’s done for you.

Lego tie pin

  • Tie tack pin
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Lego

Apply hot glue to flat side of tie tack pin. Carefully press Lego against glue to adhere.

Homemade dominoes

  • 28 blank wooden dominoes
  • Craft paint
  • Foam craft brush
  • Permanent marker
  • Small bag with drawstring (to store)

1. Paint dominoes on one side, then let dry for 30 minutes. Repeat on other side. If needed, apply a second coat.

2. Use permanent marker to draw designated dots on each domino. (Tip: For reference, we used an internet image of a double-six domino set.)

3. Let dry overnight, then store in drawstring bag.

All-natural homemade aftershave

  •  1/4 cup solid coconut oil
  • 15 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 10 drops Valor essential oil
  • 5 drops Idaho Blue Spruce essential oil
  • 2 drops peppermint essential oil
  • Container (to store)

1. In a bowl, combine all five oils and mix well.

2. Spoon aftershave into container, then refrigerate to firm for 1-2 hours.

3. To use, apply to freshly shaven skin.

Comic book coasters

  • 4-by-4-inch tile
  • Comic book
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Mod Podge
  • Foam craft brush

1. After picking the comic book image you want to use for your coaster, trace an outline of the tile around it. Cut out the image.

2. Apply 1-2 coats of Mod Podge to tile. Place image on top of Mod Podge and carefully press down so that it adheres to the tile. Smooth out any air bubbles.

3. Brush 1-2 layers of Mod Podge over the image. Edges should be completely sealed. Let dry overnight before using.

Personalized flask

  • Flask
  • Woodgrain contact paper
  • Pencil
  • X-Acto knife or scissors
  • Permanent marker

1. Using the grid on the back of contact paper, measure and cut a piece that fits perfectly around the flask. Remove back side of contact paper, then carefully press paper onto flask. Smooth the paper as you go to prevent air bubbles.

2. Write a special message on the front of the flask using the permanent marker.

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