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DIY Father’s Day Gifts
1. Homemade Shaving Cream
Combine the coconut oil and the shea butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 30 seconds, remove and stir. If there are solids remaining, continue to microwave for 10 second intervals until completely dissolved.
Add the sweet almond oil and the fragrance oil and stir. Place this mixture in the refrigerator until it becomes solid, then remove and allow it to sit for 15-20 minutes on your counter.
Place the mixture into the bowl of an electric mixer and whip until light and fluffy.
Transfer to a plastic (recommended) jar with a lid until ready for use.
To use, moisten skin with warm water, scoop out a small amount and spread on skin prior to shaving
Always test on a small patch of skin before applying to a larger area. These ingredients are mild, but everyone's skin is different and it's better to begin with caution.
This shaving cream does not lather because it contains no soap. It acts more like a lotion, creating a protective barrier between the skin and the razor.
This shaving cream does not need to be stored in the refrigerator. However, if your bathroom is exceptionally warm or you live in a hotter climate you may find some melting will occur. If the cream becomes too liquid, return it to the refrigerator until solid and whip it again with an electric mixer.
2. DIY Wood Dominoes
Lightly sand the blank wood domino tiles with a fine grain sand paper to eliminate rough edges, prevent splinters and create a surface that is smooth to the touch.
Measure the midway point along the long edge of each tile. Tear a piece of painter's tape and using that mark as a guide, wrap the paint around the tile dividing it in half.
Paint the exposed half of the tiles a solid color. You may choose to apply multiple coats for a more opaque color. Consult your paint bottle for appropriate drying times.
Once the paint is dry, tear a second piece of painter's tape and apply it approximately 1/8" from the center on the painted half of the tiles. This will mark off the center dividing line of the domino tiles. Using a contrasting color paint paint along this line.
When the paint is dry, remove all of the painter's tape.
Create the domino spots or pips by dipping the eraser end of a pencil into the same color paint you used for the center dividing line. Position and press it onto the tile. If necessary, fill in the pip using a fine point paint brush. Consult the following site for the appropriate number and placement of pips.
To create a carrying bag for the dominoes, utilize a plain muslin drawstring bag. The one used in the video measures 9 1/2" tall x 6" wide. Trace two domino tiles on the face of the bag in pencil or using a disappearing ink marker. Go over these traced lines using a thin painter's tape, adding a center dividing line to each tile. Place a piece of paper inside the bag to prevent the paint from seeping through the back panel. Paint in these boxes using the same paint used on the domino tiles. Allow the paint to dry and remove the painter's tape. Using the same technique for the tiles, create pips using the eraser end of a pencil. Once dry, your bag is ready to be filled with your domino set!
3. Tie Gift Bags
Begin with a Pocketbook Favor Box. Lay flat and identify the top front closure flap. Using scissors cut this flap to resemble a "W" or buttoned shirt collar.
Using Super Tacky Tape, assemble Pocketbook Favor Box according to instructions.
Fill with treats and fold down front closure flap.
Using scissors, cut freehand a tie from decorative scrapbook paper. Cut the tie in two pieces -- the knot and the tail.
Adhere the tie tail first to the tie knot, and then apply the entire tie to the shirt collar with double-sided tape.
4. Custom Dyed Golf Balls
Measure 2 cups of hot water and approximately 2 teaspoon of liquid dye into each glass jar.
Immerse golf ball into dye mixture using tongs or a spoon, cover tightly and shake to mix.
Check color frequently, the longer the golf ball remains in the dye mixture the darker the color. When desired shade is achieved, remove golf balls, rinse and dry with paper towels.
5. Catch All Clay Bowl
Trace your hand onto a piece of lightweight paper with a pen or a pencil. Remove your hand and connect the two sides of your outline by drawing an arched line where your wrist would normally be. Cut out your template and set aside.
Lay a piece of parchment paper over your cutting mat. Place a handful of air dry clay onto your parchment paper and press it down into a disk with your palms. Use a rolling pin to roll your clay out to about ¼" of an inch in thickness. Rolling your clay out on parchment paper allows you to easily reposition it and roll it out with your rolling pin in different directions.
Place your hand template onto your rolled clay and smooth it out -- the moisture from the clay should hold the paper in place.
Take a sharp craft knife and cut the clay around the outer edge of the hand template. This is an adults-only step! Remove the excess clay and place it back into a covered container allowing it to remain moist for a future project.
Select an appropriate sized bowl able to hold your clay hand (without the tips of the fingers or base of the palm extending up over the edges of the bowl). Carefully lift your clay hand up off of the parchment paper and place it into the interior of your bowl, gently pressing it down against the interior sides. Allow the bowl to air dry for 2 to 3 days.
Once the clay is dry, carefully invert the bowl over your actual hand and remove the clay hand bowl. During the drying process air dry clay slightly lightens in color and shrinks a very small amount allowing you to easily remove it from the bowl.
Once your bowl is dry, how you decorate it is entirely up to you! You can easily carve into its surface with a sharp tool, like a bamboo skewer. It can also be painted with acrylic paint.
This is a great project to tackle with kids! They can assist with every step EXCEPT cutting out the clay hand with the sharp craft knife -- this step is for adults only.
Kid made bowls make excellent gifts for parents and grandparents.
Consider carving the child's name and date into the underside of the dry bowl with a sharp tool like a bamboo skewer.
Be patient! Allow your bowl the full 2 to 3 days to dry.
When rolling out your clay, it's best not to go thinner than a ¼" or you risk your finished bowl being very fragile.
Your finished air dry clay bowls are for decorative purposes and are not intended for heavy daily use. They make great decorative accents on your bookshelves, mantle, coffee table or desk!