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Sometimes, the “we’re so glad you’re still around” holidays like Father’s Day and Mother’s Day really require more than a card and some flowers. Sometimes, you have to get down and dirty, and make something with your own two hands for the parental units who raised you. Since Father’s Day is this Sunday, I’ve rounded up three pretty neat DIY gifts for the father, grandfather, or father figure in your life for whom you need to put in a little extra effort.
1. The Cord Roll
Misty Spinney over at Brit+Co. discovered the DIY cord roll (also available on etsy, if you’re seriously strapped for time but have cash to spare), which is a great way to keep all your cords in one place and tangle-free. You’ll need 1/4 yard fake (or real) leather, snap buttons, an xacto knife and matte cutting board, a metal ruler, and a pencil.
The directions give measurement and information for three sizes of roll, but honestly: the limit is your imagination.
2. Comic Book Coasters
Making these coasters is a bit more time-intensive than making the cord roll, but the finished product is that much more satisfying. Don’t the coasters below look great? They’re practically professional.
You’ll need Outdoor Mod Podge, comic books (the real thing or printouts), electrical outlet covers (available at your local hardware store and made to cover unused outlets), e6000 craft adhesive, spray paint, sandpaper, and a paintbrush.
3. Homemade Shaving Cream
This is a great recipe for shaving cream (good for gents and ladies, actually) that uses no soap, doesn’t irritate sensitive skin, and doesn’t even need to be washed off after you’re done shaving! Plus, it smells great, with a combination of rosemary and mint tickling your senses while you shave.
1/3 cup shea butter (72.67 grams) 1/3 cup virgin coconut oil (72.05 grams) 1/4 cup jojoba or sweet almond oil (54.88 grams) 10 drops rosemary essential oil 3-5 drops peppermint essential oil In a small saucepan over low heat, combine the shea butter and coconut oil, stirring until just melted. Remove from the heat and transfer to a heat-safe bowl. Add in the jojoba oil and the essential oils. Stir to mix. Place the bowl in the refrigerator and chill until solid. Remove from the refrigerator and whip using a hand beater or a stand mixer until light and fluffy. Spoon into a jar. Lid and keep in a cool, dry place. Makes 8 ounces (226.8 grams).
If any 2Shopper readers tries out one (or two, or all!) of these DIY craft ideas, let me know how it goes in the comments! And let me know if the recipient of your homemade gift appreciates it as much as he should!