Fathers Day Gift Ideas

Fathers Day is coming!

Stuck for ideas for a present?

Did you get a wonderful gift on mothers day? Was it thoughtful and created lovingly by your children or did Dad stop off at the petrol station on the way home from work and pick up a bunch of those gorgeous fluorescent dyed flowers as they were the only ones left on the shelf ( presumably as nobody else wanted them😜and the kids do love those bright colours don’t they?)

So is this your chance for revenge, now Fathers Day is upon us, or are you going to be the bigger person and get the kids cracking on making him something?

In our house technology and crafts vie against each other on a regular basis, so with that in mind we have decided to get creative and make something from salt dough.

Now my husband would love the fact that my daughter had made something, but unlike me, it wouldn’t be given pride of place so he can see it everyday.   Nope, he will put it on his desk, and it will be promptly buried under an avalanche of papers 2 days later.

So, we thought that instead of it hiding under all that crud, my daughter could make him a paper weight to sit on top, Genius!

I have suggested that she makes him a personalised TV remote, or a giant USB stick with salt dough, but I know, I have to leave the design up to her!

Here is the recipe if you want to get your kids involved … or you could, on the other hand buy him a pair of socks or a rose bush as they all love gardening don’t they😜

salt dough

Salt dough recipe
1 cup of flour
1/2 cup of salt
1/2 cup water

  • Mix dry ingredients well, then add water gradually. The mixture will need a bit of working to get a pliable dough but the kids love playing with it at this stage anyway .


  • Roll out or use hands to flatten out dough to approx 1 cm thick .


  • Cut out your shapes and place on a plate and pop into the microwave for 2-3 minutes at a time.  Keep checking every 15 seconds until it is the hardness of a biscuit. ( it will get harder as it cools)


  • Paint and decorate and put a top coat of glue on to seal.We love Pinterest and there are so many designs to choose from, its a personal thing.  I loved the little flat discs with a simple message of love and then threaded onto a cord for a necklace or bracelet or keyring and we thought the handprint trinket bowl is fab too. It’s up to you and the kids.

TOP TIP:   If you are making an ornament, try not to make it to big, as the dough will take forever to cook inside and the outside will burn.


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