Friday Favorites–Gifts for Dad

It hasn’t been the best week, but I can think of no better way to finish it off than to plan a great day for the papa bear in our house.  He’s earned it.  When Sunday comes, we’ll be pampering that guy as much as he’ll let us.  And there will be gifts.

DIY Gifts for Dad - Crafty Staci's Friday Favorites

Bacon and dads go together like salt and pepper.  Give your pepper this Bacon Salt from Not Quite Nigella.

Bacon Salt by Not Quite Nigella

Do you remember those Choose Your Own Adventure books?  Is my 70’s and 80’s childhood showing?  This Choose Your Own Father’s Day Adventure from the Dating Divas would be a fun gift for any dad.


If your dad likes to venture out on his bike, like my kids’ dad does, this Upcycled Handlebar Bag from Givers Log would be a handy gift.

Upcycled Handlebar Bag by Givers Log

This My Superhero My Dad Poem and Printable from Create Craft Love is sweet, and it would be even better if you happen to have a great photo of dad and kid in matching costumes like these.

My Superhero My Dad Poem and Printable from Create Craft Love

Is Dad a Star Wars fan?  If so, he’ll love this Star Wars Father’s Day Mug from Architecture of a Mom.  I can guarantee he’ll attempt the Darth Vader voice.

Star Wars Father's Day Mug from Architecture of a Mom

When my husband was a road officer, he loved the night shift.  We spent a lot of time trying to make the bedroom dark enough so he could sleep during the day.  What he really needed was a Superhero Sleep Mask like this one from Cutesy Crafts.

Superhero Sleep Masks from Cutesy Crafts

My hubby would get a kick out of this Father’s Day Beer Tasting Party from That’s What Che Said.  In fact, this one is on the short list for Sunday.

Father's Day Beer Tasting Party by That's What Che Said

Just about every guy wears shorts, so why not sew him a pair?  Melly Sews is here to show you how you can draft a pattern just for him.

Men's Shorts Pattern by Melly Sews

Since the warmer weather is here, Dad might appreciate a can cozy, like this one from So Sew Easy.  I think it would be fun to work a little duct tape in there.

Cool It Can Cozy by So Sew Easy

This Giant Dice Outdoor Game from DIY Showoff would be a great gift for Dad and a fun activity for the family.

Giant Outdoor Dice Game by DIY Showoff

Give the dad in your house a giant hug and tell him how great he is this weekend!

Friday Favorites–Father’s Day, Part 2

I don’t know why we’re surprised every year when school gets out and the next weekend is Father’s Day.  It’s been that way for years, yet we always seem to be scrambling.  I made my husband a great gift yesterday, but it’s too close to the big day to write about it this year, so I’m saving it for 2014.  If you’d like a preview, check it out on Instagram.

It might be too late for me to write up a new tutorial, but there’s still a little time for you to whip up something great for Dad.  This Etched Glass Baseball Vase from Madigan Made would actually be pretty quick and great for the desk of a baseball fan.


These Letter Blocks for Dad from Stories by Me would also make a fun addition to Dad’s workspace.

Dad Letter Blocks

This Father’s Day Photo Collage from Positively Splendid is cute, and dads always love photos of the kiddos.  Bonus points for getting them to sit still, smile and hold their sign.

fathers' day photo collage 3-1

Is Dad a tie guy?  If so, maybe he has one that he doesn’t wear anymore that you could use to make this Men’s Necktie Eyeglass Case from A Law Student’s Journey.


If you’re planning to buy him a new tie to replace the one you just repurposed, why not add one of these Shrinky Dink Tie Tacks?  Mini kid photos he can wear!


If the dad you’re gifting happens to have the right degree of quirkiness, try this Wooden Bow Tie from Preston Made.


It’s not too late to order this docking station from Etsy seller NorthCoastSign for Father’s Day.  Just give him a photo showing what’s on its way.


The only way these Root Beer Float Brownies from Cookies and Cups would be better for Father’s Day is if you used Dad’s brand root beer.  Ok, they’d be good either way.


Happy Father’s Day to all the papas out there!

Friday Favorites–Father’s Day, Part 1

It’s usually a little difficult to find DIY projects to make for the men in my life.  It’s not that they don’t want stuff, it’s just not usually the kind of thing I can whip up in my craft room.  For some reason, this year I’ve found tons of great projects for guys, so instead of just one Friday Favorites dedicated to Father’s Day, this is the first of two.

No one says Dad has to act all grown-up and mature all the time.  In fact, in our house we prefer he doesn’t.  Make him these Marshmallow Shooters from Mom’s Crafty Space and have some fun together.


Most dads have at least a few tools lying around.  Help him keep them organized with this Tool Tub and Tote from Sew4Home.


For a smaller version of a tool-tamer, check out this Roll-Up Tool Organizer from CraftStylish.


I love concrete used inside the house.  My kitchen counters and fireplace hearth were both made by my amazing husband from poured concrete.  These Cement Coasters from A Daily Something would coordinate nicely.  For him, of course.


I think if we were getting married now, my husband would insist on this Titanium Utility Ring from Etsy seller boonerings as his wedding ring.


We have a brand-new deck, thanks again to my hubby.  Now we need this Deck Cooler Stand from Lumberjocks.  I mean he needs it.  Not me.


We live in the country, so seeing a tractor driving down the road isn’t unusual, but my son was a little fascinated by them when he was small.  For a while, every time we’d see one he’d say “I knew my John Deere senses were tingling!”  If you’re shopping for a John Deere fan for Father’s Day, consider this John Deere Cookie Mix from Chickabug.


My husband is the BBQer in our house.  It’s not because I can’t do it, but I’m usually in the kitchen making the sides.  When I try to do both, the meat suffers.  Like, hockey puck suffers.  Make these BBQ Worthy Hanging Towels from The Silly Pearl for your outdoor chef.


I just love this Toolbox Card from Brilliant Beginnings.  The kids can color and cut out tools to put inside.


Is Dad a golfer?  Does he have a hard time keeping track of his tee times?  Probably not, but this Tee Time Plaque from Plaid is cute anyway.


Join me next week for another round of Father’s Day ideas!

Friday Favorites–Gifts for Guys

June.  Father’s Day, graduations and anniversaries of all those weddings from previous Junes provide the perfect opportunity to show that guy you care with a homemade gift.  I know, some of them are nearly impossible to shop for, much less make crafts for.  But I’ve come across a few things that might make your life a little easier.

I’d love to see the tools that would fit in these super-tiny Altoid Tin Mini Toolboxes from AlphaMom.


Some rope, two wooden rods, some duct tape and the appropriate tools and you can make him a Duct Tape Hammock like this one from sitzikbs on Instructables.


Stormdrane and his paracord creations are always a favorite around my house.  This Snake Belly Bar Bracelet is next on our list to try.


My brother-in-law likes to play chess with his boys and one of these days I’m making him this Hardware Chess Set from Dollar Store Crafts.


Chess isn’t his thing?  How about a Custom Tile Checkerboard like this one from Aly & Ash?


This Popsicle Picture Puzzle from Impress Your Kids would be a fun project to make with the little ones.


Before you decide he’s not a bouquet kind of guy, check out this Beef Bouquet from Moms of All Trades.


Sometimes, no matter how many great ideas come your way, a gift card is just the right thing to give.  That doesn’t mean you can’t craft it up.  Try a Shirt Pocket Card from Holiday Crafts and Creations.


So, you’ve completely given up on making something?   It’s ok, this Magic Wand Programmable TV Remote from ThinkGeek is just awesome enough to make up for it.


Before you give up the crafty idea completely, you have to see my favorite Favorite this week.  TSJ Photography made this fantastic sign using her kids to make the letters.  I seriously should have had more than two kids.


Homemade Barbeque Sauce

I know Memorial Day is typically opening day for barbeque season, but with the iffy weather forecast we were looking at we went for homemade pizza instead.  My favorite is barbeque chicken, but we were out of barbeque sauce.  I always love making something that my kids think can only be found in a bottle at the grocery store.

After looking at several recipes, I cowboy’d it and just started throwing stuff into the blender.  Lucky for me, it’s good.  Really good.  Some of this in a bottle with a cute label would make a great Father’s Day gift.


Homemade Barbeque Sauce

1 cup catsup

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

1 tablespoon brown deli mustard

1/2 cup molasses

1/4 cup honey

1/4 cup corn syrup

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1/2 cup chopped onion

2 chopped garlic cloves

1 tablespoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon ground smokehouse pepper

1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 tablespoon GrillMates Smokehouse Maple seasoning

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1 tablespoon liquid smoke flavoring

1/3 cup water

Throw everything together in the blender. Blend for a couple of minutes, until everything is well-combined and the onions and garlic are chopped into tiny pieces. Pour into a saucepan. Bring to a boil on the stove. Reduce to simmer and cook for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thick. Cool.


This seems very sweet if you taste it right away, but is much better after it’s spent the night in the fridge.  This is another recipe with flexible ingredients.  If you don’t want it as sweet, leave out some of the corn syrup or honey.  Spicer?  More cayenne.  I recently bought some powdered chipotle I’d like to try in it.  The smokehouse maple seasoning is optional.  If you can’t find it, but want the maple flavor, try substituting some maple syrup for the corn syrup.

If I had known it was this easy, I would have made my own barbeque sauce a long time ago.  I may never buy it again!