Father’s Day Gift Ideas and Printables

Hey guys…just a few more days before Father’s Day.  I have a few more simple but fun Father’s Day Printables for you if you are still looking for a simple gift idea.

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I picked up a package of “Pop-Its” from Wal-Mart.  Now, I normally don’t shop at Wal-Mart…not for any particular reason…other than the fact that the lines and service in mine drive me batty…and I prefer to go to Target…cause you know…I love me some Target.  But anyways…if you want to get the exact ones I got…you can find them in the seasonal section at Wal-Mart.

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I simply wrapped a white piece of paper around them and then simply stuck this Father’s Day Printable on it.  If you want to dress it up a bit more, add some fun scrapbook paper.

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Or…Grab your Father’s favorite soda…and then wrap this printable around the neck of the bottle…or cut it out and wrap it around the middle of the bottle to make a label for the drink. 

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And finally, you could grab some Pop Rocks and add the fun label to a single package…or bundle a few together and give them to your Pop! 


I have seen these Pop Rocks at Target and at the Dollar Store.  I picked mine up at the dollar store since they sell three in a package for one dollar.


There was another option that I had thought would be fun to add the same tag too if you prefer to stay away from the sugary treats…Simply grab a bottle of your favorite popcorn kernels or a bag of microwave popcorn and add the label to it for a healthier gift for Dear Old Dad!

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Whatever way you decide to go…these make a simple and easy way to show your Pop you care!

To download a copy of the Father’s Day Printables click on the link below and then select Previous Downloads:

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I like jars.  Have you noticed? haha!  I can’t help it.  My brain just keeps going there…so I apologize in advance.  But…if you happen to adore jars as much as I do…then you might want to read on.

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Father’s Day is quickly approaching.  I always like to try to come up with a simple and easy to re-create gift idea for each holiday and these Father’s Day Tie Bottles fit the bill this year. 

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The bottles are recycled Starbucks Frappucino bottles that have been washed clean and dried.  Then simply fill with your Father’s favorite candy and add the printable tie with a piece of string.

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If you want to take it a step further, you can print out these fun Father’s Day Hershey’s Kiss Printable “stickers” to glue onto the bottom of some chocolate kisses or hugs candy.  These are a super fun and easy way to add some uniqueness to your Father’s Day Gift.

These are so easy, you will want to make them for all the father figures in your life.  Or use them so a church group or school group can make them for their own fathers.


To download a copy of the Father’s Day Printables click on the link below and then select Previous Downloads:

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Looking for more ideas for a Father’s Day gift? Check out these past Idea Room Father’s Day posts:

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Soda Bottle Covers

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Father’s Day Candy Bar Wrappers

DIY Soda Can Coasters

Well, Summer is in full swing here now.  Kids are home all day and we are enjoying the more relaxed schedules.  I am heading out tomorrow to attend the annual MDA Summer Camp I have been involved with for several years.  I shared a little bit of my experience with the camp last year here.  I have been a volunteer camp counselor (group leader) over a group of kids with Muscular Dystrophy and their volunteer helpers.  We basically are there to get them where they need to be and doing what they should be doing while having fun the entire week.  I LOVE it!  So I am busy getting my family ready for Grandma to come and spend the week with them and watch them while I am at camp!  I am hoping to pop in occasionally and share some pictures with you from the camp.

But today I have a new little project for those of you who drink your beverages out of a can or know someone who does.  These will also be a great gift idea for Father’s Day…Soda Can Coasters.

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Yes…that is my favorite drink of choice…that I no longer drink…Boo!  Getting to old to be drinking my calories!  But I can still enjoy looking at it when I place my ice water on my lovely new coasters!

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Simply empty out some cans of your choice and rinse them out with water.  Then take some tin snips and very carefully cut off the top and bottom of the can.  This can be a bit tricky.  **But be very careful as these cans are super sharp!!!!  I suggest wearing garden gloves while cutting to help give you extra protection.  I reenacted these photos because the gloves were not so pretty in the pictures…cause we all know how important that it!  Be sure to save as much of the flat part of the side of the can so that you can get a nice size square for your coasters.  Then cut down the seam of the can.  Most cans will have a definite seam on the side…usually by the ingredient list.

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Then I took some Silicone and put a good amount on the back of the square.  I then attached them to some simple white tiles that measured 4 by 4 inches.  I found them at Home Depot in the tile aisle and I believe they were 16 cents a piece.  Flatten and rub the tin square so that it is securely attached.  Wipe any excess Silicone off the top of the tile with a damp warm cloth. 

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Then I set a paper towel on the top of it and laid a pile of books on it and let them dry over night!  The next day I took a small paint brush and painted some glossy varnish over the top of it to seal it all off so that the edges would not peel up and to protect the edges from poking or scratching any users of the coasters.

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Then simply place some felt pads on the bottom of the coasters to protect your table top from getting scratched!

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Aren’t they fun?  I think they would be great to have in your TV room or game room.

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And did I mention how inexpensive they are to make?  Pennies per coaster!  Really!  And you are recycling with a purpose!

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So go ahead and whip some of these bad boys up!  One of the perks of this recent project was that I HAD to have one last drink.  Really!  There were no empty cans to be found!  And I enjoyed every last drop.  Who knows, I just may HAVE to make a LOT more of these coasters to give to ALL my friends and family!

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What do you think?  If you were to make some, what aluminum cans would you use?

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Father’s Day Soda Bottle Covers

I hope you all had a great Memorial Day Weekend.  Ours started off with a bang…literally.  My husband was on his way home from work when he got rear ended at a stop light.  He is just fine and his car only has a small amount of damage.  So we are feeling grateful.  We had some big plans to finally get our flowers and garden planted but we had so much rain that we were unable to get them planted.  Hopefully today…I can’t wait and it is already so late in the season that we are running out of time.  We did manage to get some swimming and a BBQ in and finally repainted our playroom.  We were also able to pay respect to some of our family members who have passed on.  I can not believe that summer is here and that Father’s Day is just a couple of weeks away. 

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I thought it would be fun to come up with another easy little gift item for Dad or for the Father’s in your life.  This one is so simple.  All you need is to grab a six pack of his favorite beverage and add some of these fun little “cover-ups” to personalize them.

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I chose to go with a six pack of Coca-Cola bottles in the 8 fl. oz size, mainly because they were cute and little.  And cute is what it is all about right?

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I made some white shirts and ties to represent all the hardworking Dads…

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Or you can skip the white shirt and just go with a tie.

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And I included a “Hawaiian” shirt and sun visor for the Dad’s who like to play…

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Pretty simple and fun!  And of course, I have provided you with the same patterns that I used for mine.  These will fit the smaller bottles as you can see in the pictures.  If you would like to use a larger bottle, you can enlarge the printable till they fit the bottle size you would like to use or you can redraw them to fit your needs.

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To download a copy of the Father’s Day Soda Cover-ups click on the link below and then select Previous Downloads:

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What do you think?  Would this be something you think the Father(s) in your life would enjoy?

Father’s Day Candy Bar Wrapper Printables


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Do you ever need just a small and simple gift to give a special Dad in your life for Father’s Day?  Or have a group of kids you teach or work with within your church group that need a small token of appreciation to give their Fathers?  I have a group of kids ages 6-7 that I teach on Sundays as part of my church responsibilities.  I thought it would be fun for them to give their Dad’s a little present.  So I came up with these candy bar wrappers.  I am going to print out the blank ones and have them color the ties.

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You just need to get some of your favorite candy bars.  I used some Hershey’s Symphony Bars in the 4.25 oz size…but I also made a wrapper to fit the smaller regular size Hershey bar (1.55 oz).

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All you have to do is print them out and cut around the solid lines.  Then fold them onto the candy bar.  You can keep on the original wrapper or take it off.

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To download a copy of the Father’s Day Candy Bar Wrappers click on the link below and then select Previous Downloads:

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DIY Hand Carved Monogrammed Soaps

Okay…I love giveaways, but it is going to be nice to get back to some regular posting.  What about you?  As you know, I have a love for all things MONOGRAMMED!  I have been wanting to make some monogrammed soap for quite a while now, but have been unsure about how to go about it.  So the other day, I just thought I would do a test run and see what happened.

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Overall, I am happy with the turnout.  I practiced on one bar of soap first to get my preferred carving technique down.  I highly recommend a practice run before making an attempt if you would like to try to make some for yourself.


Then I let my 3 year old carve my practice soap while I worked on one of “the real things”.  I actually really enjoyed working with the soap.   Here is what I did:

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Lever Soap 2000 (I liked how soft and easy this soap was to carve and work with)

glue dots

length of ribbon

scrapbook paper

vegetable peeler

standard screwdriver (smaller the better)


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non-permanent marker

straightened paper clip

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First I started with the vegetable grater and gently shaved off the Lever 2000 logo that was imprinted in the soap.  I did this by laying the vegetable peeler flat and gently curling the soap off layer by layer.  This will take a little practice to get it smooth and flat.  I made sure to catch all my soap shavings in a container and saved them to reuse.

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As soon as the logo is almost completely gone you can finish and just smooth any uneven areas.  You can do this on both sides of the soap if you would like. 

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Then I took my circled monogram and printed it out.  The circle measured 1.5 inches square.  The font I used was Times New Roman in bold and just stretched it in my photo program till I was happy with how it filled up the circle.   Then I printed it out and cut out the circle.

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Center your monogram in place and hold it with your finger while you take a pencil lead or straightened paper clip (which I used) to mark around the edge of the circle.  Then I dug the circle out so that there was a nice deep groove.

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Now cut out the letter of your monogram but be sure to leave all of the white area.  Take a fine tip marker and trace the letter. 

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This will let you know where to stop when you begin to dig out the excess soap.

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Now, take your screwdriver and gently and carefully scrap out the soap on the inside of the circle.  You will want to keep the letter raised and untouched.  You will need to be really careful around the edges of the letter and the circle so that you don’t accidently scrape into an area you don’t want touched.

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When you scrape the bottom, be sure to pull the screwdriver so that is lays flat against the soap.  This will give you a nice smooth layer.  When you are happy with the monogram and have scraped out enough soap, you can take a Q-tip and smooth out areas that may be a bit rough.  Simply dip the Q-tip into hot water and gently rub on the rough surface.  The hot water will melt the soap and smooth any edges.  Do this very carefully and be sure your Q-tip is not dripping wet.  You can also gently remove the marker with the wet Q-tip.

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And that is it!  Done with the soap carving.  You can see my practice soap in the picture below (before it was carved up).  The practice soap is on the right hand side next to one of my better attempts.  I learned how to be extra careful around the letter to make sure it held it’s shape nicely.

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Now, you want to prettify your soap packaging.  I simply cut off the ends of the soap box leaving just an open rectangle.  Then I simply glued some cute scrapbook paper around the box.

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Then taking a long strip of ribbon, I forgot to measure it…Just wrap it around and eyeball it.  I fastened one end of the ribbon on the top of the box in the middle under the monogram (see top picture).  Then using another glue dot, I attached the monogram to the other end of the ribbon.  Then simply used a glue dot to place the two ends of the ribbon on top of one another.

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Print out another monogrammed circle on white cardstock and use that as the decorative top.  To open you will simply lift up the monogram and the soap will just slide out one end.

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I thought these would be fun to have in your guest bathroom for special guests.  Or they would be fun to give as a small little gift for a friend or a newlywed couple.  Or…carve up your mom’s favorite soap with her initial.  Monogrammed soaps are just a fun little gift idea that can help make someone feel a little extra special! 


And just in case you LOVE monogrammed items as much as I do, I pulled together a list of some of my past monogram projects:

Monogrammed Hand Towels

Monogrammed Mugs

Monogrammed Hand Soap Bottles

Moss Covered Initials

Decorative Initials

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas

I have procratinated figuring out what to give my hubby for Father’s Day this year because things have been a bit crazy around here. We already picked out a new suit for his gift this year because he could no longer wear his other one due to a large hole he had worn on the seat of his pants.

But I wanted the kids to be able to give him a gift so he had something to open on his special day. I made him some homemade BBQ sauce using one of our favorite recipes and a homemade meat rub to go along with it. I put some of the sauce into an old store bought BBQ sauce bottle and packaged up the BBQ rub. I bought some meat and have all the ingredients for a delicious barbeque ready to go for our Sunday dinner. Here are the recipes if you are interested.

Homemade Pork Meat Rub:
1 1/4 cups white sugar
1 1/4 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup salt
1/4 cup freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup paprika

In a medium bowl, mix together white and brown sugars, salt, pepper, and paprika. Rub onto pork 10 minutes prior to grilling. Store any leftover rub in a sealed container.

The Homemade BBQ sauce recipe is from our neighbors who I grew up next to. It is so yummy. Or use your own homemade BBQ sauce or find one on the internet. There are a lot out there.

Homemade BBQ Sauce:
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup vinegar
1/2 cup margarine
1 lb pkg. brown sugar
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. salt
32 oz bottle ketchup

Then I found this fun idea at kmckaydesigns.com. Since my hubby has a few favorite snacks, I decided the kids could help me make this cute snack case for him to take and keep at work.

It is made using a six pack of IBC Cream Soda and some scrap book paper. I found the directions and templates for everything you need to make them here.

I am really tempted to make these for my guy too. I seriously can not get over how talented Bakerella is. These look so yummy.

What fun things are you making for the Father’s in your life?

"Things We Love About You" Scrapbooks



Make your Mom, Grandmother, Spouse, Dad, or anyone a scrapbook containing any special number of things you love about them. This would be perfect for an anniversary, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or a Birthday.




When my parents were celebrating their 61st and 67th birthdays (which was just yesterday right momma?) my sister, the amazing scrapbooker, had the great idea of making each of them a scrapbook that listed 61 and 67 things we (their children) loved and appreciated about each of them.




She was living far away at the time and had all of the siblings come up with a list of things we would like to include in the book. Then she rounded them up and together we came up with what would officially go in the books. We scoured our pictures and rounded up enough to also go into the books.




Then the rest of us sat back and twiddled our thumbs while she did all of the hard work. It was better that way, since she has the best scrapbooking skills amongst us.




My parents birthdays are within 10 days of one another and so when my scrapbooking sister was able to come for a visit, we gave them to my parents at a birthday party we threw for them.




She also included a page where we had all of the grandkids share what they loved aobut their Grandma and Papa.

We have since spent a lot of time looking through them, remembering and laughing about the good times and hilarious trips we had together growing up. Although they were quite time consuming and took up a lot of my sister’s free time and talent, they were one of the best presents my parents have enjoyed getting. This Mother’s Day may be a little to close to pull this one off, but someone is having a birthday or anniversary who would love to receive this. Heavens…I want one!