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After my first stab at this, I kept tooling around with it, literally, and came up with something more presentable you see above. With the help of a black piece of foam I found that’s the precise shape, I used brass metal fasteners to keep the paper in place. An unexpected bonus was that the saw handle hooks to the fastener on the left and thus stays put inside. Then, it dawned on me to use a yellow post-it note for the lock as it will naturally work on its own if I use the sticky side for the cut-out. I found some other tool images to adorn the cover instead of the blue corners and kept the handle from before. I simply poked a hole at the top and stuck the hook part in there upside down and glued the bottom of the handle that touches the top of the foam.
Naturally, I turned to Pinterest (their images above) for guidance in honor of Father’s Day when it comes to things like arts and crafts.
Not every man wears ties, so that was out and I already did a palm print for Mother’s Day. If the dads you know are just as handy, then the saw tool idea was the one. But, I also noticed the tool box which will tie in (no pun intended) so I combined both of these suggestions.
I started by folding red construction paper into the middle to get a tool box shape. I used this coloring page image (that I had to size appropriately to fit) inside the space as shown in the finished product while an old cereal box provides its sturdiness.
I dug through my craft stash in search of a plastic handle instead of using a paper cut-out for this too. I found something that did the trick that once held my opaque tights. Other random packaging used is a rectangle-shaped piece of cardboard to hold the tool box. Then, I punctured a hole in the back at the bottom of it to tighten the handle closer to the edge with string. Glue and double-sided tape kept everything else together as needed.
The message (Best Dad I Ever Saw) goes on the front and I added the child’s name and date on the back .
For those little ones who can’t do much more than finger paint designs, this is a craft they can at least carry by the handle to surprise Dad with on Sunday. I’m still keeping busy making some more of these with whatever recycled materials I have left in the bin and it’s still not to late for you!