Whip Up a Clever Father’s Day Gift From Your Recycling Bin

Looking for a last-minute Father’s Day gift that kids can make? Look no further than your recycling bin.

I totally forgot about this Father’s Day craft my son Jack made for his dad in first grade – that is, until I tripped over it when I was trying to make our bed. Ahem.

Anyway, I can’t take credit for this idea. It came from Ms. Dickens, who is an awesome first grade teacher at Oakland Academy in Portage, Mich.

Before we begin, let me just say that elementary school teachers are some of the most creative people on the planet – aside from moms, of course;) And the people who work at Family Fun magazine.

Here is what you’ll need:

  • empty cereal box
  • 1/2 C of rice or dried beans
  • brown craft paper
  • one pipe cleaner
  • two small pieces of tin foil
  • two bottle caps (from orange juice containers or two-liter pop bottles)
  • a cute photo of your child
  • some white paper
  • tape, glue stick and a marker

All you do is put the rice or dried beans in the empty cereal box. Close it securely with tape. Wrap the box with brown craft paper, just like you would wrap a present.

Fold the pipe cleaner in half and tape the folded edge in the middle of the top of the “TV” to form the antennae. Wrap each end of the pipe cleaner with a small piece of tin foil.

Glue the two bottlecaps and the picture on the front of the box as shown. Have your child write his name (first or last) with the marker and “TV” after it. Tape it to the box and you’re done!

What an easy and clever gift idea that kids can make themselves, though the younger set will need a bit of help from mom or an older sibling.

Oh, and be prepared for your kids to ask questions about the FOIL-WRAPPED ANTENNAE and KNOBS on the TV. You might have to explain that, when you were a kid, YOU were the remote control, as in, “Hey kid, turn it to Channel 3 for me, will ya?”

Ahh, the good ‘ol days.

I linked this up to Frugal Friday at The Shabby Nest.

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