Notebook Experiments: Can a Craft a Cool Dad Gift?

Experiment: Can I craft a cool dad gift?

Experiment Taken From: Notebook Entry 06.24.09

Materials Needed: Please see The Idea Room for the full instructions on this task. I completed the sweet little soda bottle project and found all of the supplies at Target.

I am planning to take my hubby out to see a movie and for dinner for Father’s Day, but I really wanted to have something to give to him on the actual day. I ran across this sweet little Father’s Day Craft and ran right over to the store to pick up the supplies.

I had a little trouble finding a six pack of soda at Target in the bottles, but did find a four-pack of Jones Soda (which is my absolute favorite soda in the world in any flavor really and truly!) and we drank three of the drinks to fill them with treats for dad.

I filled the three empty soda bottles with Tootsie Rolls, gummy bears, and Peanut M&M;’s and then left one soda to drink with his treats. I spray painted the box black and then attached the Father’s Day labels.

Instead of the label tags that are included in the printables that were highlighted, I used my own gift tags and labeled them with reasons (reason 1, reason 2, reason 3, reason 4). I then had my children share some of their reasons why they love their dad to make the gift about them as much as it was about the effort I put into it. These were then tied off with a little raffia and added the personal touch that I wanted in the gift for our favorite dad.

Conclusion: My husband was incredibly touched by these efforts and was so impressed at all the trouble we went to for this gift. I love this gift so much that I will be doing this for both of our dads next year. I think this also would make a sweet teachers gift with different images for the bottles.

A fantastic gift to give and to share!


I am so excited to open our Notebook Experiments up to everyone and I hope that you will be able to participate this week or in weeks to come! I will be posting this each Thursday so please mark your calendars if you plan to participate. You can post your entries at any time throughout the week and then leave your entry in the links below.

We have this handy banner that you are more than welcome to use, but it is not a requirement! It is just something you can add to add a little sparkle to your entry.

Rules for Participation:

1. Choose anything from any of our notebook entries (past or present) to do with your family. We have hundreds of bookmarked links of crafts, ways to save money, and organizing ideas.
2. Complete an experiment from the notebook and share about it on your blog or website. We would love to see pictures of what you accomplished or a detailed description of how your projects turned out. Please include a link to this entry, a link to the original posting of the entry (at the original crafster’s blog), and (to help us relocate the project) the date or link of the notebook entry where you found it. You can use the same formatting as our entries or you can just include that information in your post in your own unique way!
3. Post a link below. Please include your name or blog name & a fast description of your project. Example- MomAdvice (WHO bread)

I can’t wait to see what you create and what you find inspiring!

Published June 24, 2009 by:

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