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10 DIY, Homemade, Fun & Easy Father’s Day Gifts

Dad, dadda, daddy, pops. Father’s have many different special names and even a very special day coming up where we get to celebrate our appreciation of all the dads out there.  The day is quickly approaching so now’s the time to get your very special handmade, DIY, green, fun and easy Father’s Day gift ready! 

Not sure what to have the kids make for good ‘ole pops to honor him on his special day?  Well, here are 10 ideas for you that can be completed in one afternoon!

  1. No-Sew Tool Belt Made from Repurposed Fabric: Have an old shirt and pair of pants from dad? 

    Well, you only need some scissors, duct tape, iron and beer koozie to create a one-of-a-kind tool belt!  Checkout this awesome video on Vimeo created by Man Made DIY.  This tutorial is really simple and totally unique.  You can make this project in less than an hour and for FREE (if you have all this stuff lying around, that is)!

  2. DIY Photo Album: This photo album is simple and fun!
  3. Nuts & Bolts Salty Snack Tin with Label: Make the snack, put it in a wax paper lined tin (an old cookie, popcorn or other snack tin) with a lid and put the label on it.  Can’t find a tin?  Try an old oatmeal canister or coffee can and maybe cover the sides with colored construction paper or card stock.
  4. World’s Best Dad Coupon Book: Just print, cut, staple/fasten/sew together this coupon book template.  Easy and he’s sure to love it.
  5. Drift Wood or Scrap Wood Key Holder: Scrap of wood, a couple hooks & screws – how simple.
  6. Lego Charging Station and Key Holder: This one will take a bit with all the drilling and glueing but for a techie/geeky/lego-loving dad this one is fantastic.
  7. Dad Rocks Paperweight: Have your kid(s) pickout some of their favorite rocks on a nightly stroll tonight for this simple paperweight project.
  8. Bungee Cord Memo Board: Skydiver, mechanic, and avid camper dads will probably get a kick out of this one.  Maybe not so much if you use all his bungee cords, though!
  9. Rustic Woodsy Frame: So simple and classic! 
  10. Felt Picture Frame: The name says it all and you can definitely play this one up by adding maybe some fish on the front for a dad who loves to fish or maybe a little felt camp fire for a picture of your first camping trip.  The possibilities to customize this easy frame are endless!
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Cloth Diapers: Hip, Smart, Green, & CHEAP – A Moms Dream!

J Wearing a BumGenius 3.0 Cloth Diaper

If you have a kid in diapers and they’re disposables you, my friend, are a fool.  Anytime you buy a package of disposables you are paying for garbage, literally.  When you change those disposables it’s like throwing money into the garbage daily, hourly, even!

Switching over to cloth diapers can seem intimidating, it can seem fruitless (it’s not!), there’s *gasp* poop involved here, too!  But, you can will do it.  I have faith in you…and your kid can look as cute as mine (look at the cuteness to the right!) while you save not only money, but this wonderful earth we like to call home.

Cloth Diapers are AWESOME because…

  • You can save THOUSANDS (upon THOUSANDS, especially if you use them on more than one kiddo).
  • You can save over TWO TONS of waste from going into a landfill per child.  (Did you know it takes over 500 years for one disposable diaper to decompose!?)
  • Super comfy, super absorbent, and healthy; they don’t have the harmful chemicals found in disposable diapers.
  • Cloth diapers have resale value – you can’t resell garbage!
  • Cloth diapers are way way WAY cuter than ugly paper diapers of terror.
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J Wearing a Prefold w/ Thirsties Cover

J has been wearing cloth since she was born and for the first few months we went the cheapest route we could and bought this awesome Basic Cloth Diaper Package.  It came with 24 pre-folds, 5 Thirsties covers, a package of wipes, a Snappi, and extra flannel inserts all for $126.50 SHIPPED.  With this package we had about 3 months (5-12lbs) worth of diapers for a grand total of $126.50…that’s like one month’s worth of disposables (if you’re lucky)!

Plus, get this, I sold them.  Yep, I sold my used Thirsties covers for $6 each so I made $30 there.  Then I sold my used prefolds for $15 a dozen so another $30 there and I kept the rest of the wipes, inserts, and the Snappi.  So, from birth to three months my daughter’s total diaper cost was a whopping $66.50.  I’ll say it again, THREE MONTHS OF DIAPERS FOR $66.50!!! If you don’t want to sell them and use them for kid #2, #3, etc. then the savings can be simply astonishing.

But, the diaper options don’t stop there.  There are oodles upon oodles of different cloth diapering systems out there.  Some, like Fuzzibunz are literally worth their weight in gold.

The poop, Sara, THERE’S POOP.

J Sporting BG

I know, it’s a crying shame that babies have bodily functions, right?  I mean, if you use disposables you’ll never ever have to deal with washing poop, right?  WRONG

Have you heard of this crazy phenomenon called “exploding newborn poop“?  That’s when you have your newborn all strapped into their car seat (carrier, crib, your arms…) and their poop literally EXPLODES out the diaper, up their back, through their arm holes of their onsies, up into their hair, etc. etc. etc.  Pretty gross?

Well, brace yourselves because with disposables that’ll happen…often.  With cloth?  I HIGHLY doubt it.  In the 1.25 years my daughter has been in cloth diapers there has only been one time the poop escaped and it was when we all had the flu.

No matter how you slice it there will come a time that you have to deal with your kid’s poop, I’m sorry.  Plus, they have these handy diaper sprayers to get poop off diapers, flushable liners or you can shake the poop off (that’s what I do) and then you wash your diapers.  It’s easy, you can do it, you can save money, you can save your baby’s butt, you can save THE WORLD.

To help you, there is this awesome company Everything Birth that started Diaper Parties to spread the awesomeness that is cloth diapers far and wide.  I became a Diaper Parties consultant to teach others how they can sort through all the systems to find a perfect one for their family/budget and how to care for their diapers.

What is Diaper Parties?

We bring the store/webstore to you, your friends, your family so you can look/feel/smell/investigate cloth diapers and get a personal consultation before you commit to buying anything.  But, it doesn’t stop there…

As a host you can earn FREE PRODUCTS and as a guest you can earn, you guessed it, FREE PRODUCTS.  Plus, we offer a rewards program where you earn 1 point per dollar spent, our commited to cloth guarantee in case you’re unhappy with your purchase, our forum, and the Birth Depot to resell your mom/baby gear!

To learn more about Diaper Parties head over there or if you have other cloth diaper questions send me a shout out – I’m a guru.  sara {at} diaperparties {dot} com

If you love cloth diapers and you want to become a consultant I can’t say better things about this family that is Everything Birth.

It is my goal to make this world a better place – one cloth diaper at a time.  Will you be making a difference by switching to cloth?  If you already cloth diaper, what’s your favorite brand/product?

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