Think about it: Does the dad or grandpa in your life really need another necktie? This year, why not give an experience instead of another run-of-the-mill gift! These seven DIY projects are not only fun and family-friendly, but they’re guaranteed to elicit a wide grin on Father’s Day.
• Make an upside-down tomato planter
Have a yen for fresh, juicy tomatoes, but think you don’t have enough space? Recycle a few empty plastic water bottles to craft this inverted hanging tomato planter to hang on your porch or a railing. Not only will your kids learn about repurposing objects, they’ll also watch a plant’s life cycle from seedling to salad!
• Customize your own herb terrarium
Once you’ve cooked with fresh herbs, you’ll never buy store-bought dry ones again! And making this herb terrarium is a great way to grow enough savory plants like basil, rosemary, thyme and sage to last a long time! Plus, the materials cost about $15, making this the perfect affordable gift for Dad or Grandpa. Personalize it by adding shells collected on a family vacation, special rocks from the cottage or anything that says ‘I love you!’
• Cool off with a DIY sprinkler
Nothing’s better on a hot summer day than running through a sprinkler! Raid your recycling bin for plastic jugs, and wash them before making this super-easy DIY sprinkler. Your family will enjoy it all season long and best of all, it’s free!
• Plant your own pizza
Piping hot, homemade pizza is the best way to attract a hungry crowd. Clean out a small section of a flowerbed, and make Dad or Grandpa a dedicated pizza garden! Here, you can grow yummy toppings: green peppers, oregano, tomatoes, onions, garlic, spinach – whatever turns your taste buds on! You can even shape your pizza garden to look like… a pizza!
• Build a grass house
Kids will love this gardening craft, which uses different sized kitchen sponges to create a sponge grass house. All you need are some inexpensive supplies and grass seed, and the entire family can watch this project grow!
• Create a place butterflies flock to
Did you know there are more than 560 different types of butterflies in North America? Install a butterfly feeder to attract these important pollinators to your garden! Believe it or not, butterflies prefer rotten food, so stock your feeder with overripe fruit and veggies! They also love sugar water that’s been boiled and cooled.
• Decorate your planters
Have the kids collect pinecones, moss, small twigs and stones and other treasures from the yard or a nearby forest, and glue them onto your terracotta planters for an instant boost to your container garden.
Tell us how you’re spending Father’s Day in the garden!
Photo credit information:
Upside down tomato planter: Courtesy of Bonzai Aphrodite
Herb terrarium: Courtesy of FeelsLikeHome