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Father's Day, Retirement or Special Birthday Gifts For Dad


Miniatures from this Father's Day list are a great way to decorate presents, party tables, cards or to create a special gift for Dad on his retirement, birthday, or for Father's day. This list may help you to make that occasion one he'll remember and treasure.

1. Make a Special Father's Day or Birthday Card For Dad

A free printable multipage card for Father's Day that spells DAD.
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This free multi page printable card spells out DAD and can be filled with photos, cross stitched miniatures, or personal memories to make it a special card for Father's Day or your Dad's birthday.

If you're not sure what message to include, About.Com's Guide to Rubberstamping has a great list of sources for Sentiments and Words for Father's Day

2. Make Dad a Special Mint Tin Filled with Personal Memories, or Practical Items

An Altoids tin covered with a faux leather cover made from printed paper labelled "Dad".
Photo copyright 2009 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

These free printable covers and insets for a standard mint tin can be used to make memory tins, practical holders for fishing lures or small parts, or combined with online instructions for mp3 players, survival kits or other items to make an inexpensive, personalized present for a deserving Dad.

3. Make Dad a Nautical Rope Rug in Full Scale or Miniature Size

Three miniature rugs made with the ocean plait knot.
Photo ©2007 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

If your dad works with model boats, the instructions for this nautical rope rug show you how to tie the ocean plait knot from cord or linen embroidery thread as a miniature for his model boat or dock. If he would rather have the real thing, you can use the same instructions to make a full size rope rug from discarded climbing ropes or the appropriate number of feet of new rope from a ship's chandler or hardware store. Made from heavy twine or string the knot can be used to make Dad a set of nautical coasters.

4. Make a Miniature Cowboy Hat

Miniature felt cowboy hat with a leather hatband in 1:12 scale.
Photo ©2008 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

If Dad loves the west, make him a tiny felted cowboy hat to decorate a gift or insert into a card. You can also use the hat to dress a mini dad made from polymer clay, following the steps for making figures from polymer clay. If you want to make a caracature or a realistic mini of your Dad you may want to look for Maureen Carlson's book Family and Friends in Polymer Clay.

5. Make a Miniature Trouble Light

A die cast car engine lit up by a working model trouble light in 1:18 scale.
Photo ©2007 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

If your Dad is into die cast cars, you can make him a working miniature trouble light to light up the engine bay of his best collectible.

6. Make Food Magnets from Polymer Clay

Miniature lemon meringue pie in dollhouse scale made from a blend of Preemo polymer clay.
Photo copyright 2009 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

You can fill a mint tin for Dad with polymer clay food replicas he can reclaim for the real thing. Adding a magnet to the bottom of any of these tiny foods will make them stick to the tin, or to Dad's fridge until he wants to redeem them. Choose from:

7. Build Dad a Cabin Front Porch To Hang On His Wall

1:12 scale miniature cabin front porch with rustic wood trim
Photo ©2007 Lesley Shepherd, Licensed to About.com Inc.

Is Dad thinking of a long restful holiday or remembering good times when he was a child? Build him this dolls house scale cabin front porch to hang on his wall. You can personalize it by adding items to the porch that symbolize his upcoming retirement, or memories of his youth.

8. Cross Stitch a Special Slogan For Father's Day

Simple Happy Father's Day Cross Stitch Chart  by Connie G. Barwick, About.Com Guide to Cross Stitch
Photo copyright 2009 Connie G. Barwick, Licensed to About.com Inc.

Check out the list of Father's Day Cross Stitch Projects from About.Com's Crosstitch Guide to find a special design for Dad. You can use these designs on pillows, towels, or bookmarks, or workt them in small scale and insert them into the printable Father's Day Card.

9. More Sources for Father's Day Gift Ideas

Still can't decide what to do for Dad? Here are some more gift suggestions to make:

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