Father’s Day is Sunday! Before you drop everything and rush out to buy the standard tie or sweater, stop and consider … how about something unique this year? What would make dad's day special – and be kind to your wallet?
Handmade items usually have the biggest bang for your buck. Think back to that tin-can pencil holder you laboriously covered in glue and different colored yarn back in elementary school … most of us did this at one time or another, back before "upcycling" was a word. If you have children, perhaps consider letting them "create" a gift for dad this year, using some recycled materials. And just because you are an adult, that doesn't mean you can't create your own great gift for dad.
For example, creating a photo collage from old CD cases would be a fabulous gift for dad. Find a picture that holds special meaning for him, scan it into your computer (you'll want it large enough to fit in several cases) and then carefully section off the picture, cut, and attach each segment to a case.
You can also cut up CDs to make unique picture frames. You can put pictures of the kids or other pictures dad will appreciate into the frames for a special Father's Day gift he'll love.
Before getting started, think about dad's favorite hobbies or places. For example, if he enjoys wine, consider making a wine bottle lamp using his favorite type of wine. For this project, you'll need a cork stopper lamp kit (available at Amazon.com).
If making your own gift isn't something you want to do but you'd still like to find a unique, green gift, consider the vinyl record desk clock from TerraCycle. What hip dad wouldn't love having this on his desk?
With a little imagination (and perhaps some inspiration), you'll be amazed at what you can do with the stuff from your recycle bin. Have fun – and make something dad will treasure!