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DIY Father’s Day Treasure Chest Craft

2016-06-07 by Julie Kieras

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Our Blog Ambassador Julie of HappyStrongHome shares a DIY Father’s Day treasure chest craft that kids can make at home!

For Father’s Day this year, the boys and I mixed our craft time with a literacy activity. I just love when the two go hand in hand like that!

My two boys love pirate anything these days, so of course, when asked, they wanted to make their dad something pirate-themed for Father’s Day. Since it is a time when we want to especially treasure the role of dads in our lives, a DIY Father’s Day treasure chest craft seemed oh-so-appropriate!

Father’s Day Treasure Chest Craft for Children - Dad will love this DIY, handmade, painted chest of love from the kids. *What a cute gift idea!

DIY Father’s Day Treasure Chest Craft

DIY Father’s Day Treasure Chest Craft

We spent a happy morning, art smocks on and paint brushes in hand, painting our little wooden pirate chest together. The boys chose colors they thought Dad would like.

While the chest dried, we created some “coins” – pieces of eight, if you would – by punching out circles from bright yellow construction paper.

Half of the circles the boys decorated with glitter glue sticks for that shiny appeal of jewels and gold.

On the other half, the boys wrote things they treasured about their dad (or I took dictation in the case of our youngest son!).

DIY Father’s Day Treasure Chest Craft

Counting all the ways Dad is a treasure

I wanted this time creating a gift to be about more than playing with paints, which we do all the time. I wanted to extend their enjoyment of crafts into the message they were sharing by making a craft to give to their dad. So I encouraged the boys to think of things their dad does for them, places they have enjoyed going together, words that describe their dad, or what they love best about him.

DIY Father’s Day Treasure Chest Craft

With this simple coaching, they soon came up with ideas to write on the paper coins:

  • Dad likes to wrestle with us
  • He tells funny jokes
  • I love when he takes us to the museum
  • Dad is happy 
  • Daddy is strong 
  • Even a few simple “I love you” coins

Together they glued the glitter coins to the words and phrases coins to create a thicker coin.

DIY Father’s Day Treasure Chest Craft

The paint dry on the chest, the boys decorated it with stickers, then filled it with all the coins listing how they treasure their dad.

I am sure he will have a good time (and a few laughs) reading each coin on Father’s Day!

DIY Father’s Day Treasure Chest Craft

The boys plan to add chocolate coins to their DIY Father’s Day Treasure Chest, then hide the box and draw a treasure map to its location for some extra Father’s Day excitement!

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Father’s Day Treasure Chest Craft for Children - Dad will love this DIY, handmade, painted chest of love from the kids. *What a cute gift idea!

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Julie Kieras

Julie Kieras mothers two inquisitive boys with the support of her husband in the lovely four seasons of New England. She is often found at home interpreting toddler-speak, elbow deep in Play Dough, or behind the pages of a book. She blogs about her family life at HappyStrongHome.com.

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