Good morning! Now, I know Father’s Day was a couple weeks ago, but I thought I’d share with you one of the gifts Bugaboo made for my husband. I didn’t want to post about it before Father’s Day in case it would ruin the surprise!
If you spend time on Pinterest, you may have seen this awesome Retro Soda Bottle Gift for Dad posted by Kristine McKay Designs. I loved the idea and thought that with a few changes it could be a great gift from a toddler! I’ve seen them replicated for almost every holiday on Pinterest and its easy to see why – they are cute, customizable, inexpensive, and more importantly for me – a project your child could help with! For my husband’s first two Father’s Days, Bugaboo was still pretty young and he didn’t really get what was going on. This year was so much fun because he understood we were making something special for Daddy and he was super excited to help!
With a project like this, I was definitely tempted to make a lot of it myself – cute printed labels for each of the bottles, fun little sayings written on tags attached to each bottle…let’s be honest, I could go crazy with this! But my husband already knows I can be crafty and I really wanted this to be about Bugaboo and his Daddy – so I let Bugaboo do all of the decorating! He had a great time and also had a blast filling each of the bottles. I was surprised how serious he took this task! He put each piece of food in there one by one – the peanuts took forever!
Below are the supplies needed and the steps to make your own Father’s Day Bottle Gift Set (From your Toddler!) – overall the project is really simple!
Supplies Needed for Father’s Day Bottle Gift Set (From Your Toddler!):
- Bottles! (you can purchase these at craft stores, but I found it was cheaper to just buy bottled drinks from the food store. Just make sure they are clear bottles. I got Stewart’s Orange ‘n Cream Soda.
- White card stock
- White acrylic paint
- Scraps of fabric and ribbon
- Decorating supplies – crayon, finger paint, markers, stickers
Step 1: The cardboard drink holder: First paint the cardboard drink holder white. This will create a perfect blank canvas for your toddler to decorate. Mine needed two coats to cover the bright orange. Let your child decorate it with whatever they like to use. Bugaboo colored it with crayon and added lots of stickers! I wrote Daddy and Happy Father’s Day on the front afterwards.
Step 2: Fill the bottles: Ask your child to help you fill the bottles with Daddy’s favorite treats! You can count them as you put them in! Choose your treats carefully – the gummy bears have been tricky to get out since they started to stick together! Also, keep your gift stored in a cool place, out of the sun, before giving it! Once your bottles are filled, cover them with a scrap of fabric and tie it on with ribbon.
Step 3: Decorate the bottles: I asked Bugaboo to finger paint a few sheets of white card stock. I cut them into strips, wrapped them around the bottles, and taped them in place!
This could make a cute gift anytime of the year! They were also perfect for creating a fun activity Bugaboo could do with his Dad on Father’s Day. I created a scavenger hunt with clues to find each of the bottles. The bottles were hidden in places where Bugaboo and his Dad spend time together. Since Bugaboo is really into adventuring right now, it was a fun game to play!
I hope everyone is having a nice week – I can’t believe it will be July! I hope everyone has a lovely holiday weekend coming up and Happy Fourth of July!