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Father’s Day: 11 Do-It-Yourself Ideas for a Fun & Free “Best Dad Ever” Day

Father’s Day: 11 Do-It-Yourself Ideas for a Fun & Free “Best Dad Ever” Day

Father’s Day is the perfect time to tell your husband just how much he means to you. It’s the one day out of the year that is just for dad and with the right kind of planning – can be a day filled with memories to last a lifetime. 

If money is an issue – no worries. These 11 simple tips won’t cost you a penny and the best part about them? They’re 100% homegrown and super easy. Here’s to a stress-free, money-free and child-friendly Father’s Day. 

1. Breakfast in Bed – Raid your fridge and whip up your sweetie something good to eat on his special day. Bonus: have your kids deliver it to him. 

2. Handprint Cards – Grab the finger paints and watch your kids’ faces light up. Lay out a piece of construction paper and have them go to town on a card for dad. Fold the card in half and write a sweet note on the inside once the paint has dried. 

3. Paperweight – Have your child collect pebbles the next time you’re out for a walk. Make this simple dough (see sidebar) and position pebbles to spell out ‘Dad Rocks’. 

4. Sleep In – What’s better than sleeping in? Let your sweetie sleep in while you take care of things around the house. Take the kids outside to use their imagination while your hubby sleeps in peace and quiet. 

5. Text a Picture – Does dad have to work on his special day? No problem. Take a photo of your kids holding a sign that has their artwork on it. Send it to him in a text to let him know that you’re thinking of him. 

6. Things I love About You – Make a list or better yet, write a love note to your husband that tells him exactly why you love him. Is it the way he tucks your son in at night? Or is it because he and your daughter look just alike? Sometimes the littlest reminders can mean the most to your partner in crime. 

7. Love Notes – Grab the post-its and write a bunch of sweet things to stick on surfaces around the house where you know your husband will be. Does he shave every morning? Stick one to the bathroom mirror that says, “You’re the best father ever.” Does he always put the same pair of slippers on? Stick a note inside that says, “I couldn’t imagine my life without you.” 

8. Jam Out – Have your kids gather all of their instruments from around the house and work on a little jam session. Once you’ve got a beat down (or something close to it) call dad in the room and tell him you have a special song that you and the kids would like to play for him. This one is sure to get some good laughs! 

9. Clean the Car – If dad is on the go as much everyone else on the planet, he probably has a car that could use a little TLC. Grab the kids and make it a family affair. Let your son vacuum the car mats and let your daughter wipe down the windows. If you have a child that is too young to really ‘help,’ let her sit in the front seat (with the keys out) and let her pretend to ‘drive the wheel.’ Your kids will get a kick out of doing big kid things and your husband will enjoy his clean ride. 

10. Poem – What says ‘I love you’ more than a hand written poem? Make it funny or serious…it’s up to you. Whichever the way, your hubby will be sure to take it all in. 

11. Scavenger Hunt – Kids LOVE to do scavenger hunts. Write out little notes about where to find this or that and have your kids help you hide them. Finding them with dad will be almost as much fun as seeing his face when he finds a surprise at the last clue; a coupon for his favorite homemade dinner. 

Don’t forget to enjoy the most important part of Father’s Day; dad! Sometimes, the simplest gestures and most thoughtful gifts are actually the ones that cost nothing at all. Keep this list for this Father’s Day and the ones to come. Tailor it to your life and add ideas throughout the year. 


Meagan Ruffing is a parenting journalist, author and speaker. She loves finding new and creative ways to make each Father’s Day better than the last. Visit her at and sign up for her free monthly newsletter. Like her on Facebook at writermeaganruffing. 


Paperweight Recipe 

¼ cup salt 

½ cup flour 

¼ cup water 


Cookie sheet 

Tiny rocks or pebbles 


Mix first three ingredients together in bowl. Roll into a ball and then flatten out about ½ inch thick. Place pebbles in dough to spell out ‘Dad Rocks’ pressing firmly but not too hard. Bake at 250 degrees for 2-2 ½ hours. Let cool on cookie sheet.

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