Sometimes it seems that Father’s Day gets forgotten in libraries. We’re so involved with summer reading kickoffs and school graduations and all the other things that are going on at the beginning of June that it can just get pushed aside. Worse, with teens it can seem really strange to ask, “Hey, you want to do a craft program to give to the father figure in your life?” without seeming too dorky or just plain weird. Yet I know that the teens I’ve worked with have loved doing guy crafts around this time, especially as they’re often stumped as to what to give their Father/Tio/Cousin/Abuelo/Gramps. So I’ve pulled together some really awesome ideas to get teens involved in creating things for the father figures in their lives, whether that’s Dad, Grampa, Uncle, or Mom.
Over on Messy Mimi there’s a really neat tutorial on how to do nuts and bolts letters. She uses burlap and frames it, which makes a really nice looking present, and if you have sources for cheap frames, it could be a really neat craft. You could also use the cut out letters found in the hobby/craft section of stores as well. You can get bulk nuts and bolts for very little, or ask for donations.
Over on That Artist Woman they’ve created a coffee cup cozy that is really simple yet really effective. Head over to your local coffee shop to grab some of their holders for a template, and then stock up on posterboard, felt, and needles. This could work well as a self-directed craft as it’s so easy to do; just leave instructions and a few finished examples so that teens have a basic idea. You could give them ideas for simple patterns such as stars, hearts, or stripes instead of words streaming across the cozy.
Over on Creatively Christy, there’s a template for decorating glass jars for giving on Father’s Day. Dressing it up with the dreaded necktie and a happy message on top, you could have teens hand color and hand write the message on top after cutting out the template. You could make a candy/food table with a variety of different things and have scoops for the unwrapped edible items. Types of things you can use could be trail mix, chocolate kisses, M&M’s, Reese’s Pieces, Skittles, Starbursts, and wrapped candy. Ask patrons and staffs for clean glass jars to use for the program to keep costs down.
I’m in love with doing jar programs with teens. There are so many different options! I’ve been lucky that my patrons and staff have been more than willing to donate more than enough jars for my programs. For Father’s Day, you could:
Best of all, while all of these ideas use Mason jars they work just as well with spaghetti jars, juice jars, jam jars, and baby food jars. All they need to be is glass and clean. I always take them home with me and run them through the sanitizing cycle on my dishwasher with bleach to make sure they’re super clean. I’m sure that’s overkill, but I’m paranoid.
And if they feel the need to give the father figures in their lives a tie, why not make it unique? On Craftfoxes they show you how to make a flower out of a silk tie that can be used as a boutonniere or brooch. This would be an excellent excuse to raid the local thrift store for ties … or ask your fellow staff members for those ugly ties that everyone has hiding in their closets.
What are your favorite things to do with teens for Father’s Day?