The first challenge with Fathers Day is actually remembering it.  Not because dads are any less important than mums, but because they are far less likely to leave helpful reminders such as a heavily ringed date on the calendar, a sighing exclamation of how lovely homemade gifts are to receive or a general sense of giddy anticipation as the day approaches. Women may be predictable in this regard, but at least it can’t be said that we don’t give our menfolk enough hints.

Fortunately this year Harry and I are on the ball and making preparations.  A little trail of glitter weaves its way throughout the house as Harry gradually sheds the evidence of our endeavours, in a scene reminiscent of The Great Escape. Any attempts of secrecy and concealment have already been compromised by my accomplice however, who cheerily woke his father this morning with the triumphant cry of ‘Daddy! We are making a SECRET for you and it is a CARD!!’  And indeed it is…

Harry and I made this together by drawing round each of his hands, liberally applying glitter and cutting, pasting and printing.  This hug-in-a-card is thus something he’s had a very active role in making despite the limitations of being so young.  As my husband is an avid reader, we also made this photo bookmark (below) with some of the cheekiest pictures of H to make him smile at bedtime. So now we just need to wait until Sunday so we can tell him what a truly awesome father (and husband) he is.  Now, any volunteers to help with this glitter clear-up?  Harry??

How we made the ‘Hug’ concertina card….

Draw around your child’s hands and cut out (1); spray lightly with adhesive and then cover liberally with glitter (2).  Make a concertina insert by folding a long piece of paper (3) and glue to each hand, then decorate the inside, using words, photos or drawings. I printed some text in powerpoint and used a mixture of this and gift wrap. Lightly spray the hands with hairspray to fix the glitter, then fold up and slip in a pretty envelope (4).  As an afterthought, I glued cocktail stick ‘flags’ to the inside fold with hearts on, then forced myself to stop accessorising and put the gluestick down..

How we made the bookmark…

Very simple this one; I chose the best pics of Harry I could find then arranged them together and overlaid a simple clip art frame of reel-to-reel – I found this free using google. Print, cut out and mount on giftwrap-covered card.  I added an eyelet and threaded through some ribbon, then glued a wooden star to the bottom, but the possibilities for decorating these are endless.

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