Craft: Dad's key keeper
Dads inevitably always seem to misplace their keys. Help your dad out this Father's Day with a personalized key holder that's sure to keep him hooked.
Nancy Johnson of the Children's Medical Center Dallas has worked this craft with her patients to the pleasure of both the kids and their parents. It's a useful and fun gift for Dad that he'll cherish for years.
•5-inch-by-7-inch wood plaque
•Light blue acrylic paint
•Bright blue pen
•3 gold-tone cup hooks, ½ inch each
•10 assorted coins, charms or medallions, between ½ inch and 1 ½ inches diameter
•Low-temperature glue gun and glue sticks
•2 soda can tabs
1. Lightly sand the wood plaque; wipe it clean with a soft cloth. Paint the surface with light blue paint. Let dry, then apply a second coat.
2. Using a pencil lightly print the words "Dad's Keys" on the plaque. Trace the pencil lines with the paint pen. (Hint: Add small dots to the beginning and end of each letter for a fun style.) If the plaque has a raised edge, outline the edge with the paint marker. Place the plaque outside on old newspapers.?3. Ask an adult to help you screw the three-cup hooks into the wood evenly spaced, about 1 inch up from the bottom of the plaque. Arrange the assorted coins, charms, or medallions on the plaque. When you're happy with the design, glue them in place.
4. To hang the plaque, glue two soda can tabs to the back of the plaque so the loops of the tabs will hang on the nails in the wall. Give to your dad on Father's Day or any day of the year!?