Father’s Day Crafting: A handmade Gift for Him
This month, we tasked the lovely Julie Peasgood of the Crafty Beggars to create a handmade gift just perfect for Father’s Day. Julie loves making something from nothing (or in this case, from very little!) and is renowned for her talent in thinking outside the box – so we weren’t at all surprised when she came up with this fabulous idea! Thinking right out of the box and onto the beach, Julie has created a beautiful handcrafted coaster, that is as gorgeous as it is functional… the perfect gift for dads who have everything!
My dear Dad, Syd, passed away in 1999, and one of the most moving discoveries I made when clearing my family home, was that Dad had kept just about everything I had ever made for him. Cards of all descriptions (including every single Father’s Day card), plaster of Paris gnomes with only a trace of paint left on them, and an ancient jam jar pen holder with just one lonely shell left languishing in the Plasticine – all of which had been cherished well beyond their sell-by date.
This year, I have continued the crafty Father’s Day tradition, by creating this coaster for Nicho, my son-in-law.
He is a wonderful dad to Saha, my two-year-old granddaughter, and he’s a great fan of coasters! I made this one by gluing smooth white pebbles onto a piece of heavy-duty grey felt (which started life as the casing round an old scented candle in a glass).
I got the idea from a very similar coaster I spotted in an upmarket gift shop in Norway – except that one was £18, which I think is a high price for a coaster (understatement!)
Needle felt carpet tiles make a good base, so as well as being a fraction of the price, these are easy enough for kids to make (with mum or another adult cutting the tiles with a Stanley knife). Try to search out thin, flat pebbles that are evenly sized though, so cups and glasses can sit as steady as possible.
Will you be creating a handmade gift for Father’s Day? Let us know in the comments below!