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DIY Gifts for Father’s Day

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Peanut Brittle

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • ½ cup of light corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon of butter or margarine
  • 1 cup of roasted peanuts
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • Baking sheet
  • Large microwave-safe bowl
  • Ribbon and tag
  • Clear gift bag

What You’ll Do:

1. Lightly coat the baking sheet with margarine or butter.


2. Mix the sugar and corn syrup in the microwave-safe bowl.


3. Microwave for about 3 minutes or until very bubbly.

4. Quickly stir in the butter and peanuts. Cook for roughly 2 more minutes or until light brown.

5. Stir in the baking soda and vanilla.

6. Pour mixture onto the baking sheet and let cool.


7. Break brittle into large pieces. Place it in the bag and add the ribbon and tag.



Bolt Bottle Opener

What You’ll Need:

  • Scrap of wood about 1″ thick
  • Nut and bolt ¾” longer than thickness of wood
  • Drill
  • Saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Safety goggles

What You’ll Do:

1. Wear safety goggles and cut the wood to about 9″ x 2″ and sand it smooth.


2. Drill a bolt-sized hole through the wood about 1″ from an end.

3. Place the bolt through the hole. Allow the bolt head to stick out about ¾” from the wood. Tighten the nut onto the bolt on the back of the wood.



Tasty BBQ Sauce

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 empty jar with lid
  • ½ cup of ketchup
  • ¼ cup of water
  • ¼ cup of white vinegar
  • 1½ teaspoons of brown sugar
  • 1½ teaspoons of mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  •  1⁄8 teaspoon of pepper
  •  1⁄8 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • Gift paper, string and gift tag

What You’ll Do:

1. Pour the ingredients into the jar.

2. Close tight and shake.

3. The gift paper goes over the lid, and a personalized tag makes it special.


Wall Organizer

What You’ll Need:

  • Board about ½” thick and at least 2′ longBungee cord at least 2½’ long
  • Saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint or wood stain
  • Drill
  • Staple gun and staples
  • Matches or lighter
  • Scissors
  • Hammer
  • Picture-hanging kit
  • Rubber gloves, paint mask and safety goggles

What You’ll Do:

1. Wear safety goggles and cut the board to 2′ length. Drill holes through the board about 1″ in from each end. Make the holes slightly bigger than the bungee cord. Sand smooth.


2. Paint or stain the board and let it dry. Wear paint mask and gloves while painting.

3. Cut the hooks off the bungee cord and trim it down to 2½’. Melt the ends of the cord with a match or lighter so they won’t fray.


4. Pull the cord through the holes. Staple down one end of the cord on the back of the board. Stretch it a little, and then staple down the other end. Hammer in staples as needed. Attach the picture-hanging kit to the back of the board.



Laptop Stand/Cooler

What You’ll Need:

  • 3′ of ¾” PVC pipe
  • Six 90-degree elbows of the same diameter
  • PVC glue
  • Hacksaw
  • Sandpaper
  • Spray paint that bonds to plastic
  • Paint mask and gloves
  • Measuring tape
  • Felt pen

What You’ll Do:

1. Cut the pipe into the following pieces: One piece 10½” long, two pieces 7½” long and two pieces 3½” long.


2. Sand rough edges. Paint the pieces and let them dry. Be sure to wear paint mask and gloves while painting.


3. Assemble and glue the sections, pressing them firmly in place.



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