New recipes

Trail Mix: Not Your Dad’s Canned Beer

Trail Mix: Not Your Dad’s Canned Beer

12 highly portable craft beers worth their weight in the backcountry

Today, craft brewers are packaging great-tasting beers in aluminum cans that are easy to pack down the trail.

I still remember, in my junior year of college (I swear I was legal), drinking my first beer from a bottle. It was a Dutch lager, Grolsch, and the weight of its green, flip-top glass in my hand made it seem somehow better, the way a heavy oak door signals you’ve reached the corner office. I had reached the executive level of beer drinking, and there’d be no more dirt-cheap, water-thin, metallic-tasting canned beer. Cans were for the "dad beers" — Busch, Labatt, Genny Cream Ale and their mass-produced ilk.

Click here for The 12 Best Canned Craft Beers Slideshow

My, how times have changed. Today, craft brewers are packaging great-tasting beers in oh-so-portable/rugged/lightweight aluminum cans that are easy to pack down the trail, on the water or up the mountain. In 2002, Colorado’s Oskar Blues brewpub (maker of Dale’s Pale Ale, the river rat’s beer of preference) was the first craft brewery to can its own suds — by hand, in a barn.

Thank god they did. Consider that roughly 35 percent of the weight of a bottled beer is the glass itself. Cans are über-rugged, so you can toss ’em wherever they fit with the rest of your gear without too much worry of a break or spill. They also block beer-damaging UV rays, and cool faster when you set them in a cold mountain stream. And once you’ve had your fill of trail and beer and you’re hauling out empties, it takes about 14 cans to equal the weight of a single bottle. Are you sold yet?

Today, at least 175 craft breweries are canning more than 500 beers. Here’s a dozen of the tops, broken down by beer style (and with ratings from RateBeer.com and BeerAdvocate.com).

Article by Peter Koch


This article originally appeared on The Active Times.


26 DIY Father's Day Gifts That Are Easy Enough for Toddlers and Kids to Make

All dads &mdash even the one who claims to be Mr. Tough Guy &mdash love a Father's Day gift that tugs at his heartstrings. Since it can be tough to find a store-bought option that has just the right amount of practicality, personalization and heart, try your hand at making one of these DIY Father's Day gifts this year. These homemade gift ideas vary in skill level, but most of them are easy enough for toddlers and kids to make (with mom's supervision, of course).

Many of these DIYs highlight everything your #1 guy loves most: manning the grill, cracking open a cold one with his buddies and going on adventures with his family. While we made sure to find ideas that he can actually use in his day-to-day life (say, a new spatula and apron for grilling), there's also so much room for you and your kids to get personal. Add heart to any of these handmade gifts by writing a heartfelt message, incorporating your family's best photos or attaching a homemade Father's Day card. Even if the final product doesn't look exactly like the photo shown here (ah, expectations vs. reality), there's no doubt that he'll cherish this present for years to come.

Give kids a range of fabric markers and paints to choose from, and then watch as they turn a plain white apron into something special for your family's grill master.

You'll also rely on your kid's help for this DIY: Ask them to draw a picture of their dad on a piece of craft foam, which you'll later wrap around a beer can like a koozie.

Print one of these punny messages on card stock and then attach them to his favorite after-work drink of choice (read: beer).

For a sweet (and edible) take on a fishing tackle box, fill a plastic organizer with a colorful array of Swedish Fish.

He takes so much pride in being the chosen one to man the grill, so it's only fitting that he has a custom burger, hot dog and veggie flipper. Let the kids paint a special message &mdash #1 Dad, Best Dad Ever, you name it &mdash on its wooden handle.

Make his movie snack (or anytime snack, really) fit for the holiday by affixing a custom label from dad's own "little monsters." And if you can't make it to the grocery store to buy trail mix, make your own with an assortment of nuts, dried fruit and chocolate.

The M&Ms will give him an instant sweet fix, but the heartfelt message written inside the card will last a lifetime.

Make a basic six-pack fit for the occasion by dressing each bottle with a paper flower. Since you know he really just wants a case of his favorite beer for Father's Day.

If it was a milestone year in your family (new baby! graduation!), this wooden frame will serve as a highlight reel for dad to enjoy for years to come.

As a nod to dad, turn chocolate bars into superheroes with colored construction paper and markers.

Here's a personalized way to show of his Father's Day gift: a brand-new BBQ set.

If they're willing to give up their LEGOs (a.k.a. their pride and joy), then get your kids involved by having them write down things they'd like to do with dad.

Remind him of his outdoorsman spirit with a leather drink sleeve. It's way better than a store-bought "World's Best Dad" mug, don't ya think?

For a masculine touch, make homemade candles in paint cans. He'll appreciate their mosquito-deterring capabilities even more the next time he camps or grills.

Treat his five o'clock shadow to a nourishing blend of grapeseed oil, olive oil and an essential oil of your choice (we vote sandalwood).

Restock the grill master's cookout arsenal with new tools, top-notch condiments and his very own apron.

Dad will finally use a coaster if it looks as cool as these rustic ones, personalized with his last initial.

After years of giving him a tie for Father's Day, surprise him with a crafty way to keep them organized.

If he's got a scratched record or two, give it new life by melting it into a bowl and filling it with small trinkets and tchotchkes.

Give his desk a small makeover with this leather mouse pad. Something to note: You'll need a rotary cutter for this project, so be careful, will ya?

Woodworking experience is helpful if you plan on making this coffee contraption, but hey, for the promise of caffeine on the other side, it's a good time to learn.

Let him know he's your bulwark in the storm with this print-and-trace project.

Set him up to grill in style with a custom apron that'll keep his trusty pair of khakis totally clean.

Start looking for a picture of your pops, so you can add a snazzy bow tie to create this gift-meets-card hybrid.

In muted, monochrome shades, these block letter printables double as a card, making his Father's Day gift even more special.

A tie may be a cliché Father's Day gift, but a tie that you made yourself? That's something that can't be beat.


26 DIY Father's Day Gifts That Are Easy Enough for Toddlers and Kids to Make

All dads &mdash even the one who claims to be Mr. Tough Guy &mdash love a Father's Day gift that tugs at his heartstrings. Since it can be tough to find a store-bought option that has just the right amount of practicality, personalization and heart, try your hand at making one of these DIY Father's Day gifts this year. These homemade gift ideas vary in skill level, but most of them are easy enough for toddlers and kids to make (with mom's supervision, of course).

Many of these DIYs highlight everything your #1 guy loves most: manning the grill, cracking open a cold one with his buddies and going on adventures with his family. While we made sure to find ideas that he can actually use in his day-to-day life (say, a new spatula and apron for grilling), there's also so much room for you and your kids to get personal. Add heart to any of these handmade gifts by writing a heartfelt message, incorporating your family's best photos or attaching a homemade Father's Day card. Even if the final product doesn't look exactly like the photo shown here (ah, expectations vs. reality), there's no doubt that he'll cherish this present for years to come.

Give kids a range of fabric markers and paints to choose from, and then watch as they turn a plain white apron into something special for your family's grill master.

You'll also rely on your kid's help for this DIY: Ask them to draw a picture of their dad on a piece of craft foam, which you'll later wrap around a beer can like a koozie.

Print one of these punny messages on card stock and then attach them to his favorite after-work drink of choice (read: beer).

For a sweet (and edible) take on a fishing tackle box, fill a plastic organizer with a colorful array of Swedish Fish.

He takes so much pride in being the chosen one to man the grill, so it's only fitting that he has a custom burger, hot dog and veggie flipper. Let the kids paint a special message &mdash #1 Dad, Best Dad Ever, you name it &mdash on its wooden handle.

Make his movie snack (or anytime snack, really) fit for the holiday by affixing a custom label from dad's own "little monsters." And if you can't make it to the grocery store to buy trail mix, make your own with an assortment of nuts, dried fruit and chocolate.

The M&Ms will give him an instant sweet fix, but the heartfelt message written inside the card will last a lifetime.

Make a basic six-pack fit for the occasion by dressing each bottle with a paper flower. Since you know he really just wants a case of his favorite beer for Father's Day.

If it was a milestone year in your family (new baby! graduation!), this wooden frame will serve as a highlight reel for dad to enjoy for years to come.

As a nod to dad, turn chocolate bars into superheroes with colored construction paper and markers.

Here's a personalized way to show of his Father's Day gift: a brand-new BBQ set.

If they're willing to give up their LEGOs (a.k.a. their pride and joy), then get your kids involved by having them write down things they'd like to do with dad.

Remind him of his outdoorsman spirit with a leather drink sleeve. It's way better than a store-bought "World's Best Dad" mug, don't ya think?

For a masculine touch, make homemade candles in paint cans. He'll appreciate their mosquito-deterring capabilities even more the next time he camps or grills.

Treat his five o'clock shadow to a nourishing blend of grapeseed oil, olive oil and an essential oil of your choice (we vote sandalwood).

Restock the grill master's cookout arsenal with new tools, top-notch condiments and his very own apron.

Dad will finally use a coaster if it looks as cool as these rustic ones, personalized with his last initial.

After years of giving him a tie for Father's Day, surprise him with a crafty way to keep them organized.

If he's got a scratched record or two, give it new life by melting it into a bowl and filling it with small trinkets and tchotchkes.

Give his desk a small makeover with this leather mouse pad. Something to note: You'll need a rotary cutter for this project, so be careful, will ya?

Woodworking experience is helpful if you plan on making this coffee contraption, but hey, for the promise of caffeine on the other side, it's a good time to learn.

Let him know he's your bulwark in the storm with this print-and-trace project.

Set him up to grill in style with a custom apron that'll keep his trusty pair of khakis totally clean.

Start looking for a picture of your pops, so you can add a snazzy bow tie to create this gift-meets-card hybrid.

In muted, monochrome shades, these block letter printables double as a card, making his Father's Day gift even more special.

A tie may be a cliché Father's Day gift, but a tie that you made yourself? That's something that can't be beat.


26 DIY Father's Day Gifts That Are Easy Enough for Toddlers and Kids to Make

All dads &mdash even the one who claims to be Mr. Tough Guy &mdash love a Father's Day gift that tugs at his heartstrings. Since it can be tough to find a store-bought option that has just the right amount of practicality, personalization and heart, try your hand at making one of these DIY Father's Day gifts this year. These homemade gift ideas vary in skill level, but most of them are easy enough for toddlers and kids to make (with mom's supervision, of course).

Many of these DIYs highlight everything your #1 guy loves most: manning the grill, cracking open a cold one with his buddies and going on adventures with his family. While we made sure to find ideas that he can actually use in his day-to-day life (say, a new spatula and apron for grilling), there's also so much room for you and your kids to get personal. Add heart to any of these handmade gifts by writing a heartfelt message, incorporating your family's best photos or attaching a homemade Father's Day card. Even if the final product doesn't look exactly like the photo shown here (ah, expectations vs. reality), there's no doubt that he'll cherish this present for years to come.

Give kids a range of fabric markers and paints to choose from, and then watch as they turn a plain white apron into something special for your family's grill master.

You'll also rely on your kid's help for this DIY: Ask them to draw a picture of their dad on a piece of craft foam, which you'll later wrap around a beer can like a koozie.

Print one of these punny messages on card stock and then attach them to his favorite after-work drink of choice (read: beer).

For a sweet (and edible) take on a fishing tackle box, fill a plastic organizer with a colorful array of Swedish Fish.

He takes so much pride in being the chosen one to man the grill, so it's only fitting that he has a custom burger, hot dog and veggie flipper. Let the kids paint a special message &mdash #1 Dad, Best Dad Ever, you name it &mdash on its wooden handle.

Make his movie snack (or anytime snack, really) fit for the holiday by affixing a custom label from dad's own "little monsters." And if you can't make it to the grocery store to buy trail mix, make your own with an assortment of nuts, dried fruit and chocolate.

The M&Ms will give him an instant sweet fix, but the heartfelt message written inside the card will last a lifetime.

Make a basic six-pack fit for the occasion by dressing each bottle with a paper flower. Since you know he really just wants a case of his favorite beer for Father's Day.

If it was a milestone year in your family (new baby! graduation!), this wooden frame will serve as a highlight reel for dad to enjoy for years to come.

As a nod to dad, turn chocolate bars into superheroes with colored construction paper and markers.

Here's a personalized way to show of his Father's Day gift: a brand-new BBQ set.

If they're willing to give up their LEGOs (a.k.a. their pride and joy), then get your kids involved by having them write down things they'd like to do with dad.

Remind him of his outdoorsman spirit with a leather drink sleeve. It's way better than a store-bought "World's Best Dad" mug, don't ya think?

For a masculine touch, make homemade candles in paint cans. He'll appreciate their mosquito-deterring capabilities even more the next time he camps or grills.

Treat his five o'clock shadow to a nourishing blend of grapeseed oil, olive oil and an essential oil of your choice (we vote sandalwood).

Restock the grill master's cookout arsenal with new tools, top-notch condiments and his very own apron.

Dad will finally use a coaster if it looks as cool as these rustic ones, personalized with his last initial.

After years of giving him a tie for Father's Day, surprise him with a crafty way to keep them organized.

If he's got a scratched record or two, give it new life by melting it into a bowl and filling it with small trinkets and tchotchkes.

Give his desk a small makeover with this leather mouse pad. Something to note: You'll need a rotary cutter for this project, so be careful, will ya?

Woodworking experience is helpful if you plan on making this coffee contraption, but hey, for the promise of caffeine on the other side, it's a good time to learn.

Let him know he's your bulwark in the storm with this print-and-trace project.

Set him up to grill in style with a custom apron that'll keep his trusty pair of khakis totally clean.

Start looking for a picture of your pops, so you can add a snazzy bow tie to create this gift-meets-card hybrid.

In muted, monochrome shades, these block letter printables double as a card, making his Father's Day gift even more special.

A tie may be a cliché Father's Day gift, but a tie that you made yourself? That's something that can't be beat.


26 DIY Father's Day Gifts That Are Easy Enough for Toddlers and Kids to Make

All dads &mdash even the one who claims to be Mr. Tough Guy &mdash love a Father's Day gift that tugs at his heartstrings. Since it can be tough to find a store-bought option that has just the right amount of practicality, personalization and heart, try your hand at making one of these DIY Father's Day gifts this year. These homemade gift ideas vary in skill level, but most of them are easy enough for toddlers and kids to make (with mom's supervision, of course).

Many of these DIYs highlight everything your #1 guy loves most: manning the grill, cracking open a cold one with his buddies and going on adventures with his family. While we made sure to find ideas that he can actually use in his day-to-day life (say, a new spatula and apron for grilling), there's also so much room for you and your kids to get personal. Add heart to any of these handmade gifts by writing a heartfelt message, incorporating your family's best photos or attaching a homemade Father's Day card. Even if the final product doesn't look exactly like the photo shown here (ah, expectations vs. reality), there's no doubt that he'll cherish this present for years to come.

Give kids a range of fabric markers and paints to choose from, and then watch as they turn a plain white apron into something special for your family's grill master.

You'll also rely on your kid's help for this DIY: Ask them to draw a picture of their dad on a piece of craft foam, which you'll later wrap around a beer can like a koozie.

Print one of these punny messages on card stock and then attach them to his favorite after-work drink of choice (read: beer).

For a sweet (and edible) take on a fishing tackle box, fill a plastic organizer with a colorful array of Swedish Fish.

He takes so much pride in being the chosen one to man the grill, so it's only fitting that he has a custom burger, hot dog and veggie flipper. Let the kids paint a special message &mdash #1 Dad, Best Dad Ever, you name it &mdash on its wooden handle.

Make his movie snack (or anytime snack, really) fit for the holiday by affixing a custom label from dad's own "little monsters." And if you can't make it to the grocery store to buy trail mix, make your own with an assortment of nuts, dried fruit and chocolate.

The M&Ms will give him an instant sweet fix, but the heartfelt message written inside the card will last a lifetime.

Make a basic six-pack fit for the occasion by dressing each bottle with a paper flower. Since you know he really just wants a case of his favorite beer for Father's Day.

If it was a milestone year in your family (new baby! graduation!), this wooden frame will serve as a highlight reel for dad to enjoy for years to come.

As a nod to dad, turn chocolate bars into superheroes with colored construction paper and markers.

Here's a personalized way to show of his Father's Day gift: a brand-new BBQ set.

If they're willing to give up their LEGOs (a.k.a. their pride and joy), then get your kids involved by having them write down things they'd like to do with dad.

Remind him of his outdoorsman spirit with a leather drink sleeve. It's way better than a store-bought "World's Best Dad" mug, don't ya think?

For a masculine touch, make homemade candles in paint cans. He'll appreciate their mosquito-deterring capabilities even more the next time he camps or grills.

Treat his five o'clock shadow to a nourishing blend of grapeseed oil, olive oil and an essential oil of your choice (we vote sandalwood).

Restock the grill master's cookout arsenal with new tools, top-notch condiments and his very own apron.

Dad will finally use a coaster if it looks as cool as these rustic ones, personalized with his last initial.

After years of giving him a tie for Father's Day, surprise him with a crafty way to keep them organized.

If he's got a scratched record or two, give it new life by melting it into a bowl and filling it with small trinkets and tchotchkes.

Give his desk a small makeover with this leather mouse pad. Something to note: You'll need a rotary cutter for this project, so be careful, will ya?

Woodworking experience is helpful if you plan on making this coffee contraption, but hey, for the promise of caffeine on the other side, it's a good time to learn.

Let him know he's your bulwark in the storm with this print-and-trace project.

Set him up to grill in style with a custom apron that'll keep his trusty pair of khakis totally clean.

Start looking for a picture of your pops, so you can add a snazzy bow tie to create this gift-meets-card hybrid.

In muted, monochrome shades, these block letter printables double as a card, making his Father's Day gift even more special.

A tie may be a cliché Father's Day gift, but a tie that you made yourself? That's something that can't be beat.


26 DIY Father's Day Gifts That Are Easy Enough for Toddlers and Kids to Make

All dads &mdash even the one who claims to be Mr. Tough Guy &mdash love a Father's Day gift that tugs at his heartstrings. Since it can be tough to find a store-bought option that has just the right amount of practicality, personalization and heart, try your hand at making one of these DIY Father's Day gifts this year. These homemade gift ideas vary in skill level, but most of them are easy enough for toddlers and kids to make (with mom's supervision, of course).

Many of these DIYs highlight everything your #1 guy loves most: manning the grill, cracking open a cold one with his buddies and going on adventures with his family. While we made sure to find ideas that he can actually use in his day-to-day life (say, a new spatula and apron for grilling), there's also so much room for you and your kids to get personal. Add heart to any of these handmade gifts by writing a heartfelt message, incorporating your family's best photos or attaching a homemade Father's Day card. Even if the final product doesn't look exactly like the photo shown here (ah, expectations vs. reality), there's no doubt that he'll cherish this present for years to come.

Give kids a range of fabric markers and paints to choose from, and then watch as they turn a plain white apron into something special for your family's grill master.

You'll also rely on your kid's help for this DIY: Ask them to draw a picture of their dad on a piece of craft foam, which you'll later wrap around a beer can like a koozie.

Print one of these punny messages on card stock and then attach them to his favorite after-work drink of choice (read: beer).

For a sweet (and edible) take on a fishing tackle box, fill a plastic organizer with a colorful array of Swedish Fish.

He takes so much pride in being the chosen one to man the grill, so it's only fitting that he has a custom burger, hot dog and veggie flipper. Let the kids paint a special message &mdash #1 Dad, Best Dad Ever, you name it &mdash on its wooden handle.

Make his movie snack (or anytime snack, really) fit for the holiday by affixing a custom label from dad's own "little monsters." And if you can't make it to the grocery store to buy trail mix, make your own with an assortment of nuts, dried fruit and chocolate.

The M&Ms will give him an instant sweet fix, but the heartfelt message written inside the card will last a lifetime.

Make a basic six-pack fit for the occasion by dressing each bottle with a paper flower. Since you know he really just wants a case of his favorite beer for Father's Day.

If it was a milestone year in your family (new baby! graduation!), this wooden frame will serve as a highlight reel for dad to enjoy for years to come.

As a nod to dad, turn chocolate bars into superheroes with colored construction paper and markers.

Here's a personalized way to show of his Father's Day gift: a brand-new BBQ set.

If they're willing to give up their LEGOs (a.k.a. their pride and joy), then get your kids involved by having them write down things they'd like to do with dad.

Remind him of his outdoorsman spirit with a leather drink sleeve. It's way better than a store-bought "World's Best Dad" mug, don't ya think?

For a masculine touch, make homemade candles in paint cans. He'll appreciate their mosquito-deterring capabilities even more the next time he camps or grills.

Treat his five o'clock shadow to a nourishing blend of grapeseed oil, olive oil and an essential oil of your choice (we vote sandalwood).

Restock the grill master's cookout arsenal with new tools, top-notch condiments and his very own apron.

Dad will finally use a coaster if it looks as cool as these rustic ones, personalized with his last initial.

After years of giving him a tie for Father's Day, surprise him with a crafty way to keep them organized.

If he's got a scratched record or two, give it new life by melting it into a bowl and filling it with small trinkets and tchotchkes.

Give his desk a small makeover with this leather mouse pad. Something to note: You'll need a rotary cutter for this project, so be careful, will ya?

Woodworking experience is helpful if you plan on making this coffee contraption, but hey, for the promise of caffeine on the other side, it's a good time to learn.

Let him know he's your bulwark in the storm with this print-and-trace project.

Set him up to grill in style with a custom apron that'll keep his trusty pair of khakis totally clean.

Start looking for a picture of your pops, so you can add a snazzy bow tie to create this gift-meets-card hybrid.

In muted, monochrome shades, these block letter printables double as a card, making his Father's Day gift even more special.

A tie may be a cliché Father's Day gift, but a tie that you made yourself? That's something that can't be beat.


26 DIY Father's Day Gifts That Are Easy Enough for Toddlers and Kids to Make

All dads &mdash even the one who claims to be Mr. Tough Guy &mdash love a Father's Day gift that tugs at his heartstrings. Since it can be tough to find a store-bought option that has just the right amount of practicality, personalization and heart, try your hand at making one of these DIY Father's Day gifts this year. These homemade gift ideas vary in skill level, but most of them are easy enough for toddlers and kids to make (with mom's supervision, of course).

Many of these DIYs highlight everything your #1 guy loves most: manning the grill, cracking open a cold one with his buddies and going on adventures with his family. While we made sure to find ideas that he can actually use in his day-to-day life (say, a new spatula and apron for grilling), there's also so much room for you and your kids to get personal. Add heart to any of these handmade gifts by writing a heartfelt message, incorporating your family's best photos or attaching a homemade Father's Day card. Even if the final product doesn't look exactly like the photo shown here (ah, expectations vs. reality), there's no doubt that he'll cherish this present for years to come.

Give kids a range of fabric markers and paints to choose from, and then watch as they turn a plain white apron into something special for your family's grill master.

You'll also rely on your kid's help for this DIY: Ask them to draw a picture of their dad on a piece of craft foam, which you'll later wrap around a beer can like a koozie.

Print one of these punny messages on card stock and then attach them to his favorite after-work drink of choice (read: beer).

For a sweet (and edible) take on a fishing tackle box, fill a plastic organizer with a colorful array of Swedish Fish.

He takes so much pride in being the chosen one to man the grill, so it's only fitting that he has a custom burger, hot dog and veggie flipper. Let the kids paint a special message &mdash #1 Dad, Best Dad Ever, you name it &mdash on its wooden handle.

Make his movie snack (or anytime snack, really) fit for the holiday by affixing a custom label from dad's own "little monsters." And if you can't make it to the grocery store to buy trail mix, make your own with an assortment of nuts, dried fruit and chocolate.

The M&Ms will give him an instant sweet fix, but the heartfelt message written inside the card will last a lifetime.

Make a basic six-pack fit for the occasion by dressing each bottle with a paper flower. Since you know he really just wants a case of his favorite beer for Father's Day.

If it was a milestone year in your family (new baby! graduation!), this wooden frame will serve as a highlight reel for dad to enjoy for years to come.

As a nod to dad, turn chocolate bars into superheroes with colored construction paper and markers.

Here's a personalized way to show of his Father's Day gift: a brand-new BBQ set.

If they're willing to give up their LEGOs (a.k.a. their pride and joy), then get your kids involved by having them write down things they'd like to do with dad.

Remind him of his outdoorsman spirit with a leather drink sleeve. It's way better than a store-bought "World's Best Dad" mug, don't ya think?

For a masculine touch, make homemade candles in paint cans. He'll appreciate their mosquito-deterring capabilities even more the next time he camps or grills.

Treat his five o'clock shadow to a nourishing blend of grapeseed oil, olive oil and an essential oil of your choice (we vote sandalwood).

Restock the grill master's cookout arsenal with new tools, top-notch condiments and his very own apron.

Dad will finally use a coaster if it looks as cool as these rustic ones, personalized with his last initial.

After years of giving him a tie for Father's Day, surprise him with a crafty way to keep them organized.

If he's got a scratched record or two, give it new life by melting it into a bowl and filling it with small trinkets and tchotchkes.

Give his desk a small makeover with this leather mouse pad. Something to note: You'll need a rotary cutter for this project, so be careful, will ya?

Woodworking experience is helpful if you plan on making this coffee contraption, but hey, for the promise of caffeine on the other side, it's a good time to learn.

Let him know he's your bulwark in the storm with this print-and-trace project.

Set him up to grill in style with a custom apron that'll keep his trusty pair of khakis totally clean.

Start looking for a picture of your pops, so you can add a snazzy bow tie to create this gift-meets-card hybrid.

In muted, monochrome shades, these block letter printables double as a card, making his Father's Day gift even more special.

A tie may be a cliché Father's Day gift, but a tie that you made yourself? That's something that can't be beat.


26 DIY Father's Day Gifts That Are Easy Enough for Toddlers and Kids to Make

All dads &mdash even the one who claims to be Mr. Tough Guy &mdash love a Father's Day gift that tugs at his heartstrings. Since it can be tough to find a store-bought option that has just the right amount of practicality, personalization and heart, try your hand at making one of these DIY Father's Day gifts this year. These homemade gift ideas vary in skill level, but most of them are easy enough for toddlers and kids to make (with mom's supervision, of course).

Many of these DIYs highlight everything your #1 guy loves most: manning the grill, cracking open a cold one with his buddies and going on adventures with his family. While we made sure to find ideas that he can actually use in his day-to-day life (say, a new spatula and apron for grilling), there's also so much room for you and your kids to get personal. Add heart to any of these handmade gifts by writing a heartfelt message, incorporating your family's best photos or attaching a homemade Father's Day card. Even if the final product doesn't look exactly like the photo shown here (ah, expectations vs. reality), there's no doubt that he'll cherish this present for years to come.

Give kids a range of fabric markers and paints to choose from, and then watch as they turn a plain white apron into something special for your family's grill master.

You'll also rely on your kid's help for this DIY: Ask them to draw a picture of their dad on a piece of craft foam, which you'll later wrap around a beer can like a koozie.

Print one of these punny messages on card stock and then attach them to his favorite after-work drink of choice (read: beer).

For a sweet (and edible) take on a fishing tackle box, fill a plastic organizer with a colorful array of Swedish Fish.

He takes so much pride in being the chosen one to man the grill, so it's only fitting that he has a custom burger, hot dog and veggie flipper. Let the kids paint a special message &mdash #1 Dad, Best Dad Ever, you name it &mdash on its wooden handle.

Make his movie snack (or anytime snack, really) fit for the holiday by affixing a custom label from dad's own "little monsters." And if you can't make it to the grocery store to buy trail mix, make your own with an assortment of nuts, dried fruit and chocolate.

The M&Ms will give him an instant sweet fix, but the heartfelt message written inside the card will last a lifetime.

Make a basic six-pack fit for the occasion by dressing each bottle with a paper flower. Since you know he really just wants a case of his favorite beer for Father's Day.

If it was a milestone year in your family (new baby! graduation!), this wooden frame will serve as a highlight reel for dad to enjoy for years to come.

As a nod to dad, turn chocolate bars into superheroes with colored construction paper and markers.

Here's a personalized way to show of his Father's Day gift: a brand-new BBQ set.

If they're willing to give up their LEGOs (a.k.a. their pride and joy), then get your kids involved by having them write down things they'd like to do with dad.

Remind him of his outdoorsman spirit with a leather drink sleeve. It's way better than a store-bought "World's Best Dad" mug, don't ya think?

For a masculine touch, make homemade candles in paint cans. He'll appreciate their mosquito-deterring capabilities even more the next time he camps or grills.

Treat his five o'clock shadow to a nourishing blend of grapeseed oil, olive oil and an essential oil of your choice (we vote sandalwood).

Restock the grill master's cookout arsenal with new tools, top-notch condiments and his very own apron.

Dad will finally use a coaster if it looks as cool as these rustic ones, personalized with his last initial.

After years of giving him a tie for Father's Day, surprise him with a crafty way to keep them organized.

If he's got a scratched record or two, give it new life by melting it into a bowl and filling it with small trinkets and tchotchkes.

Give his desk a small makeover with this leather mouse pad. Something to note: You'll need a rotary cutter for this project, so be careful, will ya?

Woodworking experience is helpful if you plan on making this coffee contraption, but hey, for the promise of caffeine on the other side, it's a good time to learn.

Let him know he's your bulwark in the storm with this print-and-trace project.

Set him up to grill in style with a custom apron that'll keep his trusty pair of khakis totally clean.

Start looking for a picture of your pops, so you can add a snazzy bow tie to create this gift-meets-card hybrid.

In muted, monochrome shades, these block letter printables double as a card, making his Father's Day gift even more special.

A tie may be a cliché Father's Day gift, but a tie that you made yourself? That's something that can't be beat.


26 DIY Father's Day Gifts That Are Easy Enough for Toddlers and Kids to Make

All dads &mdash even the one who claims to be Mr. Tough Guy &mdash love a Father's Day gift that tugs at his heartstrings. Since it can be tough to find a store-bought option that has just the right amount of practicality, personalization and heart, try your hand at making one of these DIY Father's Day gifts this year. These homemade gift ideas vary in skill level, but most of them are easy enough for toddlers and kids to make (with mom's supervision, of course).

Many of these DIYs highlight everything your #1 guy loves most: manning the grill, cracking open a cold one with his buddies and going on adventures with his family. While we made sure to find ideas that he can actually use in his day-to-day life (say, a new spatula and apron for grilling), there's also so much room for you and your kids to get personal. Add heart to any of these handmade gifts by writing a heartfelt message, incorporating your family's best photos or attaching a homemade Father's Day card. Even if the final product doesn't look exactly like the photo shown here (ah, expectations vs. reality), there's no doubt that he'll cherish this present for years to come.

Give kids a range of fabric markers and paints to choose from, and then watch as they turn a plain white apron into something special for your family's grill master.

You'll also rely on your kid's help for this DIY: Ask them to draw a picture of their dad on a piece of craft foam, which you'll later wrap around a beer can like a koozie.

Print one of these punny messages on card stock and then attach them to his favorite after-work drink of choice (read: beer).

For a sweet (and edible) take on a fishing tackle box, fill a plastic organizer with a colorful array of Swedish Fish.

He takes so much pride in being the chosen one to man the grill, so it's only fitting that he has a custom burger, hot dog and veggie flipper. Let the kids paint a special message &mdash #1 Dad, Best Dad Ever, you name it &mdash on its wooden handle.

Make his movie snack (or anytime snack, really) fit for the holiday by affixing a custom label from dad's own "little monsters." And if you can't make it to the grocery store to buy trail mix, make your own with an assortment of nuts, dried fruit and chocolate.

The M&Ms will give him an instant sweet fix, but the heartfelt message written inside the card will last a lifetime.

Make a basic six-pack fit for the occasion by dressing each bottle with a paper flower. Since you know he really just wants a case of his favorite beer for Father's Day.

If it was a milestone year in your family (new baby! graduation!), this wooden frame will serve as a highlight reel for dad to enjoy for years to come.

As a nod to dad, turn chocolate bars into superheroes with colored construction paper and markers.

Here's a personalized way to show of his Father's Day gift: a brand-new BBQ set.

If they're willing to give up their LEGOs (a.k.a. their pride and joy), then get your kids involved by having them write down things they'd like to do with dad.

Remind him of his outdoorsman spirit with a leather drink sleeve. It's way better than a store-bought "World's Best Dad" mug, don't ya think?

For a masculine touch, make homemade candles in paint cans. He'll appreciate their mosquito-deterring capabilities even more the next time he camps or grills.

Treat his five o'clock shadow to a nourishing blend of grapeseed oil, olive oil and an essential oil of your choice (we vote sandalwood).

Restock the grill master's cookout arsenal with new tools, top-notch condiments and his very own apron.

Dad will finally use a coaster if it looks as cool as these rustic ones, personalized with his last initial.

After years of giving him a tie for Father's Day, surprise him with a crafty way to keep them organized.

If he's got a scratched record or two, give it new life by melting it into a bowl and filling it with small trinkets and tchotchkes.

Give his desk a small makeover with this leather mouse pad. Something to note: You'll need a rotary cutter for this project, so be careful, will ya?

Woodworking experience is helpful if you plan on making this coffee contraption, but hey, for the promise of caffeine on the other side, it's a good time to learn.

Let him know he's your bulwark in the storm with this print-and-trace project.

Set him up to grill in style with a custom apron that'll keep his trusty pair of khakis totally clean.

Start looking for a picture of your pops, so you can add a snazzy bow tie to create this gift-meets-card hybrid.

In muted, monochrome shades, these block letter printables double as a card, making his Father's Day gift even more special.

A tie may be a cliché Father's Day gift, but a tie that you made yourself? That's something that can't be beat.


26 DIY Father's Day Gifts That Are Easy Enough for Toddlers and Kids to Make

All dads &mdash even the one who claims to be Mr. Tough Guy &mdash love a Father's Day gift that tugs at his heartstrings. Since it can be tough to find a store-bought option that has just the right amount of practicality, personalization and heart, try your hand at making one of these DIY Father's Day gifts this year. These homemade gift ideas vary in skill level, but most of them are easy enough for toddlers and kids to make (with mom's supervision, of course).

Many of these DIYs highlight everything your #1 guy loves most: manning the grill, cracking open a cold one with his buddies and going on adventures with his family. While we made sure to find ideas that he can actually use in his day-to-day life (say, a new spatula and apron for grilling), there's also so much room for you and your kids to get personal. Add heart to any of these handmade gifts by writing a heartfelt message, incorporating your family's best photos or attaching a homemade Father's Day card. Even if the final product doesn't look exactly like the photo shown here (ah, expectations vs. reality), there's no doubt that he'll cherish this present for years to come.

Give kids a range of fabric markers and paints to choose from, and then watch as they turn a plain white apron into something special for your family's grill master.

You'll also rely on your kid's help for this DIY: Ask them to draw a picture of their dad on a piece of craft foam, which you'll later wrap around a beer can like a koozie.

Print one of these punny messages on card stock and then attach them to his favorite after-work drink of choice (read: beer).

For a sweet (and edible) take on a fishing tackle box, fill a plastic organizer with a colorful array of Swedish Fish.

He takes so much pride in being the chosen one to man the grill, so it's only fitting that he has a custom burger, hot dog and veggie flipper. Let the kids paint a special message &mdash #1 Dad, Best Dad Ever, you name it &mdash on its wooden handle.

Make his movie snack (or anytime snack, really) fit for the holiday by affixing a custom label from dad's own "little monsters." And if you can't make it to the grocery store to buy trail mix, make your own with an assortment of nuts, dried fruit and chocolate.

The M&Ms will give him an instant sweet fix, but the heartfelt message written inside the card will last a lifetime.

Make a basic six-pack fit for the occasion by dressing each bottle with a paper flower. Since you know he really just wants a case of his favorite beer for Father's Day.

If it was a milestone year in your family (new baby! graduation!), this wooden frame will serve as a highlight reel for dad to enjoy for years to come.

As a nod to dad, turn chocolate bars into superheroes with colored construction paper and markers.

Here's a personalized way to show of his Father's Day gift: a brand-new BBQ set.

If they're willing to give up their LEGOs (a.k.a. their pride and joy), then get your kids involved by having them write down things they'd like to do with dad.

Remind him of his outdoorsman spirit with a leather drink sleeve. It's way better than a store-bought "World's Best Dad" mug, don't ya think?

For a masculine touch, make homemade candles in paint cans. He'll appreciate their mosquito-deterring capabilities even more the next time he camps or grills.

Treat his five o'clock shadow to a nourishing blend of grapeseed oil, olive oil and an essential oil of your choice (we vote sandalwood).

Restock the grill master's cookout arsenal with new tools, top-notch condiments and his very own apron.

Dad will finally use a coaster if it looks as cool as these rustic ones, personalized with his last initial.

After years of giving him a tie for Father's Day, surprise him with a crafty way to keep them organized.

If he's got a scratched record or two, give it new life by melting it into a bowl and filling it with small trinkets and tchotchkes.

Give his desk a small makeover with this leather mouse pad. Something to note: You'll need a rotary cutter for this project, so be careful, will ya?

Woodworking experience is helpful if you plan on making this coffee contraption, but hey, for the promise of caffeine on the other side, it's a good time to learn.

Let him know he's your bulwark in the storm with this print-and-trace project.

Set him up to grill in style with a custom apron that'll keep his trusty pair of khakis totally clean.

Start looking for a picture of your pops, so you can add a snazzy bow tie to create this gift-meets-card hybrid.

In muted, monochrome shades, these block letter printables double as a card, making his Father's Day gift even more special.

A tie may be a cliché Father's Day gift, but a tie that you made yourself? That's something that can't be beat.


26 DIY Father's Day Gifts That Are Easy Enough for Toddlers and Kids to Make

All dads &mdash even the one who claims to be Mr. Tough Guy &mdash love a Father's Day gift that tugs at his heartstrings. Since it can be tough to find a store-bought option that has just the right amount of practicality, personalization and heart, try your hand at making one of these DIY Father's Day gifts this year. These homemade gift ideas vary in skill level, but most of them are easy enough for toddlers and kids to make (with mom's supervision, of course).

Many of these DIYs highlight everything your #1 guy loves most: manning the grill, cracking open a cold one with his buddies and going on adventures with his family. While we made sure to find ideas that he can actually use in his day-to-day life (say, a new spatula and apron for grilling), there's also so much room for you and your kids to get personal. Add heart to any of these handmade gifts by writing a heartfelt message, incorporating your family's best photos or attaching a homemade Father's Day card. Even if the final product doesn't look exactly like the photo shown here (ah, expectations vs. reality), there's no doubt that he'll cherish this present for years to come.

Give kids a range of fabric markers and paints to choose from, and then watch as they turn a plain white apron into something special for your family's grill master.

You'll also rely on your kid's help for this DIY: Ask them to draw a picture of their dad on a piece of craft foam, which you'll later wrap around a beer can like a koozie.

Print one of these punny messages on card stock and then attach them to his favorite after-work drink of choice (read: beer).

For a sweet (and edible) take on a fishing tackle box, fill a plastic organizer with a colorful array of Swedish Fish.

He takes so much pride in being the chosen one to man the grill, so it's only fitting that he has a custom burger, hot dog and veggie flipper. Let the kids paint a special message &mdash #1 Dad, Best Dad Ever, you name it &mdash on its wooden handle.

Make his movie snack (or anytime snack, really) fit for the holiday by affixing a custom label from dad's own "little monsters." And if you can't make it to the grocery store to buy trail mix, make your own with an assortment of nuts, dried fruit and chocolate.

The M&Ms will give him an instant sweet fix, but the heartfelt message written inside the card will last a lifetime.

Make a basic six-pack fit for the occasion by dressing each bottle with a paper flower. Since you know he really just wants a case of his favorite beer for Father's Day.

If it was a milestone year in your family (new baby! graduation!), this wooden frame will serve as a highlight reel for dad to enjoy for years to come.

As a nod to dad, turn chocolate bars into superheroes with colored construction paper and markers.

Here's a personalized way to show of his Father's Day gift: a brand-new BBQ set.

If they're willing to give up their LEGOs (a.k.a. their pride and joy), then get your kids involved by having them write down things they'd like to do with dad.

Remind him of his outdoorsman spirit with a leather drink sleeve. It's way better than a store-bought "World's Best Dad" mug, don't ya think?

For a masculine touch, make homemade candles in paint cans. He'll appreciate their mosquito-deterring capabilities even more the next time he camps or grills.

Treat his five o'clock shadow to a nourishing blend of grapeseed oil, olive oil and an essential oil of your choice (we vote sandalwood).

Restock the grill master's cookout arsenal with new tools, top-notch condiments and his very own apron.

Dad will finally use a coaster if it looks as cool as these rustic ones, personalized with his last initial.

After years of giving him a tie for Father's Day, surprise him with a crafty way to keep them organized.

If he's got a scratched record or two, give it new life by melting it into a bowl and filling it with small trinkets and tchotchkes.

Give his desk a small makeover with this leather mouse pad. Something to note: You'll need a rotary cutter for this project, so be careful, will ya?

Woodworking experience is helpful if you plan on making this coffee contraption, but hey, for the promise of caffeine on the other side, it's a good time to learn.

Let him know he's your bulwark in the storm with this print-and-trace project.

Set him up to grill in style with a custom apron that'll keep his trusty pair of khakis totally clean.

Start looking for a picture of your pops, so you can add a snazzy bow tie to create this gift-meets-card hybrid.

In muted, monochrome shades, these block letter printables double as a card, making his Father's Day gift even more special.

A tie may be a cliché Father's Day gift, but a tie that you made yourself? That's something that can't be beat.


Watch the video: how to make trail mix (December 2021).