Sunday, November 6, 2011

Craft/Gift: Easy Golf Bag Pen Holder

Let's face it guys, no one wants to admit it but CHRISTMAS is next month!!!!! We all want to find cheap ways our kids could give presents to the ones they love. I am going to give a few ideas over this month of things you can do with your kids to make gifts for family members. 
This first idea is for all the men in your life that LOVE golf! This idea could also be used for Fathers Day. I'm going to show you the finished product first and then explain what I did to make it!

Here is a cute Golf Bag Pen Holder personally painted by your child.

The first thing you will need to do is make homemade playdough. Over the years I've made a lot of different dough recipes but this one is my favorite! It's so soft and smooth and so much fun to play with! What you will need is:
  • 2 cups cornstarch
  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1 1/4 cup cold water

Have your child mix baking soda and cornstarch in a pot. Then gradually add water till it's smooth. On medium heat, stir constantly until it has the consistency of mashed potatoes. Dump out dough on a plate and cover it with a damp cloth to let cool. When it's cool you can knead it and it's ready to go!

While you are doing this next step let your kids create whatever they want with a lump of this soft smooth dough.
You will form you golf bag over a toilet paper roll. I drew a picture of the shape I created around the TP roll. It's really not that big of a deal if you get the shape exact! They will get the point of what it's supposed to be.

Here is a picture after I formed the dough around the TP roll. Once it dried a little I drew some lines in it with a toothpick to make it look more realistic. 

Let your "Golf Bag" sit in a safe place for a few days until its's all the way dry. Then have your child paint it. If you have a younger child I would suggest you only allow 3 or 4 colors (not black or brown). After all the work put into this, you don't want them to go crazy mixing colors and it turn out all purplish/brown.

I found these pens during Fathers Day season in the dollar section at Target so you will not be able to get them as cheap as I did BUT I found them for sale at Pier One! Here's the link:

I also came up with an idea if you don't want to buy these pens! Just make your own!!! All you will need is the cheap pens that come with a removable cap and masking tape.

Put a few strips of tape on the top of the pen, folded over so there is no sticky sides exposed.

Then cut it into a shape of a club. If you have a silver sharpie, you can let your children color the taped end! 

There you have it! A cute cost effective present for a man who loves golf!

*Another cute idea, I had to add, for dad for Christmas or even Fathers Day would be this cute picture for his desk! "We're watching you!" Just have your kid/kids pose for the shot and put it in a double frame!
Aimee from featured my picture and also compiled many other CUTE ideas for pictures for Daddy! Remember, these cold be used for Father's Day, Christmas, or even Daddy's birthday! Check it out HERE!

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