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DIY Dads: 3 Fun Projects Your Kids Will Go Crazy For

07-24-2018
Every dad likes to consider himself handy -- give him a power tool and a pile of wood and watch him light up like the Fourth of July -- but sometimes dads get caught up in their excitement and spend a little too much time being handy and not quite enough time being dads. If you're a handy dad, these three projects will bring together your two favorite things and will make your children see you as a god among men; so, grab your staple gun and your heavy-duty work gloves and get ready to become Dad Of The Year!
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Every dad likes to consider himself handy -- give him a power tool and a pile of wood and watch him light up like the Fourth of July -- but sometimes dads get caught up in their excitement and spend a little too much time being handy and not quite enough time being dads. If you're a handy dad, these three projects will bring together your two favorite things and will make your children see you as a god among men; so, grab your staple gun and your heavy-duty work gloves and get ready to become Dad Of The Year!

  1. Build them a tree fort
    One of the most coveted possessions a child can have, tree forts give them a personal space of their own, free from adults, and encourage their imagination to run wild. If you have the skills and a nearby tree, you can provide hours of entertainment to your child and their friends, earning a reputation as the Cool Dad of the neighborhood. Additionally, giving your kids a separate space away from the house may do wonders for your sanity. If you really want to get creative, you can install a heating or cooling system in your kid's tree house -- but keep in mind that it can be costly: heating and cooling can account for 50% of the energy use in an average home, and if your kids spend all their time up there, you're going to see it on your bill!

  2. Make their Halloween costume
    Quality unique Halloween costumes are a thing of the past; if your kid wants to be Batman, just buy him (or her) a costume, but if your child looks you straight in the eyes and tells you they want to be a smoke alarm, you can guarantee that they're the best looking smoke alarm on the streets. Find yourself a tape gun and forge a one-of-a-kind cardboard lookalike using all the skills in your repertoire. The benefit of being a handy dad is the creativity: you'll be ready to make your children's dreams come true no matter WHAT they ask for.

  3. Build them a secret room
    Probably the only thing better than a tree house, secret rooms give your kids a private space while also allowing them to feel like a spy. If you've got the extra space and excellent dry-walling abilities, you can make a tiny room that only they can access. Maybe use a tape gun to tape a poster over the entrance, giving the secret room a secret entrance! The possibilities are endless.


You will be a dad for the ages if you create even one of these delightful designs for your kids. Best of all, if they're old enough, you can involve them in its creation and pass along some of the secrets of the trade. At the end of the day, hand your daughter your well-used tape gun, or give your son your favorite paintbrush, and pass on your legacy to them, hoping they will continue it with their children.

Please remember to exercise caution when performing DIY jobs. Call a professional if necessary to avoid personal injury.
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