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Father's Day Surprise Boxes

More than likely, your dad has saved somewhere every construction-paper greeting card and macaroni-encrusted gift you've ever made for him.




Homemade presents are still fun for your dad to receive -- but it's just as easy to make them elegant and useful. Here's how to turn a plain wooden box into an attractive gift.


  • Acrylic primer
  • Latex paint
  • Colored paper
  • Craft glue
  • Scissors
  • Self-adhesive photo corners
  • Vellum
  • Photograph
  • Candy, nuts, or other small gifts


  1. Step 1

    Paint box inside and out with acrylic primer; let dry; then add a coat of latex paint.

  2. Step 2

    Cut paper in a contrasting color 1/8 inch smaller all around than dimensions of box top.

  3. Step 3

    Cut a strip of paper long enough to wrap around all four sides and 1/8 inch narrower than the height of the sides; divide this strip in two so the box's lid will be able to separate from the base.

  4. Step 4


    Brush craft glue onto back of paper, and smooth in place. Attach self-adhesive photo corners to box's top, and insert a photograph.

  5. Step 5


    Line box with vellum, and fill with Dad's favorite candies, nuts, or another small gift.

Martha Stewart Living, June 1998



Reviews (3)

  • 1bunni4me 7 Jun, 2008

    This box would be great to put the coupon book in.
    I also think you can paint the stripe instead of using paper, or use a nice ribbon. Something more durable than paper and it would n't take any longer. A piece of sheet protector or acrylic over the photo would add durability also. This is a gift for a guy! They are a bit tougher on things.

  • yvonneANDjoe 6 Jun, 2008

    love it. im going to the craft store today to buy the supplies 2 make for my father in law. i will put his fav- hershey kisses- in the box so when hes done he can store whatever he wants in it :)

  • frone 3 Jun, 2008

    Great gift for Dad and easy to assemble.