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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.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, June 1998


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

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

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

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