Best Dad I Ever Saw Craft

Craft for Father's Day using recycled materials

This contest winning entry, Best Dad I Ever Saw Magnet, was submitted by Dana Sipe of Normalville,  Pennsylvania. Dana is a mother of three who really enjoys crafting — mostly with recycled things and who just never wants to throw away anything. She writes that this really annoys her husband but she tells him that they are saving the world one craft at a time! Good for you Dana!


One of the earliest and simplest of tools known to man is the hand saw. Its use dates back to the Neolithic or later Stone Age (before the discovery of metals), when only the crudest of implements were constructed, making the hand saw a most primitive tool in all sense of the word, Source: Journal of Antiques & Collectables – Hand Saws: A Primitive Tool on the Cutting Edge

  • Scissors
  • Pinking Shears
  • Computer Paper
  • Construction Paper
  • Heavy Cardboard
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue
  • School Glue
  • Box Cutter
  • Hole Punch
  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Magnet
  1. First cut your Pringles container down the side with scissors or box cutter. An adult will have to help if you are using a box cutter. Cut off the bottom of the pringles can and open up the silver cardboard. Next, cut the silver cardboard in half. Then cut the half sheets in half until you have 8 pieces. You only need 1 of these pieces to make your saw blade.
  2. Get your pinking shears and cut the zigzag shape at the bottom of your saw blade. On the top of the saw blade cut a diagonal line so the top of the blade slopes down. Now your saw blade is done. Save the scrap pieces of your silver cardboard and use the hole punch and punch out two holes in it. These two holes will be the rivets on the handle of your saw.
  3. Next draw a handle on a heavy piece of cardboard. Cut it out. Then with a box cutter cut out the inside of the handle. An adult might want to do this part. Now you have to glue your handle to the saw blade. On the side of the handle there will be a little opening, put hot glue along the inside of the cardboard then put the saw blade into the glue. Hot glue the rivets on top of the handle and now your saw is done.
  4. Now you have to make your message for your saw. I wrote — Best Dad I Ever “Saw” !! on the label maker of my computer. I got 30 messages. If you are only making one saw then you can just make it on word pad and print it out. Cut it out and then make your frame around the message you made with some colored construction paper. Make the construction paper a little bigger than your message. You could glue these two things together with school glue or hot glue. Then glue your message onto the saw blade.
  5. On the back of your saw hot glue on the magnet and you’re done. I used some free magnets that we got at a health fair this year.



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