Alright, I’ll admit it, I forgot father’s day. Naughty, naughty, mummy. I could hide behind the fact that in Australia where I grew up, father’s day (I’m pretty sure) is sometime in September, but seeing as I have lived here in Denmark for quite some time now, I better not.
Not only is today a Saturday, but for some non-fathers-day-related reasons, it is also a public holiday here, meaning everything is shut. Nope, no quick-fix guilt spending was going to fix this. Really, this was a good excuse to make something rather than spending money, and let’s face it, dad’s probably not as crazy about a bunch of flowers as most mums are anyway.
Luckily (I guess), the daddy of the house had to work today, which gave the kids and I time to plot a Tinkatolli inspired gift. The end result was a “Worlds Best Daddy” trophy, which I know will be displayed on said father’s desk with pride.
With the trusty glue-gun in hand (possibly one of the greatest inventions of all time in my opinion), we set out glueing together various plastic bits and pieces to get the form we wanted. You can really just use whatever is lying around… we used lids, a bobbin-like thing that used to hold ribbon and an old plant pot (the type that we all throw away by the gazillion load). We also used plastic forks that, after a very short visit in the oven, could be bent into handles for our trophy and glued onto the sides.
All that was left after that was to let the kids loose with a brush and yellow paint to give it an “authentic” gold look. The great thing is that kids at any age can be involved in this part, as we became quickly aware by the positive response from the little two year old man we had working hard on the project.
I can’t help but think that there might be a creator or two out there of a “Tinka of the Day” or week or even just someone who knows their little Tinka really rocks, who might want to make a trophy of their own. Why should it only be mum or dad that get one of these anyway? As always we would love to see any creations you come up with, so send any images or sketches of them in to us and we might even make a trophy gallery for people to check out. I am sure, like the Tinkas, there won’t be two that are completely alike.
- Happy Tinkering!
Any plastic or cardboard lids, containers etc. that you like the shape of and think work well togther.
2-4 plastic forks, spoons or knives for the handles
Alternatively, some cardboard to cut out some handles
Glue gun, glue or tape to assemble with
Yellow, gold (or any colour you think!) paint
A paint brush