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FATHER’S DAY: Awesome Kids’ Gifts #2

By Jackie Burrell
Monday, June 15th, 2009 at 10:14 am in Uncategorized.

Trunk Tote (Courtesy Family Fun Magazine) Ah, the car trunk. That ubiquitous mess of jumper cables, sports gear, unrolled paper towels, madly rolling flashlights and assorted debris. So, say our buddies at Family Fun Magazine, take a large cardboard box and flatten it so the kids can decorate it with markers. Then reassemble the box, leaving the top open and sealing the bottom with strapping tape. Then, with a craft knife, cut two Xs in each end of the box and thread a length of rope through. Knot them on the inside to make handles and there you go, a frugal, adorable Tidy Trunk Tote.

Other ideas we love: If you’ve got a tween or teen who sews, why not whip up a bunch of green grocery totes? These fabric bags are easy to make (Morsbags has an easy pattern and instructions. We especially liked the ones done in a riot of red polka dots in the slide show on the home page.), they’ll fit nicely in that tidy trunk tote, and your teen will get a kick out of choosing dad-friendly fabric. We’re thinking … golf balls, smiley faces and other Joe Boxer type patterns.

And… another take on the car organizer box from BohemianRevolution.com, although we’d go with a more manly print.

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