From the Archives: Cool Dad Projects

From the Archives: Cool Dad Projects

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Beth Callaghan
Jun 29, 2011
Our recent round up of amazing dad construction projects had us trolling the archives, and we discovered that the dads we've featured can use more than just a hammer and a band saw. We've culled together some of the most clever and unusual Cool Dad Projects here. Check out the descriptions and links after the jump!

1. Dad's Amazing Wall Murals: If your dad were an illustrator and toy designer, you might get one of these beautiful murals in your room, too.

2. Surprise Nursery Designed by Dad: This dad didn't just throw his two cents into the mix when setting up house for the baby on the way. He designed it entirely on his own, in secret, and didn't let his wife see it until it was complete. Good news: she loved it.

3. Jim's Pancakes: Jim does not fool around when he makes pancakes for his daughter. He's made a bi-plane, a ferris wheel, characters from Yo Gabba Gabba, and an iPhone. For starters.

4. The Lunch Posts at Wandermonster: Dad Rob Kimmel puts a half-drawn Post It in his son's lunch every day, and it's his son's job to finish the drawing and an associated story. They've created some hilarious and sweet art together!

5. An All Natural Lego Cake: This dad took on cake duties for his son's birthday party. He created an impressive Lego cake that was delicious and safe for party guests with food allergies.

6. Multiblocks: Several generations of dads went into the making of these mathematical building blocks. Brad Singley designed them as an homage to his dad, who designed a similar set for him when he was young.

7. The Raisin Experiment: Blogging at The Sneeze, this dad started an experiment when he gave his young son a box of raisins for the holidays and recorded his reaction. He repeats it every year, always recording the changing reactions for posterity and analysis.

8. Hungry Monkey: Food critic and father Matthew Amster-Burton writes this memoir and recipe book for all parents who are looking to broaden their kids' taste buds without slaving away in the kitchen.

9. Mystery on Fifth Avenue: This dad went above and beyond the call of duty when he hid a poem inside the walls of his family's new apartment in New York City. He sent them all on quest filled with puzzles to solve to lead them to the final prize.

10. Geeky Growth Chart: Geeky Dad made this growth chart for his daughter, so she can measure up against Yoda, Frodo, Princess Leia, and Spock, among others.

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