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How Dad Measures Up | Father's Day Gift Ideas for Dad

How Dad Measures Up

Total Time Needed: 1 Hour

Our faux tape measure extends the perfect Father's Day message to a dad who's skillful at building and repairing. Have him pull out the ruler tape to read, "You rule, Dad!," "I love you thiiiiiiis much!" or "Dad, you really go the distance!"


  • Rectangular box (we used a macaroni-and-cheese box)
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Yellow card stock
  • Aluminum foil
  • Marker
  • Black paper


How Dad Measures Up - Step 1

1. Cut the box in half across the middle. Cut off half of the bottom section at a diagonal, as shown. Tape one end of a 1- by 12-inch strip of yellow card stock to the edge of the top half of the box, using tape on both sides of the strip.

How Dad Measures Up - Step 2

2. Slide the bottom of the box into the top of the box.

How Dad Measures Up - Step 3

3. Fold a 2-1/2- by 6-inch piece of aluminum foil into thirds lengthwise, then fold it into a flat tab about 1/2 inch long. Tape it to the strip. Write a message on the strip and add ruler markings, then push it inside the box. Wrap the box with black paper, leaving a space for the tape opening. Cut off two corners of a 2-1/2-inch yellow card stock square, write "tape measure" on it, and adhere it to the box.