If you want to make your Dad happy, might I suggest making this Jerky Gift Basket for Father’s Day? It’s a really simple project, and I’ll show you how to make it step by step below. Use the free printable sign to make it a cute Father’s Day gift idea any dad will love!
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It can be tough to know what to get your Dad for Father’s Day. I wish I had the budget of Bill Gates so I could get him what he deserves, but alas I don’t, so I have to get creative.
All the men in my life love jerky, so I wanted to come up with a fun way to give jerky as a gift for Father’s Day, without just handing them a gift bag full of it (which is lame, and I’m not all about the lame gifts.) This Jerky Gift Basket is what I came up with, and uses this cute printable sign you can get HERE.
If you’re just here for the free printables, and don’t want to read the tips on printing and instructions on how to put these together below, then you can get those HERE.
How do you make a DIY Father’s Day Jerky Gift Basket?
Step 1: Gather your supplies.
You will need:
- Free Printable Jerky Gift Basket Sign
- Small Wooden Crate
- Floral Foam
- Paper Shred
- Bamboo Skewers
- Hot Glue Gun
- Jerky (differently shaped packages work best – read below for more tips)
Step 2: Attach the foam to the crate.
I used the smallest size wooden crate Walmart sells, which was like 4″ tall and 12″ wide, but you could use any small wooden crate (like this one on Amazon), or even a galvanized container like I used for the video tutorial, to achieve the same look.
Keep in mind that the printable sign, if you plan on using it, is 4″ tall and 6″ wide.
Step 3: Add the paper shred.
The cheapest place to find paper shred is at the dollar store. You can also buy it at Hobby Lobby, Mardel, Michael’s, Amazon etc, but it will be more expensive there.
Step 4: Attach the wooden skewers to the jerky.
Hot glue the skewers for almost the whole length of the package to give it as much stability as possible. Let them dry completely before arranging it in your jerky gift basket.
Step 5: Print the sign.
Print out the free printable Jerky Gift Basket sign to add to the crate. Print these on cardstock and not just regular paper. They print two to a page, so in case you need more than one, or mess one of them up, you have another.
Step 6: Attach the sign to the crate.
Step 6: Arrange the jerky in the Jerky Gift Basket.
Arrange the jerky with the biggest and tallest packages in the back, and work your way forward with smaller pieces. I put the bigger bag in the back, and fanned out some taller pieces around it. Then I added the smaller pieces as filler in the front and I like how it turned out!
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Pro Tip: Odd numbers of things arrange more pleasing to the eye than even numbers do, so keep that in mind as you arrange.
Want more DIY Father’s Day ideas?
- Superhero Shadowbox – the free printable makes this project SUPER easy!
- Dynamite Hot Sauce Gift – if you have a Dad that likes spicy things – this is perfect!
- Wings for a King – pair some wing sauce and a gift card with the free printable label to make an awesome themed gift basket for Dad!
Now that you know how simple this Jerky Gift Basket is to make, you can make this impressive display yourself to give your Dad (or an awesome Dad in your life) this Father’s Day! You could also leave off the printable sign and give it as a gift for just about anyone for any occasion!