17 Father’s Day DIY Gift Ideas
All parents love getting homemade gifts from their children, especially for Father’s Day so why not make a gift this year to give to your dad or a special guy in your life? Surprise Dad with a Father’s Day DIY gift custom made by you and your child to show him how much he is loved and appreciated.
As a parent, some of my most memorable and treasured gifts are those that my children made for me like a stick figure family portrait my oldest child made for my birthday when she was little or the bouquet of origami folded paper flowers my son gave me for Mother’s Day. These handmade treasures mean so much to me and always will.
Every dad is different. Some dads are sports fanatics while others are outdoorsmen but no matter what your special guy’s hobby is I’m sure you can create a custom gift to fit his personality perfectly. To help inspire you we’ve put together a helpful guide of 17 homemade Father’s Day gift ideas that are easy to make that your dad or special fellow will love getting as a gift this year.
DIY Father’s Day Gift Ideas
1. Picture Frame
Turn a plain wooden picture frame into a personalized photo frame by painting it with dad’s favorite color then glue special treasures around the edges like shells for a dad who loves fishing, nuts, and bolts for a handy dad, small stones for the outdoorsman, or even plastic army men for a dad who served in the military to compliment your dad’s interests. Don’t forget to add a cool picture of you and your dad together to remind him how much you love him.
2. Custom Designed Coffee Mug
Does your dad start every morning with a cup of coffee? Design a custom decorated coffee mug for him as a gift. All you need to make one is oil-based sharpie markers, a plain ceramic coffee mug, and stencils (optional). Draw on the mug with the markers then place the mug in the oven to bake on low for two hours. After the mug is done baking, allow it to cool and rest for an additional 12 hours. Add a bag of dad’s favorite coffee beans to your DIY Father’s Day gift to complete the gift and make his day.
3. String Art Sign
This is an easy craft project to make for Father’s Day and a great gift. On a half-inch, thick square piece of craft wood trace a simple shape, like a heart, in pencil then hammer in small nails around the perimeter of the shape at evenly spaced intervals. Tie a strand of colorful embroidery floss around one nail then begin weaving the floss around the perimeter of the design. Next fill in the design by crisscrossing the embroidery floss across the center of the shape until the entire center is filled. To end tie off the floss onto one of the nails. Your custom-made gift is ready to be given to dad.
4. String Art Sign
This is an easy craft project to make for Father’s Day and a great gift. On a half-inch thick square piece of craft wood trace a simple shape, like a heart, in pencil then hammer in small nails around the perimeter of the shape at evenly spaced intervals. Tie a strand of colorful embroidery floss around one nail then begin weaving the floss around the perimeter of the design. Next fill in the design by crisscrossing the embroidery floss across the center of the shape until the entire center is filled. To end tie off the floss onto one of the nails. Your custom-made gift is ready to be given to dad.
5. Beaded Keychain
Keychains are useful, are an easy DIY project, and make great gifts for dads. To make your own fold a piece of leather string over a jump ring then string beads into the leather string tying off the ends securely. Consider using lettered beads to spell out a special message for dad.
6. Super Dad Comic Book
Does your dad have superhero dad powers? If he is your superhero why not make him a custom DIY comic book featuring dad as the superhero? Layer several sheets of cardstock together then fold in half and staple the center-fold to create a book. Draw and caption your superhero dad in a short comic book story that you can give to him as a homemade Father’s Day gift this year.
7. Custom T-Shirt
A custom-designed T-shirt is the perfect Father’s Day craft idea that is easy to make and stylish too. Using fabric markers and stencils (optional), color and create a personalized design onto a white T-shirt. Your dad will be proud to wear this one-of-a-kind gift.
Does your dad have a green thumb and love gardening? Make him a homemade concrete stepping stone for his garden. Mix concrete and pour it into a mold. While the concrete is wet add colorful decorative items or press your hand into the center to make a lasting impression. Dad will love his new handmade gift from you.
9. Painted Flower Pot
A fun Father’s Day craft idea is a custom-painted flower pot. Using any size terra cotta pot let your children paint designs, patterns, or sweet messages around the outside of the pot for dad. Once the paint is dry fill the pot with soil and plant some flower seeds or add a small flowering plant that is already grown.
10. Duct Tape Wallet
Duct tape comes in all sorts of different colors and designs and is very durable making it the perfect material to make a DIY wallet for your dad. Using colorful duct tape make two separate rectangular duct tape sheets by pressing the sticky sides of the tape together. Once you have two rectangular sheets of duct tape made, place them on top of each other taping the short edges and one long side together to make the wallet body. Fold it in half and enjoy filling the wallet with notes or money to give to dad for Father’s Day.
11. Painted Apron
Is your dad a grill master or does he just love to cook? A simple craft idea to make him for Father’s Day is a custom painted apron he can wear to protect his clothes while grilling, baking or cooking. Use fabric paints or markers to decorate a plain white cotton apron with words and pictures to remind dad how much he is appreciated.
12. Custom Tile Drink Coasters
Before dad cracks open a cold one to sip on Father’s Day give him a set of DIY tile drink coasters to hold his frosty beverage. Plain, square, ceramic tiles covered with decorative scrapbooking paper and sealed with Modge Podge make an amazing homemade Father’s Day gift. Add some self-adhesive felt circles to the bottom to prevent scratching surfaces and your coasters are ready to be gifted.
13. Felt Necktie Bookmark
Is your dad an avid bookworm? Make him a felt necktie bookmark for Father’s Day to mark his place in the novel he is currently reading. Cut a piece of cardboard into a narrow rectangular shape then glue felt to both sides. On a different colored piece of felt, trace in pencil, the shape of a necktie, cut it out, and glue it to the front side of the bookmark. Whipstitch around the perimeter of the bookmark with colorful embroidery floss. Now your dad will never lose his place when reading again!
14. Picture Perfect Soap Dispenser
Surprise dad this Father’s Day with an easy soap dispenser craft that has your child’s picture inside. Grab a bottle of clear liquid hand soap and remove the labels. Print off and laminate a special or funny picture of your child then carefully cut around the outline of the picture. Remove the soap pump and slide the picture into the soap bottle. Insert the pump back into the bottle and enjoy giving dad the easy and creative gift you made.
15. Felt Golf Tee Holder
If golf is your dad’s passion, then this Father’s Day craft idea is perfect for him. Help him keep his golf bag organized with a felt tee holder. Cut a four-inch square from two pieces of sturdy felt. Along the center of one felt square, starting one inch from the edge of the square, snip two small horizontal perpendicular slits one inch apart. Cut double horizontal slits every half inch until you have cut five sets. Place the two felt squares on top of each other and whipstitch them together around the perimeter. Slip five new golf tees into the slits to finish the project. Dad is ready to tee off in style.
16. Painted Rock Photo Holder
Dads rock! Remind him how important he is to you with a cool painted rock photo holder made by his favorite loved one. This is a budget-friendly craft anyone can make. Find a medium size smooth garden stone, wash it, paint it with acrylic paint in a fun design like his favorite sports team’s colors then seal it with Modge Podge. Wrap floral wire around the center of the rock then twist the ends together close to the surface of the rock leaving 8 inches of wire sticking straight up from the rock. String beads onto the wire leaving three inches of bare wire. Wrap the bare wire around a marker three times to form a loop. Slide a picture into the wire loops and admire your completed project.
17. Microwaveable Heating Pad
Encourage dad to kick up his feet and relax on Father’s Day. To add to his comfort make him a homemade DIY microwavable heating pad to chase away any aches or pains. This simple project begins with two eight-inch square pieces of cotton fabric sewn together with a small opening left on one side for filling with rice. Mix uncooked rice with a few drops of essential oil then fill the heating pad with the scented rice. Whipstitch the small opening closed to finish your gift. Microwave the heating pad on high for one minute and let dad enjoy his Father’s Day gift.
The thoughtfulness, care, and time you spent creating a homemade Father’s Day gift will remind dad how much he is loved and appreciated each time he sees or uses the awesome gift you made for him.