Father’s Day is around the corner, and it’s the perfect time to show your dad just how much you appreciate him. Rather than buying a generic gift or card, why not create something unique and heartfelt? DIY gifts and crafts are a great way to personalize your Father’s Day present and make it even more special. From handmade cards to personalized photo frames and creative gift baskets, there are endless possibilities for creating the perfect present for your dad.
In this post, we’ll be sharing some of the best DIY Father’s Day gift and craft ideas to help you celebrate your dad in style. Whether your dad is a handyman, a sports fan, a foodie, or a music lover, we’ve got you covered with plenty of inspiration to make this Father’s Day unforgettable.
What Kind of Dad?
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Before we go into what to give, let’s talk about what to do. Think about what Dad likes to do, and try one of these fun outings:
The Sports Dad
Is Dad a golfer? Surprise him with a family trip to the driving range, or conspire with his friends’ wives to plan a golf outing.
For baseball fan dads, now’s the perfect time to go to a game. Major League tickets can be pricey for a family outing, but many stadiums offer Father’s Day discounts. If it’s out of your budget, try checking out a minor league game in your area.
The Outdoor Dad
Scope out a new hiking trail with gorgeous views, and pack up the family for an adventure.
If your guy likes to fish like my husband, do some research on the best-stocked ponds in your area and either drop him off there or take the family.
The Beer Dad
In my area, there are tons of breweries with picturesque settings and areas for the kids to play. Pack a picnic, bring the cornhole boards, and make a day of it.
One of the best DIY gifts for a tech-savvy dad is a personalized phone case. You can buy a plain phone case and decorate it with his favorite superhero, movie character, or even a family photo. This gift is not only thoughtful but also practical as it will protect his phone from scratches and cracks.
Another great idea is to create a charging station for all his gadgets. You can use a wooden box or even a shoebox and decorate it to his liking. Then, create compartments for his phone, tablet, and other gadgets with a charging dock. This will keep all his gadgets in one place and prevent him from losing them.
If your dad loves music, you can create a personalized playlist for him. Compile a list of his favorite songs and add some new ones that he might enjoy. You can burn them onto a CD or create a digital playlist that he can access on his phone or computer.
The Jack of All Trades
If he has too many hobbies to count, try something fun for the whole family like go-kart racing, miniature golf, camping in the backyard or at a local campground, a fun day trip to explore a new town, or even an overnight getaway if it’s in the budget.
DIY Father’s Day Gift Ideas for Kids
What better way to celebrate your dad than with a homemade gift made with love? DIY Father’s Day gifts are a great way to show your dad how much you care, and they don’t have to break the bank. In fact, some of the best Father’s Day gifts are those that are made by kids themselves.
If you’re looking for some DIY gift ideas for your kids to make for their dad this Father’s Day, then look no further. There are plenty of easy and fun ideas that your kids can make, regardless of their age or crafting abilities.
DIY Tie for the Boring Dad
This adorable keepsake paper necktie from The Crafting Chicks is a free color printable. Just download the printable, cut out the tie(s), and have your kids fill in the blanks for “Dad loves me because ____” and “My Dad and I like to ___.” Guaranteed to put a smile on any Dad’s face!
Adorable Craft for the Sports Dad
Score big with baseball-lovin’ dads when his little slugger hands him this baseball and poem gift. Simply press your child’s hand onto an ink pad (bonus if you use Dad’s favorite team’s color) and then have him or her hold the ball to imprint the baseball. Then download and print this tearjerker of a poem:
To My Dad:
Thank you for teaching me to catch and throw.
The time we spend playing together means more than you know.
To remember these days, I made you this ball
So you never forget when my hand was this small.
Now I’m off to find some tissues.
DIY photo frames to showcase family memories
DIY photo frames are a wonderful way to showcase your family’s memories and give your dad a heartfelt gift he will truly cherish. Plus, they are relatively easy to make and cost-effective too! This year, I’m going to try one of these two unique photograph ideas.
The first comes from No Biggie and simply involves buying big wooden letters from the craft store that spell out D-A-D. Then, dress the kids up, take them outside for a secret photo shoot and snap sweet and silly pictures of them holding the letters. Print the picture(s), frame it and you’re done!
The next idea, from Crafty Gator, takes a little more prep work, but it’s so original and adorable that it’ll be worth it! The process is a little tricky, so check out the instructions for step-by-step details. If you can pull it off, you’ll have a neat photo of the kids’ shadows holding the words “We Love Dad.”
Homemade BBQ Sauce and Rub for the Grill Dad
If your dad loves grilling, then why not make him his very own homemade BBQ sauce and spice blends? This is a perfect gift that is not only thoughtful but also practical. You can easily customize the spice blend to suit your dad’s taste preferences, and it will be a unique blend that he won’t be able to find anywhere else.
This idea from Crafted in Carhartt involves making homemade barbecue sauce and canning it with a special label. I tried the recipe myself, and not only is it delicious, but it was also so easy the kids can chip in.
For the barbecue rub, you can mix together different herbs and spices like cumin, chili powder, oregano, garlic powder, and paprika to create a custom blend for your dad’s grilling needs. You can create a spicy blend for the dad who likes it hot or a milder blend for the dad who prefers a more subtle flavor. Package the spice blends in small glass jars and add a label with the blend name and a list of ingredients.
Keys to Dad’s Heart
This adorable homemade keyring comes from The Taylor House, and it’s especially perfect for dads who travel a lot. The idea of using paint sample cards you can pick up for free at any home improvement or paint store is nothing short of genius in my book!
Use all different shades of one color, or go for a rainbow effect; cut off the paint number or name, and make sure all the pieces are the same size. Then have your little one tell you or write down all the things they love about Dad. To finish, decorate the paper swatches, punch a hole in each, and attach to a key ring for a sentimental keepsake that Dad can carry with him wherever he goes.
Give Dad A Hand
I had no idea how many cute crafts you could do with handprints until I saw this post from Crafty Morning! There are more than a dozen ideas, ranging from simple crafts on paper to planks of wood you can hang on the wall, canvases, and painted pottery like plates and coffee cups.
A handprint can be made to look like a fish for a play on “I’m Hooked on Dad,” or a lion for “Dad’s King of the Grill.” Multiple handprints can be decorated as “Dad’s little monsters.” Hands down, these are some of the most creative crafts I’ve seen yet!
Whatever you do or give Dad on his day, he’ll be grateful his family took the extra time and pre-planning to show him how they feel. Creating a wonderful memory or giving him one of these precious keepsakes will make him feel special not just on Father’s Day, but all year long.
Father’s Day Gift Baskets
Father’s Day gift baskets are a great way to show your dad how much he means to you. The best part is that you can customize the basket to fit his interests and hobbies. But, what do you put in the basket? Here are some ideas to get you started.
- Snacks: Every dad loves to snack. Whether it’s sweet or salty, put together a collection of his favorite treats. This could be anything from chocolates to beef jerky.
- Tools: If your dad is handy, fill his basket with some new tools. This could be a set of screwdrivers, a new hammer, or even a power drill. He’ll appreciate the thought and love using them.
- DIY Kits: If your dad likes to build things, consider putting together a DIY kit. This could be anything from a birdhouse kit to a model car kit. He’ll love spending time putting it together and will be proud to display the finished product.
- Hobby Items: If your dad is into a specific hobby, fill his basket with items related to that hobby. For example, if he likes to fish, put together a basket with new lures, a fishing hat, and a new reel.
- Personalized Items: Add a personal touch to the basket by including items that are personalized. This could be anything from a mug with his name on it to a keychain with a special message.
DIY outdoor games and activities for Father’s Day
Father’s Day is a wonderful opportunity to spend some quality time in the great outdoors with your dad. Whether you’re planning a picnic, a BBQ, or simply an afternoon soaking up the sunshine, there are plenty of DIY outdoor games and activities that you can create to make the day even more special.
One fun idea is to create a DIY cornhole game. This game is a classic, and it’s easy to make with some basic materials like plywood and paint. You can even personalize the boards with your dad’s favorite sports team or hobby.
Another great option is to create a backyard obstacle course. This can be as simple or as complex as you like, depending on your dad’s level of fitness and agility. You can use items like hula hoops, cones, and jump ropes to create a fun and challenging course that will keep everyone entertained.
For more laid-back activity, consider setting up a DIY photo booth. You can create a simple backdrop using a sheet or some streamers and then set out some fun props like hats, glasses, and mustaches. This is a great way to capture memories of the day and have some silly fun with your dad.
Final thoughts on celebrating Dad
In conclusion, Father’s Day is a special day to honor and appreciate all the dads out there. It’s a time to celebrate their hard work, love, and commitment to their families. And what better way to do that than with a thoughtful DIY gift or craft that shows how much you care!
Remember, it’s not about the price tag or the extravagance of the gift, it’s about the effort and love that you put into it. Whether it’s a handmade card, a custom photo gift, or a delicious homemade treat, your dad will appreciate the time and care that went into creating something just for him.
So, this Father’s Day, take some time to think about what your dad would love and enjoy, and get creative! With these DIY gift and craft ideas, you’ll be able to make something special that he will cherish for years to come. From all of us, we wish all the dads out there a very happy Father’s Day!