Easy DIY Father's Day Gifts

Give Dad what he wants with these clever gift ideas.

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May 28, 2019

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BBQ Tool Holster

Give him the ultimate grilling accessory that will hold all the barbecue essentials. Leather tool holders keep spatulas, hot sauce and more at hand for easy grilling.

MAKE THIS: How to Make a Barbecue Tool Belt

DIY Scratch-Off Card

Surprise Dad with a DIY scratch-off lotto-style card with prizes, such as a free car wash, breakfast in bed and a free pass from mowing the lawn. He'll appreciate the day off.

MAKE THIS: How to Make a Scratch-Off Card for Father's Day

Leather Valet Tray

Use an old frame and upcycled leather to provide Dad with a stylish place to keep his keys, change, jewelry and other valuables at hand. Give it a personalized touch by monogramming it using stencils and a permanent marker.

MAKE THIS: Make a Monogrammed Men's Leather Valet

Style a Bar Cart

Give Dad a break and serve him his favorite drinks on a stylish bar cart. To make this, sand down an existing cart then apply two to three coats of the paint color of your choice to the entire cart. Add painter's tape to the sides of the cart, and apply two to three coats of a different color of your choice to the cart's tray. Let dry, then fill it with his favorite libations. Design by Kristin Guy

Bespoke Apron

Spruce up Dad's barbecue or morning coffee routine with a rugged yet dapper denim apron. Leather loops conveniently hold towels and a small pocket is perfect as a cellphone holder.

MAKE THIS: How to Make a Men's Bespoke Apron

Container Beer Garden

This thoughtful gift is perfect for the Dad interested or already experienced in home brewing. A galvanized drink tub serves as the container, and empty beer bottles create a very apropos trellis. Choose plantings based on Dad’s favorite varieties of beer, so he can incorporate the harvest into his next batch of brew.

MAKE THIS: Plant a Beer Garden

Hand-Painted Grilling Platter

Dad will be proud to serve burgers and hot dogs on his custom grilling platter. The kids can use their artistic skills to draw and write a custom message for their favorite man.

MAKE THIS: Hand-Painted Father's Day Grill Platter

No-Fuss Gift

Don't stress if you've waited until the very last minute. He'll appreciate the smallest of gestures — even if it's simply putting a bow on a remote, giving him free reign of the TV all day.

Vegetable-Dyed T-Shirt

Is your Dad eco-conscious? Make him a customized shirt by dyeing it in his favorite color using fruits and veggies.

MAKE THIS: Make Tie Dye With Fruit and Vegetables

Ring Toss Game

Make a ring toss game for Dad, and play out in the backyard with him on his special day and all summer long.

MAKE THIS: How to Make a Ring-Toss Game

Decoupage iPhone Case

If your favorite guy is the techy type, surprise him with a decoupage iPhone case. Place a plain white case on the back of a comic book page or a page from one of his favorite books, and trace around the case and camera hole. Cut it out using a utility knife. Brush decoupage glue on the back of the paper, and stick it on the case. Coat with layers of decoupage glue, letting dry between each layer. Courtesy of HGTV Magazine; Case: Sure Fit PC+TPU case for iPhone 5 in gloss white, $5, monoprice.com

Homemade S'Mores Kit

Wrap Dad's favorite campfire treat in a cute kit, and get the whole family together for some after-dinner backyard fun.

MAKE THIS: Homemade S'mores Kit

Custom Candleholder

Light up your favorite photo of Dad by creating a custom candleholder. To do so, just pick up a glass vase that will fit a large candle, print your favorite image on vellum paper and cut to size. Wrap the image around the vase using double-sided tape. Place a faux candle in the vase for the perfect touch.

Spice Basket

Is Dad always asking for hot sauce? Fire up his taste buds by giving him a basket full of fire-inspired ingredients such as spices, peppers, jalapeños, hot sauce and spicy mustard that he can add to each meal. Make it extra special by giving him homemade roasted nuts seasoned with cayenne pepper and various spices.

Tie-Embellished Photo Album

Create a unique Father’s Day gift Dad will cherish for years to come with one of his old, unworn ties. All you need is a stack of your favorite photos, a basic photo album, an old tie and a few craft supplies.

MAKE THIS: 3 Reasons Dad's Old Ties Are to D-I-Y For

Mini Shipping Pallet Coasters

When you need some pallet wood furniture built, is Dad always the man for the job? Show your appreciation with these adorable shipping pallet-inspired coasters. To make them, cut four pieces of 1/2 x 1/8-inch accent trim into 4-inch strips using a utility knife. (These will become the slats.) Next, cut three 1/4-inch strips to size as the bottom structure. Secure the bottom structure to the slats using wood glue.

Leather Tablet Case

Give Dad an ultra-chic protection plan for his favorite piece of technology. You can make this beautiful tablet case using a scrap piece of leather.

MAKE THIS: How to Make a Leather Tablet Case

Coffee Lover’s Collection

Is Dad a total caffeine addict? Fuel his love for java with a basket full of coffee fixings. Purchase specialty whole bean or ground coffee, and pair it with a French press, espresso cups, creamer and a mini frother. Complete the basket with homemade coffee cake and biscotti for Dad to enjoy on Father’s Day morning.

Custom T-Shirt

Deck Dad out in some new duds he’ll be proud to wear. Make this custom T-shirt with our free, downloadable pattern and easy instructions.

MAKE THIS: How to Make a Custom T-Shirt for Father's Day

Rustic Hanging Frame

Is Dad’s office looking a bit dull? Dress it up with this simple rustic photo board. Stain the frame to match his office decor, and choose a cherished photo that will warm his heart.

MAKE THIS: How to Make a Rustic Hanging Frame

Stone Tile Clock

Looking for another way to spruce up Dad’s office space? Look no further. This super-chic clock, made from natural stone tile, is the perfect desktop accessory. It’s both functional and decorative — and his coworkers will have no idea it’s homemade.

MAKE THIS: 5 Easy DIY Clocks You Can Make in No Time

Modern Bird Feeder

Give your favorite birdwatcher a reason to smile this Father’s Day. You can make this clever, upcycled bird feeder in less than an hour using an acrylic globe and an embroidery hoop.

MAKE THIS: How to Make a Bird Feeder From an Embroidery Hoop

Game of Thrones-Inspired Coozies

Combine two of Dad’s favorite hobbies in one all-star Father’s Day gift. Next time he cracks a cold beverage and settles in for some Game of Thrones binge watching, he’ll thank you for your thoughtfulness.

MAKE THIS: Party Like a Viking With DIY Faux Fur Drink Coozies

Cutting Board With Leather Accent

Dads of the kitchen will appreciate this handmade gift. Each of the three options boasts a style of its own, so choose the one that looks most like your special guy. Beautiful leather handles add a chic, masculine touch.

MAKE THIS: Make These Chic (Yes, Chic) Cutting Boards

Themed Crispy Rice Treat

Looking for a personalized, kid-friendly project that’s quick and easy? Make Dad one of these crispy rice treats in a matter of minutes. Seal it up with pretty packaging and a handmade card.

MAKE THIS: One Dessert — Three (Easy) Father's Day Treats

Rustic Frame

Gather the kids to make this nature-inspired frame. Glue twigs to a picture frame, and add your favorite photo of Dad and the kids camping.

Cocktail Kit

Take the prep work out of Dad’s next concoction with a cocktail-themed gift basket. Include his favorite liquors, flavored syrups, mixers and garnishes like fresh fruit or maraschino cherries. Plan to give a sweet toast along with the gift to create an extra-special memory.

Polaroid-Style Photo Magnet

Decorate the fridge with these charming Polaroid-style magnets you can make from polymer clay. Add photos of his kids and grandkids to complete the thoughtful gift.

MAKE THIS: Picture This: 5 Easy + Creative Photo Gifts

Personalized Breakfast Basket

Nothing says, "Good Morning, Dad!" quite like a specialty breakfast basket stuffed with all his favorites. If he enjoys cooking and baking, include items like baking dishes, mixing bowls, cooking utensils and muffin mix. If he prefers to stay out of the kitchen, fill the basket with premade goodies, like freshly-squeezed orange juice, fresh fruit and homemade breads or pastries.

Geometric Succulent Planters

Give Dad a low-maintenance succulent in a handmade hanger to brighten his office space. Even kids can get in on this craft with just a little parental guidance.

MAKE THIS: Father's Day Craft Idea: Geometric Succulent Hangers

Custom Cuff Links

Add a special, handmade touch to Dad’s wardrobe with these custom cuff links. These little beauties are simple to make using plain cuff links, an object of your choice and liquid resin. Try attaching a small flower bud, seedpods or a pinecone for a nature-inspired, organic feel.

MAKE THIS: Custom Garden Cuff Links

Decoupage Tin Can

Put those empty tin cans to good use by covering them with Dad's favorite memorabilia and quotes. The kids will love to make this for their favorite guy.

MAKE THIS: Decoupage Photo and Quote Cans

Cheese Board Kit

Is Dad first to flock to the cheese board at any event? Gift him with all the supplies to make his own. Include a collection of nibbles such as meats, cheeses, cheese markers, olives, jams or spreads and fresh rosemary sprigs. Present them in a vintage wooden cheese box, and don’t forget to add a pretty slate or marble cheese board.

Handmade Card

Don't forget the card! Browse the scrapbook aisle for stickers that illustrate Dad's favorite hobbies. Attach them to the front of card stock and write a sweet message inside to show how much you appreciate him.

Hand-Painted Coffee Mug

Surprise Dad the morning of Father's Day by getting the kids to write messages and draw pictures of his favorite things on a coffee mug. You can get a mug kit at the kids' section at any craft store — the porcelain pen dries within a minute!

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