We’re big fans of the DIY route. Saving a few bucks on the cost of supplies compared to a store-bought gift is one thing, but the personal touch associated with a handmade gift can’t be bought. These 10 Father’s Day gift ideas are fun, easy to customize and just as easily accessible to small helpers eager to lend a hand.
Hanging Watch Holder
Because dads love accessories too, gift your guy with a handmade display for his watch collection, courtesy of Alyssa & Carla. Does he prefer stripes instead? This tutorial is easily customized by swapping out the plaid for a fabric to perfectly suit his preferences—and you’ll never guess what gives this sleek, no-sew project its perfectly rounded shape.
(FREE!) Father’s Day Printables
For a frugal DIYer, free printables are the stuff of dreams. You’ll find many a generous blogger willing to share the occasional themed freebie, and lucky for us, Jen of Oh So Glam is sharing a set of printables developed especially for brew-loving dads. If your pop prefers caffeine instead, check out these coffee-centric printable labels from Saturday Crafternoons.
Personalized Leather Key Chains
These personalized leather key chains come courtesy of Momtastic guest blogger Chelsea Foy of Lovely Indeed. Dad will love their simplistic charm, and the DIY-ers will love the endless potential for customization. Among the supplies for this project, you’ll need to spring for metal alphabet stamps—either the few needed to compose your choice of Father’s Day tidings, or an entire set for endless DIY potential.
For the padre who’s into outdoor play, we can’t think of a thing wrong with gifting this Cornhole Game from Brit + Co. for Father’s Day. Into constructing and painting, but not sewing? No one needs to know if you opt for a shortcut and pick up a set of bean bags at your local superstore.
Etched Wood Back Scratchers
Dad may wear many hats—chauffeur, cook, workin’ man, and the list goes on. So since he scratches your back, go ahead and scratch his. This tutorial for customized Etched Wood Backscratchers from Delia Creates is the gift that just keeps giving. You’ll need a wood burning kit for this project, but with that purchase under your belt, you can take your DIY game to a whole new level.
Date Night Basket
Do you have a set of new parents on your block? On their very first Father’s Day, gift them with a date night in to enjoy at their convenience. This sweet goodie basket from Handmade Mood comes complete with all the fixins for a simple, but special meal for two. Sweet touches like artisan chocolate bars and sparkling water are the perfect addition to a quick-and-easy pasta dinner with minimal cleanup—but be sure to switch up the menu to include some of his favorites.
These precious baked bacon morsels from The Paper Mama may have originally been intended for Valentine’s Day, but there’s no arguing against their equal appropriateness for Father’s Day. Because, hey—we love Dad, and Dad loves bacon. For tips on baking the perfect bacon hearts, visit the full post—It’s just about that time for bacon hearts.
Geometric Clay Pots
A perfect Dad’s Day DIY for little ones, these geometric clay pots from Clad & Cloth are almost too easy to be true. They can be used for planting tiny succulents, as pictured, or for housing paper clips, spare change, matches, and any other bits and bobs Dad can come up with. Young ones will need assistance slicing into the edges for a geometric effect, but they’ll love molding the clay and scooping out the center.
Hardware Store Garland
All materials for this charming Father’s Day Hardware Store Garland, courtesy of Oh Happy Day, can be found—you guessed it—at your local hardware store. Which, if your dad is a DIY kinda guy himself, he’ll appreciate. If not, well that’s okay too. You can sit back and enjoy the one-stop-shop convenience of this vibrant, festive DIY project.
Homemade Beard Balm
For the proudly bearded gentleman in your life, nothing says I love you quite like a homemade beard balm. The combination of essential oils in this recipe from Transient Expression is called “Drinking in the Woods.” Essential oils can easily be substituted for a custom scent—but since his beard does rest directly below his nose, we’d advise against tossing in an untested combination.