Father’s Day is just around the corner and you may be wondering just what you can get for the Father in your life. If you have a dad, husband or even a son who’s a father and they seem to already have everything, choosing a gift can be difficult to say the least.
Dads are very appreciative of any gift, generally. If you want a gift that he’ll really appreciate, why not make something special? You can create a Father’s Day gift that is completely unique and unlike anything anyone else would even consider.
In honor of fathers everywhere, we have compiled a list of 60 great DIY Father’s Day gifts that you can easily make yourself. Some of these are a bit more complicated than others but they are all very unique, very special and are sure to put a smile on dad’s face. Instead of trudging through lines at the sporting goods store to get him something that he may already have, just make him something yourself. He’ll really appreciate the effort that you put into his gift and you’ll appreciate the ease of making it, plus the fact that DIY gifts are really inexpensive is also a good thing.
Digital Tablet/Device Sleeve
If dad really loves his tablet, make him a special sleeve that will protect his favorite digital toy. This is a sewing project but it’s a relatively simple one. Not only do you get to create a protective sleeve for his tablet, but the pattern has areas for holding pens and pencils and other necessities so this will quickly become his favorite accessory. It has room for everything and will fit all standard sized tablets, readers and other digital devices. Plus, it will look like you spent a lot of money on it. Only you will know it’s a DIY gift.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Sew4home
Vintage Record Clock
An old record and a clock making kit will make a beautiful gift for dad this Father’s Day. You simply use the record for the clock base and then follow the directions on the clock kit to put it all together. If you have an old record to use, this one will only cost you the kid which really isn’t that expensive. You can find these at your craft store. If you don’t have a record that you can use, you can probably pick one up at a thrift store or yard sale. Make it from dad’s favorite band or any record that will have special meaning to him.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Onemoretimeevents
Accordion Pocket Watch Photo Album
If you have an old pocket watch, you can turn it into a great accordion photo album with miniaturized pictures of the family for dad. Note that if you don’t have a pocket watch, they are really inexpensive at thrift stores and flea markets. Choose the pictures that you want to use and then cut them appropriately to put inside the watch. You will need mod podge to secure the pictures and protect them a bit from being scratched as they are looked at. This is such a neat gift idea and one that really won’t cost much time or money.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Themotherhuddle
Scrabble Tile Message Frames
An inexpensive picture frame (think $1 frames from the Dollar Store) and a few Scrabble tiles give you the makings for a great Father’s Day gift. You can change the matting in the frame if you can’t find the color that you want and then just add your special message to dad in Scrabble tiles. This is a great gift for dads who love Scrabble and even those who don’t. Choose pictures of the family to display and then add a message saying how much you appreciate his hard work. These are so easy to make that you may just want to do a few different ones and give them as a set for his desk.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Zitzmanfam
Necktie Eyeglasses Case
This great eyeglasses case requires very little sewing and it’s really inexpensive depending on the tie that you use. If you have an old tie around the house that won’t be missed, turn it into a great holder for dad’s sunglasses or reading glasses. He’ll love the uniqueness of this gift and you will love the ease of pulling it all together. There is just a bit of sewing required and you will need fabric glue as well. It’s a really simple project though and one that you can complete in about an hour or so.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Threeyearsofdeath
Give dad the best gift of all by allowing him to watch movies and television on his laptop in bed. This laptop riser will make it much more comfortable for him to lounge around while using his laptop. You will need a bent plywood stool, a saw, two screw-in towel hooks, an extension cord and cable tacks. This project really does look more difficult than it is. This is one of the easiest DIY gifts and you can make it for much, much less than it would cost to purchase it. Plus, since you’re making it, it’s extra special and you can customize it however you want.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Manmadediy
This really easy to sew firewood tote is perfect for dad’s who hate to carry in wood during the winter. It is super easy to create and you can do it in whatever color or design you (or dad) prefer. It has a sturdy handle made from wood so it’s great for piling pretty high with firewood and you can whip one up in about an hour or so even if you don’t really sew a lot. Make it from canvas, flannel or just about anything else you want. This is a great gift for any dad with a wood stove or fireplace or someone who loves camping.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Whipup
Super Dad Pop Box Set
Show dad just how special he is by creating this great soda pop box set filled with his favorite sweets. You’ll need a soda bottle box set that is empty and clean. Once the bottles are cleaned and dry, you simply fill them with dad’s favorite treats like candy, nuts or sunflower seeds, recap and then use printouts to label them and give each a special message. This is a great gift idea that really doesn’t cost much but looks really unique and is sure to put a smile on his face this Father’s Day.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Lilluna
Take a plain, ordinary mug and turn it into a wonderful gift for Father’s Day by adding a whimsical mustache. If dad has a mustache, or used to, this is a great gift idea and it’s one that the kids could do. You will need a plain ceramic mug which you can get at the Dollar Store for around a dollar. You also need a sharpie and Pebeo porcelain gel and pen which you can pick up at a craft store. All you have to do is draw out the mustache with the sharpie and then fill it in.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Fromthetortoiseandthehare
Wooden Beer Tote
Even if the dad in your life isn’t a beer drinker, this wooden drink tote would be a really cool gift. He can simply keep bottles of soda in there if he doesn’t drink beer. To make it, you need a piece of dowel, a pine board and some plywood which you may have on hand already if you tend to do woodworking projects. You also need stain or paint, whichever you prefer, and a wall mountable bottle opener. It doesn’t take long to put together and it’s a great gift that will allow him to carry his beer and open it all in the same tote.
DIY Instructions and Project Credit – Thenewhobbyist