I believe Mother’s Day was a success this year! Now it’s time to plan for Father’s Day. Whether you are planning for your dad, step-dad, father-in-law, your child’s dad, a fatherly-figure or all of the above, sometimes it’s hard to pick presents for the men in our lives. My kids’ father is hard to buy for…he never wants anything and doesn’t really need anything. So, we like to make things for him. If you also love making things yourself or maybe you want to be frugal yet heartfelt with your gifting, then check out my 5 favorite DIY Father’s Day gifts that I’ve rounded up for you!
These creators have come up with some fantastic ideas on making personalized gifts for the dad’s in your life. These gifts will never get old!
Painted Grill Plate
We’re from the south and a favorite pastime down here is to BBQ/grill-out! Do the guys in your life love to ‘man the grill’? If you have an oven and a couple items, you can make this pretty quickly & easily. Get as creative as you want and personalize it. Follow Andrea Romano & Lili Sam’s Mashable tutorial here. You can also mix up some BBQ dry rub using my favorite recipe to go along with it!
And if you like this idea, but your guy isn’t into grilling, no worries….if he likes to cook>>make it a spoon/ladle plate….if he’s a businessman>>make a catch-all plate for his office/desk…you get the drift!
Personalized Father’s Day Picture Frame
Maybe it’s the decorator in me, but I can’t seem to pass up cute frames and of course I’m all about DIY, so combining the two? Um, yes please! I assume that if you’re checking out DIY gift ideas, you probably already have a hot glue gun lying around and with a few more items you can easily make this frame in about 10 minutes! I was particularly drawn to this frame due to the Scrabble tiles used to personalize it. Check out this tutorial by Jessi of Practically Functional.
‘Dad’s Stache’ Candy Jar
Does the special guy in your life have a sweet tooth, a mustache, a sense of humor or a combo of those three? Make this inexpensive gift for him using a few simple items. Alice Wingerden of Thoughts From Alice even gives you access to a free printable to use for the jar! If you don’t have an easy way to print the label, you could always modify this design and draw on the jar with a paint pen. So pick out his favorite candies and see Alice’s tutorial here.
Wall-Mounted Bottle Opener
Have a dad who enjoys a cold bottled beverage now and again? I know a lot of bottles have twist tops now, but if your guy still needs a bottle opener then this is a cute idea. It does involve a few more supplies than the previously mentioned ideas, but you could simplify this a bit if you wanted too. Personally, I love the look of the finished bottle opener from this tutorial done by Faith Provencher for Curbly.
Thumbprint Necklace or Keychain
What better way to personalize something for dad than to give him a ‘piece’ of his child/children to always carry with him?! This tutorial shared by Kirsten Nunez on eHow for creating a thumbprint piece gives two different options. If the dad in your life isn’t much for wearing a necklace, try turning it into a keychain instead!
There are tons more DIY projects for Father’s Day gifts and even variations to some of the ones listed above. Hopefully one of these favorites has inspired you. Either follow the tutorials or use them as a stepping stone to create your own take of these ideas!
Let me know if you have another Father’s Day DIY favorite or if you try one of these five.
Until next time,