He is Your Father, DIY Gift Ideas

So Father’s day is just a couple weeks away, June 19th to be exact and nothing is worse than forgetting. We’ve compiled a few ideas here for you on gifts you can make, they range in skill and material level so check them all out. You can also check out the Mother’s Day gift ideas from our Mother’s Day Post for ideas as well, since some of those ideas are great for Father’s Day too. But first a little backstory.

The first Father’s Day was celebrated in Washington in 1910, however it wasn’t until 1972 when President Nixon made it an official National Holiday. Of course Father’s Day was inspired by Mother’s Day, but as you can see from the dates above it took some time to bring it about, perhaps because as it was put at the time “fathers haven’t the same sentimental appeal that mothers have,” and through out the years men continued to disdain the very idea of a Father’s Day as one historian writes, they “scoffed at the holiday’s sentimental attempts to domesticate manliness with flowers and gift-giving, or they derided the proliferation of such holidays as a commercial gimmick to sell more products – often paid for by the father himself.” In the 20s and 30s the depression struggling retailers promoted Father’s Day as a ‘second Christmas’ for men promoting their neckties, hats, socks, pipes, golf clubs, and other sporting goods, so even then, Father’s got to look forward to receiving that embarrassing Father’s Day tie that they’re obligated to wear to work at least once.

So Father’s Day is now an official yearly thing, but you don’t need to rely on the old standbys of neckties, hats, socks or sporting goods when you can follow one of these tutorials a make a true one-of-a-kind gift.

Photo for Dad

source jjm Photography the Blog

There are a lot of photo ideas out there from writing love dad on the kids’ feet to babies chewing on signs, but I find this one cute and inventive. Dress the kids up in a shirt and tie, or bow tie, of Dad’s and have a little photo shoot. You can even throw in some letters that spell out Dad. If he is a sports fan it could be cute to put them in one of his Jerseys, but not his highly collectable one, and maybe a sports team hat too, pair with the sport’s ball or equipment. Same goes for hunting or fishing themed photos.

Phone Charging Station & Photo Frame
source Little Free Monkeys

This takes a little bit of woodworking, but it seems simple enough and its a great gift to present the above photo in. You can paint or stain it any way you want, even wood burn a design into it. My one suggestion is to make a pocket hole on the edge below the phone station so the charging cord can go underneath the frame instead of around it.

Easy Change Picture Frame
source Shanty 2 Chic

If the picture frame above is a little out of your skill level you can totally make this one. This is one of those fully customizable crafts. You start with a picture frame, I think the kind that can be hung up or placed on a desk is best since he can hang it in his office or place it on his desk. You can paint the frame with spray paint, and even follow one of those distressing tutorials to add an aged look to it. Now in this tutorial they spray adhesive scrapbook paper to the glass, but you can double sided tape the paper to the glass to it won’t slide out of the frame from the added weight of the clamp but you can still change it back to a regular frame if you want in the future. I’ve seen some other frames that wrap the glass in fabric which adds texture as well as color. The next step is to glue the clamp to the frame so the picture will hang in the center of the frame, they used hot glue, but crazy glue, gorilla glue, or the E-600 glue should work just as well just allow for drying time. Just remember to use colors and patterns that Dad will like in his space. Use scrapbook paper of his favorite sports time, hobby, or TV show. We have a selection of Printable Fandom papers in our Etsy shop to choose from.

DIY Beer Coasters
source Hip2Save

I’m sure you’ve seen a lot of coaster tutorials out there, from permanent marker to photo, but I think this is the most perfect idea for Father’s Day. So basically you modge podge cardboard from the beer Boxes or Carriers onto ceramic tile. Don’t feel like you are stuck with beer packaging, you can totally use his favorite cereal boxes, soda/pop boxes, or even old paperback book covers or those cardboard VHS tape cases. Since paper absorbs water be sure to use a protective finish to protect your images from being ruined by use.

Honey Sandalwood Soap Pucks
source The Crafty Blog Stalker

Starts out as a simple melt and pour tutorial, and then they take it up a notch with the addition of soap fragrance, a couple of different oils and activated charcoal powder, which gives the soap its black coloring, though the soap lather will be white so don’t worry about black color being all over your sink. Nothing can be more manlier than a puck colored and shaped soap, and its in a manly scent of sandalwood so they will willing use it after time in their garage, workshop, or yard to get cleaned up, and an additional plus is that its great for the face too. They wrapped them up in a coffee filter and then embellished with a free printable that they include a link to.

DIY Popcorn Sampler
source DIY Ready

Create your own popcorn sampler for the foodie or Movie Buff Father in your life. Start with a variety of popcorn kernels and then follow the recipes to make a variety of popcorn seasonings to add to the popcorn once popped.

DIY Grill Spice Rubs
source Kojo-Designs

If Popcorn isn’t your Dad’s thing, but grilling is, you can mix your own spice rubs for him to up his grilling game. You can follow the recipes in the tutorial, or google/pinterest grill rub recipes to come up with your own flavors.

Super Dad Pop Box Set
source Lil’ Luna

What to get the man who has everything? What about some of his favorite candies, well his favorites that can fit into a pop bottle. Fairly easy and quick to put together even if your skill level isn’t all that high in the crafty department. The tutorial walks you through on how to take a set of glass pop bottles and fill them with treats and then decorating them into a great Father’s Day gift. Feel free to use scrapbook paper, wrapping paper, comic book pages . . . to decorate the box and bottles with, try to customize it to your Dad. We have some great Printable Fandom Packs in our Etsy Shop that you could use for decorations.

If you’d like to see some more ideas for Father’s Day Gifts visit our Pinterest page here.

Visit our Etsy Shop, we have Printable Father’s Day Cards waiting for you.

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