14 DIY Father's Day gifts kids can make

June 10, 2020
Image via Hello Glow

While ordering gifts online has never been easier, and most dads aren’t going to balk at a conventional present like a tie, there’s something undeniably heartwarming about a DIY Father’s Day gift. After all, not only will a homemade Father’s Day gift serve a practical purpose — think a photo frame to display a family photo — but it can also be a beautiful keepsake cherished over the years. Meanwhile, the process of creating a DIY gift with your kids and sharing it with their dad can make for a lovely memory.

Here are 14 awesome, homemade Father’s Day gifts that are sure to score a standing ovation from doting dads everywhere.

1. Rolled paper photo frame

Image via KiwiCo

Kids can give dad a beloved family photo displayed in this unique DIY frame, by following the tutorial from KiwiCo that gives old magazine pages a new life. 

2. Shaving kit

This crafty idea from Hello Glow is perfect for kids who like to get a little creative in the kitchen. Make a skin-obsessed dad some homemade face scrub, shave cream and face lotion and package it up for a cool, practical gift.

3. Superhero comic book coasters

For dads who are obsessed with Marvel or DC, these great coasters are sure to be a hit for Father’s Day. This unique craft project requires Mod Podge and a few items you can get at the hardware store or online.

4. Cell phone stand

Image via Anika's DIY Life

Anika Gandhi of Anika’s DIY Life shares how to make a smartphone holder that makes it easy for dad to display or watch content on his phone even while it’s charging. There’s even a place to add a quote or photo next to it.

5. Desk catapult

Image via KiwiCo

If dad digs physics, he’ll love this DIY catapult project from KiwiCo that doubles as a desk toy. Kids can build it from common office supplies, and it's fun to use at work or at home.

6. Candy jar

Image via Truly Dom

If dad is a major fan of sweets — and let’s be honest, who isn’t? — consider making an adorable personalized candy jar. In her step-by-step tutorial, Dominique Turner of Truly Dom and author of "Awaiting Baby" (which makes a perfect Father’s Day gift for a dad-to-be!), says they’re “simple to put together, and you can add a witty message just to be silly.”

7. Hands-on mug

Image via Delia Creates

This simple but elegant-looking mug decorated with the child's hand makes a heartwarming keepsake for dad. Delia of Delia Creates used contact paper and glass mug to create the final product. 

8. Decorated ukulele

Image via Sarah Donawerth

Blogger Sarah Donawerth shows more advanced crafters how to create and decorate a cool-looking ukulele, which should be noted is entirely decorative. But Donawerth notes that “someone who is more assembly/woodworking savvy may be able to make a competent instrument.” You could also use the decoration method on a plain ukulele. 

9. Peanut butter and jelly cups

Image via Brandi Malloy

Want a mouthwatering option for the candy-adoring dad, then check out these homemade peanut butter and jelly cups from blogger and TV host Brandi Milloy. “This is a fun activity to do with your children,” Milloy tells Care.com. The simple recipe even calls for fresh blueberries — yum!

10. Hand/footprint keepsake

Image via Truly Dom

A craft that’s perfect for new dads, this hand and footprint keepsake from Truly Dom can be made with items you likely already have in your kitchen.

11. Personalized softball

Image via KiwiCo

For the sports fan dad, follow this tutorial from KiwiCo to make a personalized, colorful softball. All you need are several Sharpies and creative, loving messages.

12. Mounted bottle opener

Image via Anika's DIY Life

Gandhi explains how you can work with your kids to build a cool mounted bottle opener that would make an eye-catching feature anywhere dad plans to entertain or regularly kick back with the family. 

13. Rock paperweight

Image via KiwiCo

This paperweight tutorial from KiwiCo shows just how much fun kids will have hunting for the perfect rock, then painting and decorating it with a sweet message. “My dad rocks” is an obvious go-to message for this one.  

14. Father’s Day printable

Image via Gracious Adventures

Laura Orlando of Gracious Adventures shares this darling "Best Dad Ever" printable, which can be personalized. Orlando suggests presenting it in a 5x7 frame that will look perfect on dad’s desk.

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