14 DIY Father's Day gifts kids can make
While ordering gifts online has never been easier, there’s something undeniably heartwarming about DIY Father’s Day gifts. After all, not only can homemade Father’s Day gifts from kids serve a practical purpose — think a photo frame to display a family photo — but they can also be beautiful keepsakes 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
2. Shaving kit
This crafty DIY shaving kit 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 comic book coasters via Dweebcast 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
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
The dad who digs physics will love this DIY desk 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. Hands-on mug
7. Decorated ukulele
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.
8. Peanut butter and jelly cups
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!
9. Hand/footprint keepsake
A craft that’s perfect for new dads, this hand and footprint keepsake. 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 quick and easy to make and adds, "I bet you have everything you need in your kitchen already.”
10. Personalized softball
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.
11. Mounted bottle opener
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.
12. "You rock" paperweight
This "You Rock" 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 the obvious go-to message for this one.