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Handmade Father’s Day Gift Ideas

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With Father’s Day just around the corner, many of us are frantically searching for the perfect gift for dad. But instead of  purchasing expensive  (and lets face it, seldom used gifts) why not try a great handmade gift this year? Kids will enjoy making these simple yet heartwarming crafts and dad will be thrilled to receive them. This year, lets kick the ties and cologne to the curb!

Trophy for Dad What better way to express just how much your dad means to you, then a shiny handmade trophy. This easy-to-make craft is a great way to make your dad feel appreciated. You will need:

  • 2 foam coffee cups
  • 5 inch square box (or one cut to size)
  • Masking tape
  • 1 gold chenille stem
  • Gold craft paint
  • Black construction paper, cut to fit on side of box
  • White paint pen
  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush
  • White craft glue

For complete instructions check out Trophy for Dad.

Daddy and Me Coffee Mug
If your child loves to paint this mug will be both the perfect craft and the ultimate gift for their coffee-loving dad. A mug, enamel paints and thin paintbrush is all that is needed to create a long-lasting and memorable gift. Click Here for full instructions.

Picture Puzzle

Are you tired of boring picture frames? Here is the solution! Picture puzzles are a great way for dad to show off his wonderful family in a creative way. This double-sided creation is sure to be a family favorite. Visit FamilyFun for a list of supplies and detailed instructions.

Cast Catchalls

Looking to commemorate dad’s favorite sport, hobby, or food? Then this is the ideal Father’s Day gift. These casts will allow you and your kids to capture the essence of dad, while having a little (messy) fun. You will need:

  • An apple, a small acorn squash, an old baseball or an item of your choosing
  • 2 to 3 10-inch wooden kabob sticks
  • Plastic bucket for mixing
  • Paint stirrer
  • 2 lbs. of plaster of Paris
  • Acrylic paints and paintbrushes

Click Here for a step-by-step process.

I love you Daddy Poem

Whether you use dad’s favorite poem or create your own, this craft is sure to make dad’s heart melt. To customize, include a favorite family photo or a hand drawn picture. All you will need is construction paper, scissors, a photograph, glue and a poem! For instructions visit Kaboose.

Remember, any gift that comes from the heart is sure to put a smile on dad’s face this Father’s Day. For additional craft ideas visit Kaboose or FamilyFun and  be sure to share your great ideas below!

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  • comment avatar Amber Johnson June 12, 2011

    Great suggestions, Nicole. I fail as it pertains to homemade Father’s Day gifts. My kids’ teachers always have cute craft projects for Mother’s Day but since Father’s Day falls during summer break, I drop the ball. You’ve inspired me to do better!

    • comment avatar Nicole June 12, 2011

      Thanks Amber! I wish you the best of luck this Father’s Day.

  • comment avatar Christine H June 12, 2011

    This year we’re making cards and making a shirt with their hand prints ( a kit I’ve had for YEARS and just found! LOL).

    • comment avatar Nicole June 12, 2011

      Those are great ideas! I’m sure dad will love them.Thank you!

  • comment avatar lance June 15, 2011

    Dads are easy to please. They are just happy to get anything at all, especially from their kids. Home made items are good and since they are made at home during summer vacay, well that’s all the better!

  • comment avatar Elizabeth Yarnell June 16, 2011

    Thanks for the great ideas! The dad in our house has recently received a lot of gifts for other exciting events (received his PhD, birthday, promotion, etc.) so I’ve been looking for ideas of how to make Father’s Day special this weekend.

  • comment avatar Sophia June 17, 2011

    Really Dads are very pleased and innocent they love to get anything from the child as a gift its no matter how big it is.

  • comment avatar Jenns June 17, 2011

    Each year I pick up a small canvas for each of our sons to fingerpaint and then we add a painted handprint. He has a little collection hanging on our bedroom wall.

  • comment avatar Brookie June 17, 2011

    Well as a 12 year old daughter, this year i could not think of any thing to make for my dad but i got to say when i saw this site i knew this would so help and it did, thank you so much nicole. I appricate it alot, and my father will be amazed to see that i could think of an amazing idea like that.

    Sincerly Brooke:)

  • comment avatar fathers day gift July 11, 2011

    Homemade gifts are thoughtful and environmentally conscious. The gift ideas are really fabulous.