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Handmade Father’s Day Gift Ideas

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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  1. 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!

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

  2. 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).

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

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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:)

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

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