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Five Excellent DIY Father’s Day Gifts

By Melissa Summers

Last year I threw out a bunch of Father’s Day gift ideas at the last minute because that’s how I like to do everything. At the last minute. This year however, I’m a little ahead of the curve. Father’s Day is June 15, and I’m giving you some new ideas on June 3rd. Maybe I’m turning over a new leaf! For this year’s collection of gifts I tried to give some suggestions most kids could do and others that will have Mom finessing the process.

handmade Father's Day Gifts

This year my husband got a new grill for Father’s Day. Yes, I realize it hasn’t been Father’s Day yet but we have a lot of meat and other things (have you ever had grilled pineapple?) that need grilling and a short season where it’s enjoyable to cook outside so we gave him his present early. Because of this he’ll be getting a nice card from the kids and I. I love this stitched card from Make and Takes. Most kids can handle this project once you make the holes for them to follow, think ‘Lacing Puzzle’.

handmade Father's Day Gifts

This super simple, very usable idea will be easy for small hands to create. Take a simple square notepad, have your child color it and write a message to their dad on it with broad point markers. Thank you Martha, for not making me feel like a crafting failure all the time.

handmade Father's Day Gifts
This gift idea is one of those ‘Needs Mom Help’ I mentioned. Photo JoJo shows you how to manipulate your photos and use them to create a stamp-like image on almost anything with ink jet transfer paper. You could use this technique to make a personalized card or a unique picture of your kids to frame. My husband goes through dozens of notebooks each year so I may use the technique to decorate a moleskine for him. (For his birthday, see above with the grill. No more gifts.)

handmade Father's Day Gifts

This miniature smores grill at OhDeeDoh was originally meant as a fun thing for kids, but I think it would also make a fun little gift for Dad. Who doesn’t love smores anyway? Check out the simple supply list, a cedar plank, 4 bolts – 1/4 inch and 2 and 1/2 inches tall, 4 nuts – 1/4 inch, 4 optional washers for the bolts, 1 2.5 oz stainless steel condiment cup, and 1 box of toothpicks. Pair this with all the fixings and you have a fun after dinner treat for the family.

handmade Father's Day Gifts

When I first saw this Car Wash Bucket at Martha’s site, I thought to myself, “Wow, that’s a stretch. Cleaning supplies as a gift?” But the more I thought about it the more fathers I know who have an undying passion for their cars and keeping those cars clean is a hobby. This gift is less a craft and more a DIY gift basket but still very thoughtful and useful if your Dad enjoys seeing his own reflection in his clearcoat.

Good luck coming up with the perfect thing to give the Dad in your life this season. I highly recommend the grill as gift purchase. It’s the gift that keeps on giving each night at the dinner table.


Published June 3, 2008. Last updated July 26, 2018.
Melissa Summers
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Melissa Summers

Melissa Summers was a regular contributor writing Melissa’s Buzz Off.


Melissa Summers was a regular contributor writing Melissa’s Buzz Off.

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  • fathers gifts

    June 4, 2008 at 8:27 am

    These are looking fabulous .I will definitely gift these for my dad.

  • Darby

    June 4, 2008 at 1:43 pm

    I like to give my Dad gifts that will tap into his emotions (even if he doesn’t want me to see them). I gave my Dad a Cake and a Prayer for his birthday and his eyes welled up with tears. The cool thing about the gift was that the website had pre-written gift messages. I was surprised at the quality of the gift and the price. It included the gift card, cake (which was so good we all wanted more) and a framed scripture I selected for my Dad. It had his name on it and was signed from me. After a gift like that, I wondered what I would give him for Father’s Day, but I just found out, I can order the cake only with another gift card. Check it out at I think there’s a discount code floating around the internet for a discount on Father’s Day gifts.

  • AmberLee

    April 10, 2009 at 11:45 am

    Such great ideas! The square notepad is completely perfect for my kids at their age. I’m putting together a Father’s Day gift list for my gift blog, and will have to share this one. Thanks!