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10 Awesome Gifts to Make for Father’s Day

Only the coolest DIYs will do for Daddio.

Sarah Burns · about 1 month ago

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1. Mini Pool Table in a Tin

Pool Table in a Tin

Crafts Unleashed

How cool is this teeny, playable, pocket-size pool table? Great for on the go, or as a novelty desk toy to “break” up the work day. This project, by Crafts Unleashed, is a little involved, but perfect for crafty older kids. Or make it a team effort by rounding up the littles, giving them each a task, and having an adult or older kid around for the cutting and measuring.

2. Candied Bacon (aka Pig Candy)

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Spend With Pennies

Three common ingredients are all you need for this meaty, savory, uncommon snack. It’s a sweet, smoky treat with just a hint of heat, and it’s so easy you might want to make a double batch so Dad doesn’t have to share. Spend With Pennies shows us how to make some pig magic!

3. DIY Garden Stones

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Over the Big Moon

A wonderful keepsake, and a perfect addition to Dad or Grandpa’s garden. They’re super customizable, and they make for a really fun project to do with kids, who can take over when it’s time to mix and decorate. This easy tutorial by Over the Big Moon uses mortar mix, which is readily available online, and in most local hardware stores. 

4. Fire Starter Kit

Fire Starter Kit

Lia Griffith

Just in time for camping season, Lia Griffith’s fire starter kits are a thoughtful, practical gift for outdoorsy Dads, and they look very fancy in a watertight glass jar. They’re super simple to make, and the materials tend to be cheaper when purchased in bulk, so go ahead and gift a set of them so Dad can have a fresh kit for each new summer adventure!

5. Superhero Father’s Day Gift

Super Hero Tools

One Little Project

Stumped on what to get Dad? One Little Project is here to save the day with this adorable tutorial! Whether they’re for grilling, cooking, or tinkering in the garage, this is a super cute idea for dressing up the tools of the trade. With some construction paper, a little glue, and a couple fancy folds here and there, these hero helpers are as much fun to make as they are to give. 

6. DIY Photo Keychains

Shrinky Dink Keychain

It's Always Autumn

Dad’s keys could always use an upgrade. If you’ve never experienced the wonder that is watching shrink film magic itself down to size, then it’s time to preheat your oven, and pop the light on so you can check out that shrinking action! This tutorial by It’s Always Autumn uses a favorite photo and a sweet message, but you can switch it up however you like. Try using a silly photo, and draw mustaches and glasses on the faces, or start from scratch with a sheet of blank film, and draw out a completely original design of your own!

7. Coffee Cup Cozy

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Kitchen Counter Chronicles

Whether he enjoys the occasional cuppa joe on the go, or is basically Captain Caffeine, this cup cozy will help keep Dad’s drink hot, and his fingers cool. This is a great project for beginner sewers; Kitchen Counter Chronicle’s tutorial is very easy to follow, and it includes a printable pattern with different options, for a customizable cozy that will suit any dad’s taste. 

8. LEGO Cuff-links

Lego-Cufflinks

Dream A Little Bigger

On the surface, LEGOs and cufflinks don’t seem to have much in common, but cool dads know the classics are classic for a reason. You don’t even need to be a seasoned crafter to make these cuff-links, because Dream a Little Bigger has a tutorial that couldn’t be simpler, which also makes them endlessly customizable! Try using different brick shapes for a different look, or ditch the paint and pick out Dad’s favorite colors.

9. DIY No-Sew Lap Desk

DIY Lap Desk

A Beautiful Mess

Practical, unexpected, and perfect for working from home, or just surfin’ online while on the couch, in bed, or anywhere you have a lap. Teen and pre-teen crafters will love this awesome project by A Beautiful Mess! It’s not easy to find projects that use fabrics and wood and don’t require sewing or carpentry skills, so a project like this is a real crafting flex! Younger kids can help out too by picking out fabric patterns, sponging on glue, and painting the surface with wood stain as a finishing touch.

10. Shirt Origami Card

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Skip To My Lou

No special tools required, and this cute card can be whipped up in no time! Skip To My Lou has photos of each step, so you’ll be folding shirts (paper ones) like a pro. Design some new duds for Dad, or decorate it to look like his favorite button-down. When you’re done, there’s still plenty of space inside for a heartfelt message to let Dad know you think he’s the best!