Hands down, the best gift you could give Dad for Father’s Day is quality family time, complete with a few Father’s Day activities. But if the kids want to go the extra mile for Dad, there’s nothing better than a handmade creation. Here are a few DIY Father’ Day gift ideas perfect for kids of any and all ages, from the littlest makers to tweens who have their crafting skills down pat.
The only hard decision is to figure out which craft to make. The ideas here celebrate his love of movies, his favorite superheroes, his grilling skills or even his record collection. Handprint crafts are always popular, so Dad can see how big his kids are getting. (Maybe include a pack of tissues with the gift, if that’s the case.) Then there are the useful crafts, which can be enjoyed long after Father’s Day is over, such as picture frames, magnets, pencil holders and cup cozies. Or maybe he just wants something that tells the truth, and calls him the World’s Greatest Dad. Whichever route you choose, remember to add a sweet note in a Father’s Day card, and he’ll be so touched!
Tin Can Pencil Holder
You can upcycle an old tin can (make sure there are no sharp edges!), paint it and personalize it with a photo. Then Dad can use it for pencils, flowers or anything else he might need to store.
It’s a handprint craft — but shrunk down so Dad can keep it with him always. If you make it a yearly tradition, you can have fun comparing how much they’ve grown.
Salt Dough Magnets
This craft looks like something you picked up at a cute gift shop — but it’s really from homemade salt dough. Deck them out in Dad’s favorite colors
LolliPOP Prize Ribbon
He’s so sweet, so give him a sweet! These prizes are colorful and easy to assemble, and you can write your messages on the ribbons.
Paper Roll Dad
For a one-of-a-kind dad, you need a one-of-a-kind gift — like a paper tube roll dressed up to look just like him. You can even make his favorite outfit!
If Dad is a movie buff, this card will bring him good cinema memories without all the sticky butter. Pom-poms transform into popcorn kernels with just a little creativity.
Swedish Fish Box
Perfect for dads who love to fish, or love to eat Swedish fish! Make this cute craft into a hands-on learning experience by having kids sort the fish by color into different boxes.
LEGO Building Memories Jar
Jot down a favorite activity of his on each LEGO, then pick them out of a mason jar when you need a fun weekend activity. When you’re done with a few ideas, stack the legos on top of on another to represent the memories “built.”
I Love You This Much Hand Card
This one’s definitely one of the easier crafts on this list! Kids trace their hands, and you help them cut out of a strip of paper to fold in accordion style. Add some letter stickers and you’re done!
Homemade Monster Mix
Even the littlest monsters can help construct this healthy snack for dad. The blogger includes a printable to decorate the jar perfectly for the holiday.
Hands Down Best Dad Ever Frame
This one already comes with a printable, so all you have to do is grab some blue tempera paint and get your kids to start stamping their hands.
Dad Typography Glasses
Simply print the template onto some sturdy cardboard in his favorite color. Make sure to help the little one when using the craft knife or scissors.
Best Dad Award Ribbon
This gift idea doesn’t require complicated skills to show dad that he’s #1. When you’re done with it, stick a safety pin on the back so he can wear it all day Father’s Day!
Love You to Pieces Picture Frame
Building the frame is easy: All you need is some cardboard, a few spare puzzle pieces, and some popsicle sticks. The hard part will be choosing which picture to frame.
Following in Dad’s Footsteps Card
Grab one of dad’s shoes (preferably an old and unused one) and dip it into some paint to make a shoe print. Follow the same process with baby’s footprint, and you have an adorable card he’ll hold on to for years to come.