Father’s Day is only a few weeks away (June 17th), and if you’re planning to give dad a handmade gift this year, now’s a good time to get started!
Sure, it can be quicker and easier to hit the big box store for a gift, but those purchases come with a hefty carbon footprint. Chances are, your store-bought gift was made in a far off factory under questionable labor conditions. When you make something yourself, you also have total control over the components, so you can not only make something eco-friendly but create a Father’s Day gift that’s 100 percent unique!
Need some inspiration to get you started? Here are 5 DIY Father’s Day gift ideas, each with a video tutorial.
Next: Make an upcycled messenger bag.
Image Credit: Creative Commons photo by ee1o
1. Upcycled Messenger Bag
The folks at MAKE show you how to turn old plastic grocery bags into a durable, usable messenger bag that dad will love! Whether he rides a bike, takes the train, or even drives to work, this bag will definitely come in handy. You can snag the Creative Commons design over at MAKE.
Next: Turn an old necktie into a gadget case.
2. Necktie Gadget Case
Is your dad into gadgets and gizmos? You can use an old necktie from your stash or pick one up at the thrift store. It’s easy as pie to turn an old necktie into a gadget case for dad. You can make this project totally recycled by using a vintage button instead of a new one!
Next: DIY bowtie from an old pair of pants
3. DIY Bowtie
Does your dad rock a bowtie? Next time you’re shortening a pair of pants, save that hem! You can turn it into a super awesome bowtie for Father’s Day. Of course, if you don’t happen to be hemming any pants in the next few weeks, you can hit the thrift store for a pair of secondhand pants and save the parts you don’t use for the bowtie to use in a future project.
Next: Make a reusable coffee cozy
4. Reusable Coffee Cozy
Is your pops a coffee drinker? Help him green his on-the-go caffeine fix with a homemade coffee cozy. This video from Northwestern University shows you how to make dad a reusable coffee cozy out of recycled felt. Of course, it’s even better if dad brings a reusable cup for his coffee, but for the days that he forgets, having this cozy stashed in his desk means one less item headed to the landfill.
Next: Upcycled domino coasters
5. Upcycled Domino Coasters
You can use dominoes, like in the video above, or Scrabble tiles to make these coasters! The only change that I’d make: instead of hot glue, you’re better off using e6000 craft adhesive. It’s not the most eco-friendly, but hot glue can get brittle when it gets too cold, and since your dad is going to put cold drinks on these coasters, you want these suckers to last!