Handmade Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Father’s Day is just under a month away, so this is the ideal time to start planning a handmade one! Here are some DIY projects that would make perfect gifts for dad.

Handmade gifts have more heart than store-bought ones, and they’re often better for the environment, too. As a crafter you’ve got complete control over what you’re making. You can choose to use secondhand or organic components, for example, rather than conventional pieces.

I’ve always found it trickier to come up with handmade gifts for men, so here are some handmade Father’s Day gift ideas to get you started!

Make a Gadget Cozy from a Book

The video below shows you how to turn a book into a Kindle cozy, but you could really translate this to work for whatever gadget dad loves. The key is finding the right sized book. Sneakily take some measurements and head out to the local thrift store to find the right book for your dad’s gadget. Here’s the video:

When choosing your book, make sure you do a little bit of research before reaching for that X-Acto blade. You don’t want to cut into a collector’s item!

>>Next: Gourmet Salt Kit

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Gourmet Salt Kit

If your dad is into cooking, a homemade gourmet salt kit is a great DIY Father’s Day gift! Over at Dollar Store Crafts, you can learn how to make your own out of a pill box. You could also use a set of tiny containers, like reclaimed baby food jars, to package your gourmet salts. Make this an extra special gift by whipping up some custom labels for each type of salt and sticking them to each container.

Of course, you can buy these salts pre-made, but that can get quite pricey. Instead, why not try your hand at making your own gourmet salt blends?

>>Next: Infused Booze

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Infused Booze

Infused vodka or rum makes a great gift for dad, if he enjoys a cocktail at the end of the day. Infusions are very simple to make! Just steep your organic rum or vodka with whatever herbs or fruit you like, then strain into a pretty container. That’s it! I really liked this mint infused vodka idea from Cute and Delicious! If mint’s not dad’s thing, you can try:

  • Citrus vodka or rum – Steep the citrus peel in your booze of choice for a few days days, then strain.
  • Rosemary vodka – You don’t even have to strain this one. Leave the rosemary sprig right inside for a pretty effect.
  • Vanilla rum or vodka – Vanilla has a lighter taste, so it needs to steep longer. Toss a few vanilla pods in and let them steep for around 3 weeks.

Really, any sort of fruit or herb will do. The rule of thumb is to steep for a few days to a week, and strain it before bottling if your additions leave sediment in the drink. Some herbs won’t turn ugly as they soak, and you can leave those in for some extra charm.

>>Next: Make a Custom Coffee Mug

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Make a Custom Coffee Mug

With a set of nifty permanent ceramic pens, you can design a custom mug for dad that’s 100 percent personalized. Green up this project by hunting for the mug itself at the local thrift store, rather than buying one that’s new. You can look for a blank mug or even try to find one with a cute design that you want to embellish even more!

I’d recommend sketching your design on a piece of paper to get it finalized before you start drawing on the mug. You can also use stencils, if freehand drawing isn’t your strong suit.

Do you guys have any handmade Fathers’ Day gifts in the works? Tell us about them in the comments!

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49 comments

Jana DiCarlo
Jana DiCarlo1 years ago

the best is to spend time

The best gift I gave was a picture of everyone in the family using finger paints - and everyone placed their hand in a colour and stamped it - ended up up nicely abstract and very personal

Prasanna Lakshmi
Prasanna Lakshmi4 years ago

Through this I could quickly found a nice gift for my Father, but was not able to make a buy. I then went to Father's Day Gifts and I was able to buy it with ease.

Francis Aguiar
Francis Aguiar4 years ago

A beautiful gift can also be, a picture taken to the photo lab, where it can be posted to a pillow or a mug, if the picture presentes the children and pets, it will be memorable!!!!

Linda E.
Linda E.4 years ago

Thanks! I'm going to make that Kindle case for my sister!

Hugh Mcintyre
Hugh Mcintyre4 years ago

these might mean something to a father - good ideas!

Annemarie W.
Annemarie L.4 years ago

cute

Bernadette P.
Berny p.4 years ago

the best gift for a father is to tell him you love him and to thank him for all he has done for you!

Cook him a meal if he is on his own and dont wait for fathers day to go and see him,phone him or take him for a short holiday!

Happy fathers day to all fathers!

Mine died years ago of cancer.


Bernadette P.
Berny p.4 years ago

the best gift for a father is to tell him you love him and to thank him for all he has done for you!

Cook him a meal if he is on his own and dont wait for fathers day to go and see him,phone him or take him for a short holiday!

Happy fathers day to all fathers!

Mine died years ago of cancer.

Lika S.
Lika S.4 years ago

That's cool. Thanks.

Barbara J.
Barbara J.4 years ago

some nice ideas