10 DIY Father’s Day Gifts That Dad Will Actually Love (& Use!)

by Meghan Carlson | 1 Comment

Father’s Day is just around the corner (this Sunday!) but you still have time to surprise Dad with a handmade gift from the heart. We all know some dads can be hard to shop for, so the right DIY gift will actually save you time and money you would have spent hunting around at the mall for that elusive perfect gift.

Plus Dad will cherish this present more than most, not only because you made it, but because you gave him something he’ll actually use!

Here are 10 crafty and thoughtful DIY Father’s Day ideas for (almost) every type of Dad, from grill masters and golfers to beer lovers and movie buffs:

For the Grill Master


Just in time for all his summer barbecues, give Dad a personalized platter that he can use to serve up all those tasty burgers, hot dogs, and steaks. See the full tutorial from HGTV here. You could even round out the gift with an assortment of grilling tools, barbecue sauce, smoking chips, or any of his other favorite BBQ essentials.

For the Traveler


Immortalize one or more of Dad’s best adventures with this easy tutorial from PopSugar Living for DIY canvas photo prints. We love the vintage look that travel photos take on with this technique, but you could also do this craft with any photo, whether it’s a family portrait, an image of Dad in his youth, or a professional shot of one of his favorite things, like his favorite baseball player or band.

For the Techie


How cool is this DIY gadget charging station from the Happy Housie? A vintage tool box takes this from simply a helpful organizational gift to a true statement piece that will look awesome on Dad’s desk or countertop. Look around for an old magnetic metal tool box at the local thrift store—that way you can even decorate the inside with family pictures or mementos using fun magnets.

For the Movie Buff


Turn Dad’s passions for cinema and snacks into this unique gift that caters to all his great tastes. Grab a DVD or two (films he loves but doesn’t yet own, or ones he hasn’t seen but you think he’d enjoy), along with a few of his favorite snacks, and use this adorable tutorial from Pottery Barn Kids to construct an all-in-one movie night kit that the whole family can enjoy together.

For the Wine Enthusiast


Show Dad he really is #1 with these handmade wine stoppers made from vintage sports trophies, which you can usually find on the super-duper cheap at the local thrift store. These triumphant toppers are sure to add interest to his bar or wine collection, and spark lots of conversations when he has guests over. Check out the easy tutorial at Country Living here.

For the Golfer


Dad will be the most stylish guy on the golf course with a personalized set of hand-dipped or hand-painted golf tees. This tutorial from Design Improvised is so quick and easy, you could easily make 100 before Sunday. Round out this sporty gift with a new golf towel, golf hat, or a gift card to his favorite pro shop or golf course.

For the New Dad or Grandpa


Proud papas and pop-pops need to be able to show off their adorable offspring anywhere, any time. This DIY from Wine and Glue shows you how to easily make Dad his own personal Brag Book that he can easily fold up and fit into his wallet, so he’ll always be prepared.

For the Beer Lover


Does Dad brew his own beer or enjoy taking home a growler of his favorite ale or lager from the local brewery? Then he’ll love a personalized growler using this easy tutorial for hand-stamped glassware from Design*Sponge. All you need are a few supplies from the local craft store to make him the hippest homebrewer on the block. You could even stamp a set of pint glasses to match.

For the Well-Groomed Guy


If you’re a sewer and Dad loves a little pampering, this could be the perfect tutorial for you. Soft felt and faux leather give this DIY toiletry bag a rich feel without forcing up your supply costs—giving you more room in your budget to fill his finished bag with shaving supplies, nail care essentials, and other goodies you think he’ll enjoy. Check out the video tutorial for this bag at Cheap But Chic.

For the Carnivore


They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. So why not indulge Dad’s meat tooth with some homemade beef jerky? This recipe from Food & Wine includes a cracked pepper marinade, but you could tweak it to suit Dad’s unique palette, or make an assortment of marinades with flavors like garlic, sriracha, spicy habanero, or teriyaki for a beef jerky grab bag.

We hope these ideas help inspire you to show Dad you care with a handmade gift that’s both thoughtful and useful. Because he deserves it!