Father’s Day Craft Gift Ideas
by Kelly Ladd Sanchez and Caitlin Ultimo
These easy-to-make Father's Day gifts will delight dad on his special day
XO Marks The Spot
Print out photos of your child holding her hands up in the air. Cover with contact paper, punch a hole at the top and thread hole with yarn. More tips at cometogetherkids.com.
Sip & Stache
With a paint marker, draw mustaches on ceramic cups. Let dry four hours. Then place in oven at 375°F for 40 minutes to seal. More tips at craftsbyamanda.com.
All Tied Up
Cut a canvas-like fabric into two tie shapes, and have the kids color them with fabric markers. Thread a ribbon through a key ring and place the ends between the tie shapes. Hot-glue or sew the ties together. More tips at positivelysplendid.com.
Wrap the handle of a hammer with painter's tape. Leave a sliver of the handle uncovered and paint it. When it's dry, repeat a few times until hammer has the desired look
With a marker, divide a canvas into four sections. Print out four identical black-and-white photos of your child. Cut photos to separate faces and bodies. Have your child finger-paint each of the four sections of the canvas, the faces and the bodies with a different color. Glue bodies and faces onto the canvas. More tips at notsosahm.blogspot.com.
Download this free printable at duetletterpress.com and, using tempera paint, stamp it with your baby's handprint.
Stamp or draw “U Rock” on paper. Paint a face on a rock. Tape rock to paper. More tips at littlelovables.blogspot.com.
Write a love note and draw pictures on the side of a memo cube.
What do you get for the dad who’s a bit of a bad boy? This rocker leather bracelet. Kids can write their own personal message to Daddy, while Mom carves it in.
Carved Leather Bracelets from Lil Blue Boo
If he’s one of those guys that lives for this gadgets, he’ll love waking up to this on Father’s Day. This crafty card, modeled after Apple’s iPad, has a cute pop-up feature so the kids can add personal messages.
iDad Card from Charlotte’s Fancy
For the dad who hits Starbucks daily, this stitched java cozy is sweet and eco-friendly. Tip: Have kids use a tapestry needle to avoid any pricks.
Coffee Cozy for Father's Day from That Artist Woman
He’ll think of his family every time he boots up with this homemade mouse pad. Take a photo of your kids–or one of their creations—and print onto a printable cotton fabric.
Personalized Mouse Pad from Hoppo Bumpo
Etched in Memory
These personalized tins are a functional gift for Dad to keep little odds and ends in. Plus, the etching process (which involves a 6V battery and acetone) is a science experiment that’s fun for kids to watch.
Crayon Etching on Metal Tins from Roots and Wings Co.
In the Fold
Kick that store-bought card up a notch with this homemade accordion book, made from paper and recycled cereal boxes. Dads will feel the love when he reads all his kid’s favorite things about him.
Father’s Day Book from Making Books with Children
This cool paperweight can be made with supplies you already have on hand. Send the kids on a rock hunt and then simply gather salt, flour, and water from your kitchen to make the base.
Dad Rocks Paperweight from Crafts by Amanda
Written in the Sand
If the beach is Dad’s happy place, he’ll love this sand art card almost much as your kid will love making it.
Father's Day Cards with Sand from The Light Garden
Hand in Hand
These layered handprints make a sweet piece of art to hang in an office or home. Start a tradition by making a new one each year as your family grows.
Framed Hand Print from Tres French Hens
Cast in Stone
This stonework pencil can for Dad’s desk take a bit of work, but kids will love collecting pretty stones and working with grout.
Stonework Pencil Can from Under the Sun
Key to His Heart
This is a sentimental keepsake for a new dad who wants to bring a piece of his family with him everywhere he goes.
Father’s Day Keychain and Poem from No Time for Flash Cards
The fun of this gift is figuring out what experience gifts (backrub? car wash) to put on the tokens that fill the tin. Plus, Dad gets to cash them in all year long.
Dad’s Token Tin from Eighteen 25
These impressive-looking coasters become extra meaningful when you incorporate sea glass or shells you found together.
Mosaic Coasters from Naturally Educational
It’s two gifts in one, as photos cover matchbox magnets, keeping them handy but out of kids’ reach.
Matchbox Fridge Magnets from Love and Lollipops
Make your dad laugh this year with a Father's Day joke.