While Pinterest is a great source for DIY gifts for dads (hey, we kind of like our own DIY and Printables board) it can be hard to sort through it all to find the good stuff. You know what we mean. So as we wrap up our 2014 Father’s Day Gift Guide, we searched high and low to do the work for you, putting togehter what we think are some of the coolest DIY gifts from the kids for dads and grandpas. Our criteria: They’re realistic, they’re fun for kids to do, they look good, and they don’t require a degree from RISD and $500 worth of crafting supplies.
And most of all, they all come from the heart.
And because we all adore the dads, granddads and stepdads in our lives so much, be sure to check out our massive Father’s Day giveaway below, valued at over $900. We’ve put it together to include some of our very favorite Father’s Day gifts and made it really easy to win. Wouldn’t that be a sweet surprise for him on top of one of these cool crafty gifts?
When we were kids, we’d come home from school with artwork and call it a gift. Yeah, that still happens, but if you want to do something special from home, this DIY dad artwork is a really sweet idea and not too hard at all. (Tutorial, Pink Sugarland)
These free printable Father’s Day paper bags we found from Sarah Hearts are so clever. Your ink jet printer should be able to handle regular old brown bags, and you just need some washi tape to seal it up. Be sure to fill it up with his favorite treats. May we suggest some homemade cookies? (Free printable, Sarah Hearts)
Since kids love turning anything into a canvas (as you know if you’re now an expert at how to get crayon off the walls) we thought this personalized softball craft at Kiwi Crate was so clever. All you need are some inexpensive softballs and permanent markers. If you want, you can even grab a softball stand at a sporting goods store, since there’s no way he’ll actually take a bat this this. (Tutorial, Melissa Allen for Kiwi Crate)
We are so taken with this personalized Super Dad color-your-own card which only requires a printer, crayons, and then a small photo of Dad to make it even more special. You can always frame it when you’re done. (Free tutorial, Alpha Mom)
-Don’t miss our big Father’s Day giveaway below! It’s easy to enter, promise. -
While you can buy paint-your-own picture frame kits in craft and toy stores, it’s pretty easy to grab some inexpensive frames yourself and hand them over to the kids. You can paint them first as a base, then let kids decorate with paint, sequins, glitter, stickers, or Sharpies. In fact, they’ll probably give you some ideas themselves. All you need now is something to put in them. We imagine you have plenty of photos–or frame one of your kid’s favorite works of art. (Image: Very Rosenberry)
Of course any DIY card from the kids at all will be totally appreciated, but there’s something really cute about this DIY bowtie Father’s Day card–especially because you can take a picture of your kid holding it, just like you see here. What a perfect homescreen photo for his smartphone. (Tutorial, Minted.com)
When we first saw this My Dad Can Do Anything color-your-own picture book we thought it was the greatest idea. The story is set, and kids color it in to make it their own. Of course if you’re super crafty, you could design your own, print and assemble, then let the kids go to town with crayons or colored pencils. But we’re partial to the book. ($12, My Sweet Muffin)
While it’s not as easy as just printing out a coloring page, it isn’t too hard to dig up things that kids can decorate with Sharpies: flower pots, rocks, ceramic plates, aprons, t-shirts, and these cute DIY coasters. Grab some cheap ceramic tiles, cork or felt for the bottom, and glue them together. Then let the kids go to town. You can bake the coasters to set them–just do it before you put the backing on. (Tutorial, The Sweeter Side of Mommyhood)
There are tons of Father’s Day coloring pages out there, but this one from weelife has such a cool, modern sensibility and if your kids are like ours, they’ll go to town with all those chevrons. Make sure you give them plenty of time! (Free printable, weelife)
Our hats off to the mama behind the blog Crafty Texas Girls, who set her daughters on a chalkboard background on the sidewalk, and grabbed this adorable DIY father’s Day Photo. Our tip: Don’t wait for your photo to be perfect. The outtakes can be fantastic–grimacing, mugging, crying and all–and if you have enough of them, you can even pop them into a little Father’s Day brag book and create the perfect 2014 keepsake. (Tutorial, Crafty Texas Girls)
EXTRA COOL: WIN IT!
We’re so excited to give away one massive Father’s Day prize pack valued at more than $900, filled with some of our favorite gifts for dads. In fact, we want to steal them all.
•Collection of 10 Dove Men+Care skin products including dual-sided shower tool, 2 bottles of Body+Face Wash, 2 Body Bars, Thickening Shampoo, 2 in 1 Fortifying Shampoo and Conditioner, Cool Silver Antiperspirant, Clinical Protection Antiperspirant, Hydrate Face Wash, and Hydrate Face Lotion
•Beats By Dre Solo Headphones available at Target
•Custom keychain with your child’s artwork from Metalmorphosis
•Dad’s Gotta Eat gourmet collection from MOUTH
•Moleskine myCloud Messenger Bag
•Duck Island Dopp Kit from Zady (to keep all those cool Dove products)
•J Press York Street fine corded tie from Zady
•Dad’s Book of Awesome Science Experiments by Mike Adamick
TO ENTER: Leave a comment on this post, telling us why a special dad in your life (or you?) deserves to win it. You may enter one time per post on our Father’s Day Gift Guide series. Be sure to include your email so we can contact you. One winner will be drawn at random on or around Father’s Day, 2014. You must be a legal resident of the US, 18+. Contest ends midnight PST on June 15, 2014. Void where prohibited. Any taxes are the sole responsibility of the winner. If you don’t follow the contest rules you will be disqualified and we will feel bad for you. Don’t cheat. Eat leafy green vegetables. Be nice to puppies.
Other 2014 Father’s Day Gift Guide posts:
Personalized Gifts for Dad
Gourmet Gifts for Dad
Gifts for the Stylish Dad
Gift Ideas for New Dads
13 Cool Gifts for Dad Under $20
Best Books for Dads
Gifts for the Dad who has Everything
10 Cool DIY Gifts from the Kids