Last Updated: Apr 21, 2017
Make this Father’s Day one to remember with a gift for Dad that’s meaningful—and useful. After all dads do and teach us, they deserve the best. To help find that perfect gift, we’ve compiled a list of homemade Father’s Day ideas along with handy tips and tutorials.
Our gallery includes easy homemade options like beef jerky, grilling aprons, herb planters and custom bow ties. No matter Dad’s style, you’ll find something special.
So roll up your sleeves and get crafty with these unique homemade Father’s Day ideas. You can customize your gifts, too, with options like a pilsner drinking glass, photo coasters and much more!
1. Dip-Dyed Bags
Whether it’s to help Dad organize his workshop or store his headphones, these DIY drawstring bags are as handy as they are stylish. He’ll know where to find all of his small items—and will think of you in the process. Find the easy tutorial at Adventures in Making.
2. Customized Playing Cards
Jazz up family games and Dad’s poker nights with a customized deck of playing cards. Make them extra special by choosing a photo from a recent day trip or far away vacation. He won’t be able to keep his poker face when he sees your gift!
3. Watercolor Art
You don’t have to be an artist to try this simple watercolor project from Adventures in Making. Surprise Dad this Father’s Day with gorgeous artwork he can proudly hang at home or in his office. His wall decor will have extra meaning knowing it was made specially for him.
4. Homemade Beef Jerky
Beef up Father’s Day this year with scrumptious homemade jerky. With a combination of teriyaki and worcestershire flavors from Art of Manliness, you’ll have Dad savoring every single bite.
5. Custom Photo Card
Stamp your heart right on the cover of this year’s Father’s Day gift with a custom photo card. Think of memories that are extra special—like a day trip to the beach or a music festival you attended together. He’ll love that you personalized the card, rather than picking up a standard one from the store.
6. Manly Bar of Soap
Dad can begin and end his days in complete relaxation, thanks to this homemade gift idea from the Art of Manliness. These luxurious, artisan soap bars are made with freshly brewed coffee and walnuts.
7. Pops for Dad
Put a spin on the normal cake pop with these superhero style ones for Dad. Using tips from Bakerella, make the cake in your dad’s favorite flavor and decorate them with love.
8. Personalized Photo Book
There’s always that special memory with Dad that you wish could live on forever. From family trips to sporting events to Sunday afternoons, compile your favorite photos in a custom photo book. This gift will touch Dad’s heart and stand the test of time.
9. Sriracha Seasoning
Let’s spice up Father’s Day! Mix a batch of this homemade sriracha salt seasoning from Braised Anatomy and jar it for a finishing touch. It’s perfect for bringing a little more flavor to Dad’s meals throughout the year.
10. Unique Photo Mug
What better way for Dad to start every morning than with a custom mug made just for him? This Father’s Day, design a mug with photos from your childhood. He’ll love looking back on all of the memories and the quality time you two have spent together.
11. Energy Snacks
Mix up Dad’s normal snack routine with this flax seed, chocolate and raisin energy ball recipe from Braised Anatomy. He’ll enjoy grabbing this extra healthy—and delicious—treat in the busy mornings and late afternoons.
12. Father’s Day Coupons
Want a creative Father’s Day gift filled with stuff Dad loves? Make personalized coupons with Celebrating Everyday Life for special events like a homemade dinner, nine holes of golf or a bike ride together to get ice cream. The extra thought and time you put into Father’s Day this year makes this gift one-of-a-kind.
13. Mounted Wall Art
Make your Father’s Day gift a keepsake with mounted wall art pieces that will last forever. He can hang these in his office, workshop or favorite room at home. Select a design with or without a frame, and choose photos that he’ll want to relive again and again.
14. Creative Outdoor Pillow
When Dad’s grilling with friends or lounging after a long day, these outdoor pillows will remind him of the fun times you’ve shared hiking in the woods or enjoying summer celebrations. He can even store these outside on the deck or patio, as they’re specially made to be weather resistant.
15. Remote Caddy
With tips from Color Me Domestic, you can create Dad his very own remote caddy. He’ll always have this gift by his side, as it’s great for storing remotes, small notepads and pens.
16. Personalized Mouse Pad
Whether he’s having a long work day or finishing the family budget at night, give Dad something to smile at. With a personalized personalized mouse pad, add a photo that will brighten his day, like one from a recent fishing trip or day at the beach
17. Fun Pet Tag
Ideal for an animal-loving dad, these personalized pet tags make a man and man’s best friend feel truly special. Personalize your dog tag with a color and design that matches Dad’s style or a photo of man’s best friend.
18. Custom Bow Tie
Deck Dad out in style this Father’s Day with a custom bow tie. For festive occasions like birthdays and holidays or for everyday wear, Dad can show off the gift that was made just for him. Follow Dritz’s pattern for a homemade gift that will help him look dapper.
19. Exquisite Glass Frame
Engraved with your own words, a glass photo frame makes a great gift for Dad. During his busy days, Dad will smile a recent trip together or the moment he welcomed you into the world.
20. Golf Cupcakes
Give a gift that many dads dream of: a hole in one! These golf-themed cupcakes are fit for any dad who loves to be out on the green. Try the recipe from Easy Baked, and be sure to add your own style and flair to the decoration.
21. DIY Coat Rack
What’s better than a practical gift for a practical guy? This DIY coat rack from Hoosier Homemade is useful and stylish, especially for a farmhouse, cottage or country style house. Put your crafty skills to use with this custom wood coat rack for Dad.
22. Custom Smartphone Case
Let Dad show off his family by designing him a custom smartphone case. With options for iPhones and Androids3, match this gift with Dad’s phone size and personal style. Have fun adding some of your favorite photos to Dad’s most used possession.
23. Personalized Apron
Summertime means grilling time. Get Dad ready by gifting him with an apron that’ll protect him from any spills or splatters, like this one from I Heart Naptime. Using stencils or an iron-on pattern, you can personalize it just for him.
24. Cord Organizer
Does Dad have a mess of cords and own a lot of electronics? Design a cord organizer box with tips from I Heart Organizing to make Dad’s life simpler. Select colors that match his style and be sure to label the box for easy searching.
25. Planet Lantern
Add some personality to any room this Father’s Day with a lantern made of tissue paper, glue and balloons. Create one that looks like the sun, earth or other planet. Stop by Imagine Childhood for all of the project details.
26. Photo Coasters
Looking for Father’s Day gifts that’ll be used all the time? Customize your own photo coasters for Dad with memories from last year’s vacation or funny moments from childhood. He can put them in all corners of the house, like the den, living room and even his office.
27. Garden Markers
For those sunny days when Dad’s working away in the garden, give him homemade garden markers, representing bugs, fruits, veggies or herbs. With tips from Imagine Childhood, you can have these gifts ready in no time.
28. Paper Mache Bowls
Father’s Day is the perfect time to get crafty. Try these paper mache bowls from Jennifer Perkins for a simple start. Or design a tray to hold Dad’s wallet, keys and other favorite items—so he remembers how much he’s loved every time he walks in the door.
29. Hanging Planter
Bring nature’s fresh energy and aura to Dad’s home this year with a hanging planter made of old t-shirts. Jennifer Perkins explains the steps on her blog, making this gift for Dad truly one of a kind. Add a succulent or herb plant to the pot before gifting to Dad this June.
30. Custom Photo Magnets
Commemorate great outdoor moments with Dad through custom photo magnets. Place one photo per magnet or add multiple images per piece. These will brighten up his kitchen, office or filing cabinet.
31. String Art
With the how-to guide from Just Between Friends, create a unique gift that will make Dad feel special at home or in the office. Design your DIY string art in the shape of Dad’s home state, sports team or favorite musical note.
32. Fun Fruit Snack
Get the kids involved and add a healthy snack to Dad’s special day with a fun creation. Choose any fruit—like apples or kiwis—to design a face that’ll bring a smile. For tips on other Father’s Day fruits, check out the blog post from Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons.
33. Cozy Photo Blanket
Warm Dad’s heart this Father’s Day with a custom photo blanket. Choose a portrait or favorite snapshot that shows your family’s love and happiness.
34. Homemade Shaving Cream
Imagine Dad starting his day with all-natural, homemade shaving cream made just for him. This DIY shaving cream from Mommy Potamus is easy on the skin and smells divine.
35. Trendy Toolbox Stand
Add this nifty stand to Dad’s workshop or porch collection. He’ll have plenty of room for planted pots of succulents, herbs or spices. My Love 2 Create offers of a full list of supplies and instructions.
36. Fun Photo Cup
Put your creativity to use by designing a custom photo cup for Dad. Add photos, phrases and colors that will perk him up up even during those early mornings. Extra bonus points awarded if you can make him laugh every time he pulls this from the cabinet.
37. Gone Fishin’
Catch a big smile on Dad’s face when he sees these unique fishing-themed cupcakes. Choose white cake, chocolate or confetti mix, and decorate with their own fishing poles. Nothing But Country makes this Father’s Day idea easy and delicious.
38. Summer Birdhouse
Give Dad a colorful summer birdhouse, and he’ll enjoy the extra nature and beauty in his daily life. Create a personalized design using tips from On My Side of the Room.
39. Pilsner Glass
Dad can now kick back in style. With a custom pilsner glass, he’ll reach for this every time he’s craving beer, cider or his favorite soft drink.
40. Easy Dill Pickles
Yum! These crunchy dill pickles are fresh and full of flavor. Try the recipe from Once Upon a Chef, and Dad will be left asking for more.
41. Stand-up Herb Garden
For a Father’s Day gift that’ll last, choose something that can be used all year round. This herb garden made from a wooden pallet by Pink When can hold parsley, rosemary, sage and more. It’ll help make Dad’s cooking fresher for the whole year.
42. Gourmet Pancakes
Start Father’s Day off right with a gourmet breakfast. Use Rad Megan’s German pancake recipe or whip up some waffles if that’s what Dad prefers. Serve it with some bacon and syrup, and he’ll have a great beginning to his day.
43. Elegant Glass Candle
Help Dad completely relax at the end of a long day. With a personalized scented candle, he can enjoy the smell of essential oils while he reads, watches TV or catches up on the news. Customize the look by choosing from a variety of patterns, colors and photo sizes.
44. Photo Cube
Give Dad a photo cube to brighten his workspace with memories worth reliving. Choose a range of photos from childhood, recent outings together and formal family portraits.
45. Etch-A-Sketch iPad Cozy
Keep Dad’s iPad safe from scratches with this customized iPad cozy. Follow tips from Smashed Peas and Carrots for a simple sewing project, easy enough for both kids and grandkids.
46. Photo Metal Wall Art
Different than a canvas print, metal wall art offers a modern look with unique finishing options. Customize one for Dad today by choosing a photo that represents a favorite place you share with your family, like a campground, hiking trail or sports stadium.
47. Clay Gemstone Wine Toppers
Jazz up Dad’s next dinner party with these unique gemstone wine toppers made with simple supplies and instructions from Something Turquoise. Add a bottle of Dad’s favorite red or white wine, and his Father’s Day gift will be complete.
48. Panoramic Acrylic Print
This Father’s Day, bring the scene from Dad’s favorite trip to life with a panoramic acrylic print. It may even inspire more vacations in the future.
49. Monogram Mason Jar
If you want a gift he’ll use all year long, look no further. This monogram mason jar holds warm and cold beverages, and can be customized just how you want for a thoughtful gift for Dad.
49. Festive Tie Cookies
Head into the kitchen with this fun Father’s Day idea. Bake Somewhat Simple’s sugar cookie recipe and decorate the ties with royal icing. If they last long enough—which we doubt—these cookies can be frozen for Dad to enjoy anytime throughout the year.
51. Homemade Extracts
Does Dad love to cook and bake with fresh flavors? Make him these Stupid Easy Paleo extracts using vanilla, mint or lemon. He can add them to cookies, cakes or tiramisu.
52. Quirky Father’s Day Card
Make a play on words this Father’s Day with a creative card like this one from That Artist Woman. Not only will Dad have an extra laugh, he’ll feel special you took the time to make him something from scratch.
53. Catch All Tray
Help Dad organize his busy days with a custom catch all tray. He’ll never have to wonder where his keys, jewelry or watch are again. Make it a keepsake by adding a favorite photo of you and Dad spending quality time together.
54. Salted Caramel Popcorn
Perfect for an afternoon snack or munchy in the office, Dad will be impressed with the delicious flavor combo of homemade salted caramel popcorn. Head on over to The Brewer and the Baker for the quick and easy recipe.
55. Father’s Day Questionnaire Game
Mix in some family fun this Father’s Day with a questionnaire for Dad and Grandpa. Kids and grandkids often come up with the funniest answers and questions. Use this easy printout design from The Crafting Chicks.
56. Wood Photo Frame
Simple moments with Dad, like a walk in the park or stroll through the neighborhood, are the ones we often remember. Capture life’s precious moments by customizing a frame, and adding in a special photo of you and Dad.
57. DIY Wooden Lounge Chair
Ahh yes! Dad can rest easy this summer near the campfire, sandy beach or backyard. Check out The Merry Thought for special tips and a list of supplies for this DIY chair.
58. Essential Oil Reed Diffuser
Give Dad the gift of pure relaxation with an essential oil reed diffuser. The Prairie Homestead makes this project easy but oh-so powerful. Round out the gift by adding a handful of essential oil scents, like lavender, peppermint and white fir.
59. Custom Poster Calendar
Want a personalized gift that’s super easy to make? Design a photo poster for Dad, and include the calendar feature. Choose photos from every season of the past year and select a poster background color to match.
60. Mustache Cozy
Whether Dad loves coffee, tea or hot cocoa to start his day, pack in a punch of extra fun. A crochet mustache cozy makes Dad’s favorite morning beverage even better. Thanks, Yarnovations, for the all tips on how to make this project happen.