Do you have a DIY dad? Does he love fixing things around the house or building whatever he just saw on TV? Celebrate your DIY dad this year by making something for him straight from the heart. We’re not talking about making a lame macaroni necklace like the one you made when you were 5 years old; we’re talking about a sophisticated project to show your father how much you care.
I know not all dads are beer drinkers but who wouldn’t love to have their own personalized beer growler. You can buy a plain growler from most grocery stores, I suggest buying an empty one to make the etching easier. To etch onto a glass beer growler you will need etching cream, glass cleaner, painters tape, Popsicle stickers, sticker letters, and a drop cloth. You can find a full tutorial on how to etch glass here.
Magnetic Knife Rack
This is a great gift for the DIY dad who loves to cook or grill out. I would suggest placing the magnetic strip pretty high up or hidden inside of a cabinet to prevent little children from grabbing the knives. You should be able to buy a large magnetic strip from any type of hardware store such as Home Depot or Lowes. Simply hang up the magnetic strip with command hooks, or you could drill into the wall, then place your knives on the strip and enjoy.
Does your DIY dad use tape? Of course he does and he will appreciate this jumbo tape dispenser next time he goes to get a roll of tape out of his drawer filled with everything else under the sun. This DIY project will require some basic carpentry skills, but if you ask a Home Depot or Lowes employee, they should be able to cut the pieces of wood you will need for your project. For more detailed instructions click here.
Who doesn’t love a soft blanket? Your dad will especially love a blanket you make for him when it has his favorite team on it. Tie blankets are incredibly easy and cheap to make. I suggest looking for coupons to your local JoAnn Fabrics or similar store before you buy the material the blanket. If your dad doesn’t have a favorite sports team, you can make one in his favorite color. The possibilities for this are limitless.
Beer Bottle Labels
Here is another gift for the beer loving DIY dad, you could create your own personalized beer bottle labels for your dad. Gift him with his favorite six pack of beer and have your own labels on the bottle. These labels could say things like, “Happy Father’s Day” “You’re the Best” and so on and so forth. You can make these on your own by buying envelope labels and cutting them to fit a beer bottle.
Hand Painted Coffee Mug
These hand painted and handwritten mugs have been seen everywhere lately. If you’re a little late to buy one for Father’s Day, you can just as easily make one yourself. All you need to decorate a coffee mug is an oil-based paint sharpie. Take your white coffee mug and draw or write whatever you want on it with the sharpie.
Now let the mug dry for a few hours or overnight. Once the mug is dry you are going to want to bake it in the oven for 30 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Turn off your oven and let the mug cool inside it until it is completely cool. Hand wash the mug and now it’s ready for your dad.
Floppy Disk Planter
Remember the days of saving things to floppy disks? You might not, but your dad probably does. Make a planter for your dad this Father’s Day out of 5 floppy disks, some soil, and a plant. Simply glue together 5 floppy disks into a square and add a fifth one onto the bottom to create a base. Then take your plant and set it inside, it may be best to use a plant that is already in a pot to prevent your floppy disk planter from leaking water out of the bottom.
If your dad isn’t a beer drinker, that’s not an issue because he can still use this tote for a soda bottle carrier. This wooden beer tote shouldn’t take you too long to make because all you need is a piece of dowel, a pine board, and some plywood. A great addition to the carrying tote is to add a bottle opener onto the side, you have everything you need all in one place.
Reusable hand warmers are a great gift for your DIY loving dad. Next time he is outside working on the roof or when he is fishing early in the morning, he can use your homemade hand warmers to keep his hands warm. All you need to do to make these is sew together two square pieces of fabric and leave a little piece open to fill with rice. After you fill it with rice, sew it closed and pop it in the microwave for about 20 seconds. Take it out and your dad will have warm hands for his next early morning fishing trip.
Swiss Army Key Ring
Does your DIY dad have a lot of keys and love Swiss army knives? If so, this is the perfect gift for him. He can keep all of his keys organized and looking great with this unique key ring. It may be tough to surprise your dad with this since it can be hard to get all of his keys away from him, so you can make it. Another great aspect of the Swiss army key ring is that it is super simple to make. Click here for instructions.
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