Crafty Father’s Day Gifts

Made with love for dad!

Dads can be tricky to shop for – whenever I ask my Dad what he would like, he either says his own island or batteries – so have your kids make Dad a simple gift from the heart.  These crafts are all easy to create and sure to make Dad smile this Father’s Day.

A unique DIY keepsake gift for Father's DayDecorated Pencil Cup

This is a super simple craft that’s perfect for little ones to make for Dad’s desk at work.

Craft Supplies:

  • A clean, empty tin can
  • Construction paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Stickers
  • Markers or crayons

How To Make It:

  1. Cut a piece of construction paper the same width as your tin can.
  2. Wrap the construction paper around the can and glue down the edge.
  3. Decorate the paper with stickers or use crayons and markers to draw pictures or write a special message for Dad.

A great gift for Dad on Father's Day

Duct Tape Tie

A fun variation on the classic Father’s Day gift, this tie is the perfect present for any dad with a great sense of humor – or a wacky sense of fashion!

Craft Supplies:

  • A roll of duct tape (the colored Duck Brand tape is perfect!)
  • Duct tape sheets (again Duck Brand is great) or stickers
  • Scissors
  • A pen
  • A real tie (for tracing only)

How To Make It:

  1. Unroll a piece of duct tape as long as the real tie and lay it down, sticky side up.
  2. Unroll another piece, the same length, and lay it beside the first piece (sticky side up), slightly overlapping it so that the pieces stick together.
  3. Do this again with one more piece of duct tape.  Note: This works best as a two person job.
  4. Unroll another piece of duct tape, again the same length, but this time place it sticky side down on top of the other pieces.
  5. Place two more pieces, sticky side down, on top of the other pieces so that no sticky sides are exposed anymore.
  6. Lay the real tie on top of your duct tape and trace the shape with a pen.
  7. Cut out your duct tape tie.
  8. Decorate the tie anyway you want!  Duck Brand duct tape sheets work well because you can cut out any shape you want (stars, flowers, etc.) and then just peel off the backing and stick them to your tie.  I cut out stripes and crisscrossed them to make a diamond pattern.  You can also use regular stickers to decorate your tie.

A great gift for Dad on Father's Day

Fabric Paint Tee

This craft will give Dad something special to wear on Father’s Day and gives kids a chance to let Dad know how great they think he is!

Craft Supplies:

  • A t-shirt (buy an inexpensive one or use one of Dad’s old ones)
  • Fabric paint

How To Make It:

  1. Decorate a t-shirt with fabric paint – it’s that easy!
  2. Personalize the t-shirt to Dad’s interests.  My husband is into super heroes, so I made him a “Super Dad” tee.  You could make one for “Mr. Fix-it”, “The Grill Master”, “The Golf Pro”, “Mr. Encyclopedia”, or the classic “# 1 Dad.”

About The Author

Tara Lo
Tara Lo is an Early Childhood Educator who has worked with children aged 6 months to 12 years in a variety of settings. From day camps to daycare centers, homeless shelters to hotel resorts, and kindergarten classrooms to community centers. Tara is a former writer for Webkinz Jr., where she used her knowledge of child development and all things preschool to help create lovable characters, catchy songs, silly stories, and fun activities. Tara is now a work-at-home mom who splits her days between writing, running a home daycare, and being constantly amazed by her wonderful son.

6 Responses to Crafty Father’s Day Gifts

  1. Cricket says:

    Really great ideas!

    • looniewildflower says:

      My boys are up in their late 30′s now. We did the cup idea and the shirt idea several times with splatter painting, etc. So to me, personally, hunting for some “new” ideas for the grandchildren that their dads are not used to. I realllllly enjoyed the Duct Tape Tie. I only realized that it is now available in assorted colors and patterns. I made a scarecrow head using the tan one. This tie idea is unique and a fun one as the jokes about Duct Tape are endless to my older sons. We are having family making sausage day here since they are grown and never learned to make it. Dad will once again be the head of the family in teaching. Thanks for your creative ideas.

    • iseemydog says:

      I love making duct tape ties!

  2. happy3 says:

    i am goinig to try the T-shirt idea with my 8 year old daughter, great ideas

  3. imeeyore says:

    Wonderful idea’s. Thanks for sharing!!

  4. folkafolka says:

    Love the tee shirt. I think we might make that for my child’s dad!