Father’s Day is just around the corner and what better way to celebrate dad than with something made with your own two hands! We searched the internet for projects and made a list of our ten favorites, with a focus on projects that can be completed with materials you already have or can easily obtain. Let’s start creating!
Duct tape wallet: https://www.education.com/activity/article/The_Duct_Tape_Wallet/
What screams dad more than duct tape? A duct tape wallet! Sign up for a free account and download the easy directions. This project requires nothing more than duct tape and scissors!
Dad ROCKS: https://www.cbc.ca/parents/play/view/dad-rocks-fathers-day-craft
My father loved collecting rocks, so any time I see a project that includes them, it automatically lands on my list. You can go on a nature walk with dad, collect rocks together, and then celebrate that special memory by making this rock portrait of dad. If you gather enough rocks, you can include the two of you in the portrait like with this project or make a frame out of the rocks to house another work of art created just for him!
Hand Art for Dad: https://www.womansday.com/home/crafts-projects/g2461/fathers-day-craft-ideas/?slide=26
We’ve all seen hand art projects, and they are always so sweet. I especially liked this one as the hands create the flames on dad’s grill. This includes a template for the grill, but you can always create your own template. If grilling isn’t your dad’s thing, this adorable superhero hand card might save the day. Or maybe your dad is a Rock Star? This guitar card complete with rock hand might hit the right note.
Paper Bag Father’s Day Book: https://iheartcraftythings.com/paper-bag-diy-fathers-day-book.html
You won’t believe how easy it is to make a scrapbook with nothing more than a few small paper bags! This project is great for all ages, and the result is something dad will cherish.
Father’s Day Shirt Card: https://www.thebestideasforkids.com/tie-template/
A new spin on a cliché gift: a shirt and tie card! If your dad is more of a bowtie kind of guy, try this version!
Paper Weaving Bookmarks: https://www.redtedart.com/paper-weaving-printable-fathers-day-bookmark/
I really love a good paper craft, and these paper weaving tie bookmarks are not only beautiful, but useful. The link includes a template you can download and print out or make your own to reflect your dad’s interests!
Shaving Cream Marbling: https://www.wiregrassmuseum.org/educators_lair/paper-marbling-for-all-ages/
Borrow some of dad’s shaving cream and make him a really cool gift. You can use cardstock and turn it into a card or a sketchbook!
Recycled Art Windchimes: https://happyhooligans.ca/coffee-can-cd-wind-chime/
What a great use for some of your dad’s scratched CDs that won’t play anymore! Grab a coffee can and some old CDs or DVDs and make something dad will love.
Polaroid Portraits: http://make-it-your-own.com/polaroid-portraits/
Polaroids are cool, but not everyone has an instant camera. Draw your favorite memory of dad and create the iconic polaroid frame with painter’s tape. This project calls for a canvas board, but you could easily use card stock. Such a cute idea!
Toilet Paper Roll Cards: http://www.pinkstripeysocks.com/2014/06/toilet-roll-fathers-day-cards.html
I couldn’t let a list go without including a recycled toilet paper roll project! This is a cool twist on a handmade card that lets you create a 3D memento for dad. Print off your favorite photograph of the two of you or draw his portrait. You can use sharpies and watercolor, like I did, or markers and crayons. Whatever supplies you have on hand will work for this easy and fun project.
I hope you found some inspiration for a way to celebrate dad! Don’t forget to share your creations with us on social media. We LOVE to see what you’ve created!
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