DIY Father’s Day Ideas to Surprise Your Dad



Fathers Day is the perfect time to celebrate the special father figure (s) in your life, and what better way to show your love and appreciation than with a thoughtful gift?

The big day is tomorrow, Sunday June 20, so there isn’t much time left for find a gift . Fortunately, all of these craft ideas can be done using common household supplies and a few extra extras that are readily available at most supermarkets.

Why not get the kids involved and make it a fun project for the whole family today?

From a scrapbook filled with happy memories to a jar of fun activities, here are five of the best craft ideas to surprise your dad, including the steps on how to create them.

The best DIY ideas for Father’s Day

Most of these DIY gifts require paper or cards, colored pens, scissors, and glue, but don’t worry as all the required extras are mentioned in the step-by-step guides.

Father’s Day Album

A scrapbook is a classic DIY gift idea, and for good reason. If your dad is a big sweetheart at heart, make him a collection of photos, messages, and memories that he will cherish forever.

All you need is a scrapbook, glue or tape, pens, and whatever else you want to use to fill out the book.

  1. Buy a blank album. You should be able to find it in any large supermarket, or you can visit your local Waterstones or WHSmith for a wider selection.

  2. Print photos and collect old ticket stubs, postcards, or any other significant item and organize them by theme, stage, or year.

  3. For each page, or spread, choose a key photo and accompanying stickers, posts or messages. Write a title for each page whether you organize it by year or by stage.

  4. Keep filling in the pages until you are done, then add additional decorations. Don’t forget to write a Father’s Day message on the front or back!

Fill out the coupon book

Whether you make a first fathers day gift on behalf of a newcomer, or want something the whole family can get involved in making, this is a great gift idea for any dad.

You can find a range of printable designs online, or you can make your own using colored pens, paper or cardboard, scissors, a hole punch, and string.

  1. Take a sheet of paper or a card and cut it into as many equal rectangles as you want. Feel free to use multiple sheets of paper if you want to color your coupons.

  2. Decorate the front page with a happy Father’s Day message. Add glitter, stickers, or whatever little extras you can find.

  3. Then use a marker to draw dashes around the border of each page to make them look like coupons.

  4. Fill each page with a chore, favor, or something nice for your dad. Some good examples are “I’m going to do the dishes” or “I’m going to walk the dog”.

  5. On the last page, write a funny or sweet message for your dad, then go through and decorate the rest of the pages as you like.

  6. Punch the upper left corner of each coupon and use string to tie them together. When dad wants to use a coupon, he can easily tear it off.

Personalized photo frame

It’s a big fathers day budget craft project to do with the youngest. You just need a picture frame, a picture to put in it, glue, paints, and all the extra decorations you can find around the house.

  1. Take your photo frame (for best results, find a white one with a thicker frame) and paint or color it with permanent markers.

  2. Once dry, use adhesive to attach buttons, gems, rhinestones or sequins to the frame.

  3. Finally, add a special photo for a totally unique gift that your dad is sure to love.

“Dad’s choice” activity pot

This uses a similar idea to the coupon book, but is easier to do as a joint gift. If you don’t have a spare pot in the back of your kitchen cupboard yet, you can easily buy a mason in any supermarket.

  1. Use sheets of colored paper or cardboard to make lots of individual rectangles.

  2. On each piece of paper, write a fun activity or outing for dad. Alternatively, you can also color-code the sheets of paper and add favors or chores to the pot.

  3. Label the jar or use string to tie a label around the top. Dad can then choose a note from the jar to decide what to do together on the weekend.

Handmade fathers day card

Sometimes a card with a really thoughtful message is the best gift you can give.

You can find Father’s Day cards at any supermarket or newsagent, but for a more personal and meaningful card, try making one by hand.

  1. Take an A4 or A5 card (or paper if you don’t have a card) and fold it in half.

  2. Decorate the front using the craft supplies you have at home. Try to paint a beautiful picture or even make a collage from newspapers and magazines.

  3. Don’t forget to add a special Father’s Day message in the card.


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