Awesome DIY Father’s Day gifts that will put a smile on his face

Me and dad

Me and my dad

Even if you’ve already picked up something for Father’s Day, you may want to supplement it with something personally made by you. Since I’m only moderately creative, some of these are the same as my DIY Mother’s Day gifts. I wish I were better at this, but I’m good with computers, and not with scissors!

My dad isn’t one who likes presents; he always says he has everything he needs. I always feel bad giving nothing for whatever reason, so here are some ideas that are meaningful and relatively easy to make.

I didn’t add calendars to this list because it’s already June.

Book of quotes – with a template (computer/laptop friendly)

Fathers Day Cover Page

Book cover page

If you’re not good with PowerPoint or even if you are and want to save time, I’ve included a template at the end of the instructions , so all you have to do is change the photos and words. Here’s how to do it.

Material

  • PowerPoint: You can find it on your desktop, laptop, or as an app on your phone or mobile device.  Not everyone has it on any, so if you don’t skip this one. If you want to make it, find someone or somewhere that has it and do it there
  • Either: A hole punch and ribbon, a stapler and staples, or glue
  • Optional: Stickers, glitter, paper glue, and scissors to decorate the front and back covers

Instructions

1 – Click on the link to the template to open it

Fathers Day Template

Note: The template automatically downloads when you click on it, I don’t know how to stop it from doing that!

  • You will see a cover page, a blank page and then pages with pictures and words

2 – How to change the photos

Fathers Day Template Slide

One of the pages in the book

  • Right click your mouse on the photo and a list of choices will pop up on your screen. Choose “Change picture.” It will let you pick a photo from one of your files.

3 – How to change the words

Fathers Day Page

Click where it says “Write quote here” and type in the words you want to use.

  • Move your mouse to the front of the first word, left click the mouse and then drag it across the words to delete all the words. Type in the words you want to use.

4 – Put the printed book together 

USB

USB / portable storage

  • When you’re done, save it and then it’s ready to print.
  • If you have a color printer at home, print it. If you don’t (like me!) find a place around you that can print it. You will have to put it on a USB / portable storage and take it to them, or you can email it or upload the file to the location and pick it up when it’s ready.
  • Assemble pages in the order you want
  • Staple or glue the pages together 1/4 cm on the left-hand side of the paper (if gluing, make sure you glue all pages together), and it’s ready!

OR

  • Punch 1-3 holes 1/4 cm on the left-hand side of the paper
  • Tie the ribbon through the holes
  • Wrap the ribbon around the folded part of the book, and it’s ready!

Optional: To make it extra special, write a personal message on the blank page. You can also use stickers, glitter, paper glue and scissors to decorate the book.

Notes

  • Keep the blank page after the cover page. It looks better, and you can hand write an extra message if you want.
  • Keep the words simple, like short quotes.
  • Click “save” after every page or two to make sure it saves.

No-sew tablet, laptop or phone sleeve

ipad case

I can’t sew if my life depended on it (well maybe then I could pull something together, it just wouldn’t look good or be anything usable). A couple of years ago I found instructions for a DIY no-sew sleeve case that really only took 10 minutes to make!

Materials

  • 1 piece of solid fabric (9-inch x 9.5 inches)
  • 2 pieces of patterned or other colored fabric (9.5 inch x 9.5 inches)
  • iron-on hemming tape (4-inch x 9.5 inches and 2-inch x 11.5 inches)
  • snap button fasteners and pliers
  • scissors

Here’s a link to the instructions on Brit + Co

3-piece aftershave set

spray bottles

Sample spray bottle options from alibaba.com

Why not make him some natural aftershave? Different options may help him find one he likes! Keep all refrigerated until giving it to him and make sure he refrigerates as well until he uses them.

Overall material

  • 3 x 150ml (5 ounces) jars
  • Small box or gift bag to wrap them

Chamomile

Ingredients 

  • 150ml of distilled water
  • 2 teaspoons chamomile oil

Directions

  • Boil the water and mix in the chamomile, stirring gently for a few minutes.
  • Let it cool down and then filter it through a coffee filter.
  • Pour it into the bottle.

Aloe vera

Ingredients

aloe vera

  • 150ml aloe vera (fresh or gel if you can’t find fresh)
  • 1/2 tablespoon distilled water
  • 1 tablespoon witch hazel
  • 10 drops of chamomile or peppermint oil

Directions

  • Put all the ingredients in a bowl and stir gently.
  • Pour it into the bottle

Cucumber mint

Ingredients

  • 150mls of distilled water
  • 1/2 whole cucumber
  • 1/4 cup mint extract

Directions

  • Blend the cucumber, including the skin, on the highest blender setting or in the food processor until the mixture is liquefied. Add the mint extract and blend for another 30 seconds.
  • Add the mixture to water and heat it up in a pot for 10 minutes on medium.
  • Let it cool and then pour it into the bottle.

3-course tasting lunch

Quinoa tabouleh

Quinoa tabbouleh

To save space I’m going to link to the post I wrote that gave the recipes and nutrition and health benefits, but the main items include:

  • First course: Chorbat el ads (lentil soup or dhal) – vegan
  • Second course: Harissa chicken or tofu on quinoa tabbouleh – meat or vegan
  • Optional third course: Salted almond butter fudge – vegan

For the details read, “Middle Eastern inspired meat or vegan spastravaganza menu.”

6-course tasting menu dinner

Spaghetti Bolognese

Pasta course

To save space I’m going to link to the post I wrote that gave the recipes and nutrition and health benefits, but the main items include:

  • First course: Appetizer – Blistered Shishito peppers – vegan
  • Second course: Soup – Creamless mushroom soup – vegan
  • Third course: Salad – Bibb salad – vegan
  • Fourth course: Pasta – Meat or tofu spaghetti – meat or vegan
  • Fifth course: Main – Beef or mushroom pot roast – meat or vegan
  • Sixth course: Salted almond butter fudge – vegan

Did I mention that I included wine pairings for each course?

For details read, “This six-course home cooked tasting menu for one, two or more is boss.”

Party or dinner mood enhancer and keepsake photo collage

NYE

Taking a photo in front of a picture collage on the tv I made for a New Years pre-party get together with photos of all the guests.

I make a photo collage for every party or special dinner I host.

Instructions

usb_tv

USB plugged into the back of the tv

  • Put as many pictures past and present you can find of the person or people you want to include in the collage.
  • Put the pictures on a USB /  portable drive
  • Plug it into the USB port at the back of your tv (like shown in the picture) and let it play until dinner or the party is done.
  • Give it to the guest of honor afterward.

It goes over well with everyone. It makes them feel special.

Take it back to childhood with a fun card

Card

Still in my pajamas finishing up a homemade birthday card a few years ago

I have done this for almost everyone I know at least once. All you need is to remember what it was like to make cards when you were little and then amp it up a bit. Volume is key here – fill it as much as you can!

Material

Construction paper

Construction paper

  • Construction paper folded in half, how many pieces will depend on how many pages you want to do. I usually did a 4-8-page card, so 2-4 pieces of construction paper. Many places sell it like Walmart.
  • Pencil crayons, colored markers and/or crayons (I did say take it back to childhood!)
  • Glitter, stickers, whatever you feel like using!
  • Glue for paper or scotch tape
  • Scissors
  • Pictures of her favorite things (personal or from a magazine)

Instructions

Basically, all you need to do is:

  • Cut out enough photos to fill the pages you want to use,
  • Write her some messages, or quotes around each picture
  • Draw whatever you want around the pictures like hearts or flowers
  • Add your glitter or stickers

Note: You can also buy a scrapbook and do this as a scrapbook too.

These are some of my DIY ideas, what are some of yours? Have a wonderful day!

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