13 Incredible DIY Gift Ideas For The Dad Who Has Everything
What do you buy for the man who has everything? Well, in this day and age, the answer is 'nothing'. Despite the illusion that we are living in a highly technological society, where everything you own must be the latest model, shiny and new, in reality, we are living in much simpler times.
The make-do-and-mend era is repeating on us (for some it never left), and as a result, it is now incredibly fashionable to make things from scratch, using natural ingredients and components where possible.
So, impress the man in your life this Christmas with a homemade gift, which will prove to him that his endless lectures on the importance of learning basic screwdriver skills weren't wasted. He will also feel a sense of pride that you finally learned how to look after your money after his many, many rants on your aimless spending!
1. Bottle cap fishing lures
If your dad loves to fish, then this simple gift would make a great stocking filler. Not only that, but it's a great way to recycle those unwanted bottle caps...
What you'll need:
- 1 metal bottle cap
- 1 small treble hook
- 1 small hook ring
- Sharpie pen
Step One: Draw a line on the inside, directly down the center of your bottle cap and then use the multi-tool to bend it in half along that line. Try not to crush the cap too tightly.
Step Two: Take the knife from your multitool and pierce two holes on either end of the cap. Make sure the holes are only small so that they won't tear.
Step Three: Attach the hook by sliding it onto the hook ring through one of the holes you pierced during step two. Then attach the lure body to the top whole you created.
You can add lure eyes too if you want to make them especially attractive to the fish!
2. Necktie zip pouch
No doubt your dad has an endless supply of neckties, many of which are outdated, or just about ready to retire. Before you let your mom throw them away, grab a few for this cute craft...
For full details on how to make this, follow this tutorial.
3. Remote control book box
If your dad is partial to sitting by the television for hours on end, then this is the best gift you could possibly give as it ensures he has full control over the programming schedule at all times!
Not only that, but it provides a nice way to tidy away unsightly gadgets. It will also stop little hands from hiding the remote during family visits over the Christmas period. To learn how to make this simple gift, follow these instructions.
4. Shaving oil
Get personal this Christmas and make your father a practical gift in the form of shaving cream. You could even go that little bit further and make him a whole shaving kit, with your own homemade cream inside to make it that little bit more thoughtful.
What you'll need:
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 tbsp of jojoba oil
- 1/4 cup of shea butter
- 1/4 cup of honey
- 2 tbsp of baking soda
- 1/4 cup of castile soap
- 1 tbsp of bentonite clay
- 10-20 drops of essential oils (pick whichever fragrance you think your dad would prefer!)
Step One: Place the coconut oil, jojoba oil, and shea butter in a pan and melt together over a low heat.
Step Two: transfer the melted mixture into a room temperature bowl and then stir in the honey, baking soda, castile soap, clay, and essential oils. Stir well and then let the mixture cool for a few minutes.
Step Three: Just before the mixture cools entirely, whip it with an electric mixer for 3-5 minutes to make it thick and creamy. Then transfer to your chosen presentation pot!
5. Bottle opener game
Why not make a gift that's fun for all the family? Like this fun bottle opener game which can be hung in the garden or house...
6. Eyeglasses case
If you want to keep the kids busy this Christmas, then task them with making this thoughtful and practical gift for their grandpa. It will require materials that you already have and will be truly cherished forever.
What you'll need:
- 1 x old tie
- needle and thread
Step One: Ensure the tie is clean and iron it so that it is totally flat and crease free.
Step Two: Fold the tie up into a pouch shape and pin the sections in place. Then take a needle and thread and sew it in place.
Step Three: Sew, or superglue, on the velcro round to secure the glasses inside the pouch.
9. Button-up pillow
No doubt your dad has a huge collection of old shirts he no longer wears. Instead of letting them collect dust, why not turn them into something that can brighten the home? Not only will they look great, but they'll have a story to tell...
For instructions on how to turn your shirts into pillows, read this carefully.
10. Business card holder
If your dad relies heavily on his business cards, then it seems only right that he has something to store them in with pride.
Consider your dad's own personal taste and the type of business he has, and then get creative. Here are some cool ideas.
11. Vinyl record bowls
All dads have at least one vinyl that is scratched and doesn't play any longer, but because of the memories they have with that one disc, they'll never throw it away. Well, with this clever hack, they don't have to as you can turn that beloved vinyl into a centerpiece for the house...
What you'll need:
- A vinyl record
- A baking tray
- An oven-safe bowl (it needs to be roughly the shape and size you want the bowl to be).
Step One: Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
Step Two: Stack your bowl on top of the baking tray and then place your record (face up) on top of the bowl. You want the center of the record to be in the center of the bowl.
Step Three: Place the record in the oven for 8-10 minutes. By this point, it should have started to melt over the edges. Take it out of the oven and using oven mitts, re-shape it. If you want to keep bending and re-shaping it, then just keep heating it until you're satisfied with how it looks!
12. Massage shirt
All dads deserve some pamper time. However, finding someone willing to spare that time can be challenging - unless you make it into a game.
This DIY shirt is the perfect answer...
All you'll need are some coloring pens and a map to trace on. Alternatively, you can iron a pattern onto the back and have your kids color it in with fabric pens. Easy peasy!
13. Plaster cast hands
Plaster cast sculptures can look very expensive if done properly. Not only that, but they are also incredibly personal.
And, despite how they may look, it's not as difficult as it looks to make your own plaster cast hand sculpture, as this video will show:
So what are you waiting for? It's time to get crafty this Christmas!