Thinking of making your own special and thoughtful gift for father’s day? You can make a whole lot of things that are both useful and easy to make. Here are some interesting homemade father’s day gift ideas to help you make your dad feel really special and make this father’s day memorable.
Homemade Gift Ideas
Making a mousepad for your dad is one of the best homemade father’s day gift ideas. Mousepads are really easy to make and they are really useful father’s day gifts too. To make a nice mousepad for your dad, all you need is some foam sheets (thin) and a pliable clear plastic file (not sleek) or some fabric. Foam sheets come in a variety of colors so you can pick out one that’s in your dad’s favorite color.
Take a foam sheet and cut out a piece that is large enough for the mouse and your dad’s hand to rest on comfortably. You can cut the foam in any shape you like to make your mousepad look unique. If you’re doubtful as to how large you should make the mousepad, you can use an old mousepad for guidance. The clear plastic sheet or fabric must also be cut to match the shape of the foam.
If you are using plastic to top your mousepad and wish to add any extra decorative embellishments, you may do so by using flattish or tiny items like stickers (not raised relief ones). You can use a bit of fine embroidery (borders) or some fabric paint to decorate a fabric covering. Paste the plastic or fabric on the foam and voila you have a nice and thoughtful homemade father’s day gift ready.
For very small children who want to gift their dads’ mousepads, there are plain readymade mousepads available in the market, which they can make unique by decorating the plastic surface using markers.
Cute Desk Organizer
Making a cute desk organizer for your dad is another idea that holds a place among the most awesome and thoughtful homemade father’s day gift ideas. You can make this delightful little present by using paper rolls or empty Pringles cans. Alternatively, you can also use plastic (sawed off bottles), empty tin cans, or pvc pipes for this project. It’s best to stick with cardboard for younger kids.
Using an X-acto knife (kids will need help for this part) trim down some of the rolls so that they are all of varying sizes. Now you can decorate each roll individually using wrapping paper, fabric, paint, etc. Next, take a large piece of cardboard (should be large enough to hold all the rolls you want), decorate it to match with the rolls, and then paste each roll on this cardboard base (as close to each other as possible) and voila your useful homemade father’s day gift is ready.
Nifty Note Pad
You can make a really nifty looking note pad that’s sure to be a big hit with your dad. All you need are some sheets of paper, some thin cardboard, water color paints and some twine. Take the sheets of paper and fold them in half, and then take the thin and pliable cardboard to make the note pad cover (folding it in half).
Using a heavy duty punch, punch holes through the cardboard cover and the folded paper and then slip in a piece of twine to complete your little note pad. You can now decorate the notepad cover with little unique touches of your own.
For instance, you can place your hand in a tray full of paint (or simply paint your hand) and then place it on a piece of scrap paper before finally making your handprint on the note pad. You could also use your thumbprints to make various designs.
This project is perfect for girls that want to give their fathers a gift that makes use of their sewing skills. It is pretty easy to make this handmade wallet because it involves sewing just two pockets. To make the wallet you will need some thick fabric and pliable cardboard.
First take a longish piece of the fabric and sew it into a rectangular bag (leaving one end open) that is at least eight to ten inches in length. Cut out two small pieces of fabric, hem them all around and then sew them onto the bag to make pockets. You will have to be careful not to sew the bag together accidently.
Using the bag as a guide, measure and cut a rectangular piece of cardboard that is slightly narrower and shorter than the bag. Slip the cardboard into the bag and then sew the open end. Now you can fold the bag carefully in half, iron it till it lies flat and your little homemade gift is ready!
Decorative Phone Case
Homemade phone cases are really useful as most fathers have different kinds of phones and it often happens that the store bought cases don’t really suit. Consequently this project is one of the best homemade father’s day gift ideas. You might need to obtain your dad’s permission to measure his phone before going on with this project, unless of course you are gifting him a phone along with the homemade case.
All you need to make a simple but useful decorative phone case is some thick fabric (you can use patterned fabric), a sheet of clear, smooth and pliable plastic and some velcro. First measure your dad’s phone and mark out how much fabric you will need to cover the back and sides and also to make a flap that reaches at least halfway down the phone (must be cut and made separately).
This must be done carefully so that the fabric doesn’t cover the screen or keys (it’s wise to enlist the assistance of an adult at this stage). Cut out the fabric pieces and hem all the sides of the fabric. Next, cut out a piece of plastic that is large enough to cover the screen (and keys), then turn the large piece of fabric on its wrong side and sew the plastic on to the fabric while leaving the top side of the fabric and plastic unstitched to form the case.
Turn the case inside out and then sew on the small piece of fabric (the flap) at the top of the plastic (right side up). Now you can turn the case over and sew on the velcro on both pieces of fabric and you’re done! You can also use press buttons instead of velcro if you like.