Dads aren’t usually the sentimental type but that doesn’t mean they’re not soft and cuddly on the inside or that they don’t appreciate a thoughtful gift, especially when it comes from someone they love. When’s the last time you did something special for your dad? Christmas is the perfect opportunity to show him how much you care about him and you could do that with any of these crafty Christmas gift ideas. Don’t worry…we haven’t forgotten about mom so be sure to check our inspiring collection of Christmas presents for moms everywhere.
Does your dad travel often? Actually, it doesn’t matter because a map cork board bulletin can be useful even when you’re not pinning places on it. It’s a stylish accessory for a home office but it can also fit well in other spaces. The map is a nice touch, adding color to the board and giving it a nice identity. Give this to your dad on Christmas so he can stay organized during the year to come.
A charging dock is a very useful and suitable gift for every dad, whether yours likes to keep up with the latest technological improvements or not. You can make a charging dock for the phone using a simple wooden box. Make sure the box has just the right size. It’s been a while since phones were as small as the one in this tutorial so check out the phone that your dad has to see the dimensions. In addition to the wooden box, you’ll also need a piece of cork, a dowel, some paint or stain, a drill, a saw and some glue.
Here’s something else that you can make for your dad’s home office or desk: a wooden block lamp. Obviously, you’ll need a wooden block and apart from that you should also have a drill, a screwdriver, lamp cord, a light socket kit and a light bulb. Although it may seem a bit technical, this project is not difficult. In fact, it’s quite easy. You could use an Edison light bulb for a nice and pleasant look. Don’t you also love that little air plant in the corner?
Men don’t usually get too many toiletries or bathroom accessories as gifts, these usually being more suitable for women because of how delicate and dainty they are. However, we managed to find an example that’s rather masculine: a mason jar soap dispenser. We love its somewhat rough appearance which at the same time is very homey-looking. The greatest thing about it is how easy it is to make. All you need is a glass jar, some spray paint, glue, a soap pump and some sandpaper if you want to give it a distressed finish.
Ah..the router. It’s so annoying that this must-have piece of technology sticks out like a sore thumb no matter how much you try to make a living room or an office look cozy and inviting. It’s a general problem so your dad probably faces it too and he may not even realize there’s actually a solution for it. That makes this gift that much better. Make a cover to hide the router and make sure it has the right dimensions. Pay attention to the overall decor of the room as well.
We think everyone should have a key rack in their home and for this occasion we looked back to find some designs that would be fit for a dad. There’s one that you can do with a few square nails and a rectangular piece of wood. You’ll also need some clear coat or polyurethane spray, some string and a bit of gold spray paint (if you like the look). We like this square nail key rack because they have a rugged, masculine look.
There’s another key rack that we really like and this one is special because it features old keys instead of hooks or nails. Maybe you could make this special by using some old keys that hold a special meaning for you or for your dad. In any case, it should be a fairly simple project for which you only need a small piece of wood and some screws. You can paint or stain the wood if you want.
If your dad likes to read, these half log bookends could be a great Christmas present for him. They’re very easy to make and the hardest part is finding a wooden log. Once you have it, cut it in half and sand down the edges. You can then have fun painting the wood in whatever colors you want. If you think your dad would prefer something more simple and natural, you can use wood stain or varnish instead.
Whether your dad likes to read books, magazines or the newspaper, this is not exactly relevant right now because this X-shaped rack can hold them all. To make something like this, you need two wooden planks with equal dimensions and rectangular shapes and a saw. If you want you can paint or stain the wood but we actually like the way it looks with nothing on it. It’s a great accessory for reading corners or living rooms.
With a stylish cross stitch leather catchall like this one you can inspire your dad to be organized and you’d be offering him a personal and thoughtful gift at the same time. He’ll be able to use this as an organizer for things like his phone, wallet, keys, sunglasses and other things that usually stay scattered across the desk or the table. This is actually a universal present that would make anyone happy. Maybe you should make something like this for yourself too.
This hexagonal tray is pretty similar to the leather catchall we just showed you. it has more or less the same function. You could make something like this our of plywood, You’d need a saw, glue, some small nails and spray paint in any color you prefer. This is a nice accessory for the desk and for homes in general. It keeps things organized and it clusters small items together, freeing up space and keeping the room tidy.
What about something purely decorative? Would your dad cherish something like that? Probably yes since it will be coming from you. The project that we have in mind involves some custom wall art with a handmade frame. Think of this as a starting point, a source of inspiration for something unique which lets you show your appreciation for your dad in a creative and artistic manner. Your project doesn’t have to be identical to this wooden slat hanging frame so find your own style.
Studies show that it’s good to have plants inside the house and, based on that, you can come up with a great Christmas present idea for your dad, one which looks good and has health benefits as well. We’re talking about a planter, of course. However, it’s not just any type of planter. It’s made of a tree trunk and it looks lovely. The plant is actually symbolic in this case but you can make this project work for large plants as well if you want to. Check out our tutorial to make as awesome tree trunk planter.
Show your dad that your learned a thing or two from him (assuming he likes to fix and to craft things as well) by offering him an actual piece of furniture this Christmas. For the gift to be special and meaningful, it has to be something that you made yourself. Don’t worry, we’re keeping it simple. This coffee table with hairpin legs is really easy to put together. You need a pallet, a saw, a drill, four hairpin legs, varnish and a hammer.
We like to help people stay organized and you can inspire others to do so too by offering them cool gifts like this facade wire hanger. You can have a lot of fun with this project. You need small gauge copper grounding wire, wire cutters, large pliers and a break line bender. You can give it any shape you want. It could mimic the landscape that surrounds a house or it could feature a completely different theme.
Something else you can craft for your dad as a Christmas present is this double box shelf which is easy to make and pretty versatile too. Go ahead and find two wooden boxes. If you can’t find any, you can just craft them from scratch. You’ll need a saw to cut off a section so the boxes can intersect. You can have a lot of fun customizing this project with shelves or any size and shape you want. Paint them or stain them, depending on the look you’re trying to achieve.
I’ve been trying to get a magnetic knife holder for quite some time and I know I’d definitely love to receive one as a gift. It’s the type of practical and handy gift that your dad might enjoy too so go ahead and make it a special present. Get a wooden block and a drill and make a bunch of holes in which you’ll later put heavy duty magnets. Sand and stain the wood and add brackets for easy hanging on the wall.
This industrial pipe coffee cart is a perfect DIY project for beginners. It’s easy to put together and it doesn’t look clumsy at all. In fact, it has a well-balanced and nice looking design which you can improve in a lot of ways if you put your mind to it. Of course, before you go ahead and get all the things for this task, take a moment to decide whether or not your dad actually needs a cart or if he even has the space for it in the house. It doesn’t have to be a coffee cart specifically but more like a multipurpose side table with shelves and wheels.
Good-looking light fixtures are hard to come by and an easier option is often to get a lamp or a pendant that’s special in a distinctive way and a DIY piece fulfills this condition perfectly. So what do you say? Would your dad be happy to get a handmade mason jar desk lamp this Christmas? Only one way to find out so you’d better start working on this.
We love it when tree stumps are turned into beautiful furniture pieces and home accessories. It’s such an easy to do and a really cool idea for a special Christmas present for dad or someone else you hold special. The most difficult part will probably be finding a tree trunk. Take it home, clean in, remove the excess bark (or all of it), make sure the top and bottom are straight and smooth and put casters on the stump so it can be easily moved around after you turn it into a side table.