What is more special than receiving a thoughtful, handmade gift from your kids on Father’s Day? From fun movie night boxes to creative activities, let’s explore eight easy and inexpensive craft ideas to create the perfect gift for dad this year – all without breaking the bank.
So, keep reading as we help you make Father’s Day 2022 extra special…
1. Create a movie night in a box
A movie night in a box is everything you need for a film night at home, all wrapped together in one. Depending on the family favourites, there are loads of options for personalisation. Choose from a mix of snacks like popcorn and sweets, pick a movie you know he likes or wants to see, add in some extras like hot chocolate, fluffy blankets or even a projector and white bedsheet for a cinema experience.
Pop it all in your chosen box or container and add a personalised ‘movie night in a box’ tag, and you’re good to go.
2. Make an IOU book
A popular product on gift websites is pre-printed IOU books. However, they are so easy to make and personalise that your kids can make their own. Just take some coloured card or paper and cut out about 20 rectangle shapes or use a printable for ease. Then let your kids choose a selection of their dad’s favourite (or least favourite) things and help them decorate each IOU card. Some cute ideas include:
- 1-hour control of the remote
- Watching football together
- 1 x Movie night
- Dad’s choice of a meal out
- 1 x Breakfast in bed
- 1 x Mow the lawn
- 1 x wash the car
- 1 x take out the rubbish
Tie them all together with some string or put them in a box ready for wrapping to finish.
3. A gift for coffee lovers
This DIY gift set is perfect for those with a coffee-loving dad. What’s more, it’s super easy and inexpensive to make. All you will need is:
- A large coffee jar
- Dad’s favourite coffee beans
- Mini flavoured syrups
- Small dark chocolate bars
Arrange everything in the jar and finish it by helping your kids attach a homemade ‘coffee lovers kit’ label.
4. Design some artwork
All parents cherish their kid’s artwork, so why not get together to create some special Father’s Day pictures? There are so many ways to go with this, and it depends on your child’s preferences, but you can make artwork using:
- Pens, pencils, markers
- Acrylic paints
- Tissue paper
- Decorative stamps and stickers
- Printed pictures
- Hand and finger painting
- Shapes cut from card
Let your kids decide which materials they want to use and let their imagination go wild. You could also help them create a wall-worthy family pop art portrait using traced images of your silhouettes and filling them in with acrylic paints.
5. Create a customised planter
If dad loves plants, why not get your children to make him a personalised planter? You can find super cheap plant pots that are ideal for painting in your local discount store or charity shop.
Let your children decorate the plant pot using marker pens, acrylic paints or decoupage. If the pot is for the outdoors, pick up some sealant spray to cover it with once the designs are complete. Why not select a brand-new plant to go in the pot to level up this gift, too?
6. Frame your memories
A fail-safe gift is framing memories from a family gathering, holiday or another memorable event. Depending on your budget, you could visit a local family photographer to get some fun shots of the kids to gift to dad in a frame or photo book.
You could also surprise him with a gallery wall by purchasing multiple funky photo frames from a charity shop (or decorate some basic ones) and filling them with various memories.
7. Bake some treats
Any dad will be sure to enjoy some tasty homemade baked goods on Father’s Day. Depending on the age of your children, you can either choose some no-bake or easy assemble recipes or supervise the older kids as they play chef. Some easy ideas include:
- Coffee cake
- Biscuits or cookies
- Lemon drizzle slices
- Cornflake or rice crispy cakes
If you’ve got young children, you can provide them with a base baked good to decorate with icing and sprinkles, such as biscuits, cupcakes or fairy cakes. You can also encourage them to choose special ingredients such as edible glitter, fondant letters or candy.
8. Make a terrarium
Another great option for plant lovers is a terrarium – they are typically easy to make, low maintenance, and make a fantastic decoration for the home. To get started, you will need:
- A large jar (you can use jam jars or transparent coffee containers)
- Small pebbles or stones
- Airy potting soil
- Activated charcoal
- Slow-growing plants (like fittonia or polka dot plants)
Make sure your container is clean and dry, then put down a layer of pebbles for drainage, followed by a thin layer of activated charcoal. Layer on some potting soil, and then carefully add your plants. Be careful to ensure they have plenty of space and are not up against the glass. Finally, finish up by adding some decoration around the plants – you can also use sand or moss for this step, or go fun with some figurines and toy cars.
Now you have plenty of ideas for fun crafty gifts this Father’s Day, which activity will you choose?