Homemade Father's Day Gifts Kids Can Make in One Afternoon

👔 Great Gift Ideas for Father's Day, Grandparent's Day, or Any Special Occasion

June 17, 2020

Father's Day was inaugurated in the United States in the early 20th century to celebrate fatherhood and as a complement to Mother's Day.

The credit for the modern holiday is often given to Sonora Dodd, who was the driving force behind its establishment in honor of her father, a Civil War veteran and single parent who raised his six children. After hearing a sermon about Jarvis' Mother's Day in 1909, Dodd suggested June 5, her father's birthday, for the day honoring dads. The celebration was deferred to the third Sunday in June to give the pastors more time to prepare their sermons.

The first Father's Day celebration was held in the Spokane YMCA on June 19, 1910. It wasn't until 1966 that the first presidential proclamation honoring fathers was issued by President Lyndon B. Johnson, designating the third Sunday in June as Father's Day. Six years later, the day was made a permanent national holiday when President Richard Nixon signed it into law in 1972.

Today, families gather together to celebrate the father figures in their lives. It is a day to make fathers feel loved, appreciated, cared for. A great way to accomplish this is with a homemade gift that is sure to become a cherished keepsake.

"Dad's Favorite Things"

This photo frame is lots of fun to plan with the kids as they decide which of Dad's favorite things to feature on the frame. Our Daddy loves cars, the color blue... and his kids!

What You Need: Craft sticks, photo, decorations of dad's favorite things, cardboard, paint, and glue

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We're "NUTS" for Dad

If you’re still looking for a gift that you can give to Dad, we’ve got a solution that doesn’t cost much, is easy to assemble, and is fun to both give and receive.

What You Need: A glass jar, paint, paintbrush, letter stickers, nuts (any kind)

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Shadow Picture for Dad

Simply put, this portrait gift is... easy peasy! He can show it off on his desk at work or put it on the nightstand so he's reminded each evening how much he's loved!

What You Need: Cardstock or foam board, kitchen knife, camera, scissors, picture frame

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"Dad Rocks" Picture Frame

You know your dad rocks! This simple photo frame is perfect for a family photo or a special drawing.

What You Need: Wooden photo frame, paint and paintbrush, polished rocks, super glue or hot glue gun

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Following in Dad's Footsteps

Looking for a tug-at-the-heartstrings and easy-to-do gift for dad? Well, you found it! This is super easy and fun to do!

What You Need: Paint and paintbrush, white or light-colored paper, frame

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DIY Photo Coasters

Photo coasters make a personalized and practical gift that is also inexpensive to make and easy enough that the kids can help!

What You Need: Ceramic tiles, printed photos, glue stick, Mod Podge, small foam brush, self-adhesive felt pads.

CLICK HERE for complete instructions.