Can you believe that Father’s Day is on Sunday? Father’s Day is a great excuse to spoil your hubby or dad. For those busy momistas out there who may not have the perfect gift for dad yet, here are some super cute and memorable DIY gift ideas that you can put together (quickly) with the kids. Personally, I think that homemade gifts are always the best ones, so here is my roundup of DIY Dad’s Day projects that you and your little ones can craft up, just in time for Sunday.

DIY Chalkboard Mug from wit & whistle:

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What better way to wake dad up on Father’s Day than with a steaming hot cup of coffee, served in a super chic (and personalized!) chalkboard mug. I would write out ‘DAD’ or a personalized message from the kids on one of these.


• A porcelain mug (the one pictured above is from CB2)
• Painter’s tape
• Pebeo Porcelaine 150 Chalkboard Paint (available at Dick Blick or Amazon – don’t use regular chalkboard paint. This only works with porcelain paint.)
• A soft bristle paint brush (a watercolor brush works well)
• Chalk


1. Make sure your mug is clean and dry.

2. Use painter’s tape to mask off the part of the mug you don’t want to paint, or you could skip this step and paint the whole mug.

3. Apply the paint with a soft bristle brush. If you mess up just wipe the paint away with a wet paper towel and try again. *Please note that this particular porcelain paint says it’s not recommended for surfaces that come in contact with food.

4. As soon as you are done painting, carefully remove the tape. If you remove it before the paint dries, the tape will be less likely to peel up the edges of the paint.

4. Let the paint dry for 24 hours. Then, bake your mug according to the paint package instructions. After baking turn off the oven and leave the mug inside until it has gradually cooled to room temperature. After you bake it the paint is dishwasher and microwave safe.

5. wit & whistle recommends chalking up your mug before you fill it with a hot beverage.

Carved Leather Bracelets from Lil Blue Boo:


This DIY is one that the kids and I will definitely be making for Dean. What more could a dad want than to wear his little one’s love note around his wrist?

Here’s what you’ll need for this one – and for the entire tutorial, check out Lil Blue Boo.

• Basic leather cuff
• Razor blade (for you to use, not your little ones)
• Small detail scissors
• A crayon (your kids will use this to write their message to dad on the cuff)
• A set of basic linoleum cutting tools
• Basic leather paint

Framed Hand Prints from Tres French Hens:


I found this adorable idea on Tres French Hens, and instantly knew I had to try my own version. All you need is some colored paper, a pair of scissors, glue, a frame and a paint pen (or even a sharpie).


1. Trace handprints (yours, your husbands, your kids, etc.) on to different colored pieces of paper and cut them out

2. Take a full piece of colored paper, and lay it down as the canvas.

3. Glue the biggest handprint down on the canvas first

4. Then, glue the smaller ones (from largest to smallest) on top of each other

5. Write out a message, and make sure to add the date

6. Put into a picture frame, and you’re done!

DIY Memory Jar from Handy Hausfrau:


I love this DIY, because the gifts don’t stop after Sunday. You fill a jar with 365 memories, so dad gets a new gift every day of the year. The gift that keeps on giving…

Dad Rocks Paperweight from Crafts by Amanda:


How cute (and fun for the kids) is this DIY? Something dad can keep on his desk at work to always remind him of how sweet (and crafty) his fam is!

Here are the instructions, straight from the Crafts by Amanda site:


• 1/4 cup salt
• 1/2 cup flour
• 1/4 cup water
• bowl
• cookie sheet
• 1/2 cup pea gravel


1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F.

2. Mix flour, salt and water together in a bowl. If dough is too sticky add small amounts of flour until it is doughy and pliable. Be careful not to add too much as the dough will dry out and your creation will crack.

3. Shape a piece of the dough into a ball in your hands. Place the ball on the cookie

sheet and flatten to about 1/2″ thickness.

4. Carefully select pieces of pea gravel to spell out “DAD ROCKS”. Press them firmly but gently into the salt dough.

5. Bake your paperweight for 2-2.5 hours until completely dry.

6. Remove from oven and allow to cool before handling or removing from cookie sheet.

Optional: You can spray your creation with acrylic sealer or paint it with a clear coat sealer.

Another project that the kids and I are working on for Dean is a “What I Like About DAD” booklet made from construction paper. I made up a bunch of questions, and had the kids fill in the blanks, kind of like MadLibs on Dad! Questions like, ” Dad’s best body part?” Liam replied, “His long toes.” And, “Favorite thing Dad says?” Stella said, ” He says Ciao to people at the end of phone calls.”. Once the book is all filled out, I’ll give it to Dean! This project is bound to get some hilarious ‘kids say the darndest things’ responses, and makes for an adorable keepsake. After we give it to Dean, I’ll take some pics and post them on the blog next week.

Well momistas… it’s time to get crafting! What will you be giving the special guy in your life for Father’s Day?



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