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28 Father's Day Activities and Homemade Gift Ideas

Father’s Day is THIS Sunday, June 19th so here are 28 creative Father’s Day activities, crafts for kids, printable coupons, homemade gift tutorials, free printables, and fun gift wrap ideas.  These are the most popular ideas from the Tip Junkie Father’s Day site which has almost 100 free tutorials to make for Dad.

When Is Fathers Day?

When is Father’s Day? It’s Sunday, June 19, 2011!  The United States celebrates fathers on the third Sunday in June and made a national holiday in 1966. Are you ready for Father’s Day 2011 in the US on Sunday, June 19th!

Father’s Day Activities

Father's Day Activities

1.  Envelope Surprises {Father Day Ideas} – A new spin on the traditional coupon gifts.  Each envelope holds a daily surprise for Dad.  A great group gift from everyone in the family, each person can pitch in and create special surprises to put in the envelopes.

2.  Father’s Day Tie Banner {Fathers Day Projects for Kids} – Decorate for Dad with this cute Happy Father’s Day banner that uses ties instead of pennants.

3.  Quilted Hand Prints for Dad {fathers day projects} – A darling frame with the poem, “Daddy no matter how  big we get, we will always reach for you!”  As well as the outline of Dad and child hand prints quilted on it.

4.  Fathers Day Hand Print Tie {tradition} – It was pretty simple to make. I found a white tie…any light color will do. First I bought some fabric paint in a few different colors. I dipped Mr. C’s little chubby hands and feet in the paint and dabbed them onto a paper towel. The next step was to stamp those babies on the tie. That’s it!

Free Printable Cards

Free Printable Cards

5.  Super Hero Supply Labels {Printables} – Let your Dad know you think he is a super hero and give him some treats that he will enjoy at the same time.  These labels turn Dad’s favorite snacks into super hero supplies.

6.  Fast Food Father’s Day Treats {Printable Father’s Day} – These cute cupcakes and cookies disguised as fast food are made even cuter with these free printables.

7.  World’s Greatest Dad Gift {printable} – Here is a little Fathers craft DIY project made with Martha Stewart’s free Retro word art template.

8.  Free Download: Super Dad Printables – Here are some printable ‘My Dad is Super” cupcake toppers. There are 3 different toppers… I love variety! It keeps things spicy!

Printable Coupons

Printable Coupons

9.  Father’s Day Coupon Book {printable} – Six fill-in-the-blank coupons to quickly print out and make into a darling booklet and last minute gift for Dad.

10.  Daddyland Coupon Book {Printables} – This cute printable coupon book is a play on the old Disneyland ride tickets, but instead of admission to rides, Dad gets permission to take a nap and control of the television remote.

11.  Gift of Time Coupons for Dad {Printable Gift Coupons} – Let the kids fill out these printable gift of time coupons for Dad and let him know that they love spending special time with Dad.

Crafts For Kids

Fathers Day Crafts For Kids

12.  Father’s Day Toolbox Card {Crafts for Preschool} – Create a toolbox that no Dad can live without.  This cute card is a great project for kids to make.

13.   Father’s Day Magnet CD {kid crafts} – Used old DVD’s we printed out a pic of the girls and traced a cup on top for the circle. We mod podged them onto the CDs.

14.  Father’s Day Picture Puzzle {preschool craft} – How great is this picture puzzle?! I’m so excited about it–almost as excited as the kids! It’s super easy and makes a fun presentation. Ready to get to it?

15.  Dad Rocks Paperweight – If you are looking for a last minute gift your kids can make, this is it! It’s fun to make, uses very few supplies, and there’s a very high probability you already have everything on hand to make this.

Homemade Gifts for Dad

Homemade Gifts for Dad

16.  Father’s Day Craft: Scrabble Letter word art – Here is a fun and easy  craft that was inspired by a magazine photo using Scrabble letters. It is so easy and can be modified for so many occasions

17.  D.A.D. Portrait {homemade gift} – I bought 12 inch “D” and “A” paper mache letters at JoAnn Fabrics and spray painted them aqua. Easy, right?

18.  DAD Light Switch Frames {diy decor} – Take three light switch plates and  cut the center piece out using a saw.  Next glue paper onto the light switch, cut out the middle, and distres the edges.  Mod Podgte them and attach the three frames together.

19.    My Fathers Hands {thoughtful gift} – A picture of Grandpa holding each of our children’s hand and put into a beautiful collage frame.

Gift Wrap Ideas

Gift Wrap Ideas

20.  DIY Shirt and Tie Gift Bags {Printable Templates} – Use the printable template to create these adorable gift bags.  Use them to wrap presents, hold homemade treats for Dad, or even as a decorative centerpiece.

21.  Ribbon Tie {Gift Wrap} – Instead of the traditional bow, use silk ribbon to tie a tie around Dad’s gift.

22.  Tie Gift Box Template {Present Wrap} – This cute tie shaped box is perfect for holding that special gift you got Dad for Father’s Day.  It is made from patterned paper using this template.

23.  Map Gift Wrap for Dad {Present Wrap} – If your dad isn’t one who likes to ask for directions, this map gift wrapping idea might be just the thing he needs.  At least it will get a good laugh.

Father’s Day Printables

Father's Day Printables

24.  Top Pop {Father Day Cards Printable} – Turn Dad’s favorite soda (or even better, a Dad’s rootbeer) into a cute gift for him with these free Top Pop printables.

25.  Daddy’s Toolbox Tutorial Freebie {printable} – I created it as a last minute Father’s Day gift, and thought it would be an adorable container for a gift card, little notes or chocolates.

26.  Fathers Day Gift Tags & Cupcake Toppers {printable} – Print out these freebie printables to use for gift tags and/or cupcake toppers for Father’s Day for Dad or Grandpa.

27.  M&M Bowties {printable} – My entire family is getting together this weekend, and I wanted Little Man to have something to give his Daddy, Grandpa, and Uncles on Father’s Day.

28.  Dad, Your the Bomb {Fathers Day Printable Cards} – Let Dad know you think he is the bomb with this fun and free printable Father’s Day card.

Thanks Ladies. I just adore these daddy gifts and crafts they ROCK! Feel free to grab my “I was featured on Tip Junkie” blog button. You earned it! {high fives}

If you have a tutorial over on your blog, we’d love to see it! Feel free to submit it to the Father’s Day Site or on the Tip Junkie Facebook page. Or if you’re looking for a specific gift, let me know! I’ll be happy to find it for you. {{I’ve got your back!}}

Tip Junkie ~ Laurie Turk

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  1. Katie

    Great roundup! I’m thinking the Dad rocks paperweight and a photo for our son to give!

  2. Kimberly

    Awesome list. Father’s day can be so tricky for small kids and their dads but I know that in our house, a handmade gift means so much more than anything bought from the store. Sharing this with our friends on Facebook.

  3. Tracy

    I am so happy I discovered the Tip Junkie! I just love this site – so excited about getting started so many

  4. Great Gifts for Dad

    you can back some cookies =)

  5. Sue

    This is such a great website full of fun ideas and things to do. I love it!

  6. Sadie

    My dad is my role model, and he doesn’t want to have anything that we bought asa gift because we are tight on money. I love these ideas for teens too, the superhero food and the gift bags are the best. I am also gonna use the coupon idea, and I am gonna make him a ribbon bookmark with our picture in a book for him to read, and a. Up holder for his desk. And an ice cream cake 😀

  7. close to home

    thanks for ideas, i linked to your printables on my blog today

  8. Leslie from Onesie Twosie

    Thank you so much for rounding up all these ideas. I just went through and found great ideas that my children and I can make for my husband, brother, AND dad. We’re going to have to make a couple of those ties, plus some iDad cards for our Apple obsessed family. Thanks again! You have just made Father’s Day a LOT more simple AND a LOT more special for our family.

  9. Kim

    These ideas are wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing!!

  10. Leslie

    Thanks again for sharing all these ideas. I made several of these crafts for my hubby this year and he was very encouraged! Here’s the link to our finished products: http://modderhood.blogspot.com/2011/06/fathers-day-2011.html

    Thanks again!

  11. Geoff Clarke

    Laurie, you have some wonderful suggestions for Fathers Day gifts. As a father of three, I know that the greatest gift is to spend time with my children, on Fathers Day. And homemade gifts mean so much more that anything you can buy in a store. Fathers Day 2012 is fast approaching and your ideas stand the test of time! Thanks for sharing. Geoff

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    Nice post !
    I learned a lot of information from this post. Thanks for the effort you took to expand upon this post so thoroughly. I look forward to your future post.

  13. Emily

    Great list. The envelope surprise sounds like a lot of fun! If you have small kids something like printable coloring pages like
    http://www.thecolor.com/Category/Coloring/Fathers%20Day.aspx can give them something neat to give their dad.

  14. Photographers in Barrie

    Great ideas, really like the popsicle stick photo idea… very cool. Thank you for sharing!

  15. Mandy

    Every time I pick pin something I love, it brings me to this page. Thank you for being so creative in place of those of us less-creative. 🙂

  16. SoCal..

    So many great ideas! umm but the first posting says “This Sunday June 19 is Father’s Day”

    I think it is really June 17. 3 weeks to get some of these great ideas done 😉

  17. Leila

    I am looking for a template to make coupons for fathers day but my daughter wants to use photos of her and her father. Have looked alot of places and i have yet to find one. I have tried myself but i am just wasting ink. Could you please help me?

  18. Glenda

    The bowtie is just perfect! We can have the kids pass these out to ALL the men at church – even those without children and everyone will feel a part of the service! Great idea! Thank you!

  19. Lori Duke

    The Father’s Day ideas you have shared are great! You make it so easy for this over worked, over scheduled Mom to look like a good Cub Scout Leader!

  20. Julia

    The Father’s Day Ideas are so cute. I posted the tie bags on our website allthingswithpurpose.com. You have a great website!!

  21. Amber

    I love the Fathers Hands collage… good stuff!

  22. Natalie

    tomorrows fathers day and i need a simple gift for him.any ideas .something u can make with basic materials

  23. shelia r.

    that is a great idea!

  24. a father

    girl, id rather go shopping at victoria’s secret.

  25. SanDiego Plumber

    What did you finally give to your husband and father on that day? The family gave me a hand-crafted card and a very special meal. It was truly one of the most precious moments that they have done for me.

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