28 Last-Minute Father's Day DIY Gifts He'll Actually Use

Forget something from the store! Make Dad a gift straight from the heart.

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Dads are notoriously difficult to shop for, but there's no way he won't appreciate a homemade Father's Day gift. We've rounded up the quickest crafts for you to make that Dad will not only like, but also use.

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Unoriginal Mom
Wood Coasters

Customize these DIY coasters with one of Dad's interests, like this hunting-themed set.

Get the tutorial at .

What you’ll need: wood slices ($16 for 15, ); satin varnish ($10, )

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The Art of Doing Stuff
Grill Scraper

Not only does this DIY scraper look neat, but it's also a safer cleaning option than a brush since grill brushes can leave behind bristles that can be ingested and cause health problems.

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What you’ll need: oak wood board ($8 for 1 foot, )

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Polkadot Chair
Necktie Zip Pouch

Transform a couple of Dad's old ties into a pouch that can hold all of his odds and ends. It's also nicely sized to act as a toiletry case if he frequently travels.

Get the tutorial at .

What you’ll need: 7-inch metal zipper ($5, )

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Capturing Joy
Barbecue Rub Recipe

If he's king of the grill, make him this barbecue rub he can use all summer long. This blogger also offers the cutest Father's Day tag to download for free.

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What you’ll need: airtight canister ($11, )

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Pre-Shave Oil

Making shaving oil is as simple as mixing a few ingredients together—and it'll leave his face feeling silky smooth.

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What you’ll need: grape seed oil ($6, )

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Grow Forage Cook Ferment
Rosemary Pine Beard Balm

Whether Dad has a full beard, a little scruff, or is completely bare, this moisturizing balm is good for his facial hair and skin.

Get the tutorial at .

What you’ll need: beeswax ($11, ) essential oils variety pack ($16, )

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Rustic Popcorn Sampler

This creative gift is perfect for dads who like to enjoy popcorn every time they watch a movie. You can whip up different seasonings with just four or five ingredients each!

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What you’ll need: spice tins ($10 for 12-pack, )

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Grilling Apron

With just a flour sack towel and black trim, you can make him an apron for grilling that he'll still feel "manly" wearing.

Get the tutorial at .

What you’ll need: white apron ($7, )

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One Artsy Mama
Quality Time

Give Dad the gift of time this year by filling a mason jar with his favorite activities that the whole family can enjoy together throughout the year.

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What you’ll need: small mason jar ($15 for 6, ); wooden letter tiles ($2 for 100 pieces, )

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Lil' Luna
Grill Set Holder

Every grill master needs a place to hang his trusty tools. Plus, this DIY gift is way easier to make than it looks.

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What you’ll need: polyurethane ($7, )

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Andrew McCaul
Picnic Basket Emergency Kit

Use a sturdy vintage basket to create an emergency kit for Dad's car. Lithographed tin picnic baskets with swing handles, which were originally made from the 1930s through the 1950s, are now popular collectibles. Simply fill with jumper cables, road flares, a first aid kit and other essentials to stow in the trunk.

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Alison Gootee
Mason Jar Lid Coasters

Give Dad a stylish-looking spot to rest his beer bottle while he watches the big game.

Step 1: First, gather four lids: We used weathered zinc ones ($1.65 each; 3 ¼" diam.; ).

Step 2: Place your lids upside down on top of adhesive cork shelf liner ($7.99; 12"W x 4'L; ). Trace around the lids with a pen, then cut out the circles.

Step 3: Stamp an image into the center of each cork circle—ours references the classic Ball jar—using solvent-based ink, which won't smear when wet (stamp, $8.75; 1"W x 2"L; . StazOn solvent ink pad, $7.99; ).

Step 4: Let the ink dry at least one minute, then peel the backing off the cork circles, and affix within the lids.

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Eyeglass Case

Transform a traditional necktie into a nifty eyeglass case.

Step 1: Lay a tie front side down. Measure and mark 17 inches in from the pointed tip, then cut the tie widthwise. Discard the narrow end of the tie.

Step 2: Using a seam ripper, open the seam along the back of the tie at least six inches, to create a pouch for the glasses.

Step 3: Measure eight inches in from the cut end and mark. Fold the tie at the mark toward the pointed tip; tuck under 1/2 inch of cut edge and pin.

Step 4: Using hand-stitches along the top and sides, secure the folded-over portion of tie to the top layer of fabric beneath it (taking care not to sew the pouch closed). Finish by affixing a set of self-adhesive Velcro dots to keep the case closed.

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Wool iPad Case

If you enjoy sewing, this wool case makes a wonderful gift for dads who often travel with their iPad. A nifty back pocket allows for storage of other small items like keys or headphones.

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Karl Juengel
Buttoned-Up Bolsters

The next time Dad tries to throw out his old button-downs, nab a few to use for this crafty pillow project.

Step 1: Iron shirt to smooth out all wrinkles. Button it, then pin the shirt's front and back to each other to keep them together when cutting.

Step 2: Cut out the shirt to match the shape of your pillow insert—adding two inches to both the width and length, and centering the row of buttons down the front. (You'll now have two pieces of fabric.)

Step 3: Repin the fabric so the shirt's finished sides face each other. Sew the pieces together using a 6/8-inch seam. Snip the corners at an angle to ease turning.

Step 4: Unbutton the fabric and turn the pillowcase right side out. Iron, then rebutton.

Step 5: Topstitch around the case twice—first 1/8 inch from the edges, then 3/8 inch from the edges—to finish it.

Step 6: Unbutton the case, insert the pillow, then rebutton and fluff.

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Studio D
Book Box for Remote Control

A fresh plot line for a used book: storing a remote! You'll need a book at least two inches longer and 1/4 inch deeper than your remote control.

Step 1: Open the book's back cover. Using a foam brush, coat the inside cover and facing page with school glue. Close the book and press down firmly for 10 seconds.

Step 2: Open the book's front cover. Coat the entire stack of pages—all three exposed sides—with school glue, taking care not to get any on the topmost page. Let dry for one hour; repeat. Close the book, weight it with a second book, and let dry overnight.

Step 3: Open the front cover, center your remote on the first page, and trace around it with a pencil, adding 1/4 inch all the way around. Set the remote aside. With an X-Acto knife, cut along the marked line, removing two to three pages at a time. Continue until your remote fits deeply inside.

Step 4: Cut a piece of ribbon that's half the length of your book five inches. Trim one end into a fork; dot hot glue on the opposite end, and affix it in the bottom-center of the hollowed-out area—this "bookmark" will lift out your neatly disguised device.

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Alison Gootee/Studio D
Watchband Notebook

Give Dad a place to write down his to-dos in a notebook (Semikolon, $14.95; 6"W x 8½"L; ) fastened with two matching watchbands ($10.95 each; 18mm; ).

Step 1: Measure and mark two spots inside the front cover of your notebook: one, two inches from the top; the other, two inches from the bottom; both, 1 1/2 inches from the spine. Next, measure and mark two spots inside the back cover: one, two inches from the top; the other, two inches from the bottom; both, 5 1/2 inches from the spine. Using a hammer and a four-penny nail, punch holes through all four marks.

Step 2: For each of the four watchband pieces, measure and mark a spot 1/8 inch from the end that would attach to a watch. Use the hammer and nail to punch through all four marks.

Step 3: Place one buckle-end watchband piece atop the front cover, aligning the punched holes. Push one 5/16"W × 5/16"L brass rivet through both holes; set according to package instructions (Rivets and Setter Kit, $12; ). Repeat for the other hole and buckle-end watchband piece. Then flip the notebook over and repeat for the remaining hole and watchband pieces.

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Wendell T. Webber
Business Card Holder

Stitch up vintage postcards to make a slim wallet or business card holder.

Here's how: Fold the postcard in half with the decorative side face up, and cut a half-moon from the top front of the postcard. Open the card flat and cover with a sheet of clear, lightweight vinyl; stitch all around the postcard, 1/4-inch from its edge. Trim vinyl to fit and refold the postcard in half. Sew the wallet around three edges, leaving the top open.

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Alison Gootee/Studio D
Book Storage Boxes

Extend the shelf life of outdated secondhand books, and give Dad a way to keep his desk organized.

Get the tutorial at Book Storage Boxes.

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Miki Duisterhof
Cufflink Carrier

This handsome cufflink carrier is made from a $2 tin—and is easy for kids to craft. Spend the afternoon together and make Dad this little box perfect for storing his cufflinks.

Get the tutorial at Handsome Cufflink Carrier.

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The Merrythought
DIY Watch Stand

This year, get extra crafty, and put together a sturdy stand for Dad's favorite wristwatches. Made from wood and black pipe, it'll be a polished piece for his bedside table.

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Hello Glow
DIY Citronella Paint Can Candles

These citronella "mandles" are a great gift for any outdoorsman. Using paint cans, candle wax, wicks and citronella essential oil, give him a way to repel mosquitos in style.

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Morena's Corner
Rocky Picture Frame

All you need is paint, polished rocks and super glue to turn an old picture frame into a fun gift for Dad. To save a few dollars, collect small rocks from a hike or your yard. Add a picture Dad will love or keep it punny with a print-out expression.

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Vinyl Record Bowls

Put his old scratched records to good use—transform them into one-of-a-kind decor using just a bowl and an oven.

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Shanty 2 Chic
DIY Bottle Opener

Dad will be wowed when you piece together a sophisticated bottle opener with nails, glue, and cedar wood. It'll quickly add a rustic touch to an outdoor barbecue station or indoor man cave.

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The Homesteady
Domino Clock

Get creative and surprise your dad with this DIY masterpiece. All you need is a domino set, hammer, nails, clock movements and hands, and some double-sided removable adhesives.

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Togally
Hammer Photo Stand

Your handyman will love this stand made from an old hammer, wood base, glue, and construction paper. Use it showcase your favorite memory of Dad, a heartfelt card, or sweet photo.

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The Garlic Diaries
Homemade Whipped Shaving Cream

Replace your dad's daily shaving cream with this last-minute luxury gift made from shea butter and olive, coconut, and eucalyptus essential oils. When whipped together, these ingredients will give him his freshest shave ever.

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