June 16th, 2015 at 10:00 am


Father’s Day is quickly approaching. Have you thought of a gift for Dad?

Whether your budget is limited or you’re looking to give a gift with a little more sentimental value, we’ve got you covered. These ideas are not only easy to do yourself, but most are also budget-friendly. In fact, many of these ideas would make a fantastic addition to a man cave. Complete one of these crafty projects for your dad and you’ll surely make this a Father’s Day to remember.


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Record Clock

If your pops is a music lover, make him a clock from a vinyl LP. Avoid using his favorite record for this project! Instead, head to a thrift store and pick up a record. Typically you can find a vintage record for anywhere from a few cents to a couple of dollars. For an easy-to-follow tutorial on this project, visit One More Time.


Although a man cave is all about having a space where your dad can make his own rules, he likely could benefit from a few items that help to preserve the surface of his furniture. Help your dad avoid water rings and normal wear and tear on his coffee table with decorative coasters. This tutorial from Popsugar will show you how to make adorable (yet totally dad-acceptable) map coasters. If you’re dad isn’t much of a traveler, sub out the map with a different sort of decorative paper.

Grill Cover

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If your father spends more time with his grill than he does inside, perhaps this DIY grill cover is for him. This project is simple and requires very little material other than fabric and basic sewing knowledge. For instructions, read this tutorial breakdown from Apartment Therapy.

Firewood Tote

Another great gift for an outdoorsy dad is a firewood tote. He’ll thank you the next time he’s hauling wood, splinter- and cut-free. This firewood tote download from Laura Wilson is quick and easy to follow.

Wrench Hooks

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Nothing says industrial quite like tools. These neat wrench hooks cost little to nothing (if you already have the supplies) to make. Hang them in his workroom, garage, man cave, or somewhere in your house for a touch of industrial flair. View more ways to repurpose tools here.

Jack and Coke Cake

For the dad with the sweet tooth, bake something reminiscent of his favorite cocktail. If he’s also a whiskey drinker, you’re in luck because this Jack and Coke Cake recipe is a crowd-pleaser. See the full recipe at Brit + Co.

Homemade Bacon

Maybe your dad doesn’t have a sweet tooth, but rather a soft spot for pork? Then look no further because this homemade bacon may just be the best he’s ever tasted. Beware, he may beg for more once his stash runs out. For step-by-step instructions on how to make your own bacon, visit the DIY Network.

Car Wash Kit

For the father that loves his car, create a car wash kit. Pick up a plain bucket to decorate, or purchase one in his favorite color. Simply fill with all the car-washing supplies he loves to use to keep his car looking great. To see a full tutorial, visit Inner Child Fun.

Swiss Army Key Ring

Is your dad always losing his keys? This simple gift could change things for him. If you can gather up his keys without his knowledge, this tutorial shouldn’t take more than a few hours to complete.

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