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17 Father's Day Crafts Kids Will Love To Make For Dad

Children love their fathers and children love crafts. Bringing the two together is a no-brainer, especially on a day celebrating dads in all their stupid joke-telling, couch-napping, golfing, BBQ grill-mastering, king-of-the-swingset glory. However, if you come up with Father’s Day crafts that are cute, funny, sentimental, and Simply enough for little hands (or, in this case, feet) to lend a hand can feel like a tall order. Luckily, there are plenty of incredibly smart people out there who are willing to share their creativity with the rest of us. And thanks to them (dads aside, you’re all the true MVPs) this list of crafting skills exists. Most are the kind of crafts that kids can give to dad after making them, while some are educational crafts that they can make with dad. Will all of these crafts make it all the way to completion or beyond? Probably not. But at least they’re cute enough to be pinned to the bulletin board until next year.

Because how many of your kids’ crafts do you have lying around right now? It seems like they multiply overnight, especially when they get to school. While they wouldn’t replace that bright, proud smile for all the money in the world, wouldn’t it be great if their papercrafts were a little…more useful? Now that you’re a parent, you know the deal: Your mom was a saint for hanging on to that silly pink glittery clay fairy house you built in kindergarten for nearly a decade. However, there is another way to deal with this common parenting problem. Instead of keeping the basement trash cans full of every holiday craft keepsake your kid has ever made (or, you know, carefully tossing their art in the trash after bed), you can help create decent crafts to stimulate – the kind you’ll actually want to keep out and flaunt.

So, pull out the craft storage container. These are the Father’s Day crafts your partner is hoping to get this year.

Father’s Day crafts that double as gifts

1. Dad’s Steps

Warning: K Kids Play’s take on a classic kids’ craft will likely get you hooked. You’ll need one of dad’s favorite shoes (preferably something with a strong profile), some paint and other typical craft supplies, and your child’s willingness to dip their foot in paint. First “stamp” dad’s shoeprint on a piece of card stock, then have your child stamp their foot in the center of dad’s footprint. Got it? You follow in dad’s footsteps. Brb, cry.

2. Memento golf balls

If a dad or grandfather in your family considers the golf course their second home, this super easy and cute craft from TikToker Amie Potter is sure to be a hit. All you have to do is give your kids permanent markers (under careful supervision, of course) and a box of new golf balls and let them go wild while doodling and decorating. One commenter suggests using ModPodge Ultra, which is non-toxic, to coat the balls to keep your kids’ art in place.

3. Daddy’s skirt

Everyone knows Dad is a rock star and this craft by Timm Sevitz of Timm Easy Crafts shows that sentiment. A cool twist on the basic kids handprint idea, all you need is standard craft supplies.

4. Annual Questions and Answers

Say hello to the vehicle that will have you and your partner struggling to explain why your eyes are constantly leaking, courtesy of Chrissy Horton at Horton Lane. Sure, it starts out like typical kids’ handprint art. But then add a section with questions below: why do you love dad What does daddy always say to you? What makes dad happy? You get the gist. You then laminate the print and put it in a binder and do the exact same craft every year on Father’s Day to see how the handprint and your child’s answers develop.

5. A picture says more than 1000 words

OK, this tutorial from Kylie at Love Hard, Travel Often is a bit trickier, so it’s probably best suited for tweens, teens, or just exceptionally artistic younger kids. Choose a favorite family picture to print a copy of. Then shade the back of the image with a pencil. Next, place it on a piece of paper (Kylie uses a card that you can frame after giving it to Dad) and trace it with a sharp pencil. Take away the picture and then have your child draw the family in the outlined space.

6. Bouquet “Scratch-offs”

If your child has sensory issues and doesn’t want to paint for a Father’s Day craft, let them help you assemble something dad will go crazy over: this lottery ticket scratch bouquet as conceived by video artist Kammy Makora. Let your child top it all off by creating a homemade card.

7. Terracotta Candy Pot

Dad doesn’t have to be a green thumb to love this flower pot designed by Katie Wyllie from Made to Be a Kid. You need to paint everything but the rim of a terracotta pot black and let it dry. Then line your child up with some sparkly permanent markers that contrast with the black color so they can create adorable artwork for dad on the sides of the pot. Last step? Fill with his favorite candy!

8. Daddy’s Caddy

Looking for a really handy craft slash gift idea? Dollar Tree DIY Lovers has you covered with this “daddy caddy”. You should be able to find an affordable unfinished wooden container at the Dollar Tree or any craft store. From there, all you have to do is have your little one decorate it for their pops. He can use it for everything from organizing BBQ tools to stashing the remote control and his reading glasses.

9. Biggest fan mug

You’ve seen DIY mugs before, but this one from TikToker @kraftikellii is too good not to share. Since her partner is a huge basketball fan, she had her kids dip their thumbs in orange paint and then sporadically “print” them on a plain white mug. Once dry, she went inside and lined the orange prints to look like basketballs and added a sweet message. Your mug is decorative, but if you want dad to be able to use (and wash) his, you need to take a few extra steps: make sure the mug you choose is heat-resistant, use DecoArt glass crayons, and bake the mug at 350 degrees for 20 minutes to harden the marker.

10. Papa’s snack box

This “snack” box will put a big smile on Dad’s face. 4Everlasting Keepsakes uses a vinyl cutting machine to make the letters for the outside of the box, but you could definitely loop in by having your child decorate instead. Then just fill it with dad’s favorite sweet treats.

11. Money tree

One of the most iconic things about dads is the many “fatherisms” they bust out on the map. And this craft from The Young Wild Me Family celebrates a favorite: “Money doesn’t grow on trees.” Except you and your kids will finally be able to prove dad wrong by making this clever money tree.

12. Fries for the big one

Dad might not actually be able to eat this fun fries dish from TikToker Kimberly Lopez, but he’ll still find it filling. Using standard craft supplies, help your child make a french fry holder and custom indoor ‘fries’. But before you put them in the holder, have your kid write something they love about their dad on each frying pan.

13. Out-of-this-world father

Here’s another solid trade-in for the plain old handprint Dad usually gets. In this Made to Be a Kid craft, your child will turn their handprint into a fun little alien with an intergalactic background splattered with paint.

14. DAD photo

There are a few more steps involved in this craft by (hilarious) artist Andrea Nelson, but the end result will be something dad might have to wring out of your pocket because you’re going to love it so much. To start, have your child create and decorate oversized D, A, and D letters out of poster board paper. If you have an only child, you can take three different pictures of them holding each letter. If you have three children, each child gets a letter. Print out the photos, put them in a frame and you have a keeper.

Bonus! Some Father’s Day crafts for learning and fun

1. Matching Ties

Dad and little learners will have fun creating this “tie board” from the U Can Handle It blog. Plus, watching them pair ties with the matching “dad shirt” becomes a precious moment to capture in a photo.

2. A close shave

If your little one loves watching dad shave in the morning, they’ll feel like they’re a chip off the old (bearded) block with this interactive and sensory craft from Mr. Mintz Crafts.

3. Ties count

Another gem from the U Can Handle It blog! Dad will get a chance to help with early learning as he and your kid practice counting with this easy craft.