Part of the fun of celebrating Father’s Day is finding Dad the perfect gift! He’s probably given up on wearing ties for Zoom calls by this point, and getting to use new fishing gear is not as easy as it was last year. One of the best ways to make him feel truly celebrated this year isn’t to wrap up a gift off of Amazon, but to craft a creative DIY Father’s Day gift or plan a project that you can do together! Part present, part construction project - he’ll love a chance to roll up his sleeves and get crafty with his kids (no matter how old they might be)!
If you’re reading this, you might have aged out of the old stand-by of painted handprints on a plate, but luckily time can be the best present of all. Planning a surprise for Father’s Day that involves working together is an amazing way to not only make your dad feel special, but to give a gift and memories that will last. Working projects around the house don’t have to feel like a chore if you get to do them together, so we rounded up some of the best ways to celebrate your dad by working side-by-side to create something as a team!
If your dad is the hands-on type, a weekend warrior who loves to spend time at the hardware store and appreciates something he made more than something he bought, he’s going to love taking on these projects as the perfect DIY Father’s Day gift to make together!
Sometimes you gotta break it to make it! Half the fun of taking on a new project is tearing down the old, and it can be a blast to get out the sledgehammer! Let Dad exercise that pent-up quarantine energy by demolishing the old shower wall or backyard patio to make room for the new. That’s basically the bonus gift! If his back is aching, part of the present can be an ice-cold beer to drink while he watches the kids do the heavy lifting.
DIY Father's Day Present Ideas to Upgrade the Outdoors
The backyard is basically Dad’s kingdom so there’s no better place to start if you’re looking for a creative gift idea for Father’s Day!
We went more in depth-on the benefits of outdoor tiles in a recent post on ways to make the most of a summer at home! This is an especially great DIY present idea as we’re scrambling to fill summer plans with at-home vacation ideas. Rehabbing an overgrown backyard, patio, or outdoor kitchen is the best way to make the most of the next few months while we slowly start working back towards normal.
Outdoor dining is hands-down one of the best summer activities, especially if it involves a pitcher of cold margaritas or beer, and where better to enjoy dinner al fresco than on a brand new patio built with Dad!
Vancouver Natural is a great option to replace or resurface your old deck or patio, with the benefit of being easy to clean and extremely durable. The wood grain appearance of these porcelain tiles is a great way to complement the farmhouse feel of your home, or add a rustic element to a city apartment or condo! If you don’t have a backyard or are working with a smaller outdoor space, Dad will love a transformed balcony that can turn into a retreat this summer!
If your dad is King of the Grill, these tiles have the extra benefit of being flame resistant, making them a great replacement for wood plank decking with that pesky tendency to catch fire or char.
The Rustic Willow crafted this DIY grill tool holder out of wooden planks, but we could see this fun gift idea getting a long-lasting upgrade by replacing the wood with wood-look porcelain tile! Use one of the leftover sheets from your patio remodel to create this fun personalized gift to make summer barbecues even better!
Another great way to turn leftover tiles into a present your dad will love is this A-Frame plant stand! If he’s got a green thumb and loves industrial style, he’ll be thrilled with this project from Shanty 2 Chic! Tile sheets are the perfect size and shape to hold potted plants and show off his seedlings in style. We could see the swirled gray marble look of Varana Gris tiles accenting the tin frame to create that perfect combination of rustic and industrial decor!
Interior Upgrades that make great gifts to DIY with Dad for Father's Day
If your dad is a fan of farmhouse styles, this faux shiplap DIY is a great way to give your kitchen a quick refresh! The rustic look is a great alternative to painting if you feel inspired to makeover your kitchen. Skip the cutting, nailing, and whitewashing steps of designing your own Fixer Upper-inspired Magnolia Farms kitchen with wood-look planks like our Tribeca Blanco or mixed planks that can be applied to walls or floors!
For coffee loving fathers (aren’t they all?), an at-home caffeine station is the best way to get his morning fix! You can easily transform a kitchen nook into your own personal Starbucks by adding a creative backsplash tile and gathering your mugs, coffee maker, and some fun accent pieces to make waking up early just a little brighter. Even if he’s not a morning person, Dad will appreciate waking up to this chic little coffee station with our Brick Brooklyn Gris tiles for a rustic industrial kitchen design!
If you have any leftover tiles, you can find this tutorial in our DIY home decor post to turn it into the perfect coaster for his Best Dad Ever mug or beer glass!
DIY Bathroom Upgrades to Make for Father's Day
He may not like to admit it, but Dad would love to have a luxurious bathroom space to unwind and indulge in a little manly pampering. Whether his preferred bathroom style is contemporary, rustic, or eclectic (or if he has no clue what his aesthetic is but knows what he likes when he sees it), the truth is that the bathroom is one of the most-visited rooms in the house. Why not give him the chance to enjoy it a little!
Our Recycled Glass Subway Mosaic Tiles In Blue Wood are the perfect choice for a Master bathroom that both Mom and Dad will love, thanks to the natural textures and subtle swirls of color - not to mention the eco-friendly and sustainable benefits of using recycled glass! Check out more subway tile designs!
Even the most manly dad will enjoy starting and ending his day in this chic and modern bathroom that manages to look beautifully designed without feeling fussy!
With everything that has been happening in our world lately, we’re learning the value of time and connection in a whole new way. With that in mind, we hope these ideas are more than just gifts to give, but offer quality time and bonding in a way you just don’t find with store bought presents. If you’ve outgrown homemade Father’s Day presents with glitter and glued on macaroni, you can take things to the next level with the gift of time together - and a pretty sweet new BBQ spot while you’re at it!