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40+ Craft Ideas for HIM! Ideal for Birthday’s, Father’s Day & Christmas

| March 31, 2012 | 54 Comments

gift ideas for men fathers dayWelcome to the “Gift Ideas for Him” craft round up! There are so many crafts and tutorials out there to delight children, girlfriends, mother’s and sisters and yet, it is always hard to find really good craft ideas for him – either the man in your life or your father or a brother! So I thought it was about time to create a round up dedicated to the (grown up) men in our lives. Be it making gifts for Father’s Day (there are crafts for children to help with too), a birthday or Christmas, these ideas should be relevant all year round!! I do hope you like the selection (they are hard to find!!) and that you are inspired to get crafty for him! Enjoy!

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And if the below are not enough.. here is another 10 Crafts for Him!

For You To Make

diy gifts for himSew Your Own Tie

Purlbee shows us how to sew a tie. I don’t think I have even thought about attempting to sew a tie – what a great idea! I know The Englishman would enjoy one of these.. Hope he isn’t reading the blog today!x

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diy gifts for himDIY Suspenders

And another one I never really thought about making –  DIY Suspenders! Aren’t these fab? You could make a pair “for dad and for son”… wouldn’t they look cute together?! A really fun idea and such great gift for him for sure! A Beautiful Mess shares her clever how to.

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Guiness Socks

Well.. sometimes, men just get socks. Face it. That is life! In fact The Englishman is so used to getting socks, that he asks where the socks are if he doesn’t get any! I love Pom Pom Emporium’s idea of making normal socks look really fun – with these “Socks in a Glass”. Brilliant.

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diy crafts ideas for fathers dayFleece Socks

Alternatively, don’t buy socks, but MAKE socks – how about these fun fleecy socks – great for cold winter days, hiking or skiing.. or just for being snug and cozy at home. Instructables shares their how to.

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gifts for himSew Your own PJs

How about making him some PJs? Sew 4 Home made some for ALL the family to enjoy! You really should go and take a peak, they are fabulous!

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diy gifts for fathers day

Super Hero Coasters

Mmmmh, I think I rather like these coasters for myself… but if you have a “for him” gift to make, why not make a batch of these? All you need is to rustle up some lovely old comics! Shared by the Mod Podge Rocks Blog (and yes, Mod Podge really does rock!)

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easy diy gifts for himMap Coasters

Alternatively, take the same idea as the Super Heros and make “Map Coasters”… again an idea by Mod Podge Rocks Blog. Adapt it any which way it suits you!

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homemade gifts for menMake a Zen Garden

Now for something completely different -a  mini Zen garden!!  Forget the executive spinning and ball toys, bring in the calming Zen garden. It looks fantastic and I bet would be great to ponder thoughts with in the office.  Curbly shares the how to video. Brilliant.

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homemade gifts for menEtch a Sketch iPad Cover

Oh my, I love love love this ipad cover by Smashed Peas and Carrot – how fun is this Etch a Sketch idea? Not only is it “retro” and “nostalgic”, but you can add a fun message too! Brilliant.

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crafts ideas for himFleece iPad Cozy

Alternative check out the how to video on Crafty Sanity to make this Fleece iPad cozy. I am sure that this will keep any ipad nice and cozily protected!

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gifts for himMicro Fibre and Denim iphone/ ipod/ phone case

A super quick craft – an iphone case - it will only take about 10-15minutes for you to make – the handy “clever bit”, is that the lining is made from micro fibre cloth, so you can clean your iphone whilst on the go.

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diy present ideasWallet

How about this cute wallet? Ok, so Noodlehead made it for “her boy”, but I think that this would make  a lovely “for him” gift regardless. Check out the tutorial. Lovely.

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crafts for himMessenger Bag from Trousers

And another great craft from Noodlehead and “officially for the boy”… but why not make it for your other half? A fantastic way to upcycle old trousers. Brilliant.

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homemade gifts for menPeg Board Tool Organizer

Now, I don’t know about The Englishman, but I want this FOR the ENglishman.. not only does it look great, but it would be so nice to get some order into our tool shed… seriously, I need to make one! Martha Steward inspires.

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gifts for himWine Bottle to Drinking Glass

I ADORE this upcycled craft ideas from over at Scissors and Steam – fabulous way to upcycle old wine bottles and would look really great. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to make some of these. I need TOOLS.

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homemade gifts for menDIY Monogrammed Mugs

Love love the simplicity of these monogrammed mugs! Don’t they look fantastic? Design Mom gets crafty and shares her how to!

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homemade gifts for himEmergency Car Kit

I think these car kits not only look great, but are a great way to keep all those things in the car in order. Holidash show us how they are made.

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gifts for menFilm Candle Holder

Come on… even men like some “romantic light” every so often.. but make it “cool” with these “film candle holders”. Photo Jo Jo shows us how quickly it is to make these!

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gifts for himBike Brake Clock

Make a cool clock out of an old mechanical parts – this made from a Bicycle break.. but I am sure you can be inspired by the Instructables post and find other cool and “manly” things to make a clock from?

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diy gift crafts for menVinyl Record Bookends

Remember the Vinyl Bowls I featured in my Recycled Crafts Round up (about 2/3s of the way down the post)? Well how about some Vinyl Book Ends?  I think this is a fantastic idea and looks fabulous… There are lots more ideas on Record Revirginizer, but sadly no instructions – but with  Recycled Crafts Round you may have enough info to experiment yourself?

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gifts for himiPhone Fridgemagnets

Make these cute iphone “App” fridge magnets, or adapt them to add your own little images. So fun and would look great on your fridge… Infarrantly Creative shares their how to.

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diy gifts for menScarf

If you like knitting, then this is a great looking free scarf pattern from Craft Craft.

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gifts for himTerrarium

Maybe the Man in your life enjoys a bit of gardening or greenery? If so, he will really like this DIY Terrarium – it would look great in the office or at home and it is all contained in a jar. Beautiful!

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For the Kids To Help

crafts for himLego Artwork

If you can persuade the kids to part with any of the Lego, I LOVE LOVE LOVE this piece of Lego Art.. great for any nostalgic Other Half. Check out Tara’s post on Stick Fingers. I think this cute idea works for a number of different “nostalgic” toys… e.g. you could use toy cars, playmobil, gogos, or scrabble pieces…

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gifts for fatherChoo Choo Train Massage Shirt

Now is one craft that made me giggle and I KNOW that The Englishman would love this (he really likes the kids walking on his back?!). Repeat Craft Me shares this great Father’s Day gift.. or his Birthday! Fab.

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gifts for himEmbroidered Hanky

Love love love these little hankies – get your kids to draw a simple picture and embroider it onto a hanky for father’s day. How adorable are these? I think I want to make some. Great keep sake too! Check out Miles of Sunshine for more info!

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fathers day craftsPhotobooth Bookmark

Ok so, this one is labelled “a bookmark for mum” over at Makes & Takes, but I think this is an adorable craft for any parent, grandparent and carer. Makes me want to run out and get some of these photos done. Right now!

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diy gifts for fathers dayPhotograph Bookmarks

I spotted these FANTASTIC book marks a little while back and “perfect to surprise you all” on this “for him” round up… but alas, since then they appeared on Pinterest, so you may have seen them already. Still. I think they are brilliant! Creative Family Moment shares her idea!

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fathers day craft ideasFootprint Bookmarks

Or make some keepsake footprint bookmarks… make a set for the grandparents too, I am sure they will love them!

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crafts for fathers dayJust Because I Love You Book

An adorable little book that you can make with your kids – fill it with drawings, messages and photos and let Daddy know how much you love him. Makes a gorgeous little keepsake too! Liz and her daughter gets crafty over at Me and My Shadow.

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crafts for himBalloon Stressballs

A cute and simple craft idea from Family Education, by Allison McDonald who writes at No Time for Flashcards, they are super duper quick to make, look fun and am sure will come in very very handy!

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gifts for him nostalgicLego Cufflinks

These are SOOO ridiculously easy you will wonder why you never made them before. I adore the Lego cufflinks and I am sure that men around the world would appreciate them too. Sugar Tart Crafts shares her simple how to, I am sure the kids can help!

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father's day craft ideasDad Rocks

Make this adorable paper weight. Love the “play on words”. This idea comes from a beautiful blog – Rebecca Cooper. She has wonderful ideas and takes brilliant photos!

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fathers day craft ideasMiniature Helper Tins

A cute way to upcycle old mint tins and make a lovely gift. Design Sponge shares their idea.

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fathers day raftsStationary Holder

Get crafty and make some pencil and stationary holders as per Here Come The Girls! A nice bit of recycling to boot. Lovely.

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fathers day craftsTie Bookmark

Aaaa how cute is this snake tie bookmark? Another crafty bit of recycing and a great gift for Dad! Hooray for Domestic Goddesque and her fun craft!

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Father's Day Craft IdeaSquash Monster Pencil Holder

Another one from the Domestic Goddesque – upcycle some squash bottles, paint and transform into this very fun pencil holder… Check out the post and you will also find some other little craft ideas to do with your kid for Father’s Day

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gifts for him Sweet Beer

Once again, I think The Englishman would love this… he is rather partial to some nice sweets, especially marshmallows, so if the children presented him with this he would be happy!  Thrifty Fun shares their idea.

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craft ideas for fathers dayLeaf Bowl for Car Keys & Loose Change

I love love love these Autumn Leaf Bowls and they appeared as a guest post a little while ago. And I just love bringing them out again and again, as they are so pretty! The guest author did these at school with a kiln, but we had a go with air drying clay too and it look different but just as lovely. They would be great for car keys and loose change as one Facebook reader reminded me recently!

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Treats for Him

diy gifts for him

Wild Garlic Pesto

Oooh how yummy does this sound – wild garlic pesto – delicious! I love how Liz from Me and My Shadow found the garlic in her local woods – I love foraging and making things for “free”. So this is right up my street! Yummy.

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gifts for him foodHomemade Nutella

Ahem, now I know a lady or two would adore this too (ME ME ME!!!) – homemade nutella! How fablous! Check out Leite’s Culinaria for the recipe!
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gifts for himBarbecue Rub

Mmmh, now what man doesn’t love to be in charge at the BBQ – here is a great recipe for “Barbecue Rub” by Real Simple. A perfect gift for him for sure! I am definitely going to give this a go!

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diy gifts for himHeart Sugar Cubes

Ok ok… so these may be for Valentine’s… but still, aren’t they cute? And surely even the toughest of men, likes to be reminded that they are loved?! Cute Food For Kids tells us how to make them! (These would also be ADORABLE at a wedding).

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  1. Rebecca says:

    There\’s some great idea here. I love all the geeky iPod ones! And the hankies and the photo bookmarks. As usual too many brilliant ideas to know where to start!

  2. Red Ted Art says:

    :-) but PLENTY of time to mull it over in time for Father\’s Day!!!!!! So glad you like the round up!

  3. emma says:

    Wonderful, wonderful roundup of gifts for men! I love giving handmade gifts, but I really struggle finding gifts for males. Thanks! Fathers Day in Australia is in September, so we\’ll have plenty of time to make one of these!

  4. Kerry says:

    There are some great ideas here, I will be coming back for ideas when it is Mr L\’s birthday as there are great ideas xx

  5. Liz Burton says:

    Mt word!! HOW many amazing makes??

    Got to check them all out. I think I\’m starting with the massage TShirt – such a cool idea.

    Thanks for including mine x

  6. Red Ted Art says:

    iSo pleased you guys are feeling inspired! Would love to hear if you do end making things from this list!!

  7. Thank you! I love these ideas!

  8. I LOVE these ideas! Thanks so much for sharing them! :) I did the reader features over at Sugar Bee Crafts and I featured this! :) http://www.sugarbeecrafts.com/2012/04/showing-off-reader-feature.html

  9. Red Ted Art says:

    Ooooh thank you so much for featuring the post :-) VERY appreciated! Thank you!

    Maggy

  10. Jelli says:

    Love these! Thanks SO much for sharing these links!

  11. Danni Baird says:

    Lots of great ideas here! Thanks for posting all the good inspiration!

  12. Shiloh says:

    What a fun list! I love the ipad cover and the lego cuff links. I think my hubby would love those.

  13. Thank you so much for sharing this post! I pinned into my pinterest for future use :-)

  14. kate williams says:

    Thanks some fab ideas. Will you be doing a Jubilee Get Crafty? loved the Royal wedding one last year.

  15. kate williams says:

    My little boy and I are going to make some teddy crowns (inspired by yours last year) paint some red, white and blue bunting, make a cardboard box Buckingham palace, and some crown shaped biscuits. There will probably never be another Diamond jubilee in his lifetime so we’re going to celebrate!

  16. Thanks so much for the link/shout out. I’m loving the rest of these ideas. A great round up!

  17. Red Ted Art says:

    My pleasure @Heather!

  18. I JUST saw this and can’t believe I missed it!! Thank you SO much for the feature of the coasters. You are too kind :D I can’t wait to check out these other ideas. A lot of them are great for gifts for myself! ;p

  19. Michael says:

    Did a woman write this? Must be. Fleece iPad holder, suspenders, socks, ties? Are you kidding me? The only thing of any interest to a man, straight or gay, on this list is the iPad fridge magnets. This is a list of things WOMEN would like to get for me, not what a man would want.

    Obviously the kid stuff is not included, I’ll take a bag of poop with a face drawn on it from my kid! Anything they touch and give is cool.

    But ladies; come ON!
    How about DIY coupons for you to wash his car in Daisy Duke shorts, no bra and a tank top?
    How about a beer making kit? Then you can DIY yourselves to drink.
    How about YOU fix the toilet, now that’s some DIY!

    Guys don’t like this cutesy stuff. Get us a compound miter saw, Halo 4, new 20″ rims for the mini-van, an iPhone charger for the car, home made pizza instead of takeout.

    Let’s face it, you have to go out to Michael’s to buy all of the material to make this stuff, why not buy him a model tank or a shadow box for his Warren Zevon t-shirt?

    • Red Ted Art says:

      Meow!!!!

      But thanks for taking the time to leave a response – now all those lovely ladies visiting will have some great ideas straight from the horses mouth!

  20. Hmmmm, I have to wonder why a big manly-man like Michael is reading women’s crafty blogs. Kinda makes me wonder if he might in fact quite like the cutesy stuff. Thou doth protest too much, Michael. Sorry, but if you dish it out, ya gotta be able to take it back.

  21. Great list! Always struggle with guy gifts! Pinned! :)

  22. jessie says:

    Thanks for the ideas !This is going to be fun . Knitting a scarf in 2 days for my best guy friend . Wish me luck !

  23. Desiree says:

    some guys do like the cute stuff along with all that manly man kinda things! my guy loves hearing and getting things from me that show how much i love him.
    obviously i try and make it more his style..

    i saw something online recently and it was 52 things i love about oyu and you write them on a deck of cards, i loved that idea and know he appreciates it.

  24. Molly says:

    I really love these, but they are definitely for women rather than men.

  25. Diana says:

    I love the footprint bookmarks! Perfect for grandparents! Is it okay if I copy your idea? Its a great personalized gift for Christmas not to mention, very affordable. And it will make their hearts melt too!

  26. Emily says:

    I love the map coaster idea, but where can I find nice sturdy coasters like that? Help!

    • Red Ted Art says:

      I know some people have used tiles from the DIY shop to make coasters. Or buy very plain ones from Home Decor departments/ Charity shops and cover them.

  27. Jill says:

    What a fab list, just seen it on pinterest. I always struggle for things to get for my other half so this is great. There are even be a few things me and my little boy would be able to make together.

  28. There are some real ‘must do’ things in that list :D

  29. Some fantastic ideas here, thanks!

  30. Clare says:

    Some amazing ideas here , love it ! Only thing is that it would be great if it also had the instructions for how to make them right .

  31. Chris says:

    No. No. and No.

    This is what will go through the head of most guys who read this.
    There IS one thing that I will pass on to your female readers that nearly any guy would like for his birthday: time alone! It’s not that we don’t love being with our wives/significant others. We do! But we want an entire stretch of time that we know is just for us. Plan a WHOLE day with your friends or your parents or whomever but, get out of the house. Don’t leave any kids for him to watch. Don’t leave a list of things for him to do. Buy him his beverage of choice, a quality cigar, order and pay for a pizza to be delivered and then just leave him alone for a while. If you’re truly interested in HIS happiness and not interested in getting kudos for making some piece of “craft” that he can set somewhere and never use again, you will seriously consider this.
    My wife and I have a great relationship. We do stuff together all the time. Long bike rides, shopping the farmer’s market, working in the yard, catching a movie, and every Friday is date night. We share the chores to include dishes, laundry and general cleaning of the house. But when my birthday rolls around, she heads to a girlfriends for a barbecue and a night on the town leaving me alone to just geek out on my movies, games, etc. And I can’t thank her enough for it.

    • Red Ted Art says:

      Hi Chris,

      Thanks for that – and yes, I think we all agree that we LOVE TIME ON OWN (Mums and Dads!) and that indeed is a special gift. This list however is about gives you can make for someone, a slightly different topic!!

      Maggy

  32. Tiny Pinky says:

    Uhh, save yourself the trouble ladies. Men do not appreciate handcrafted unless its professionally done by handcrafters or their kids.

    If you’re neither, its better to stick with the $50 gift card to best buy.

    • Red Ted Art says:

      Lucky I included some of the kid’s crafts above then.. phew.

      • Tiny Pinky says:

        Heh heh, yep! I’ve seen the roughest toughest daddies enjoy the smallest scribble their 9 month old put on a piece of paper. We personally love the idea of making handprints on pottery for toddlers and babies. That way, the father can have a keepsake of that precious time, and get to drink coffee looking at his wee one’s finger prints ;)

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