DIY Gifts for Dad This Father’s Day

A couple of years ago, when my parents relocated from San Diego where my dad had his office for over 30 years, we all went to help him clean some things out and pack up.  I could not believe that he still had little notes I had written him and pictures I had drawn him from when I was a kid hanging up around his shop.  I had no idea how much he loved those little drawings and notes or I would have written him a lot more over the years.  Just like my dad, John LOVES it when the kids draw him pictures for his office, so naturally, when I needed some cute DIY gifts for dad for father’s day, we whipped something special up just for him.  Here’s a fun idea for a DIY gift for dad that is cheap, easy and makes a great activity for the kids…which is a win, win for mom. 😉 Affiliate links are included in this post.

DIY gifts for dad

If you’re in a time crunch and working on these fun DIY gifts for dad last minute, you can have this project knocked out in an hour.  Here’s what you’ll need:


8×10 canvases ( I purchased this pack.  The kids will use the remaining canvases this summer for a project.  You can buy whatever size you prefer though!)

Acrylic paints (these are my favorite…the coverage is the best in my opinion)

Cheap paintbrushes (let the kids go to town with these…they are so inexpensive if they get ruined no worries!)

The kids were so cute.  They were really putting a lot of thought into what exactly they were going to create and they are SO proud of their work!  There was something special to them about painting it on a canvas.  It felt like something really special, like it was going to be around for a long time.

Andy whipped up something quick for Grandpa, something for him to hang in his office right next to my old artwork. 😉 . He told me he’s working on something more complex for dad. 😉

DIY gifts for dad

and Ashley…well, that little girl never ceases to amaze me and give me a laugh.  She proudly handed me her artwork and informed me that it was an abstract.  lol!! 5??!!

DIY gifts for Dad

so grab yourself some canvases and some paint and let your little ones create!!  This would also be a super fun activity for bored kiddos during the long summer days, an activity for an art party…the list goes on…painting with Bob Ross is a super popular activity with the teenagers right now too, so even they can join in on the fun.

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Have a great day!

**this post was originally posted over on Tammy Mitchell Designs**


Creative Director at Pink Peppermint Design
Tammy Mitchell is the founder and creative director of lifestyle blog Along with being a homeschooling mom of two kiddos, she is also an in-demand prop and event stylist, photographer, interior and graphic designer. On Pink Peppermint Design, she shares creative DIY projects, easy entertaining and gift ideas, inspiring interiors and events. She lives in Southern California, with her husband and two children.

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