When it comes to Mother’s Day, we’re totally on it with flowers, chocolates, frills and pink and watercolored stationary. But come Father’s Day, most of our minds suddenly draw a blank, and we wonder, “What do you get for the guy that has everything?” Gift cards seem impersonal and he already owns all his favorite movies. So now it’s time to get creative with that gift for the favorite man in your life. Take a look at these 16 dad-approved DIYs that go beyond the usual.

colorblock games

1. Color Block Games: There are only so many times that you can unfold a checkers board before it just falls apart. Find a nice wooden version of his favorite game and paint it something bright that will make it a unique piece to love forever. (via Brit + Co)

bear bookends

2. Bear Book Ends: Is your dad an avid reader? Help him keep his books in order with this simple project. You’ll get extra brownie points if you include a book or two. (via Brit + Co)

tie clips

3. Tie Clip: For the dad who wears a suit to work, these super fun tie clips will be great for him to wear to every day. Talk about a gift that’s both useful and classy. (via Brit + Co)

dad mug

4. Colored Mug: Let your kids create a colorful mug for Father’s Day. We promise it will be the one he uses every morning from then on. (via Simply Earnest)

leather frame

5. Leather Frame: Are you running out of time to buy or even make a Father’s Day gift? Whip up this frame and fill it with a picture of you and your siblings or your kids. (via Brit + Co)


6. Rock Wine Stoppers: Know your dad’s favorite wine? Get him a bottle to go with this rockin’ DIY wine stopper. (via Brit + Co)

mustache wax

7. Mustache Wax: This one’s for all those mustached fathers out there. Help them tame their whiskers with a DIY organic mustache wax. Your mom will thank you. (via Brit + Co)

travel case

8. Dopp Kit: Does your dad travel a lot? He’ll love this homemade dopp kit that will help keep his toiletries in order while he’s on the go. (via Brit + Co)

barbecue rub

9. DIY Barbecue Rub: When he’s probably already got all the spices in his cabinet, how can you resist making this barbecue rub for your grill-loving dad? Especially when you get to reap the benefits. (via Delia Creates)

pocket squares

10. Pocket Square: Some dads go to black-tie events more than others. If your dad is a particularly dapper dresser, make him a couple fun patterned pocket squares that no one else will be sporting. (via Brit + Co)

leather tablet case

11. Leather Tablet Case: If you own a tablet, you know how important it is to care for it properly. Make this simple leather case for your dad’s tablet to ensure it’s protected as he goes to and from the coffee shop. (via Brit + Co)

diy coffee maker

12. Copper Coffee Maker: Speaking of coffee, what dad doesn’t want coffee-shop-quality coffee in the comfort of his own home? He’ll love drinking his own brew with this classy coffee maker. (via Brit + Co)

cement dominos

13. Cement Dominos: Pass the time while those burgers are cooking with these colorful dominos. They’ll be his new backyard necessity. (via Lovely Indeed)

diy bow tie

14. Bow Tie: The best look on his face is when he receives just what he’s been looking for and hasn’t found yet. So pick out some fabric in his favorite color and make him a bow tie he’ll love. (via Brit + Co)

wood and wool bench

15. Wool Bench: Indoor, outdoor, entry, bedroom or dining room, this bench can go pretty much anywhere, which makes it a great gift. (via Brit + Co)

light up card

16. Light Up Card: So if you really just want to give your old man a card for Father’s Day, that’s okay. Just make sure it lights up. (via Brit + Co)

Do you have any DIY project ideas for Father’s Day? Share them with us below!