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This year, whip up a Father's Day gift he'll actually use and enjoy with these 5 DIY projects!
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Forget about store-bought ties or homemade clay ashtrays for a man that doesn’t smoke. This year, why not whip up a Father’s Day gift he’ll actually use and enjoy? These five gift projects are simple enough that the kids can do them, or at least help.

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1. Rosemary Mint Shaving Cream

This all-natural, homemade shaving cream contains ingredients that are actually good for his skin. The oils help condition and soften the skin while leaving behind a pleasant fragrance.

Make it yourself:

  1. Place a 2-cup glass measuring cup in a saucepan containing 1/2 inch or so of water, then add 1/4 cup each of shea butter and coconut oil to the measuring cup.
  2. Set the burner to low heat, then stir the mixture as the shea butter and coconut oil become liquid.
  3. Turn off the stove and stir 1/4 cup jojoba oil into the melted oils.
  4. Add 10 drops of rosemary essential oil and 5 to 10 drops of peppermint essential oil for a pleasing, clean fragrance. Customize the scent to Dad’s favorite fragrances such as a blend of cedar, coriander, frankincense and ginger, or lavender, cedar and neroli.
  5. Cool the mixture in the fridge, then whip it with a blender.
  6. Transfer the mixture to a jar with a lid, then make your own label for a special touch.

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2. Customized Golf Balls

This project is perfect for the kiddos since it’s a lot like decorating eggs for Easter (and what child doesn’t like dyeing eggs?). Color golf balls in some of Dad’s favorite shades so he can find those balls that seem to mysteriously end up far from the green (ahem).

Make it yourself:

  1. Mix up single-color batches of liquid all-purpose dyes in individual jars with lids, such as mason jars. Rit Dye More works well, since it is designed for synthetics.
  2. Soak clean individual golf balls in the dyes. Once they’ve soaked up the dye, remove them with tongs and dry them off on folded paper towels or clean rags.
  3. Add a personal touch to the dyed balls – or plain ones – by decorating them with oil-based markers such as Sharpies. Draw images such as a smiley face, stripes or a mustache, or make a fancy monogram on the ball using his first initial.

comic book coasters
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3. Comic Book Coasters

If your favorite guy is a comics or anime geek at heart, whip up a batch of comic book coasters featuring some of his favorite characters for his man cave. If he isn’t into comics, use copies of his favorite video game covers instead. 

Make it yourself:

  1. Start with four metal circular outlet covers from a home improvement store, or use existing flat coasters made of wood, cork or tile.
  2. Trace the coaster object onto paper, then cut out the paper to use it as a template for the comics images.
  3. Enlarge and print comics images so they’re big enough to cover one coaster each. Print them with an ink jet printer or ask a copy shop to do it for you; water-based inks may run or bleed.
  4. Brush a coat of outdoor Mod Podge over the coaster blank, then smooth the paper comic image over it. Apply several more coats over the image to seal it and protect it from moisture.
  5. Glue a piece of foam, cork or felt to the back of the coaster using an appropriate craft adhesive to protect your tables.

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4. Delicious Dry Rub

This Father’s Day gift is perfect for the resident grillmaster. Create a dry spice blend – aka dry rub – he can use every time he grills. This all-purpose savory rub works well on burgers, meats, grilled veggies and even homemade fries. Feel free to customize the spice blend to suit your (or his) tastes.

Make it yourself:

  1. Mix 1/3 cup paprika with 1/4 cup black pepper and up to 10 teaspoons of salt. Add four tablespoons dark brown sugar and two teaspoons each of cayenne pepper, garlic powder and onion powder.
  2. Store the ingredients in empty, clean spice jars or a canning jar with a shaker lid (and an airtight cover).
  3. Print out your own label and name the spice blend yourself for even more fun.

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5. Custom T-Shirt

Just about everyone appreciates a great, unique T-shirt. Make a one-of-a-kind creation for Dad’s Day using a plain T-shirt (any color he likes), a freezer paper stencil and fabric paint. This is a great project for a teenager; they’ll probably want to make a few of their own shirts this way, too.

Play around with an image of one of Dad’s favorite music artists, cars or even the kids using an image-editing program until the image is black and white – no other colors and no shades of gray. You can also use a picture or phrase drawn by a young kid – just pick something that will work well in only one color. (Any printable stencil template will work as well, if you don’t want to edit images yourself.)

Make it yourself:

  1. Print out the image on the smooth, non-shiny side of a piece of freezer paper.
  2. Cut out the image so the freezer paper resembles a stencil.
  3. Iron the waxy side of the homemade stencil onto a T-shirt, making sure the shirt and stencil remain smooth and flat. Place a piece of cardboard between the front and back of of the shirt so the paint doesn’t bleed through.
  4. Dab fabric paint into the cutout areas of the stencil using a foam brush or stencil pouncing tool.
  5. Once the paint dries, peel the freezer paper away and discard the cardboard.

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Hopefully our fun and different DIYs have gotten your creative juices flowing.  Whether you’re the craftiest kid on the block or don’t know what DIY actually stands for, make this Father’s Day something special for him.

What are you doing for your dad this Father’s Day? Share with us below!

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