Mothers just had their day in the sun (or at the spa, what have you), which means that it’s time for fathers to be showered with affection and appreciation. Yep, Father’s Day is fast approaching…and when it comes to finding the perfect gift, your kid’s allowance isn’t going to cut it. Fortunately it’s the thought that counts and homemade is where the heart is. Without further ado, here’s a roundup of Father’s Day crafts for kids that includes simple cut-and-paste projects for toddlers that actually turn out looking good, slightly more ambitious undertakings for tweens (think: homemade trophy) and even sentimental art projects that dads and kids can do together. Read on and then gather your brood to make something meaningful.
The 45 Best Father’s Day Crafts for Kids
A free template makes this one a breeze—but if your kid can’t be trusted with a hammer, you might have to set up the craft and leave them to do the stringing. (That’s the fun part, anyway.)
2. Father’s Day Shark Card Craft
This Baby Shark-inspired card is undeniably adorable and easy enough for a preschooler to make—just don’t blame us if you’re forced to listen to the song throughout the entire crafting process.
3. DIY Acorn Marble Pendant Necklace
A scavenger hunt for acorn caps is an extra fun feature of this craft, which yields a pretty cool piece of wearable art that looks as good dangling from a rearview mirror as it does around the neck.
4. Father’s Day Constellation Craft
Kids of all ages will get a kick out of the splatter painting technique used to make these cards—and let’s just say the finished product is out of this world.
This kid-friendly process art project involves transforming a snoozy picture frame into an abstract melange of color with nothing more than Mod Podge and tissue paper.
This exceedingly simple cut-and-paste craft is just right for the pre-K set and the finished product is sure to give Papa Bear all the feels this Father’s Day.
Any little kid will tell you that there’s nothing more satisfying than making a card and then cutting it into pieces (and this time the penchant for destruction has a happy ending).
A literal interpretation of a positive affirmation every father deserves to hear, conveyed on a storage box every father can make use of.
Hand a tween this recipe and send ‘em to the kitchen to whip up a Father’s Day gift that every grill master is sure to appreciate.
This hands-on salt dough project is an excellent way to get your kid to put his growing collection of gravel and rocks to good use.
The finished product looks so fancy and cool, you’d never believe a preschooler with moderately decent scissor skills could do it…all but the hot glue gun part, at least.
12. Personalized Necktie Craft
There’s no wrong way to decorate these easy-to-make neckties—just hand your kid some felt pens and let them go to town.
13. Hand and Thumbprint Keepsake Art
This craft, inspired by the beloved book The Kissing Hand, results in a very sentimental piece of keepsake art that dads and little ones worked together to create.
This trophy is a little too complicated for the youngest kids to pull off—there’s a hot glue gun and spray paint involved—but an older kid can tackle it with a little help, and the finished product is definitely a winner.
A dollar store mug and a sharpie are all you need to make a gift that dads would pay good money for.
16. Toilet Roll Father’s Day Cards
No roundup of kid-friendly crafts would be complete without a toilet roll craft. This particular one is both highly customizable and blessedly easy, so kids can really let creativity be their guide.
A personalized message in a handmade card that’s shaped like one of the BBQ king’s favorite things. Need we say more?
The free template provided here makes it easy for kids of all ages to give an ordinary paper bag a very sharp new look—just don’t forget to fill it with all dad’s favorite goodies when the craft is complete.
19. Customizable Father’s Day Portrait
Hand your little Picasso a pair of scissors and a stack of cardstock and the rest will take care of itself.
20. I Love You to Pieces Picture Frame
Letter beads, puzzle pieces and some glue are the only materials needed for kids to turn a plain wooden frame into a memorable Father’s Day gift. (Pro tip: Feel free to snag some of the materials from your kid’s existing collection of incomplete puzzles.)
21. Fingerprint Daddy & Me Coffee Mug
The youngest ones may only be able to contribute a thumbprint here, but a kid with more developed fine motor skills can add the finer details, too. Either way, the end result is a sweet keepsake with a lovely design.
Is there anything more exciting for a kid than being told they can steal a boot from their dad’s closet and smear paint all over the bottom? We think not. (But, um, make sure to use the washable kind.)
23. Wallpaper Handprint Picture
Wallpaper is the surprising and very cool medium used to create this visually appealing and easy to accomplish work of art—but we think strips of fabric, colorful cardstock or any number of other materials could work if you don’t have any wallpaper lying around.
24. Paper Bag DIY Father’s Day Book
With a little guidance, even the youngest kids can get in on this craft, which involves using basic scrapbook materials and a paper lunch bag to create a DIY photo album that’s sure to make dad misty-eyed.
Comic books and Mod Podge come together to make a gift for Superdad that pairs perfectly with a cold one.
Any kid that’s old enough to color within the lines can use the free printable here to craft a decidedly attractive Father’s Day card.
27. Painted Hammer with Monogram
Kids of all ages can add some flair to the resident handyman’s tools with nothing more than a selection of paints—though we probably don’t need to tell you that the older the child, the prettier the finished product. (So you might consider getting dad in on the craft.)
28. Father’s Day Lollipop Prize Ribbons
This craft is better-suited to slightly older kids, since the process requires quite a bit of precision and some equipment that’s best kept away from little kids (think: X-Acto knife and hot glue gun). Still, with a little help from a grown-up, these colorful and eye-catching ribbons will look good enough to eat.
Kids will have so much fun turning a simple fingerprint into something more that you’ll probably end up with enough keychains for the next ten Father’s Days. (Psst: This is another one that’s great for dads and kids to do together.)
30. Father’s Day Remote Control Cookie
The hardest part about this very impressive looking and deceptively simple edible craft is preventing your kid from eating the gift.
31. DIY Paper Airplane Garland
Grab a tween and start turning maps into paper airplanes to create a garland that looks good enough to be hung up year round.
32. Footprint Rocket
The cutest pre-K craft you ever did see—and the best part is they can do every step (pun intended) of the process themselves.
33. DIY Guitar Picks
For dads who are also (aspiring) rock stars.
34. Printable Father’s Day Coloring Card
Cardmaking with kids couldn’t be easier thanks to this printable craft, which features a fill in the blank message where grade schoolers can show off their writing skills, plus a simple but sweet coloring page on the front.
35. Easy Pop-Up Father’s Day Card
The assembly of these nifty pop-up cards is likely to be difficult for really little kids to manage, but tweens can pull it off without too much trouble (whilst showing off their wit with the personalized message, too).
36. Handprint Father’s Day Art
The process is hands-on (literally) and the finished portrait is sure to be downright adorable.
37. Father’s Day Flying Super Dad Craft
This time it’s a printable template that saves the day…but neither the kid nor the superhero in his life will complain because the finished craft is just that cool.
Here, a rock painting project that will bring plenty of personality and a dose of familial love to dad’s boring office space.
39. Salt Painting Father’s Day Art
The fact that the finished product promises to inspire pride is just the icing on the cake, since this salt painting craft is such a sensory delight that kids of all ages will enjoy the process to no end.
Some golf balls, a colorful selection of Sharpies and lots of scribbling is all that’s required to craft a gift that will win dad extra points for style when he’s on the putting green.
41. DIY Father’s Day Handprint T-Shirt
Get the whole brood in on this one because…aww.
Is the dad in question more of a kitchen whiz than a handyman? No problem—just have your kid paint a spatula instead of a hammer.
43. Monster Hug Father’s Day Card
We saw into the future and your preschooler is about to launch a love attack with one of these whimsical and quirky Father’s Day cards as his weapon.
The popsicle stick frame itself couldn’t be easier to make—and once assembly is complete, kids can have free reign to decorate it however they see fit. (So be sure to provide an array of craft supplies for that purpose.)
45. Rocket Ship Father’s Day Craft
If you’re looking for a sweet and simple cut-and-paste craft for toddlers and preschoolers that boasts impressive results, this one fits the bill.