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Easy Father's Day Crafts That Kids Can Make for Dad

These handcrafted gifts are sure to make Dad smile.

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Desiree DeNunzio is the gift guide editor for CNET's Commerce team. When she's not writing and editing, she's either hiking through the redwoods or curled up with a good book and a lazy dog.
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$10 at Amazon
Made By Me DIY birdhouse
For the backyard birder
$64 at Uncommon Goods
Living Art succulent DIY kit
The gift of green
$19 at Amazon
Large blank jigsaw floor puzzle
For the jigsaw lover
$32 at Etsy
Sea glass mosaic coasters
For frosty beverages
$19 at Amazon
Picture frame painting craft kit
Sweet and thoughtful
$28 at Kiwico
Paper bowls project kit
For Dad's spare change
$8 at Shutterfly
photo magnets
Personalized photo magnets
For the sentimental dad
$21 at Amazon
Want Not Need ceramic mug painting kit
For the coffee lover
$8 at Amazon
To the Best Dad Ever coupon book
For the dad who has everything
$180 at Little Free Library
Little Free Library
The gift that keeps on giving

We get it: Sometimes it's hard to come up with a truly special gift for Dad for Father's Day. Does he really need more BBQ tools or outdoor gear? Probably not. Instead, how about a homemade gift crafted by your own kids? While it might seem daunting, there are plenty of craft kits available to help you create a one-of-a-kind present for pops. A crafted present that kids can make for Dad (or even Granddad) is way more personal than a store-bought gift and will go a long way toward showing your favorite guy how much you appreciate him. 

There are lots of ways kids can get crafty, but let's be honest: Some of us need a little help in the DIY department. These craft kits are an easy way to bring your kids' vision to life without all the stress. (Bonus: A lot of them can be done without your help.) From hand-painted birdhouses to colorful bowls and mosaic coasters, there's sure to be something on this list that will make Dad smile. So get those art smocks out and get crafting!


If Dad is a bird lover -- or even just enjoys hanging out in the backyard -- a DIY birdhouse is a great option. This kit comes with everything kids need to build and paint a birdhouse, including precut wooden pieces, glue, paint, paint brushes and a cord for hanging your masterpiece once it's done.

Uncommon Goods

If Dad's a green thumb, he'll probably enjoy helping out with this one too. This DIY succulent kit is easy to assemble, and the result is absolutely gorgeous. Each kit comes with a mix of various succulent clippings, soil and a redwood frame with vinyl backing. Note that it takes at least eight weeks for the succulents to take root, so you won't be able to hang it up immediately after planting. Prices start at $64 for the 6x6-inch frame and go up from there.


All parents love seeing their kids' artwork, and if Dad enjoys doing puzzles, this paint-your-own jigsaw is a win-win. It's surprisingly large, so multiple people can work on it at the same time. Plus, the backs of the pieces are numbered, which makes it easy for kids to assemble once they've completed their work of art.


If Dad enjoys a cool glass of wine, beer or iced tea, he'll appreciate these gorgeous sea-glass coasters. Each kit has everything you need to get crafting, including presnipped glass, PVA glue, white grout and birch plywood coasters. It's a wonderfully easy project for kids, but adults will have just as much fun making them too.


A painted frame is a great way to keep little hands busy, and Dad will love the thought that goes into it. Once you paint it, you can choose a photo of a favorite memory or insert a card written by the kids. Dad can proudly display it on his desk at work or on the living room mantle.


These colorful paper-mache bowls are fun and easy to make, and kids will be proud of the result. They're perfect for stashing away loose change, keys and other trinkets. But they're also just fun to decorate with a little splash of color.


These photo magnets are guaranteed to pull on Dad's heartstrings, and it really doesn't get any easier than this. Let your kids choose the photos, upload them, choose the style and background color, add to cart and voila! If you order more than one, it's fun to get really creative with the pics.


A "world's greatest dad" mug is a classic gift. But why not step it up a notch and make it yourself? With this kit, you get a ceramic mug, a paintbrush and four small pots of paint. Once you've painted on your design, you simply pop it in the oven, and it's ready for gifting. This is a fun rainy-day craft for kids, and a whole lot cheaper than going to a pottery studio. 


Does Dad complain that he already has way too much "stuff?" Then give him the gift of thoughtful acts you know he'll love, from taking out the trash to washing his car to no whining during dinner. This book includes plenty of ideas for fun projects and activities, but there are blank pages where you can add your own too, so the options are pretty much limitless.

Little Free Library

I've saved the biggest and best one for last: This is a fantastic project that kids can do with Dad. I recommend getting one of the unfinished libraries so that everyone can vote on a color and enjoy painting it together. Unfinished kits start at $180 and go up from there. 

The best part about this gift is that you'll be giving something back to your community too. My family's Little Free Library has become a popular stop on our neighbors' walks, and every day we get to enjoy seeing what's been added to it. If Dad is into books, a Little Free Library will be a big hit for sure.