Three DIY Gift Ideas for Dad

Father’s Day usually sneaks up on me for some reason. This year, however, I’ve been brainstorming DIY ideas well in advance of Sunday, June 17th.

Here are three ideas that are fun, easy to do, and will make him feel special on his special day.

Make A Handmade Card

My husband, Tom, is an avid bicyclist. In the past, I’ve purchased cards with bikes on them for various occasions but this year I decided to make my own. I love sketching bikes and had several drawings to choose from.

I decided to go with the blue and red more old-fashioned bike and here is a short video showing you how I made his actual card using Adobe Illustrator.


Download a free copy of my blue bike illustration HERE. It's my gift to you. I hope you enjoy using it on a Father's Day card or for another happy occasion.

Create a Sweet Little Packet

To ensure that all the special Dads in my family have something to open on Father's Day, and without breaking the bank, I made a sweet little packet using a fold called the regency fold.

Sticking with the bicycle theme, I created a simple bicycle pattern for my wrapping paper.

My simple bike pattern

My simple bike pattern

Then I folded it into a regency fold. I'll include a quote, a small piece of artwork, or a short poem inside.  Watch my short video demonstrating how to make a regency fold. 

Make A Yummy Dinner!

One of our favorite family recipes is Tagliatelle Contadina with Silvano.  I tried this recipe for the first time many years ago after it appeared in one of Martha Stewart's magazines. It's really easy and since we are only a family of three, there are plenty of left overs!

Try it this Father's Day and let me know if everyone enjoyed it!

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I hope you all have a wonderful week and that one or more of these ideas is helpful as you start to prepare for Father's Day.

Remember, It's Never Too Late To Create!