Whether it’s a counter, dresser, or table, most men like to have a designated spot to keep their keys, wallet, and phone. Why not add some style to that tried-and-true spot with a DIY leather valet? Dabney, whose husband enjoys working with leather, shares at Apartment Therapy how easy it is to make your own valet with basically just an X-acto knife and rivets. Dad will love the functionality of it, and what says manly like leather?!?
If you’ve been around any of my sites, you know I come from a game-loving family. So when I came across the idea for a giant Jenga game, I was instantly sold. Emma from A Beautiful Mess felt the same way after playing for the first time at a friend’s house and immediately came home to build her own set. As she says, it is a pretty easy and inexpensive project – just cut some boards, sand them smooth, and then paint them if you want to. This would be a gift that keeps giving for Dad as your family enjoys giant Jenga competitions outside all summer long!
Mary of The Lovely Roost loved the idea of surprising her boyfriend with a wooden six-pack bottle crate for his birthday. Mary almost bought one online before realizing it would be much more meaningful if she made it herself. This would be a great scrap buster project if you’ve got a wood stash. And what better way to tote your fave beverage to game nights and neighborhood bonfires?!?
Father’s Day is right around the corner, so this next week I will be featuring DIY gifts that Dad is sure to love! There will be ideas for the traveling man, sports-loving guy, tech-savvy dude, fun-loving kid-at-heart, and devoted family man – all with DIY tutorials that will save you money! Beside from extra green in your pocket, what beats a handmade, heartfelt gift to show you care?!?
Amanda from A Hammer & Heals almost wrote this zebra jewelry dish off as a DIY fail. However, after taking a little breather from the project, Amanda came back with a clear head and completed her playful catchall for only a fourth of the designer price. Like Amanda says, the fun of DIY is being able to customize the project to your liking, and I love how she put her own spin on it with the gold and turquoise color scheme!
Anthropologie sells the daintiest little aprons, and Katie at View From the Fridge was able to capture all the frills and femininity in this knock-off she created. Katie simplified the process by starting with a cheapo white apron from Joann’s. From there she embellished with a lovely gathered skirt, plenty of ruffles, and a pretty flower clip. While an apron isn’t technically décor, hang this baby on a fun hook in your kitchen, and it’ll certainly add some interest to your walls!
For only an hour of your time, Amy from Joyful Daisy shows how you can save $150-$175 on a table runner just like one from her beloved MacKenzie-Childs. Amy was thrilled when she came across a green toile fabric her mom had purchased years ago for a forgotten project and paired with her own houndstooth fabric to make this table runner for only $1. Amy says, “This adorable table runner would make a perfect gift for mom with Mother’s Day right around the corner, and you could even top it off with a fresh bouquet of flowers.”
I just featured these DIY candles a couple months ago, but I think they would make lovely Mother’s Day gifts and wanted to give them another moment in the spotlight. Tiffany of A Splendid Occasion shares at Pizzazzerie how she turned vintage glasses into elegant and classy candle holders. This could be wonderful way to repurpose a few pieces of china that aren’t getting much use, or you can always find glasses a plenty at thrift stores and flea markets.