MAKE’s last minute DIY gift guide for Dad…

MAKE’s last minute DIY gift guide for Dad…


Reminder – today is the last day to get something for Dad! Read on for a special link to get MAKE for 50% off the cover price (USD).

You waited until the last minute and didn’t get dear old Dad anything huh? Well, don’t fret we’ve put together a few gift ideas you can get/MAKE Dad and end up being the favorite offspring…Homemade “Who’s your Daddy” – “I’m your Daddy” shirts

It’s pretty easy to make shirts, and here’s a good idea for Father’s day from the Craftster forums – matching “Who’s your Daddy” – “I’m your Daddy” shirts.

Here’s are some how-tos and articles on making shirts to get you started, all super cheap…

  • Make T-Shirt Stencils from Freezer Paper – Link.
  • HOW TO – Silkscreen posters and shirts – Link.
  • Cheap Screen Printing – Link.


Sure you could buy a pair of these level cufflinks, but $45 is ‘spensive! Pick up a couple cheap levels from the local dollar store and mod them, a little super glue should do the trick… If Dad is a geek or a LEGO fan, check out these other homemade cufflinks…

  • Recycled Transit Token cufflinks – Link.
  • LEGO cufflinks – Link.
  • Ethernet cufflinks – Link.

Are you crafty? Make Dad a tie…or a giant skeleton hand tie rack

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We looked around for DIY tie sites, there aren’t that many – but here’s one – you need to email the author, but the instructions look great.
If that doesn’t work out, you could always make a giant steel skeleton hand (and coat rack) that could easily be a tie rack too. All the Dads we know love giant steel skeleton hands – Link.

DIY LCD Photo frame

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Not a old photo frame, for printed pictures, no way! A LCD photo frame – seriously, you can hit the local Wal-Mart/Target and score a photo frame for (usually) under $20 – then check out ALL these how-tos and mods to make a LCD photo frame that Dad will freak out on. Finally, we feel better about posting all those projects, shew – do it for Dad! – Link.
If you want to go low tech, check out the DIY CD jewel case photo frames too…

Homemade wallet
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In the old days, er, the 80’s we gave Dad a wallet, but there are a ton of DIY versions you can whip up and give to Dad…

  • HOW TO – Make a paint chip wallet – Link.
  • DIY Plastic bag wallet – Link.
  • Make a Belt Buckle Wallet – Link.
  • Make a Duct tape wallet – Link.
  • HOW TO – Super-slim, cool-lookin, EMI-shielding wallet – Link.
  • Etymotic, Fujitsu LifeBook, Wallet Light Hack – Link.

A gift subscription to MAKE

Yay, here’s the thing – you can just print out this “Happy Father’s Day” card and give Dad the most DIY gift of all – a year of MAKE. The first magazine devoted to digital projects, hardware hacks, and D.I.Y. inspiration. MAKE brings the do-it-yourself mindset to all the technology in your Dad’s life, he’ll love it. And best of all, you can get it for $29 (that’s about 50% off USD! from the cover price) all with this special link – Gift Subscription to MAKE – Link.

Editor’s note–
For long time MAKE readers who hit the main
MAKE site homepage, you may have noticed these wonderful photos of Dads with their daughters and sons. But what you didn’t see is -my- version. You see, I wanted to run something a little different, you know, Dad gave you 50% of your DNA, so get him MAKE, 50% off cover price (USD)- well, here’s the mock up I did…


Our team is convinced that cute photos of kids is way better than a serious clinic commentary – If you feel the same way as I do (science first) show them by using -my- link when you get Dad a MAKE gift subscription – thanks pt.

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