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Sustainable DIY Gift Ideas For Father's Day

Published on 06 May 23, Updated on 06 Jun 23.
Sustainable DIY Gift Ideas For Father's Day

Father's Day is just around the corner, and finding the perfect gift to show appreciation to the father figure in your life can be a challenging task. However, this year, instead of buying another generic gift, why not try a sustainable DIY gift? Not only will this allow you to give a unique present tailored to your dad's personality, but it also has a positive impact on the environment.

Here at The Good Boutique, we believe in promoting sustainable living and reducing waste. That's why we've put together a list of DIY gift ideas that are eco-friendly, budget-friendly, and easy to make. So, grab your crafting supplies and get ready to impress your dad with a heartfelt Father's Day gift that he'll cherish forever!

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Easy Sustainable DIY Father's Day Gifts

Finding the perfect Father's Day gift can be a challenge, especially if your dad is eco-conscious. Fortunately, there are many sustainable and DIY gift ideas that are both thoughtful and environmentally friendly. Here are some easy ideas to get you started:

1. Upcycled Tool Box

If your dad is handy and enjoys DIY projects, consider upcycling an old metal toolbox into a unique and functional storage container. Add a fresh coat of paint or decorate it with stencils or stickers to add a personal touch.

2. Homemade Seasonings and Spice Blends

For the foodie dad, create custom blends of spices and seasonings to add flavor to his meals. Use bulk spices and herbs to reduce waste, and package them in reusable glass jars or tins.

3. DIY Beard Oil

If your dad sports a beard, create a custom natural beard oil blend using essential oils and carrier oils. Mix and match scents to create a scent profile that reflects his personal style.

4. Upcycled Bookends

Turn old books into stylish bookends by glueing them together and painting them in complementary colors. These bookends are not only functional but also add an interesting decor element to any bookshelf.

5. Reusable Cloth Napkins

Replace single-use paper napkins with reusable cloth napkins. Sew your own using scrap fabric or purchase them from an eco-friendly company. Your dad will appreciate the effort to reduce waste and create a beautiful table setting. These sustainable and DIY gift ideas are easy to make and show your dad that you care while also supporting a healthier planet.

DIY Upcycled Tool Organizer

If you're looking for a unique and sustainable gift for Father's Day, why not create a DIY upcycled tool organizer? It's a great way to repurpose old materials while also giving Dad a practical gift that he can use.


  • Old wooden board
  • Metal pipes or plumbing fixtures
  • Screws and drill
  • Saw
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint or stain (optional)


  1. Measure and cut the wooden board to the desired size. Sand any rough edges.
  2. Using a drill and screws, attach the metal pipes or plumbing fixtures to the board in a pattern that allows for tools to be hung or placed on them.
  3. If desired, paint or stain the board to match Dad's taste and style.
  4. Hang the tool organizer in Dad's workshop or garage and watch as he marvels at your sustainable DIY skills.

DIY Herb Garden Starter Kit

If your dad loves to cook and is into sustainable living, consider giving him a DIY herb garden starter kit. This gift is not only a great way to get him started with growing his own herbs, but it also encourages him to use fresh, organic produce in his cooking.

What You'll Need:

  • A planter or container
  • A few different herb plants (basil, rosemary, thyme, oregano, etc.)
  • Potting soil
  • A small shovel

How to Make It:

Fill the planter with potting soil and dig small holes for each of the herb plants. Gently remove the plants from their pots and place them in the soil. Water them thoroughly and place the planter in a spot with plenty of sunlight. Make sure to keep the soil moist by watering the herbs regularly.

Your dad will love having fresh herbs on hand for his favorite recipes, and he'll appreciate the sustainable aspect of the gift!

DIY Natural Shaving Cream

One of the best gifts for Father's Day is a sustainable and eco-friendly DIY natural shaving cream. This shaving cream is easy to make at home with simple ingredients, it is free from harsh chemicals, and it is gentle on the skin. Here is a great recipe to get started on:


  • 1/2 cup of shea butter
  • 1/2 cup of coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil or sweet almond oil
  • 10-15 drops of essential oil (optional)


  1. In a double boiler or a glass bowl over a pot of boiling water, melt the shea butter and coconut oil together.
  2. Add the olive oil or sweet almond oil and mix well.
  3. If desired, add the essential oil and mix again.
  4. Pour the mixture into a glass jar or container and let it cool and solidify overnight.
  5. Once solidified, use a spoon or a clean finger to scoop out the desired amount and apply it to the face before shaving.

It is important to note that this shaving cream does not contain any preservatives, so it is best to use it within a few months. Store it in a cool, dry place to prolong its shelf life.

DIY Beer Bottle Glasses

If your dad loves to have a drink or two, then these DIY beer bottle glasses are perfect for him. Not only will they make drinking beer more fun, but they are also sustainable since they are made from old beer bottles that would otherwise end up in the landfill.


To make these glasses, you will need:

  • Beer bottles
  • Yarn
  • Acetone
  • Cotton string
  • Lighter or matches
  • Ice water
  • Sandpaper


  1. Drink the beer from the bottles (or ask your dad to do it for you).
  2. Soak the yarn in acetone and wrap it around the bottle where you want the glass to break.
  3. Tie the cotton string around the yarn and make sure it is tight.
  4. Light the cotton string and let it burn for about 10 seconds.
  5. Dunk the bottle into the ice water. The bottle should break where the yarn and cotton string were wrapped around it.
  6. Use sandpaper to smooth out the rough edges of the broken bottle.
  7. Now you have DIY beer bottle glasses that are perfect for your dad to enjoy his favorite drink in!

Upcycled Denim Father's Day Card

Denim is durable and timeless, making it the perfect material to use for an upcycled Father's Day card that will last. This DIY project is not only sustainable, but also thoughtful and creative. Here's how to make an upcycled denim Father's Day card:


  • Old denim jeans or jacket
  • Blank card stock
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Markers or pens


  1. Cut a piece of denim to fit the front of your card stock.
  2. Glue the denim onto the card stock.
  3. Cut out a pocket shape from the denim scraps and glue onto the card.
  4. Using a dark marker, draw stitching lines around the pocket to make it look more realistic.
  5. Write a message in the pocket or on the card itself using markers or pens. You could also add little embellishments, such as buttons or patches, to make the card more personal.

This upcycled denim Father's Day card is not only eco-friendly but also unique. Your dad will appreciate the effort you put into making a sustainable and personalized gift for him.

DIY Wooden Beer Tote

Father's Day is a great opportunity to show your appreciation for the dad in your life. If you're looking for a gift that's both sustainable and personal, a DIY wooden beer tote is an excellent choice. Not only is it a practical gift, it's also a fun project that you can do together with your dad or kids.


To make a wooden beer tote, you'll need the following materials:

  • Four 1"x10" pieces of wood
  • Six 1"x2" pieces of wood
  • Wood glue
  • Screws
  • Handle


1. First, cut the 1"x10" boards to the desired length for the beer tote. 2. Cut two 1"x2" boards to be the length of the tote's side and two more for the length of the tote's bottom to create the frame. 3. Use wood glue to attach the 1"x2" boards to the 1"x10" boards. 4. Drill screws into the 1"x2" boards to reinforce the joints. 5. Attach the handle using screws. 6. Finish with sandpaper and coat of paint or wood finish.

DIY Natural Beard Oil

A lot of commercial beard oils contain synthetic fragrances, artificial colors, and other harmful chemicals that can cause irritation, dryness, and even allergic reactions. That's why making your own natural beard oil is not only fun but also a great way to nourish your beard and skin without jeopardizing your health or the planet's health.


The basic ingredients for a natural beard oil recipe are carrier oils and essential oils. Carrier oils are derived from plants and nuts and are used to dilute essential oils, which are highly concentrated plant extracts that provide fragrance, flavor, or therapeutic benefits. Some of the best carrier oils for beard oil are:

  • Sweet almond oil
  • Jojoba oil
  • Argan oil
  • Coconut oil

Essential oils, on the other hand, come in various scents and properties, so choosing the right ones for your beard oil depends on your personal preference and skin type. Some of the most popular essential oils for beard oil are:

  • Cedarwood
  • Lavender
  • Peppermint
  • Tea tree


To make your own natural beard oil, follow these steps:

  1. Mix 2 oz of carrier oil(s) with 10-15 drops of essential oil(s) in a small glass bottle or jar.
  2. Close the bottle or jar and shake it well to combine the oils.
  3. Store the beard oil in a cool, dark place for up to 6 months.
  4. To use, pour a few drops of the beard oil into your palms and rub them together to warm up the oil.
  5. Massage the oil into your beard and skin, making sure to cover all areas.

Customize the recipe by adding more or fewer drops of essential oils, or mixing different carrier oils to suit your needs and preferences. You can also package the beard oil in a reusable glass bottle or jar and decorate it with eco-friendly materials like twine, bamboo, or recycled paper to make it a sustainable Father's Day gift.

DIY Mason Jar BBQ Spice Rub


- 1/4 cup brown sugar

- 1/4 cup paprika

- 1 tablespoon garlic powder

- 1 tablespoon onion powder

- 1 tablespoon chili powder

- 1 tablespoon ground cumin

- 1 teaspoon salt

- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.

2. Pour the spice blend into a mason jar and tightly seal the lid.

3. Decorate the jar with a label or ribbon for gifting.

Benefits of DIY Mason Jar BBQ Spice Rub:

- It's a sustainable and eco-conscious gift idea.

- Homemade spice blends are free from chemicals and preservatives.

- It's a customizable gift that can be adjusted to personal preferences.

Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe


- 2 cups ketchup

- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

- 1/4 cup honey

- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

- 1 tablespoon smoked paprika

- 1 teaspoon garlic powder


1. In a large bowl, whisk together all the ingredients until well combined.

2. Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

Making homemade BBQ sauce is not only a delicious addition to your Father's Day celebration but is also an eco-friendly alternative to store-bought sauces, which often come packaged in plastic. Plus, making your own BBQ sauce means you control the ingredients, ensuring it's free from any preservatives or additives. This homemade BBQ sauce recipe is made with ingredients that you likely already have in your pantry. It's sweet, tangy, and has a smoky flavor that pairs perfectly with grilled meats and vegetables. So fire up the grill and enjoy your sustainable and delicious Father's Day meal!

DIY Leather Keychain

If you're looking for a sustainable DIY gift idea for Father's Day, a leather keychain is a great option. Leather is a durable material that can last for many years with proper care, making it a sustainable choice. By making a keychain yourself, you can also ensure that it's made without any harmful chemicals or practices.


  • A leather scrap or an old leather item you no longer use
  • Keyring
  • Leather hole punch or awl
  • Scissors or sharp knife
  • Optional: stamping tools or paint for personalization


  1. Cut a strip of leather to your desired length and width.
  2. Use a leather hole punch or awl to make a hole at one end of the strip.
  3. Thread the keyring through the hole.
  4. Optional: Use stamping tools or paint to add a personal touch to the keychain.

A DIY leather keychain is a thoughtful and sustainable gift for Father's Day. By using materials you already have or sourcing leather scraps, you can also reduce waste and save money. Plus, the keychain will serve as a reminder of your love and effort for many years to come.

DIY Photo Coasters

What You'll Need:

1. Square ceramic tiles
2. Mod Podge
3. Sponge brush
4. Printed photos
5. Felt
6. Scissors


1. Begin by printing out photos at home or at a local printing shop.
2. Cut the photos to the same size as the ceramic tiles.
3. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the top of the tile using a sponge brush.
4. Place the photo onto the tile, smoothing out any wrinkles or bubbles.
5. Allow the Mod Podge to dry completely before applying a layer on top of the photo.
6. Repeat steps 3-5 until you have 4-6 coasters.
7. Cut felt into squares and glue it to the back of the coaster to prevent scratches on surfaces.
8. Your DIY photo coasters are ready to use!

DIY Reusable Beer Koozie

Looking for a sustainable and useful gift idea for Father's Day? A reusable beer koozie might be the perfect present!


- Insulating fabric (such as neoprene or thick felt)

- Scissors

- Ruler or measuring tape

- Sewing machine (or needle and thread if hand-sewing)


1. Measure and cut a rectangle of insulating fabric to your desired size (usually around 4 inches by 10 inches).

2. Fold the fabric in half lengthwise, with the patterned side facing in.

3. Sew the two shorter sides of the fabric together, leaving the longer side open.

4. Turn the fabric right side out, so the pattern is now visible.

5. Slip the koozie over a cold beer and enjoy!

This reusable beer koozie is not only sustainable, but also customizable. Choose a fabric that suits your dad's style or interests, such as his favorite sports team or hobby.

Homemade Granola Recipe For Father's Day


- 3 cups rolled oats

- 1 cup nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts)

- 1/4 cup honey

- 1/4 cup maple syrup

- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil

- 1/2 tsp salt

- 1/2 tsp cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 300°F (150°C).
  2. In a large bowl, mix together rolled oats, nuts, salt, and cinnamon.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together honey, maple syrup, and melted coconut oil.
  4. Pour the liquid mixture over the oat mixture and stir until everything is well coated.
  5. Spread the mixture evenly onto a baking sheet and bake for 30-40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes to ensure even cooking.
  6. Remove from oven and let cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

This homemade granola recipe is a perfect gift for eco-conscious fathers who enjoy sustainable and healthy snacks. By making your own granola, you can eliminate unnecessary packaging waste and control the quality of the ingredients. Not to mention, homemade granola tastes much better than store-bought versions.

DIY Succulent Planter From Upcycled Materials


Succulents are a great option for those who are looking for low-maintenance plants. If you have an eco-conscious dad, this DIY succulent planter is the perfect gift for him. Plus, it's made from upcycled materials, so you're also doing your part in reducing waste.

Materials Needed

To create your DIY succulent planter, you will need the following materials:
  • An empty tin can
  • A few small pebbles or rocks
  • Potting soil
  • A succulent of your choice
  • A hammer and nail or a power drill


  1. Clean your empty tin can and remove any labels.
  2. Using a hammer and nail, or a power drill, start making holes in the bottom of your tin can to allow for drainage.
  3. Add a layer of small rocks or pebbles at the bottom of the can to help with drainage.
  4. Fill the can with potting soil, leaving room for your succulent.
  5. Remove your succulent from its current container and gently loosen the roots.
  6. Place your succulent in the can and fill any gaps in the soil around it with more potting soil.
  7. Water your succulent and place it in a sunny spot in your house.


Creating a DIY succulent planter from upcycled materials is a simple and sustainable gift idea for Father's Day. It's a thoughtful and eco-friendly way to show your dad that you care. Plus, he'll have a beautiful and low-maintenance plant to brighten up his home.
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