DIY Dad Gifts

No need to shop for Father's Day this year! Here are some easy crafts you can make for dad using materials you have around the house.
Episode: Celebrating Dad

Set photography from the production of Food Network's, The Kitchen, episodes 1001-1005 on May 18-20, 2016. Photo By Todd Plitt for BSTV

Photo by: Todd Plitt

Todd Plitt

Dad Shirt Apron:

Cut the sleeves off of a dress shirt or button down using fabric-safe scissors. Slit open the back of the shirt and cut off all of the back except for 2 strips of fabric in the middle; these 2 strips will be the ties for the apron. Leave the collar intact and use a hand stitcher or hot glue gun to make seams.

What You'll Need:

  • Dress shirt or button down
  • Fabric-safe scissors
  • Hand stitcher or hot glue gun

Bottle Cap Coasters:

Purchase thin sheets of sturdy cork at a craft store and cut them into squares. Using a hot glue gun, attach beer bottle caps to the cork in a circular pattern. If your bottle caps aren't intact, you can buy them for a couple of dollars online. Make a set of 4 for Dad.

What You'll Need:

  • Thin sheets of sturdy cork board
  • Scissors or utility knife
  • Beer bottle caps
  • Hot glue gun

Roasted Garlic Salt:

Place 1/2 head of garlic in aluminum foil, drizzle with olive oil and wrap up. Roast at 400 degrees F for 30 to 40 minutes. Let cool, then squeeze the garlic into a bowl and stir in 1/2 cup kosher salt until well mixed. Transfer to a shallow ovenproof glass dish and bake at 200 degrees F for 20 minutes. Let cool, then break the mixture up with a fork. Store it in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. The garlic salt is great sprinkled on french fries or roasted potatoes.

What You'll Need:

  • 1/2 head garlic
  • Aluminum foil
  • Olive oil
  • 1/2 cup kosher salt
  • Ovenproof glass dish

Bacon-Parmesan Salt:

Cook 6 ounces (half a package) of bacon until very crisp but not burnt. Drain on paper towels, patting off as much oil as possible. Finely mince the bacon in a food processor. Mix the bacon with 3/4 cup sea salt in a bowl, then add 1/2 cup grated Parmesan. Add a teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper and mix it all together. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

What You'll Need:

  • 6 ounces bacon
  • Paper towels
  • 3/4 cup sea salt
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
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