When it comes to both making things and choosing gifts for our boyfriends, it can be a little bit of a challenge. They’re just not as easily appeased by sparkles and bright colours as we are! That’s why we’re always keeping our eyes peeled for cool, more guy-ish DIY projects that we think the men in our lives might really appreciate, especially on a special occasion.
Are you feeling quite enamoured indeed in the idea of making some kind of DIY gift for your own boyfriend as well? Check out these 15 awesome ideas, designs, and tutorials that we’ve come across so far in our search for inspiration and guidance!
1. Comic book coasters
Is the man in your life a total comic book buff and you’re looking for a way to help him celebrate that because they really are his favourite thing? Well, if you’re also a fan of creating practical things that people can actually make use of while they enjoy a theme, then we think you’ll get a kick out of the way AnnMarie John made these comic book themed drinking coasters!
2. Superhero change bank
Did we really catch your attention with the idea of making your boyfriend a gift themed after superheroes but you just don’t think he’ll use a set of coasters? Then maybe he’d get more of a kick out of these funny mason jar change banks! Fireflies and Mud Pies gives you all the instructions for making him a cool, hero inspired spot to put all his change in at the end of the day.
3. Mini DIY office desk zen garden
Maybe the man in your life works at an office desk all day and you know that the house can be long and stressful so you’d like to make him something that might take his mind off of it for a second or help him focus during business calls? In that case, we’d definitely recommend taking a look at how Thirsty for Tea made this adorable DIY mini zen garden that works just like the real thing!
4. Hand painted mouse pad
Did we catch your attention with the idea of making something for your boyfriend’s desk because he does work at a computer but you’re just not sure he’s the kind of person who will make use of a zen garden? Then perhaps a custom mouse pad featuring something he likes will make his day a little brighter a little better! Check out how Design Sponge made this one using nice, easy stencilling techniques.
5. DIY suspenders
Maybe your boyfriend is a little more fashion conscious than he is interested in comic books so you’re looking for something he’ll appreciate and be able to make use of in that regard? In that case, we think you just might be the perfect person to give these sleek, classic DIY suspenders a try! Get the full details for making some of your own on A Beautiful Mess.
6. Knotted fleece sports team blanket
Whether your boyfriend is a fan of a popular sports team, a movie or character, or just about anything else branded that you might be able to find printed on fabric, this next idea will work! We love the simple way The Dating Divas outlines the steps for making this knotted fleece blanket that lets you pay tribute to what he loves with a little bit of comfort and warmth!
7. Custom heat vinyl grilling apron
If you’re lucky enough to have a heat vinyl at home, or even just if you’re just handy with iron-on letters and your clothing iron, then we think you’ll find this next project totally doable! We love the way I Heart Naptime made their favourite grilling and BBQ enthusiast a very fitting apron that will protect his clothes on the patio and make him feel very cared for indeed.
8. DIY Jack Daniels soap dispenser
If you’re going to put in all the time and effort it takes to make a men’s gift from scratch, would you rather do something that lets you do a bit of upcycling while you’re at it? Then we have a feeling you’ll get a real kick out of the way We Must Be Dreamers save one of their Jack Daniels whiskey bottles from the recycling by turning it into a soap dispenser in just a few simple steps!
9. DIY tripod camping stool
Maybe the main man in your life does a lot of camping and is a total outdoorsman and you just know that any gift you make him will be appreciated more if it’s something he can use on a campsite? In that case, we think you’ll have a lot of success making this awesome (and surprisingly simple) camping tripod stool outlined in great, clear detail on Design Sponge!
10. DIY t-shirt quilt
Did we really catch your attention with the idea of making a lovely blanket that pays tribute to things your boyfriend loves but you know you’re not going to find fabric printed in anything that suits? In that case, maybe you’d have better luck collecting old sports team and band tees you know he hangs onto for the designs but doesn’t wear anymore and turning them into a patchwork quilt just like this one featured on Lil Blue Boo!
11. DIY jumbo checkers set
This picture might show a couple of kids playing with our next suggestion, but that just highlights how great a gift it is for a man with a family! Just in case your loved on loves a good board game night, here’s a cool tutorial from Project Nursery that will teach you how to make a giant checkers set that works just like the classic game, just with a little extra novelty!
12. Treat stuffed slippers
Maybe you simply can’t think of a single thing that you can make from scratch that your boyfriend really needs, so you’re wondering whether you can’t just get creative with how you present something store bought that you already know he’ll use instead? In that case, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Pretty Providence filled a nice pair of slippers with their significant other’s favourite candy bars to make it even more of a treat.
13. Anthropologie inspired knife block
Did we catch your attention when we started talking about things your beau can use in the kitchen because he’s a total cooking enthusiast, but you just don’t think a grilling apron is something he’ll get a lot of use out of? Then perhaps you’ll have a lot more success in making him this designer inspired block for his best meal prepping knives instead! Take a better look at Bigger Than the Three of Us to see how it’s made nice and easily.
14. Bottle cap magnets
Do we actually still have you thinking about the whole idea of upcycling something in your crafting process but none of the ideas for DIY gifts that you’ve seen so far are things you really think your boyfriend will actually use? Then here’s another idea for you to think about instead! We think it’s quite neat how The Pin Junkie collected as many different kinds of beer bottle caps as they could and turned them into kitschy upcycled fridge magnets!
15. Homemade rosemary and mint shaving cream
Does the man in your life actually prefer natural, homemade products over most other crafted things, so you’d rather make him a supply to replace an essential that he’d usually have to buy in stores? Then maybe a fresh smelling and wonderfully moisturizing homemade shaving cream would be the best gift suggestion for you! Take a better look at Food For My Family to see how they made this rosemary and mint shaving cream (which we have actually tried in real life and which smells completely divine).
Have you made other awesome DIY and homemade gifts for the man in your life before that were a huge hit but that you don’t see here on our list? Tell us all about what you made and how you did it or link us to photos of your finished work in the comments section!