Four Father’s Day Gifts You Can Make with Goodwill® Finds

This Father’s Day, why not depart from the run-of-the-mill gifts you can grab in any superstore and instead give dad a one-of-a-kind present that also gives back to your community?

Here at Goodwill®, we’ve combed the web for the best Father’s Day DIY projects you can make with everyday items found on our store shelves. And, did you know? When you shop at Goodwill, you’ll bring a smile not just to dad’s face, but also to the face of a job seeker whose employment training your purchase helps support!

Clip-On Bow Ties

Male model wears gingham bow-tie
Photo courtesy of 'A Beautiful Mess' blog

Looking for a gift for a more dapper dad? Scour the racks at Goodwill and pick out some of your favorite fabrics as the foundation for some easy, yet stylish, bow ties. You’ll also need a bow tie clip and, if you want your bow tie to be stiffer, some iron-on interfacing – both of which can be found at your local sewing supply store or online. Check out the step-by-step tutorial over at the A Beautiful Mess blog.


Comic Book Coasters

Coasters handmade from comic book pages
Courtesy of 'Mod Podge Rocks' blog

These comic book coasters are the perfect gift for a dad who’s still young at heart! Swing by the book section of your local Goodwill or surf on over to to pick up some old comics. You’ll also need some mod podge, a round surface to use as your coaster base and a pair of scissors.

If dad’s not a comic book fan, consider using pages from a classic work of literature, glossy sports pictures from magazines or other print materials to make your coasters. Get the full how-to over at the Mod Podge Rocks blog.


Golf Ball Art

Wall art hanging made from golf balls
Courtesy of 'Madigan Made' blog

Put a spin on the classic golf-ball gift by creating a unique piece of art for dad’s office or workshop. Pick up some golf balls and a decorative box — shallow ones work best — at Goodwill, and make sure you have some spray paint and super glue on hand to complete the project.

Paint both the box and the balls; then, once dry, glue them in a grid to the bottom of the box using a dot of super glue. After the glue dries, you’re all set! You can also consider adding a picture hanger on the back of the box for easy wall display. See all of the details over at Madigan Made.


Denim Cuff Wallet

Wallet made from recycled denim
Courtesy of

If you’re handy with a sewing machine, you can turn an old pair of jeans into a great vintage-looking wallet for dad. Grab a pair of Levi’s or other favorite jeans brand from your Goodwill store and cut off the bottom cuffs to complete this DIY denim wallet tutorial. Head on over to for the step-by-step guide.

Have other ideas for great handmade Father’s Day gifts? Share your ideas and links in the comments section below.