Handmade DAD catchall tutorialEvery year, we have such different thought processes for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. For Mom, it’s always equal parts cute and useful. For Dad on the other hand, it’s always practical things he can use. And slowly, I think we are building up to a full desk set for him with a Scrabble stand last year, the notepads the year before that and a DAD catchall this year. You’ll notice that these DIYs are not as colourful as Mom’s gifts either. Mostly because my dad doesn’t like to have an explosion of colour on his desk. He prefers simple colours and a minimal look. So with that in mind, let’s talk about our DAD catchall.

Quick Father's Day DIY gift idea

Father's DAY Catchall Tray Tutorial Idea

What I like about this Catchall is the variety of ways in which it can be used. We tried placing it on an office desk, a bedside table and as a foyer tray. All of which worked well. So, you can change the colours and wording, depending on where you’re planning to place it.

Happy Father's Day do it yourself gift idea


  • 1 Wooden Tray
  • Wooden Alphabets to spell DAD
  • Acrylic paints
  • Varnish
  • Glue Gun
  • 1 Thick and 1 Thin Flat paintbrush
  • Masking / Washi / Magic Tape

Steps to make a DIY DAD Catchall


  1. Start by measuring the length of the tray and splitting it into sections. Mine had three equal sections.
  2. Paste a strip of magic tape, all around the middle of the tray. Make sure it’s pressed flat, so no paint seeps through
  3. Paint the bottom and last section of the tray in a dark colour. Don’t worry about going over the tape, it will peel off later.
  4. While the bottom section is drying, use a lighter colour on the topmost section and rim of the tray. With a little precision, it should be easy to keep the colour only in the rim and avoid the inner portion of the tray. However, if for some reason it overlaps, you can paint the inside as well.

How to make a DIY Catchall Tutorial for Father's Day

5. Once the paint has dried, peel off the tape (this is possibly the most satisfying feeling in the world!)
6. Now, you can apply tape on the top and bottom rows and paint the middle or leave it plain, like we did.
7. Paint the alphabets next. We split the alphabets into three sections and two sections. Though we eventually went with the one split in black and grey.
8. Measure the side of the tray and mark the mid point, where the middle letter will be placed. Similarly mark two spots on either side, where the remaining letters will go.
9. Using a glue gun (Be Careful!) paste the A first and then the D’s on either side.
10. Touch up the paint, if needed.

Father's Day DIY Catchall Tutorial

Easy how to make diy dad catchall tutorial

Voila! A simple minimal DAD catchall for dad’s desk. How do you like the design and how would you change it up? Let us know in the comments below. Happy Crafting!