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Collection of tools sitting in six painted tins which are decorated with phrases like '#1 dad'


There's nothing better than a homemade Father's Day gift, so it's time for some arts and crafts with the kids. With a few simple materials and paint, they can create a multi-use tool caddy, perfect for storing screwdrivers, small tools, stationery and more.


1Gather your tools and materials

Below are all of the tools and materials you'll need to complete this project.

2Choose your configuration

Prepare your workspace by laying down some newspaper, plastic or a drop sheet. After deciding how many couplings you'll use, choose your configuration by placing the couplings next to each other.

Arranging the couplings that form part of a tool caddy

3Paint the pipes

Now, it's time to start painting! The design is completely up to you – maybe one coupling could have Dad's favourite footy colours? You can paint both the inside and outside for some extra pops of colour.

Once you've painted all the couplings with one coat leave them to dry. Complete a second coat to make sure the colour is strong.

A Bunnings team member painting a length of pipe as part of a tool caddy

4Decorate the pipes

Once the base layers are dry, use the sharpies or different-coloured acrylic paint to decorate your pipes. Every pipe doesn't have to be the same. One could feature a handprint, another could say ‘Number 1 Dad'.

A Bunnings team member decorating part of a tool caddy


Once you've finished decorating use the reusable adhesive to stick the pipes together. This means Dad can re-arrange them whichever way he likes. If you'd like to use something stronger, you can use glue. Make sure you leave time for the glue to set before wrapping it up for Dad.

A Bunnings team member gluing pieces of pipe together to make a tool caddy

6He's got the caddy, now it's time to add the tools

Looking for some tools to add to Dad's new caddy? We have a huge range of tools that any dad will love.

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.