Perfect Card For The Gadget-Loving Dad

The iDad card is a fun, easy craft for the gadget-loving men in your life and a creative way to say, "Happy Father's Day!" Use these step-by-step instructions to make a homemade Father's Day card for the special guy in your life:

iDad card with envelope

Supplies

  • Scissors
  • Newspaper
  • Glue stick
  • Spray glue
  • Images of icons
  • Optional: Photos
  • Optional: Large envelope

iDad father's day card supplies

Need another DIY Father's Day card idea? Make one that looks like dad's favorite shirt.

Instructions: iDad Father's Day card

Step 1: Print templates 1 and 2 and cut out the front and back pieces of the card (the black card stock/construction paper) with template 1.

iDad Father's Day card step one: cut out the pieces

Step 2: Use template 2 to cut out the inside of the card (using the white card stock/paper).

Step 3: Glue the white piece to one of the black pieces and set it aside.

iDad Father's Day card step three: glue inside sheet

Step 4: Locate images to use as your icons on the iDad card. We bought these on iStockphoto.com. You could also do a Google image search for icons — look for medium-sized images for better quality. Save the images and import them into a Word doc, reducing them to consistent size (about 1-1/2 inches x 1-1/2 inches).

Step 5: If you are going to put photos underneath your flaps, assemble them in a Word doc, the same way and the same size as the icons.

Step 6: Cut out the icons and the photos.

Step 7: Spread out some newspapers to protect your work surface. Arrange the icons on the other piece of black card stock/paper and glue them down. Let dry for a couple of minutes.

iDad Father's Day card step seven: glue the icons

Step 8: With a cutting mat underneath, cut around the two sides and the bottom of each icon with an X-Acto knife, creating lift-up flaps with the icons.

iDad Father's Day card step eight: cut around icons

Step 9: Line up the top and the bottom pieces of the card (without gluing them) and trace around the inside of the flap to mark where you will glue the photos that will appear underneath the flaps.

iDad Father's Day card step nine: trace around the cutouts

Step 10: Set the top piece of the card aside and on the bottom piece, glue the photos down over the squares you just traced, leaving the last three squares for your Father's Day message. (If not using photos, just write messages or draw pictures instead.)

iDad Father's Day card step ten: glue the photos

Step 11: Write your Father's Day messages in the last three squares.

iDad Father's Day card step eleven: write message

Step 12: When the photos and messages are done, erase all remaining pencil marks.

iDad Father's Day card step twelve: erase pencil marks

Step 13: Use a glue stick (not spray glue) to glue the top piece to the bottom piece. Glue around the flaps, so that you don't accidentally glue any of them shut. Your flaps and photos/drawings underneath should line up perfectly.

iDad Father's Day card step thirteen: top and bottom

Step 14: To finish the iDad Father's Day card, trace around a dime for the button. Use a white gel pen or Sharpie to draw the circle/button.

iDad Father's Day card step fourteen: add button


Instructions: Envelope

Step 1: Print out the template on a colorful piece of paper. If using black paper, print out the template on white paper, place it on top of a black piece of paper and cut around the letters.

iDad Father's Day envelope step one: make the envelope

Step 2: Cut out the inside of the letters with an X-Acto knife.

iDad Father's Day envelope step two: cut out letters

Step 3: Glue the letters to the front of the large envelope.

iDad Father's Day envelope step three: glue letters on envelope

Final project: iDad homemade Father's Day card

Front of the iDad card

back of envelope, and front of the iDad card


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Comments on "iDad Father's Day card"

Alicia July 31, 2013 | 6:29 PM

Hi, i love this idea. But it wont let me download it. Are you able to send me the template via Email?? Thanks

Lisa June 16, 2013 | 7:06 PM

Created this last night for my husband for Father's Day today with a few modifications. I have 2 kids so I did 5 spaces at the bottom. Two of them so they can do their own little doodle. Thank you so much for this idea. My husband loved it!

Nidhi May 27, 2013 | 10:57 PM

Awesome idea for I-DAD... I would definitely get my son make this card for his father this year on father's day :)

icon-design September 13, 2012 | 10:45 AM

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popeyetalk June 17, 2012 | 3:24 PM

Cutest Father-Day-Card I´ve ever seen!!!!! Thanx for sharing!!! Hug from Jutty&Poppy from Germany

Daisy June 07, 2012 | 3:50 PM

So cute!

Mary June 07, 2012 | 12:20 PM

I love this clever and well-presented craft!

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