Instead of boring store-bought sentiments this Father's Day, surprise dad with a homemade card your kids can make. From superhero cards to bow tie pasta cards, check out these DIY Father's Day card ideas that will send his heart aflutter.
Superhero Father's Day card
Your little ones' biggest hero is definitely Daddy, and you can help your youngsters show him how they see him with this homemade dress shirt card that hides his superhero alter ego inside.
- Superhero template
- 8 1/2 x 11-inch piece of patterned scrapbook paper
- Card stock in color of your choice
- School glue
- 4 buttons
- First, print out the superhero template and have your kiddo cut it out with scissors. Set aside.
- Next, take the scrapbook paper and lay it on the table design-side down in a horizontal fashion. Grab each end of the paper and fold them until they meet in the middle and crease the edges. The pattern on the paper should be in the front now.
- Then take the top 2 corners that meet in the middle and fold them back to form the collar; crease well so they lay flat.
- Now take your card stock and cut it in half to create a 5 1/2 x 8 1/2-inch piece. Glue it to the inside of your "shirt" paper.
- Next, glue the superhero starburst to the front of the card stock inside the homemade card, making sure the starburst cannot be seen peeking out of the collar when the "shirt" is closed.
- Then glue 4 buttons along 1 edge of the front of the card near the center to form the shirt's buttons. Allow to dry.
- Finally, have your youngster scribe a message to Dad wishing him a happy Father's Day on the card stock paper inside the DIY card. Make sure only the word "dad" is visible above the collar when the shirt is closed and Daddy is sure to feel adored like the superhero he is!
Necktie Father's Day card
Most kids think they know fashion better than their parents do, so let your child design a necktie that he or she thinks Daddy would love to wear to work, to church or for a night on the town!
- Colored card stock paper
- White card stock paper
- Crayons or markers
- School glue
- First, cut a colored piece of card stock paper in half to form a 5 1/2 x 8 1/2-inch piece.
- Next, make a 1 1/4-inch cut into the long side of the card stock about an inch down from the top. Repeat on the other side to form a matching flap.
- Then fold both flaps towards each other at an angle until the top corners meet. This will form the collar.
- Now use your white card stock paper and cut out a necktie shape that is a couple of inches narrower and a couple of inches shorter than your "shirt." Slip it under the collar to test for length and adjust if need be.
- Next, give your kiddo the creative freedom to decorate a tie that Daddy will love. You can use crayons, markers, watercolor paint, glitter — whatever your child's imagination can conjure up!
- Then glue the "knot" of the tie just under the shirt's collar and add a dab of glue to each collar's tip to hold it down once the tie art is secure. Be sure to leave the length of the tie unattached.
- Finally, put the finishing touch on your child's homemade Father's Day card by helping your kiddo create a special message to Daddy hidden under the tie that's sure to surprise him.
Bow tie pasta Father's Day card
Help your kids let Dad (or Grandpa) know that he's one classy guy with this pasta art that lets your kids customize the bow ties.
- Card stock paper
- Bow tie pasta aka farfalle pasta
- Acrylic paint
- Small paint brush
- School glue
- First, lay out dried bow tie pasta on a piece of newspaper or in an old shirt box and let your kids paint them lightly with acrylic paint. They can make them solid colors, create colorful patterns or even cover them with glitter; just be sure that you don't apply too much paint or your pasta will take forever to dry. Allow at least 20 minutes for the paint to dry.
- Next, cut a piece of card stock in half and fold in half again to create a top-fold card. Help your youngsters glue the colorful pastas to the front of the card and allow time to dry.
- Finally, have your kids write a special Father's Day message on the front and inside of the card for a chic DIY card you won't find in any gift shop.
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