How to Make a DIY Father's Day Card That Matches Dad's Favorite Shirt

Jun 11, 2018 at 12:22 p.m. ET
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Not interested in getting Dad the usual funny Father's Day card this year? If you want to give him a more personalized, handmade card, look no further than this arts-and-crafts project.

These DIY Father's Day shirt cards are shaped just like mini dress shirts, and you can use any paper pattern that closely matches Dad's favorite shirt. Now how cute is that?

All it takes is a few easy steps.

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Father's Day shirt card
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Supplies:

  • Decorative paper for shirt (8-1/2 x 11-inch cardstock was used here)
  • Decorative paper for accessories
  • Scissors
  • Glue or double-sided craft tape

Optional supplies:

  • Bone folder
  • Hole punch
  • Decorative wrapping paper

Throughout the craft, it's important to create crisp folds. A bone folder can help make this easier.

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Directions: 

Step 1: Create vertical folds

If using decorative paper, turn the paper over so the right side is facing down. Fold the paper in half.

Father's Day shirt card: Step 1 fold in half
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Lay the paper flat and fold each side up into the center fold. Open up paper and lay it flat.

Father's Day shirt card: Creating vertical folds
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Step 2: Fold bottom corners

Take the bottom left-hand corner and fold it in to the first fold line. Repeat on the other side.

Father's Day shirt card:Fold up bottom corners
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Close the folds back up so the outside sides align with the center fold.

Father's Day shirt card:Fold outside sides in
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Step 3: Create sleeves

Take the bottom side of the paper and fold it up just beyond the upside-down V. Make a nice, crisp fold.

Father's Day shirt card:Fold up bottom portion
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Open bottom fold out again.

Where the paper joins in the middle of the center V, take the inside point and fold it out to the left side edge of paper.

Father's Day shirt card:Bring inside corner to outside edge
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Repeat on the other side.

Note: the paper will come up slightly on the bottom.

Father's Day shirt card: Fold up bottom corners
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Take the bottom of the paper and fold it up to just beyond the upside down V. Crease it nice and sharp.

Father's Day shirt card: Fold up to V
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Next: Step 4: Create the collar

A version of this article was originally published in June 2012.

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