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.
- Decorative paper for shirt (8-1/2 x 11-inch cardstock was used here)
- Decorative paper for accessories
- Glue or double-sided craft tape
- 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.
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.
Lay the paper flat and fold each side up into the center fold. Open up paper and lay it flat.
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.
Close the folds back up so the outside sides align with the center fold.
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.
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.
Repeat on the other side.
Note: the paper will come up slightly on the bottom.
Take the bottom of the paper and fold it up to just beyond the upside down V. Crease it nice and sharp.
A version of this article was originally published in June 2012.
Step 4: Create the collar
Flip the paper over and go to the top. Fold the top portion over about 1/2-inch (approximating the measurement is fine) so there is a crease at the top.
Flip the paper over so the top crease is to the back. Bring the top-left corner to the center fold so that it creates a triangle shape.
Repeat on the right side. Make sure folds are sharp.
Step 5: Complete the shirt
Bring the bottom end up and tuck it underneath the top flaps (the shirt collar). Now you have your basic shirt shape!
Step 6: Add a personal message
To add a personal message inside the card, cut out a piece of cardstock that can fit inside the card. The one used here is approximately 3-1/2 inches by 5-1/2 inches. Secure it to shirt with glue or double-sided tape. Write dad a note.
Step 7: Accessorize the shirt
Add embellishments to the outside of the shirt to give it some of dad’s style. Ideas to consider include a tie, pocket, bowtie or buttons.
To make a tie: Cut a 1/2-inch strip of decorative paper. If you know how to knot a tie, now’s the time to show your skills. If not, fake it by looping strip around the top until a faux knot is created.
Snip the bottom corners of the paper to create a pointed end. Secure to shirt with a dab of glue or double-sided tape.
Next: Tie and hanky
Tie & hanky
To add a pocket, cut a small square of decorative paper and round-out the bottom edges. (Tip: use a circle template to get a round bottom.) Using the same paper as the personalized message, free-hand cut a small shape to serve as the hanky. Secure it to the shirt with glue or sticky tape.
Bow tie & buttons
To add a bow tie, cut a small rectangle and slightly snip the corners on a diagonal. Add buttons by using a hole punch. Secure it to the shirt with a dab of glue or sticky tape.
Wrapping paper also works as a substitute for cardstock or decorative scrapbooking paper. This one was made from leftover Christmas wrapping paper. Wrapping paper wrinkles a little easier, though, so if you're using it, plan to make one as a mockup or be very precise when making the first folds.