Simple (not just for)
Father's Day Cards
What you will make:
Don’t yell it, spell it! Handmade cards for Dad that spell out “D-A-D”
are an easy Father’s Day craft project with results that Dad will
cherish. Kids will have fun making these simple paper cutout cards and
giving them as gifts, and Dad will appreciate the love and effort put
It takes very few supplies to make these fantastic-looking
cards. Use whatever crafty things you have on hand to add a special
creative touch. Dad (and Granddad) will love these special kid-made cards.
project is great for family, classroom or group craft time. It requires
no patterns and uses simple materials. After a little preparation by the
adults or teens, it's just fold, cut, glue, and a little imagination.
Related craft: See the
(not just for) Mother's
Day Cards craft project to make a card for Mom, and for
ideas that you can use in making these Father's Day cards!
Greeting Cards Kids Can Make
for more Father's Day cards ideas, and at the end of this project page, find links to other sites with
more Father's Day cards to make. Some are fancy, some are quick, all are
perfect for Dad!
Here's what you need:
- White cardstock
- Colored craft or construction paper
- Pencil and eraser
- Markers or colored pencils
- Ruler or paper trimmer (for adult prep work)
- Optional: Rubber stamps, paper scraps, paper punches, glitter
This project is rated VERY EASY to do.
How to Make Simple Father's Day Cards
Read all of the steps before starting.
- Step 1: Project Preparation
Pre-cut card and paper blanks. Cut a letter-size ( 8½" by 11" or A4) sheet of cardstock
into quarters (4¼" by 5½" or 105 mm × 148 mm). Cut
colored craft or construction paper to the same size. For best results,
the blanks should have straight sides and square corners.
Tip: Each child needs a cardstock blank and a
colored paper blank.
Tip: If you don't have an envelope to fit the
card, see Aunt Annie's
Envelopes to Make
project for printable envelope patterns. The
Invitation envelope pattern will fit the Simple
Father's Day Cards.
- Step 2: Fold, Cut and Glue Frame
To make the frame for the card, you will cut away the center of
the colored paper. To do this, fold the colored paper into quarters,
then make two straight cuts that are ½" from and parallel to
the open edges. The cuts should meet in the corner to form a
Open the frame and the center rectangle. Smooth them flat. Set
the rectangle aside.
Glue the frame to the white card, matching sides and corners.
- Step 3: Cut Out Letters
Cut along the fold lines of the center rectangle to get four
equally sized pieces. Fold one piece in half lengthwise and lightly
draw half of the letter "A" along the fold. Fold two pieces of paper
crosswise and lightly draw half of the letter "D" along the fold.
Cut out the letters.
Open the letters and smooth flat. Did you notice? There are actually two
letters—the cutout and the cutaway. Both can be used to decorate the cards.
Tip: Show the children how to trace and cut the
letters. If they are struggling, draw the cut line on the paper for
or use a template. Cut out the letters for young children.
- Step 4: Glue
Glue the letters to the cards, spelling D-A-D. Arrange the letters
in various designs, using both the cutout and cutaway letters. Pick
the design you like best.
Tip: Glue the letters with the pencil-marked sides
- Step 5: Add Message and Decorate
Using a pencil, lightly write a message on the card. If needed,
erase and write the message again to adjust spacing. Go over the
pencil lines with a marker. After the marker lines have dried, erase
any visible pencil marks.
Add any additional decorations you like to the front and the back
of the card. You can cut out other shapes, draw a funny picture, or use
rubber stamps or stickers.
That's it! Your card is ready to give to Dad for Father's Day (or
any other day)!
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