- Step 1: Project Preparation
Pre-cut the paper. Cut the 9" by 12" colored construction paper
in half to make two 9" by 6" halves. Cut the 9" by 12" white
construction paper or drawing paper in quarters that are 4½"
by 6". Each card requires one of the 9" by 6" colored construction
papers and two of the 4½" by 6" white papers.
Gather scraps of paper in a variety of colors. Cut any large
scraps into smaller pieces that are no larger than ½" in the
Tip: If you are short of scraps, randomly cut
strips of paper with a paper cutter or scissors.
- Step 2: Fold
Fold the 9" by 6" colored construction paper in half. This is
your card blank. Set it aside for now.
Tip: Plan ahead. Will the card be presented in
an envelope? If so, check the card against the size(s) of envelopes you
have. Cut the card down a bit, if needed, to fit inside the
envelope—do this before cutting your squares and gluing them
to the card. See Aunt Annie's
Envelopes to Make
project for printable envelope patterns—the
Invitation envelope pattern fits a 4¼" by 5½"
- Step 3: Sort Scraps
Sort your scraps of paper by color. Select scraps in one or
two colors that coordinate with the color of the construction
paper card blank. If you have a specific idea for the card you are
making, keep that in mind as you sort the scraps.
Tips: You don't need many scraps to make enough
serendipity squares for your card. It just takes enough to partially cover
one of the 4½" by 6" pieces of white paper.
- Step 4: Make Collage Paper
Glue the selected scraps to one of the 4½" by 6" pieces of
white paper. Use a
generous amount of glue as you glue the scraps in random ways—don't
think about it too much, just have fun. Let the scraps extend
beyond the edges of the paper. Continue gluing scraps until the
paper is at least half covered. Be sure all the scraps are
completely glued to the paper.
Tip: Cut larger scraps into smaller pieces,
or glue them as a background.
- Step 5: Trim Collage Paper
Once the glue is dry, flip the collage paper over and trim away all
of the paper scraps that extend beyond the edges of the paper.
Cut a 1" strip off the side and then a ¾" strip off the top of
your collage paper. Set the strips aside to use inside the card.
- Step 6: Cut Squares
Cut the collage paper into six 1¾" squares—don't
worry if the sizes vary a little bit. For the biggest surprise,
draw cut lines for the squares on the back of the collage paper
the squares with the paper face-down. Flip the squares
over. Check the corners for any loose paper and apply glue as
- Step 7: Arrange Squares on Card
Take four to six serendipity squares and arrange them on the card
front. Trim the squares, if needed. Once you are happy with the arrangement, glue the serendipity
squares in place.
Get creative: Mix the serendipity squares with
stamped images on your card front. Or make rectangular serendipity
shapes to mix things up! Keep a supply of serendipity squares on
hand to make more cards or to use in other paper crafts.
- Step 8: Add an Award Ribbon
Cut a 2" circle out of white or yellow paper. Use a marker to
write an award message—"#1 DAD", "Best Dad!", "Greatest Dad",
etc. Cut two strips of paper shaped like ribbons from the same color
of paper as the card. Glue the ribbons to the back of the circle and
glue the award ribbon to the card.
Tip: Decorate the award ribbon
anyway you like or make a circle medallion with a message. See the
sidebar for ideas.
- Step 7: Inside the Card
Cut 1" strips off the side and top of a 4½" by 6" piece of white
paper. Glue the strips cut from the collage paper to the top and
bottom of the white paper. Trim the strips as needed.
Write a message on the white paper or draw a picture, if you
like. Try something like, "Happy Father's Day!" or
"You're the best dad and I'm proud to be your kid!" Keep dad in mind
and what you would like to say to him .
Glue the paper with your message inside the card. Add any other
decorations that you like.
That's it! Your Father's Day card is done!