3 DIY Father's Day Cards That Are Better Than Anything at the Store

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Photo credit: Hearst Owned
Photo credit: Hearst Owned

Instead of giving your dad a store-bought (or worse, emailed!) card this Father's Day, give him one you made yourself. Not only will it show him that you put a little more effort into it, but it'll be a card he actually wants to keep. From a tuxedo-shaped card to a minimal watercolor one, we've laid out some ideas to get you started. Follow them down to the very last step or put your own spin on them. Whatever design you end up going with, there's no time to waste. Get to it! Oh, and if you really want to go all out this year, consider making him a homemade gift, too.

Tuxedo Card

Photo credit: Hearst Owned
Photo credit: Hearst Owned

Materials:

  • Construction paper (blue, black, and white)

  • Buttons

  • Scissors

  • Double-sided tape

  • Glue gun

  • Pencil

Steps:

  1. Fold a sheet of black paper in half. Make sure the fold is crisp.

  2. Cut a straight slit at the top on one side of the black paper.

  3. Fold each side of the slit, so they look like lapels.

  4. Open the black paper. Tape a sheet of white paper onto the back of the black paper.

  5. Fold both the black and white papers back into a card shape with the paper lapels facing the front.

  6. Tape the black paper labels down.

  7. Use a glue gun to attach three buttons onto the front of the card.

  8. Cut a bow shape out of blue construction paper.

  9. Tape the bow onto the top of the card, making sure it is centered with the buttons.

  10. To make a pocket, cut a small black square. Fold over a small edge of the paper, and tape it down. Note: If you end up making it too big, you can easily cut it to make it smaller.

  11. Cut two small house-shaped pieces of blue paper, and tape them to the back of the pocket.

  12. Tape the pocket to the right side of the shirt.

  13. Finish off the look by adding a few small buttons using a pencil to draw dots.

Sports Card

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Photo credit: Hearst Owned

Materials:

  • Sports and Dad stickers

  • Patterned cardstock

  • White Cardstock

  • Scissors (one regular and one funky)

  • Double-sided tape

Steps:

  1. Cut the patterned cardstock into a rectangle.

  2. Cut the white cardstock into a smaller rectangle using funky scissors (or by creating a squiggle design along the edge with regular scissors).

  3. Use double-sided tape to stick the white rectangle to the center of the larger, patterned one.

  4. Add large stickers that spell out "Dad" along the left side of the card.

  5. Add an optional piece of gray cardstock cut into a thing rectangle to the right side of the card.

  6. Place your chosen sports stickers all over the right side of the card.

  7. Write a Father's Day note on the back of the card to make it extra special.

Watercolor Card

Photo credit: Hearst Owned
Photo credit: Hearst Owned

Materials:

  • Watercolors

  • Brush

  • Pen (or letter stickers)

  • Water

Steps:

  1. Choose the paint color(s) you would like to use.

  2. Lightly dab your brush in water.

  3. Paint freely on white construction paper that's folded into a card shape.

  4. For an extra touch, flick your paintbrush while it's still wet toward the card to create a slight splatter paint effect.

  5. Wait for it to dry.

  6. Write a special message using a gold pen or stickers.

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