The Perfect Father’s Day Card Craft

by gktwadmin on June 9, 2013

in The Family Experience

Show Dad you care with a very special Father’s Day card! Personalize the colors to match Dad’s personal style, or customize the card with buttons or stickers. This fun and easy craft is sure to make Dad’s day.

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Materials Needed:

  • 1 Piece of patterned cardstock, preferably with the pattern only on one side (6 x 8 inches)
  • 1 Sheet of colored paper for the tie (at least 2 x 4.5 inches)
  • 1 Child Safe Ruler
  • 1 Pencil
  • 1 set of child safe craft scissors
  • 1 bottle or stick of nontoxic glue

Optional Materials:

  • Shiny sequins
  • Butterfly fasteners
  • Fun stickers
  • Cool buttons
  • Other embellishments

Time to get crafty!

Step 1: It’s Tie Time!

What kind of tie does your father wear? Does he have a favorite color? Is it spotted? Let’s make him a new one – made with love and magic, of course! Take your sheet of colored paper and draw the outline of your tie. Use the ruler as a guide for straight lines. When you’re happy with the shape, use your scissors to carefully cut out the tie.

Helpful Hint: Fold the sheet of paper in half or lightly draw a line down the center of the paper with your ruler. Use the line of symmetry as a point of reference when you begin drawing your tie.

Step 2: Starting The Collar

Now that you’ve created a beautiful tie, let’s start crafting the dress shirt starting with the collar. Take your patterned piece of cardstock and flip it over so that the plain side is facing you. Next, fold the card in half

Start by making sure that your sheet of paper is vertically placed and flipped over, so that the blank side is facing you. Next, fold the card in half and unfold it so there is a crease going down the middle. With the blank side still facing you, it should look like two pages of a book. On the left page, use your ruler to draw a short line downwards (about 1.25 inches) from the center point of the top of the page. Now, carefully cut along the line that you just drew.

Step 3: Finishing The Collar 

After you’ve completed step 2, fold your card and turn it over so the side with the cut is facing you. Here’s the cool part. Take each corner from the center cut and fold them downwards into flaps. You’ve just created the collar!

Helpful Hint: Take your time when folding the corners so you don’t accidentally tear the page.

Step 4: Tying a Tie 

Now it’s time to add your tie. Carefully lift up each flap of the collar and position your tie. Once you’re happy with the tie’s placement, glue it in place. Gently fold the collar back down over the tie.

Helpful Hint: Try placing a heavy book on top of the card to keep all of the parts firmly in place as the glue dries. Be wary of any extra glue that may leak out.

Step 5 (Optional): Embellishments  

Looking to add some more magic to your card? Use sequins, buttons, or any type of embellishment to make your card pop! We added two gemstone butterfly fasteners to our card. What will you do with yours?

Wowzers! You’ve created the perfect Father’s Day card. Don’t forget to fill the inside of the card with a heartfelt message or a goofy poem that is sure to make Dad smile.

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