Published June 03, 2011 by
Cards that are homemade are the highlight of any Father’s Day gift. Dads love seeing the time and effort their children have put into making them a thoughtful card. Why buy store bought cards when your kids can make something even better with a few simple supplies?
The Photo Card
Cards that have photos of dad and the kids are the best kind. You can make them with many different supplies. All you really need is a good quality photo. You can take a few pictures several days before with dad and the kids. Don’t tell dad what you’re doing but be sure to get some good shots. Upload them to your computer and print them on photo paper. Now you’re ready to go.
Supplies for cards can range from recycled card stock or even cardboard boxes that you cut up. Think of all the mediums you can choose from. You can use paint, paper, fabric, foam sheets, ink and rubber stamps, 3D objects like pom poms and charms, glitter, glue, beads, mosaic tiles, and felt. There’s really no end to the kinds of cards you can create if you grab a good bunch of supplies.
If you’re already a crafter, you probably have shelves and bins full of supplies. But if you’re just getting started, you can make lovely cards, too. Look around the house for paper that’s pretty and useable like wrapping paper, wall paper that’s left over, contact paper, and even drawer liners. You’ll be surprised at how many things you find that you can use. No scrap of paper is too small or unusable.
Next, assemble some color. Paints, pastels, markers, crayons, acrylics, and finger paint will all work. Be sure your materials are suitable for the age of your children and supervise as little fingers can get into trouble quickly.
Create a theme for your card. Does dad like to fish? Watch sports? Garden? Cook? Incorporate elements into the card that relate to his hobbies. For instance, kids can glue on dried pasta to make a culinary card for their amateur chef dad. Use your imagination, but also let the kids’ imaginations take hold. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at what they come up with.
You are not bound by any rules when making cards. Start by cutting out a size for the card from the paper you’ve chosen. Then provide glue sticks, craft glue, Elmer’s glue, glue dots, or whatever adhesives you have. You can layer paper, add mixed media elements like found objects, trinkets, ticket stubs, etc.
Help your child to add their photo as part of the card. They can simply glue it on or you can laminate it so it won’t get soggy from glue and handling. Make the photo part of the card or have it be removable so dad can display it in his favorite spot.
Cards for Father’s Day are the ideal craft for kids of any age. Encourage them to write in it no matter their age. Dad will treasure what they wrote and even their chicken-scratch handwriting in years to come. Put the date on it so dad can remember how little they were the year he received it. It’s a fun reminder of Father’s Day and dad will save them all.