How to Craft an Easy DIY Father’s Day Card Dad Will Love
Create a personalized pop-up card guaranteed to make Dad smile this Father’s Day.
By Thea Voutiritsas
With Father’s Day just around the corner, it’s easy to spend hours choosing between cards that don’t quite capture what you want to say. Try personalizing your Father’s Day card this year by using your own coloring pages! In this easy Father’s day craft, we’ll show you how to create your very own pop-up card guaranteed to make Dad smile.
- 2 copies of a completed coloring page, printed on cardstock
- 1 sheet of plain cardstock (color of your choice)
- Glue Stick or double-sided tape
- Father’s Day Card printouts or a selection of markers/pens and blank sheet of white cardstock
- Ruler (optional)
- Pencil (optional)
What to Do:
1. First, take one of the copies of your coloring page and fold it in half so the design is on the inside. We chose our “The Old Dog and the Sea” coloring page (perfect for a Dad who loves fishing!).
2. Next, cut two slits into the center of the folded edge about 1 inch apart, and each about 1 -2 inches deep. (You can measure this part or just eyeball it. You don’t have to be perfectly precise!)
3. Open the card and push the cut strip through towards the side with the design so it forms a pop-up square on the inside of the card. Your main pop-up element will be glued to the front of this box.
4. Next, you’ll add the special “pop-up” design element. You can do this two ways: Either print and cut out the pre-drawn designs we’ve provided (download them here!), or get creative and draw your own! The only guideline: Make sure it’s small enough to fit inside the card! Once you have your pop-up element cut out, attach it to the front of the box using a glue stick or double-stick tape. For an easier-1 step card, write your message right on the pop-up element. For something a tad more complicated, move on to step five.
5. If you’ve chosen to add your message separate from the main pop-up element (by creating your own or using the download we’ve provided), you’ll need to start by cutting out a small piece of cardstock (about 1 inch by ½ inch). Fold it into thirds. Using a small piece of tape, stick the message to one end, and stick the other end to the card, as shown.
6. Now you want to cover the outside of your card with a sheet of plain cardstock. Fold your cardstock in half, apply glue or double stick tape to the inside edges, stick your folded card interior against the seam of the folded cardstock, and press down to adhere the tape.
7. The final step is to add a message to the front of your card. Use your imagination here! We made a copy of our interior design and used a small square from that to adorn the front of the card, along with a hand-drawn “Happy Father’s Day” banner, which we’ve provided here for you! Simply cut them out and attach with double-stick tape, or draw your own.
8. And voila! Your very own Father’s Day Pop-Up card. When it’s time to mail, a card this size should fit perfectly in a size A9 envelope.
The best thing about a DIY card is that it can be personalized. If Dad (or husband, or brother) isn’t much of a fisherman, try this “Tie Supply” coloring page. For the musical dads out there, check out this “Jam Session” coloring page, or this “Game Time” design for the basketball fans. Whatever you choose, your customized pop-up card is sure to be a hit this Father’s Day.