Father’s Day is a hard time. It’s a sucky time. It may be a time, if you’re the DIY type, that you need to do something hands on to make it through the weekend.
There are days after you lose someone you love that you choose to write letters, or notes, just because. Maybe Father’s Day is one of those for you. Even if your dad can’t read it, it may be cathartic to make it.
Below is a Pinterest approved card that you can make by yourself, in your room, while you sit with all the feels the weekend brings.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- a sheet of sturdy paper (card stock, construction paper, etc.)
- decorative paper (wrapping paper, brown paper, or construction paper)
- scrap paper
- 2 buttons or sequins
- stamps (optional)
- ink pad (optional)
DIY Father’s Day Shirt Card
1. Fold a sturdy sheet of paper in half vertically.
This will make the base of your card. I used white cardstock, but any color paper will do!
2. Fold and cut a small rectangular strip of paper for the collar.
I used some plain note paper I found in my desk, but you can use any kind of paper you have around.
For extra pizzazz, the collar can even be a different color from the shirt!
3. Hold the strip horizontally and fold in the two top outer corners inwards to make the collar shape.
I held the strip up to the base of the card while I was folding to help me visualize what it would look like.
4. Fold and cut out a larger strip of scrap paper to make the tie.
If you’re feeling confident, skip the scrap paper and go straight to your decorative paper.
5. Fold and cut the strip into a tie shape.
First I folded the bottom corners.
Then I cut them to make the bottom of the tie.
Next, I shaped the right side of the strip to make it look like a tie.
Then I cut the left side to match!
6. Use a pencil to trace the tie shape onto the decorative paper and cut it out.
7. Glue the tie onto your card.
You might recognize this as the scrap wrapping paper I used for the mixed media card! I’m using the solid blue side for this craft.
Make sure to center it!
8. Glue on the collar.
Flip the collar over and put glue on the two flaps that will hang over the front of the shirt.
9. Glue on the shirt buttons. I didn’t have any matching buttons, so I used two sequins instead.
You could also make buttons by cutting out two small circles from your leftover decorative paper.
10. Write the words you need to read on the inside of the card.
I had a bit of a stamp disaster and ended up getting ink everywhere. I won’t be using these letter stamps again any time soon…
Extraneous ink aside, the card is still “handmade with love.”
11. Decorate the front of your card or hold on to it until Father’s Day.
After the stamp fail, I decided to put the craft supplies away and call it a day, but you can embellish the shirt and tie with polka dots, stripes, or any pattern you like!
How did your card turn out? Snap a pic and share it with us on Instagram @2DamnYoung!