Father’s Day is the perfect opportunity to say thank you for being the best! Or at least trying to be the best (wait, did he take the rubbish out last week?). Even if Dad isn't always perfect we still want to express our gratitude to that; slipper-wearing, beer-sipping, superman in our lives.


There are many ways we can do this, get him a shop-bought card, buy him a gift, or simply give him a frosty cold one! I'm sure he'd appreciate anything you gave him.

However, if you want to take it one step further (and potentially outshine your siblings) then make him a handmade card! We're sure even the surliest of guys will shed a tear.

That's why we've hauled this mega list of amazing DIY Father’s Day cards for you to try your hand at! Celebrate Dads, Grandads, father figures or anybody you are thankful for!

Looking for more? Check out these cool Father's Day craft ideas and create an awesome gift to go with your card.

21 free Father’s Day card ideas

1. Four quick DIY fathers Day cards

Short on time? No fear, these quick and easy cards from HobbyCraft will have you sorted in less than 30 minutes. Choose from four cute designs, we especially like the fishbowl. It has an interactive element too where the fish can be pulled out from the bowl to reveal a sweet message. The perfect card for keen fishers!

Get the Father’s Day card tutorial, HobbyCraft

four father's day card ideas

2. Constellation Father’s Day card idea

For little ones who love the stars! These cards are simple to make and good for smaller children. To create the galaxy flick paint on a black card. The tutorial only uses white but you could introduce other colours like pinks, blues and purples to create more fun star clusters.

Get the galaxy Father’s Day card idea, I Heart Crafty Things

father's day card ideas - constellation

3. Bear Father’s Day card idea

Papa bear! Say thanks to the main man with this adorable bear card, complete with googly eyes! What's great is your little ones can choose their (or Dad's) favourite colour to create the bear.

Get the bear Father’s Day card tutorial, The Best Ideas for Kids

bear fathers day cards

4. Fishing printables for card making

A freebie from yours truly (Gathered). Illustrator Naomi Skinner has also designed this fantastic big fish for us - we'll show you how to turn Goldie into a pop-up fish card!

Get the Fishing printables for card making

Father's Day cards to make

5. Father’s Day boat card

If you want to get really fancy with your card making skills try this fun boat card. Use bunting nesting dies or hand-cut tall triangles to make Becky James' boat-shaped card.

Get the Father’s Day boat card tutorial, Gathered

free card making templates boat

6. Cheers cross stitch card

Want to take on a stitchy challenge whilst making a cool Father’s Day card? This one is for you! Designed by Lucie Heaton these motifs are ideal for the modern Dad!

Get the free Father’s Day cross stitch pattern

Fathers Day cross stitch patterns

7. Free cricket cross stitch

Staying with the stitching theme, why not try your hand at this cricket-themed card? Does your Papa love cricket? This would be the perfect way to say thanks.

Get the free cricket cross stitch pattern

Free Father's Day cricket pattern

8. Toolbox card

Does Dad love DIY? Or perhaps you want to encourage him to fix that shelf in your room. Create him this cool card.

Get the toolbox card tutorial

How to make a toolbox card

9. Father’s Day patterned papers

Create your own card with these super-cool vintage papers designed by Jenny Ellory.

Get the free patterned papers

Free Father's Day themed patterned papers main

10. Pun Father’s Day card

We know every Dad loves a good pun! Give him this card and put a smile on his face this Father’s Day.

Donut pun Father’s Day card idea

fathers day card donut

11. String Father’s Day card

Pull on Dad's heartstrings and create this card out of yarn! This super simple card is great for little hands too.

Get the string card tutorial, Hello Wonderful

fathers day card string art

12. Star Wars Father’s Day card

Is your Dad a bit of a Star Wars nerd? Then he'll love this thoughtful handprint Yoda card!

Get the Yoda card tutorial, I Heart Arts n Crafts

fathers day card starwars yoda design

13. This much Father’s Day card

Show your Dad just how much your love him with this adorable interactive card!

Get the Father’s Day card, A Day in My Life

fathers day card this much

14. Fish Father’s Day card

Handprints are so versatile in cardmaking and they make for a special way to get creative! This fab idea shows you how to make your handprint into an underwater scene.

Get the fish Father’s Day tutorial, Kix

fathers day card fish handprint

What to write inside your Father's Day card

Stuck for words? Try these Father's Day card messages.

15. Popcorn fathers Day card idea

Is Dad a movie fan? Impress him with this adorable 3D popcorn card! You won't need lots of materials, and most of them will be in your home!

Get the popcorn Father’s Day card idea, I Heart Arts n Crafts

fathers day card popcorn

16. Monkey Father’s Day card idea

Swing from the treetops with this cool card. Another creative take on the classic finger print! Great for little hands.

Get the free monkey card tutorial, Crafty Morning

father's day card ideas - monkey

17. M&Ms Father’s Day card idea

Combine Dad's love of choccys with a cute pun! This one is really simple to make too, you'll only need a couple of materials, and of course Dad's favourite M&Ms (or other bagged treat).

Get the M&Ms Father’s Day card tutorial, Crafty Morning

father's day card ideas - m&ms

18. Wallet Father’s Day card

Do you want to step up your card making game? Try something a bit different with this paper wallet complete with an adorable photo! Dad will love this idea, and he can actually keep the photo to put in his own wallet afterwards.

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Get the wallet tutorial, That's So Gemma

father's day card ideas - wallet

19. Colouring stencil card

This one is super easy! Create your personalised message using sticky tape on card, then let the kids go wild with the colouring pencils or paints. Peel the tape away and voila! A little piece of artwork to give to Dad.

Get the tutorial, Solis Plus One

father's day card ideas - stencil

20. Chocolate message

One for the major chocoholics out there! Create your very own message complete with a load of Dad's favourite chocolate bars and sweets. Make up your own message or take a look on Pinterest at all the ideas.

See more ideas, Pinterest

father's day card ideas - chocolates

21. DIY Father’s Day card

Is your Dad a total DIY dude? Then this is the perfect card for him! Get the free template and colour it in however your like!

Get the free template, Artsy Momma

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Choosing the right Father's Day card

Getting the kids to make their own Father's Day cards will always go down a treat! It's thoughtful, personal and makes a lovely keepsake. A great way to get started is to think about what Dad likes, is it football, DIY or maybe chocolate? Use his favourite things as a base for the card!


Keep the Father's Day fun going!

Head over to our Father's Day craft ideas to find fun ways to make Dad feel extra special!


Katie Dolan
Katie DolanDigital Assistant, Gathered

Katie Dolan edits our needlework sections, focusing on our embroidery and cross stitch articles, as well as making videos for our arts and crafts projects. Katie runs her jewellery business, Ophelia Jewellery Art, on Etsy, where she sells beautiful resin-pressed flower earrings. She has a wide range of craft interests including embroidery – she particularly loves all things pop culture and a less traditional approach – The Simpsons and Rick & Morty are among her favourites to embroider. She has recently completed a silversmith workshop and hopes to expand her jewellery business with these new skills. When she’s not crafting, she’s usually fuelling her Harry Potter addiction with a Sunday film marathon and a couple of butter beers!

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