21 DIY Father's Day card ideas
Do you want to say a big thank you to your Dad for Father's Day? Well, make him something handmade as an extra special surprise with these lovely Father's Day card ideas.
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
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
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
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!
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
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!
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.
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.
9. Father’s Day patterned papers
Create your own card with these super-cool vintage papers designed by Jenny Ellory.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
More like this
Get the wallet tutorial, That's So Gemma
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
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
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
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 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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