13 Handmade Father’s Day Card Ideas That Dad Will Love

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1. Hands down best dad ever Father’s Day card

Impress daddy with a creative handprint card! This father’s day card idea for kids is not only easy but provides lots of room for creativity. Be sure to provide the little ones with loads of art decorative materials so they can go all out to spice up the DIY card

You will need:

  • Glitter craft paper
  • Coloured paper
  • Child safety craft scissors
  • Alphabet stickers
  • Glue
  • Markers

How to:

Get the little ones to trace the outline of their hands on the back of glitter craft paper (available on sakulastore.sg). Then, help them cut out the handprint or let them have a go at it with a pair of children safety craft scissors (available on Happy Star) — cutting will develop your kids’ hand-eye coordination and stability. Moving on, use this chance to teach your kids some spelling by getting them to stick alphabet stickers (available on BeautifulLife.sg) to form the phrase ‘Hands down best dad ever!’ on one of the handprint cut-outs. 

Cut a thick strip (6 x 20cm) of coloured paper and create a zigzag fold. Next, glue the strip between two handprint cut-outs to connect them. Lastly, have the kids write a short message for daddy on the strip and the happy Father’s Day card is complete!

2. Dad’s a champion trophy card

Go beyond the typical Father’s Day card ideas for kids and help the little ones create this awesome trophy card for their champion dad!

You will need:

  • Coloured paper
  • Bottle caps
  • Bubble stickers
  • Glitter washi tape
  • Glue
  • Super glue
  • Number ‘1’ bubble sticker
  • Markers
  • Scissors

How to:

Let the kids pick out the coloured paper they want for the trophy. Firstly, fold the paper in half and cut it into the shape of a trophy, ensuring that the card stays connected by the seams. Next, cut two ‘C’ shapes as the trophy handles and get the kids to glue them onto the sides of the card. 

Using a different coloured paper, cut out a circle (6 x 6cm) and glue a bottle cap onto the middle of the circle using super glue. Then, paste this onto the centre of the card to form the trophy ribbon. Since dad’s such a champ, reward him with a number ‘1’ 3D bubble sticker (available on fabuloushouse.sg) on the bottle cap to let him know he’s always the best in the eyes of the kids! 

Title the trophy ‘Best Dad’ and guide the little ones on decorating the card with some glitter washi tape (available on yikun.sg). All that’s left is for the kids to write a short heartfelt message and present the card to their daddy with a big hug on Father’s Day!

3. Magic scratch art Father’s Day card

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Racking your brain to think of some unique and fresh Father’s Day card ideas for your kids? Why not create a magic scratch card from… scratch! We assure you it’s loads of fun and easier than it seems.

You will need:

  • A4 cardboard
  • Wax candle
  • Paint brushes
  • Acrylic paint in various colours
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Toothpick
  • Fork

How to:

Let the kids go wild as they cover one side of the cardboard in acrylic paint — the more colourful the better! Avoid using black paint as it won’t show up on the final piece. Allow the acrylic paint (available on eastwest store) to dry for 30 minutes. Then, rub the candle (available on FancyQube) on the cardboard to wax every inch of the card.

Next, paint the black acrylic paint all over the cardboard and allow it to dry for 20 minutes. 
Once dried, the little ones can start writing or drawing on the card using a toothpick or fork! Lastly, scratch off the black paint to reveal brilliant colours underneath that will add a whole new dimension to this Father’s Day card.

If you’re looking for a last minute Father’s Day card idea, you can simply use these pre-made magic scratch art painting paper (available on shawnee.sg) to speed things up. Dad will never know!

4. Father’s Day shirt card

Fathers are especially charismatic when they don their best shirt and head out to work. This Father’s Day, make dad a different kind of shirt — one that he will never have to replace! As one of the easiest Father’s Day card ideas, this craft is perfect even for younger children.

You will need:

  • A4 Coloured paper
  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • Glue
  • Scissors

How to:

Begin by folding the A4 coloured paper in half to form a card. Then, cut a strip of paper (5 x 10cm) and fold both ends inwards and downwards so that their upper corners meet in the center. Now you have a collar for the shirt! Next, glue the collar down on the top of the card.

Draw an outline for the tie, extending from between the collar down to the middle of the card. Last but not least, let the kids colour it as they please with crayons and guide them on writing dad a simple and cute message inside the card. Now, dad will know how much of a fashionista he is!

5. Father’s Day mosaic portrait card

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This Father’s Day card idea for kids will allow you to recycle the old stack of magazines and newspapers in your house. Get artistic with the kids by creating a mosaic portrait of dad using paper scraps! Want to get all your kids to work on the same card? This is the perfect handmade Father’s Day card idea to do that!

You will need:

  • A4 cardboard
  • Old magazines
  • Old newspapers
  • Glue
  • Pencil
  • A portrait photo of dad

How to:

Gather the kids and help them pick their favourite photo of dad. Using the photo as a reference, get them to sketch dad’s head, shoulders, clothes and background on the cardboard. Then, rip pages out of magazines or newspapers and tear them into small pieces. Next, separate the paper scraps by colour for easy reference. Here comes the fun part — kids can fill in the portrait outline with paper scraps according to the colours that match dad’s hair, skin and shirt. 

For the eyes, paste two white ovals and layer them with two circles in a shade that matches dad’s peepers. Then, let the glue dry for about 30 minutes. Lastly, remember to have the kids pen down their love for dad on the back of the card. Dad will definitely be delighted to receive this frame-worthy piece of art from his little angels!

6. Happy Father’s Day shaker card

Show dad how much he’s appreciated by the family with a novelty handmade Father’s Day shaker card! This fun-filled card is not only an easy crafts project but also one that’s bound to sparkle brilliantly in dad’s office!

You will need:

  • Plastic craft sheet
  • 2 A6 cardstocks
  • Scissors
  • Foam tape
  • Double-sided tape
  • Glitter
  • Sequins
  • Markers

How to:

To begin, create a window frame for the shaker card. Cut the cardstock into a frame with a 3cm width. Then, line the back of the frame with double-sided tape and secure the plastic craft sheet (available on Flamingo.sg Jewelry) over it. Next, trim the plastic craft sheet so it’s the same size as the window frame. After that, line foam tapes (available on Allin Mart) on the edge of the plastic sheet, ensuring there’s no gap between the tapes. 

Meanwhile, the kids can get creative with the other cardstock — drawing pictures or writing a short message for dad. Once that’s done, it’s time to get sparkly! Pick out a bunch of chunky glitter (available on westyletin.sg) and sequins (available on Arya-stop) for the shaker card. Next, pile them in the middle of the card, then secure the window frame onto the cardstock with the foam tape. Lastly, shake the card about to ensure the contents don’t spill and voila! Dad will definitely be amazed at this awesome handmade Father’s Day card.

7. Rainbow pasta Father’s Day card

Who said you can’t get creative with food? If dad’s favourite dish is pasta, surprise him with a rainbow pasta Father’s Day card handmade by the kids! This is one of the best Father’s Day card ideas for kids that will have him grinning and his tummy growling!

You will need:

  • Raw pasta of different shapes
  • Food colouring
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Ziplock bags
  • Super glue
  • A4 Colour papers
  • Parchment paper

How to: 

Prepare a bunch of uncooked pasta in various shapes — think farfalle (available on Shopee Supermarket), conchiglie, penne and fusili pasta . Mix them up and pack them separately into different Ziplock bags (available on rosegoods.sg), one colour of pasta per bag. Next, add a tablespoon of rubbing alcohol into each bag and seal it up. Massage the bag to evenly distribute the rubbing alcohol. Then, add different food colouring to each bag, seal it again and massage the content to distribute the colour. After that, dry the dyed pasta on parchment paper (available on bookmarkss.sg) for a day so that the colours don’t bleed while your kids work on their cards. 

To create the rainbow pasta Father’s Day card, simply fold the coloured paper into half and guide the kids to glue the pasta on the card whichever way they wish to. They can recreate dad’s face or even design a radiating mandala using the coloured pasta!

8. Pull Tab Origami Envelope Father’s Day Card

Running low on art supplies at home or simply do not have time to make a fancy card with your kids? Here’s a quick and simple Pull Tab Origami card idea to shower some love to Dad on his special day.

You will need: 

  • A4 paper 
  • Markers
  • Glitter, sequins, stickers (optional) 
  • Photographs (optional) 
  • Glue (optional) 

How to: 

Grab either some white or coloured A4 paper (available on Emily8888) and start by folding it into half horizontally. Ensure that the crease is sharpened with a bone folder (available on sakulastore.sg), the back of a scissors or just your fingernail. Secondly, open the folded paper, and lay it flat, faced horizontally in front of you. Next, fold the top and bottom right corners towards the crease in the centre. Similarly, do the same for the left side of the paper and you should have 4 equal triangles on all four corners that are nicely in line with the middle crease.

Then, with the triangles facing the side, fold the top down and bottom up toward the centre crease. After that, fold the triangles, from the horizontal side, toward the centre crease. You should get a rectangle-shaped paper at this point. Now flip the paper over such that the folds are now facing down and the flat slide is facing you. 

Here is where the kids can get creative. On the flat side, encourage them to write a heartfelt message or even a drawing for Dad using markers. Decorate the card using different art supplies like glitter, sequins, or stickers. If the kids want, they could even paste their favourite photo of them and Dad!

Once done, fold both sides towards the centre of the paper, then tuck the right fold into the fold on the left side. This ensures that the note is securely folded until the tab is pulled. Now, the pull tab is in the centre of the note. Lastly, don’t forget to label the tab so Dad knows how to unfold the card for his special Father’s Day message!

9. Father’s Day Photo Album 

You know how they always say ‘a picture speaks a thousand words’? Why not let the kids tell Dad (in thousands of words) how much they love him through photographs. This DIY photo album will definitely put a smile on Dad’s face when memories flood his mind as he flips through each page on Father’s Day.

You will need: 

  • A4 coloured paper 
  • Twine 
  • Scissors
  • Hole puncher
  • Glue  
  • Photographs
  • Stickers, sequins, glitter, washi tape (optional) 

How to: 

Let the kids pick out as many different coloured A4 papers depending on the number of desired pages for the photo album. Firstly, cut the A4 paper into quarters to create the pages of the album. Secondly, punch holes along the length of the paper and secure these loose sheets of paper with string twine (available on miqin2.sg).

Next, start assembling the photo album with their favourite printed photographs. Save a trip to the photo printing shop and get 4R photo prints (available on Photobook Singapore) online. Lastly, encourage them to get more creative by decorating each page with washi tape, stickers, or sequins, accompanied by short messages to Dad to tell him they love him!

10. Happy Father’s Day mug card

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Who said a happy Father’s Day card can only be designed on paper? Get creative with your kids and create this easy last-minute card idea — on a mug! This is a practical gift for dad who gets to enjoy his daily cuppa with a unique mug with hand drawn designs by his little ones. We’re sure dad will be showing it off to everyone in the office! 

You will need:

  • Porcelain mug (preferably white)
  • Acrylic paint markers

How to: 

While you can use any mugs to create this Father’s Day card idea for kids, we highly recommend going for mugs that are white or of a lighter colour to ensure the kids’ drawings can be easily seen. The Wilmax Porcelain Mug (available on Poo Lee Trading Official Store) makes for a great mug card thanks to its smooth white design. For the mug drawings, use Non-Toxic Acrylic Paint Markers (available on Sealife) which are also permanent and waterproof. Let the kids draw a picture of dad on the mug and pen down some of their heartfelt words for the greatest man in their life! Once they have completed their masterpiece, let the mug air dry before wrapping it up for dad. 

11. Popsicle card for Father’s Day

This quirky Father’s day card idea for kids is not only fun to create but also easy to surprise dad with! Simply pop this card into dad’s pen holder in his study or stick it into his favourite flower pot. Dad will be sure to gasp in delight when he find the dainty card while going about his daily routine! 

You will need:

  • A4 coloured paper (blue & black)
  • A4 hite paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Markers

How to:

Cut a blue coloured paper into three strips (5 x 10cm). Get the kids to do a zig zag fold on all of these strips. While the zig zag fold is compressed, cut one end of the strip into a sharp tapered shape. Repeat these on the other two strips. Then, glue the three strips together from end to end such that they create one long zig zag strip. Transform the strip into a circle by connecting the two ends together with glue. Once the glue has dried, press the circle down from the middle to create a flat rounded fan design with jagged edges. Add glue to the middle of the fan and add a small piece of square white paper to cover up the unsightly connection.

Using a black paper (10 x 5cm), fold it into half and sketch out the shape of half a mustache with a pencil. Cut the black paper along the lines and unfold to reveal a complete mustache. Then, use another piece of black paper (6 x 6cm) to sketch out a classic top hat. Cut along the lines and get the kids to glue both the mustache and top hats onto the fan (side without white paper). 

Roll a piece of white paper (15 x 10cm) into a thin stick, and decorate by twirling a thin strip of black paper around it. Glue this stick onto the bottom of the fan (side with white paper). Pick another coloured paper (16 x 8cm) in dad’s favourite colour and fold it into half. Using a circle compass, sketch a big circle on the paper and cut it, taking care to leave one side of the circle uncut. Open up the circle card and let your kids decorate their Happy Father’s Day card with markers! Once done, glue the back of the card onto the fan (side with white paper) and you’re done!

12. Father’s Day wearable tie card

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Is dad lacking a tie in his wardrobe? Instead of buying one for him, why not get the kids to create a handmade tie that’s one-in-the-world! This felt tie card kit comes with all the materials you need for the kids to get crafty. The card also doubles as an actual wearable tie (if dad’s game for it) with an attachable band to loop around the neck! Dad will surely chuckle when he receives this happy Father’s Day ‘card’!

You will need:

  • Father’s Day felt tie card kit

How to:

This art and craft is extremely simple even for kids thanks to the all-in-one Father’s Day Felt Tie Card Kit (available on Maxxjoy Collection). Your little ones won’t even be needing  scissors or glue as all the felt materials are pre-cut into shapes and come with adhesive backing for convenience. Simply lay the materials out on the table and get your little ones to focus on decorating the card from bottom to top. Once they are done decorating, help them slot the band into the two holes at the top of the card and voila! Get ready to help dad put on this special tie on Father’s Day!

13. Father’s Day secret scratch card

Have a secret to tell dad this Father’s Day? Your little ones can now hide what they have to say to dad in this interesting Father’s Day card idea for kids! Utilising the scratch card concept, the kids can conceal their words behind a special acrylic paint concoction which can be scratched off easily with a coin after it dries. This adds an element of surprise and mystery to the fun occasion! 

You will need:

  • White cardstock (12.7 x 17.8cm)
  • A4 Coloured paper
  • Acrylic paint
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Clear Tape
  • Pencil
  • Coloured markers
  • Paint brush
  • Coin

How to:

Help your kids draw faint lines using a pencil across the cardstock horizontally. There should be a 2cm gap in between the lines. This acts as a guide for the kids to write their secret Father’s Day wishings. Then, the kids can go ahead and fill in the lines with what they want to say to dad. Be sure to leave a line after every sentence. Trace the words with coloured markers.

Moving on to the fun part — hiding the words! Select a few lines of the card to conceal. Cover these sentences with a strip of clear tape. To formulate the scratch-off paint, mix two parts of acrylic colour of your choice with one part of dishwashing liquid. Paint this mixture over the areas covered with tape using a paintbrush. Let it dry and add another coat. You may need to coat multiple layers to achieve maximum opacity. 

Fold the coloured paper into half and glue the scratch card onto the coloured paper. Open up the card to reveal more space for your kids to doodle for dad! Once done, all dad needs to do is to scratch away the paint at the front with a coin to reveal the secrets his little monkeys have to say to him!

Gift dad a creative handmade card this Father’s Day 

We hope this list of Father’s Day card ideas will bring joy to your kids and a smile on their dad’s face! Besides a cute handmade Father’s Day card for dad, pamper him a little more on this special day with these Father’s Day gifts! The whole family can also sit down for a fun movie night with some classic movies that dad will love. Psst, don’t forget the popcorn!

This article was updated on 17 June 2021. Additional research done by Tiffany Chng.

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