Clever Father's Day Ideas for Card Makers

Father's Day is fast approaching and so I've gathered several handmade cards that I can pretty much guarantee will be man-approved, whether for this holiday, his birthday, or other special occasions. Longtime readers may remember them; if you're new here, welcome and happy making - I love sharing my ideas with other paper aficionados as that's how we learn.


Father's Day card resembling a folded plaid paper shirt with real buttons and quilled initials on the breast pocket

Card makers often struggle with ideas that the average Joe will appreciate. I tend to think the message that's written inside a card is more important than what is on the front, but of course the art can convey a message too. These first two cards will surely puff up Dad's chest... after all, who doesn't enjoy a compliment?

Real buttons and quilled pocket initials add pizzazz to this Father's Day shirt card.


quilled cool cat wearing sunglasses on Father's Day card


This sunglasses-bedecked quilled cat card always makes me smile, so imagine what it will do to boost your dad's morale. The cool cat has a fair share of tiny details so will take some time, but as I'm forever saying, once a quiller knows how to make the basic shapes, the world is your oyster. You'll be able to look at any quilled design and be able to recreate it.

cool cat Father's Day card featuring a quilled cat wearing sunglasses

To simplify the card, instead of a quilled cat, you could use a charcoal pencil to draw one or substitute a stamped cat image and add a pair of card stock glasses. I made this card after seeing a stamped design as I  knew it would be a fun one to turn into a quilled version. 

quilled mandala centered on front of Father's Day card with plaid ribbon accent


Mandalas are popular among quillers... there's even an entire book of gorgeous, intricate patterns, Quilled Mandalas: 30 Paper Projects for Creativity and Relaxation, by Alli Bartkowski. 


This quilled mandala card features a less complicated one that I mounted on gold plastic mesh and accented with manly plaid ribbon and brass fasteners. If you can make a quilled marquise, teardrop, and tight coil, you can quill this design.

hands displaying Father's Day card featuring paper balloons on baker's twine strings and patterned paper pop up origami DAD letters

This origami pop up card was originally created as a guest tutorial by Karla Lim, who has since gone on to become an enterprising calligrapher with a new book to her credit, Creative Calligraphy Made Easy


If you would like to make a gift for Dad too, how about this three-dimensional Relax sign from Ecogami?


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  1. Love all the fathers day card ideas. I think the cat is my favorite.

  2. My daughter is a crazy cat lady. I am new to quilling but feel I could make the cat & frame it for her. Thanks for the idea!


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