So I made this for my husband along with my kids for this year, so that's why this is coming out on Father's Day, but something cool to think about for next year or inspired for other homemade cards. You definitely make it your own for who you are making it for. We made this one for my husband who LOVES disc golf. And for those who don't know, disc golf is played in the woods, hence the "Big Foot" character and giant tree and our pun inspired disc golf "Have a rippin' Father's Day!" and his love for puns.
You can change the theme to whatever you would like and use it for Father's Day or any holiday or birthday where you would like to make someone a pop-up card.
1. Construction paper
2. markers, colored pencils or crayons
Steps to make Pop-Up Card
Time estimate: 30 minutes - 1 hour *depends on how many pieces you include, details, and background
1. Draw out a rough draft of what you're pop-up card will look like to have an idea of heights you will want the pieces you'll be making that will "pop out" to make sure they will fit on the lengths of the cuts you choose and what you're scene will look like. This will help in not having to restart or having any mix-ups.
2. Fold a piece of paper in half and push down the crease. Then cut parallel strips at varying lengths, but not too long so selected pieces won't stick out when folded up.
3. Glue a second sheet of construction paper on the outside of the card so the holes from the parallel lines won't show when folded and you will have this be the front and back of the card. This second piece of paper can be whatever color you choose and helps give a little extra strength to your card when making your pop up card pieces for the inside. I learned this the hard way by not adding in the second piece of paper until the end when I finished the "pop-up" part.
4. Create the background of your card, meaning the part that will not "pop-up". I learned the hard way to do all of this first, but now you will know that it's easier to follow these steps.
5. Create your pieces, cut out, and glue onto the parallel strips that should stand like picture on left side below. Create anymore of the background that is not pop-up before putting your "pop-up" pieces on if near the strips when laid down, easier to color before those pieces on glued on.
Picture on right shows putting your pieces onto the different strips. Be careful with this step, you can easily break pieces, very delicate when putting on the glue.
6. Finish up any wording you want on the card for the front (left) and inside (right). You could make this by drawing, writing, or using construction paper. It's up to you and your personal design you want it to look like.
You are finished! Way to go for a "thoughtful handmade" card for your loved one made by you and inspired by who they are.
I wanted to share ten ways you could celebrate Dad on Father's Day and to show him just how much you really do care about him and all he does for the children. For me personally, I have a husband who loves to be silly, loves disc golf, coding on his computer and puns...LOTS OF PUNS! So my perspective is inspired a lot by him. And then, my Dad, who was a Spanish teacher and is retiring this year: He loves telling stories, pens, gadgets, swimming, and watching movies. He's a big "Back to the Future" and "Rocky" fan! Then my father-in-law, who used to deliver newspapers for a long time and loves stripping copper and repurposing what people have thrown away into something useful again. He also loves making whirl-a-gigs (whirl-a-gigs will be a in a future post). Both my Dad and Father-in-law love playing with my kids too and just having a good time. They all like vacations to either the beach or mountains.
So based on these three men in my life, it has a lot to do with my top ten list, so yours may differ for those you are celebrating in your life!
1. Get them a card to show you care.
Let them know in a card how much they mean to you. Now it's up to you to pick out the card you know will match their personality that lets them know you know what they like as well!
2. Quality time.
Listening to him talk about his day and just listening unless he asks your opinion on something. Playing board games that he likes, charades or pictionary or another game he likes. Maybe even build legos together or something else he likes to do while still getting to talk. Does he like science? Maybe do a fun science experiment together.
3. Going out to eat to their favorite restaurant.
Let them pick where they want to go and you order the food, bring it to the table and get it ready and let him be served. Go around while eating say why you are thankful for him.
4. Surprise them with a clean car inside and out.
Get up early and go get the car washed, cleaned out and vacuumed and don't forget the fragrance! It will be a nice surprise for Dad to know he's loved and have a nice clean car to drive.
5. Take the kids out one weekend.
Plan a weekend trip getaway for him to somewhere you know he's been wanting to go with some friends, work out all the logistics and keep it a surprise!
6. Making him lunch with a different reason you love him each day.
He will love knowing he's being thought of each morning and it doesn't have to be an extravagant lunch, sandwiches are fine. Anything he loves. Also write a little note each day with a different reason you love him each day. (I try to think of "puns" for this one)
7. Go see a movie that he picks out and then go out afterwards so you can discuss it.
Preplan and preorder the tickets. Go to a movie you know he's been wanting to see, include the kids if age appropriate, if not, then get a sitter and plan it all out so it's just done. Then get a snack or meal afterwards why you discuss the movie with him. If you can set up the theme of the movie afterwards that would be fantastic!
8. A thoughtful handmade gift.
You can find tons of ideas on Pinterest or a simple google search for handmade gift ideas using the children's handprints and/or footprints to personalize the gift. Or look for a nice monogrammable gift of something you know he will love. Etsy is a great store to get personalized unique gifts for any occasion, including Father's Day.
Check out my Pinterest Board on Father's Day to get you started.
9. Having dinner ready when he gets home.
Have a plan for dinner each day so it will be ready when he gets home each day and it's just done. Then all he has to do is sit down to enjoy it.
10. Having the house cleaned.
Have a plan for getting a little bit of the house cleaned each day and stick to it so you can stay on task and always have it clean when he gets home to show him you care.
What are some things you have done in the past to celebrate the special fathers in your life? Share them below, would love to know. Feel free to share your own blog posts if they relate to Father's Day in anyway and are family/homeschool friendly. Would love to get some inspiration from you as well.