How to make your own homemade Father’s Day card featuring dad’s favorite side dish: french fries!
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Father’s Day is coming up and you all know what that means! That for some reason the dad of the house will still insist on breaking out the grill and cooking up enough burgers to feed a whole neighborhood to celebrate. It also means that it’s time to gather up the kiddos, dig through the craft supplies and whip up a homemade card for Father’s Day that is straight from the heart…and maybe the stomach. Speaking of grilled burgers, everyone knows that the one true perfect side dish to go with them is french fries! Or, in this case, a homemade Father’s Day French Fries Card featuring all the wonderful things about dad!
This homemade french fries card is perfect for dad in so many ways. It’s an easy paper craft idea for kids to make, it features dad’s favorite side item, and it’s a cute way to let dad know just how much he’s appreciated. Though french fries are usually salty, these fries carry sweeter messages from the heart. Whether he’s a griller or just a fan of potatoes, this homemade card is the perfect way to put a smile on his face this Father’s Day.
Materials for Homemade Father’s Day French Fries Card
The first step in this DIY Father’s Day card is to gather up all the crafting materials you and the kids will need for this project! This easy craft idea requires just a few materials that you probably already have laying around the house leftover from previous school projects.
DIY Father’s Day card materials:
- Cardstock paper
- Scissors (opt for kid-safe scissors if the kiddos want to do this project by themselves)
- Glue Stick
- 18-inch ruler
- L-square ruler
- Large translucent cutting mat
- Black sharpie
Crafting this Homemade Father’s Day Card
Once the materials and the kids are rounded up and ready, we get to move on to the fun part: making the card! This Father’s Day card is easy to make, even in a time crunch, and is perfect to showcase several of dad’s awesome features and show how much he is appreciated for everything he does. Plus, he will probably love the fact that you’re celebrating him through a paper craft version of his favorite language: food.
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How to make a DIY Father’s Day French Fries card:
- First, use my template to trace or draw a box for the french fries to go in. Then, use the scissors to carefully cut out the front and back box shapes.
- Next, grab a piece of white cardstock paper and fold it in half horizontally. I like to use a ruler to help create a crisp, clean fold.
- After your card is folded and ready, position all the fry box pieces on the card to make sure you space it out right so you can glue them down correctly.
- Then, use the glue stick to attach the smaller piece of the fry box to the larger one by glueing just the sides and bottom of the two pieces together to create a pocket.
- Once the french fry box is assembled, glue the backside of the largest side of the fry box to the front of the card.
- Let everything dry completely.
- Once the card is dry, grab a black sharpie and use it to write at the top of the fry box “DAD, You Are…” and draw a sweet smiley face.
- Then it’s time to make the french fries. To do this just cut out a few 1/2 inch wide strips from a piece of yellow cardstock paper.
- Make sure you cut the fries long enough to stick up out of the fry box.
- To cut out several fries at a time with ease try using a large translucent cutting mat.
- Next, use the black sharpie again to write out some of the awesome things you and the kids love about dad! Write one message on each yellow fry strip.
- Finally, insert the french fries with their written messages into the fry box and write one more sweet message to dad on the inside.
Father’s Day French Fry Message Ideas
Life with kids can get a bit chaotic at times, we all know that. So, it’s completely understandable if you and the kids are trying to make this homemade father’s day card at the last minute and having a little trouble with creative writing. Or maybe this is your first attempt at trying to craft with a toddler and you’re running into some technical difficulties. Either way, sometimes it can be hard to find the right words to express all of the ways dad is appreciated when it comes time to write the messages on the fries. If you happen to get a little case of writer’s block, here are a few ideas that might refresh your memory.
Earlier, we wrote on the fry box “Dad, you are…”
- …loved/loving (of course!)
- …funny, silly, or goofy (for dad’s who always have a joke)
- …a great cook
- …smart, wise, or clever
- …an awesome storyteller
- …brave or courageous
- Does dad have a favorite hobby or two? Be sure to include something sweet about anything he loves.
If you are starting to get hints that dad is thinking about pulling out the trusty grill to celebrate Father’s Day again this year, don’t miss the opportunity to match his energy! This DIY french fries card is the perfect match for grill-master dads who can’t resist the urge to grill. Or for dads who just love french fries, for that matter. Either way, this homemade Father’s Day card is a great way to show dad all the many ways he’s loved and appreciated.
DIY Father’s Day french fries card
- Draw or trace a fry box from my template. Cut out box shapes with scissors.
- Fold white cardstock in half horizontally. I use a ruler to help create a crisp fold.
- Position all pieces on a card to make sure you will glue correctly.
- Glue a smaller piece of a fry box to a larger only on sides and a bottom to create a pocket. Finally, glue the back of the large side of the fry box to the card.
- Let everything dry.
- With a black sharpie, write at the top of the fry box "DAD, You Are…" and draw a smiley face.
- Cut out 1/2 inch strips from yellow cardstock.
- With a black sharpie, write messages on yellow strips of cardstock.
- Insert french fries into the fry box.
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