Father’s Day Crafts for Dad

This Father’s Day, show him how crafty you really are

An image of Gloria Kenyon.
Gloria Kenyon
Public Programs Coordinator
June 19, 2020
A photograph of a child painting on a piece of paper.

Junior craft master adding red paint "stitches" to his baseball

This Sunday is Father’s Day. Maybe you and your dad are Like Father, Like Son or maybe you’re different from one another. Today we have two crafts to celebrate dad using materials you likely have in your home. Please note, these crafts are designed for pre-school to elementary-age children with some help from an adult.

Baseball Glove Card

A photograph of a handmade card with a baseball

Knock it out of the park with this catcher's mitt Father's Day card.

Supplies Needed:

  • Cardboard
  • Baseball Glove Template (if needed)
  • Hole Punch
  • Black or Brown Yarn
  • White Paper
  • Red crayon, paint, or marker

Use the template or trace your child’s hand on the cardboard to make the glove shape. Cut it out.

Punch 4 holes at each juncture; two on each finger side.

Lace the yarn through the holes in a X pattern across each set of holes. Tie off the yarn to the back of the glove.

Trace a circle to fit in the middle of the glove. Paint or draw red lines to look like baseball stitching.

Cut out the circle and glue to the center of the glove.

Write in your Father’s Day message.

Bowtie Card

A photograph of a handmade card with a bowtie

An elegant bowtie Father's Day card for Dad. 

Supplies Needed:

  • Card stock or construction paper, 2 colors
  • Buttons
  • Ribbon
  • Glue
  • Scissors

Fold the main color of paper in half to make a card.

Cut the other paper into a 3 x 5 rectangle.

Accordion fold the rectangle into a bowtie shape, folding the long sides. Glue a piece of ribbon around the center to hold in shape. Fan out the sides.

Glue the bowtie down at the top.

Cut a piece of ribbon to fit from the bottom of the bowtie to the bottom of the card. Glue down. Glue a series of buttons on top of the ribbon to make it look like a shirt.

Write in your Father’s Day message.

After you share with your dad or the father figure in your life, please share with us @americanart. 

This is the fifth blog post we've published on crafting at home. We'll be publishing another at-home craft with the craft master soon. In the meantime, check out our video library of crafting projects from past Handi-hour events.


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