Don't let Father's Day pass without letting your dad know just how much he means to you (and the rest of your family).
While you can always show him with your actions (think: a fun-filled day with activities and gifts), your words may have a greater impact. And sure, the message in the card will warm his heart, but these Father's Day card ideas will ensure that the card itself has the same effect.
Picking up a generic Father's Day card will certainly get the job done, but it won't mean nearly as much as one made by his favorite little hands, aka his son or daughter. That said, take the personalized route and make one of these handmade Father's Day cards for your one-of-a-kind dad.
Whether he’s a self-proclaimed “master of dad jokes," fishing fanatic or sports fan, you'll find a Father's Day card that taps into his passions, interests and, well, quirks. From funny to sweet and food-focused to intergalactic, these DIY card ideas can easily be tailored to the man of the hour (ahem, day).
If you really want to make his day, pair any of these cards with a homemade Father's Day gift — both made with lots of love, of course.
Handprint Grill Father's Day card
Combine two of your dad's favorite things: his kid and days spent manning the grill. Turn handprint cutouts into flames for a personal touch.
Pop-up Father's Day card
Keep it simple on the outside, then wow him with a hidden message crafted by yours truly.
Doggone cute Father's Day card
Make this paw-some Father's Day card for the dad who loves his furry best friend. Cut out a dog that looks just like his or go with an indistinguishable pup — he'll be happy either way.
Hooked on Dad! Father's Day card
Fishing for just the right compliment to pay your father on his big day? Look no further: Turn your child’s handprint into a fish to tell him that he's o-fish-ally the best dad ever.
Fingerprint baseball card
Batter up! To personalize this simple yet sporty card, stamp a few little fingers along the stitching of the baseball cutout.
Gone fishing! Father's Day card
It doesn’t get any easier than this as-sweet-as-sugar Father's Day card. You can write any message you want, but the blogger suggests going with "Fishing you a happy Father’s Day!" How fitting!
Popsicle Father's Day card
Let dad know that he’s the coolest guy on the block with this whimsical popsicle card. Kids of all ages will love painting the printable popsicles in a medley of bright colors — and Dad will totally appreciate the pun.
Handprint Father's Day cards
Have the kids trace their hands to lay the foundation for these mustached men — a nice way to call out to Dad's impressive 'stache, don't ya think? Our guess: These cards will earn a spot on his fridge.
"You’re the best pop" Father's Day card
Whether the father in your life is a big movie guy or he just loves popcorn, this card will make him smile. To stay on theme, write a note inside telling Dad he can chose the next movie you watch together.
Pirate Father’s Day card
No need to walk the plank if you haven’t picked up a Father’s Day card yet — just make this pirate-themed one instead. Turn your kid's handprints into the pirate's beard, then add a hat and eye patch to complete the look. The end result: Dad will feel positively treasured. Aye!
Handprint fish Father's Day card
If he likes fishing, this DIY Father’s Day card idea is sure to be a catch! Use the outline of your little one’s hand to make the fish, then write "I’m hooked on you, dad" inside.
I love you thiiisss much
Do you love your dad thiiisss much? Then let him know with this homemade Father's Day card, which only calls for cardstock, markers, scissors and glue to assemble. Connect the two handprints with a strip of paper that is as long as your love (give or take).
Interstellar handprint card
Remind Dad that's he truly out of this world. To give this card the intergalactic treatment, spritz thinned-out acrylic paint in an array of blues, purples and metallics around a traced handprint.
"I lava you" Father's Day card
Everyone loves a good pun, and this DIY volcano card totally delivers. Pair your little one's handprint with the message, "I lava you," and you'll have his heart overflowing with love this Father's Day.
Owl Father's Day card
Using colorful cardstock and markers, you can make him an oh-so-cute owl card. Whoo’s the best dad on Father’s Day? Yours, of course!
DIY Father’s Day knot card
Seafaring dads will love this nautical card idea. The simple, loving, message, "Our family would knot be the same without you," is guaranteed to give him all the feels.
Watercolor Father's Day card
Use watercolors to make the messages on your card come to life. Mix and match all of your dad's favorite colors to personalize it just for him. Psst, you can make him a matching bookmark, too!
Whale Father’s Day card
This ocean-inspired card is simple enough for kids to make. Have them come up with their very own special message or stick with ‘Dad, I whaley love you,’ which is just too cute.
"Love you to the moon" Father's Day card
He’ll be so touched by this stellar handprint card idea. It's a super sweet way for your child to tell their dad, grandpa anyone else that they love them to the moon and back.
Papa bear Father's Day card
Protecting their kids is what dads do best. If your dad has serious papa bear instincts, then he’ll appreciate the symbolism behind this card, which kids can easily decorate with markers, googly eyes and pompoms.
Bird's nest Father's Day card
Turn a mix of plain and patterned paper scraps into a colorful bird's nest. The birder in your family will crow over your creation for weeks to come.
Pop-up baseball Father's Day card
Take it from the blogger who made this card: This paper glove will be a "home-run hit!" Using cardstock, markers and a photo of his biggest fans (his kids, of course), combine his two favorite things — baseball and family — with to avoid a strikeout this Father's Day.
Jellyfish Father's Day card
Everyone will be completely jelly-ous when they see this colorful creation. Come up with your own message to let him know that your love is as deep as the sea. Or let the jellyfish, made out of painted handprints and cereal, do all the talking.