magic father’s day card

Courtney Takabayashi
Megan Wakayama
June 15, 2023

This Father’s Day, get out your crafting supplies, gather the kids, and delight that special dad with this fun “magic” card!


  • Colored paper or cardstock
  • White paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Plastic page protector or thick zip-top bag
  • Stapler
  • Black permanent marker
  • Markers or crayons

Print page 1 of the template on colored paper or cardstock. This is the frame of the card. Using cardstock makes the card more sturdy.

Choose a design and print page 2 (superhero dad), 3 (dino dad), or 4 (design your own) on white paper.

On page 1, cut out both pieces. Cut out the inside of the frame. On the design page, cut out both pieces.

Fold the frame in half on the dotted line. Fold the smaller piece on the dotted line printed-side in. Fold the blank rectangle sides on the dotted lines with printed side down.

Place the frame on your work surface with the cut-out part on the left and the folded part facing in. Place the blank rectangle with folded sides onto the right side of the frame. Tuck the right folded part of the rectangle into the right folded part of the frame.

Glue the white folded sides to the frame.

Glue the frame closed.

Cut page protector using the rectangle with the design as a guide.

Place page protector piece on top of design. Tuck both pieces into the small, folded rectangle from page 1. Staple twice.

Use permanent marker to trace the thicker lines of the design on the page protector.

For design 1, trace the words “My Dad” and the outline of the dad.

For design 2, trace the dinosaurs and “My dad.”

Lift the page protector and decorate the image.

Insert stapled bundle into the frame with the page protector in front of the white rectangle and the decorated image behind the white rectangle.  

If you’re having trouble assembling the card, think of the white rectangle you glued to the frame as a trick background. This trick background separates the page protector outline from your decorated image so only the page protector outline shows.

Then, when you pull the card out, it’s magic!

Happy Father's Day! 

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