Father’s Day Crafting for Kids

Father’s Day is approaching on Sunday, and there’s not a lot better than a homemade card. If you need a creative nudge, here are some templates and ideas for making at home.

Meri Meri have provided so many great stay-at-home ideas for children during lockdown, including their printable paper dolls: Ruby, Matilda and Lila. For Father’s Day they have a camping card to craft at home. Print, colour and fold out into a teddy bear’s picnic complete with campfire and a tent. If you don’t have the right printer or any card at home you can just print onto paper and then cut and stick onto card. Download here.

Romeo + Jules have a whole series of download & print menu cards. Make Father’s Day lunch into a special occasion by inventing and writing out a menu for your feast. Have a go at designing your own, or this June Flowers design can be printed here. There’s also a new Father’s Day card to download (£1.50) and either send as an e-card or print out.

Boden have been posting Mini Missions on their site throughout lockdown – build a fort, make a treasure box, Harry Potter quizzes and more. The latest is their template: Make a Fathers Day Book. Print out the pages and fill in the questions, adding drawings and your own decorations before tying with a ribbon.

We love these origami hearts. Papier’s Creative Director, Christina Forman talks you through how to make them with with a secret note tucked inside on Papier’s IGTV Make & Create channel. So satisfying to make and all you need is paper, pens and paints.

Stella McCartney’s free colouring pages are a recent discovery (though we posted about lots of printables at the start of lockdown). This LOVE message seems the ticket for Father’s Day, just stick to the front of a card and colour in.

Finally, we’re great fans of Cockpit Arts, and this weekend lots of their artists and makers are going to be providing online tutorials and creative workshops as part of their Midsummer Festival of Making. There are three events running to co-incide with Father’s Day on Sunday 21 June: for younger children there’s a family workshop, Sculpting with Playdough with ceramicist Annette Bugansky at 11am. At 2.30pm, there’s suminagashi paper marbling with Lucy McGrath where you can make a Father’s Day card. And at 4pm, join artist Amber Khokhar for an introduction to geometry in art. Bring a compass, ruler and paper – and your Dad – and learn about shape, ratio and proportion (ages 14+). All places must be booked in advance, find the details here.

— Daisy Allsup
15th June 2020

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