handmade dad gift cardThis idea has been a long time in the making. I made one for my mom a couple of years ago. And I remember thinking about making it for dad as well. In fact, i’ve been wanting to make it in a whole bunch of phrases. There’s just so much you can do with the basic design. But, that’s for another time. This week, we finally got around to making the gift card for my dad’s birthday and I love the way it has turned out.

What I really like about this kind of layered card is that it will really last, since it’s made of cardboard. The other bonus, is that you can add as much or as little detail to the gift card as you like. The one we made for mom had a whole lot of pearls, flowers and photographs. Which is quite a bit to my mom’s tastes. On the other hand, dad prefers personal messages, bright colors and basic designs. Which is what inspired this design. Check out the details below.

Time: 1-2 hours

Budget: Low


  1. Cardboard
  2. Acrylic Paints
  3. Black & Gold Markers
  4. Keyrings/ Ribbon
  5. Pencil/ Paintbrush
  6. Scissors/Cutter
  7. Single Punch

gift card cutting


The first step of this DIY gift card is to draw out the design on a cardboard and cut it out. We were lucky enough, to get our cut outs from Hobby Ideas, Mumbai. However, you can make them quite easily by, drawing out the individual cards on cardboard. Let me know, if you need ready made cut outs or a walk through for it. 

Once the cut outs were ready, we started working on the design for the card. We opted for block colors, as my father loves bright colors. However, basic colors would look plain on their own. So, we decided to add simple aztec designs to it.

dad color card

The next step is to paint the 3 parts of the card and let them dry. Make sure they are absolutely dry. Otherwise, the layers will stick to each other and make it difficult to draw on.

painting dad card

After the layers have dried out, we drew simple aztec designs on the whole of the first letter and the visible portion of  the other two letters. We did this, so that the effect was seen, while leaving enough space to write messages. Then, we gave it a second layer, with gold markers. Here, we left space in between the design, so that the color beneath could be seen. Let the gold outlines dry out.

diy dada card

The last step of this project, is to add a little black detail. We wanted the gold and base colors to really get highlighted. Which meant minimal black. So, we limited it to outlines (they just give finish to everything, don’t they?) and scattered black lines on the design.

birthday card for dad

At this stage, your gift card is essentially ready. You can choose to add embellishments. But, I wouldn’t really recommend that. It would be too much and may spoil the overall simple look. Instead, we just added the loops to the holes we punched on the side. And done!

Things to remember:

  1. Let each layer dry out.
  2. Make sure the holes punched into the cardboard are aligned, one over the other.
  3. If you don’t have loops available, you can use key rings or ribbon instead.

dad gift card

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