What’s Your Special Message for Dad This Father’s Day?

FathersDayGiftFather’s Day is right around the corner, and if you’re looking for a special gift that says, “Thanks, Dad, you’re the best,” then you have come to the right place! We have a do-it-yourself Father’s Day card for the person you call Dad in your life, and we have hand-selected some of our favorite Bronner’s pieces that will WOW your dad this Father’s Day.

We are very fortunate to have such talented staff at Bronner’s. One of our co-workers from web team, Carrie Sebold, is a master at making homemade cards. She designed and crafted this beautifully unique card that you see in the picture below. This card can also double as a gift card holder! Carrie has provided us with step-by-step instructions to make this crafty little piece.

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What you need:

  • 1 sheet of plaid cardstock (or patterned paper of your choice)
  • 1 sheet of colored cardstock (coordinate this color with patterned paper)
  • 3 buttons
  • Needle and thread (coordinate color of thread with card)
  • Scotch® 3M permanent double-sided tape
  • Clear adhesive dots

Finding manly plaid in my neck of the woods was a challenge, but thankfully I was about to get my hands on some! (WOO!) Alright, let’s get started.

    1. Take the solid colored cardstock and cut a 5½” x 8½” piece. Fold it in half to make an A2 sized-card (4¼” x 5½”). This will be the base of the card that everything will be attached to. Set the remaining solid-colored cardstock aside. It will be used to mat the pocket and the collar later.
    2. Cut a piece of the plaid/patterned cardstock out BUT smaller than the folded base cardstock. This will give the matting effect that we want. Just remember how much you do here will be done around the pocket and collar for consistency.
    3. Take the remaining plaid/patterned cardstock and cut out a collar and a pocket. (I wanted my pocket to have a point to it, so that is how I cut it.) Just REMEMBER if you want a gift card to fit in the pocket, make sure to make it big enough. This pocket is roughly 2  5/8″ tall x 2  5/8″ wide, and the collar is roughly 1  5/16″ tall x 3  5/16″ wide.
    4. Cut a piece of solid-colored cardstock to go under the pocket and another one to go under the collar. This, again, will give it that matting effect that we want. Try to do a similar amount around the pocket and collar as you did under the large card base in step 1. Now you should have the following pieces laid out in front of you. (See picture below).

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      Step 4
    5. Before adhering the plaid paper to the colored cardstock, you can give the shirt a bit of a “wow” factor by stitching it with a needle and thread. If you don’t want to stitch by hand, you can leave it plain or put dashes on the paper using a marker or pen.
    6. For stitching, use a piercing tool and a SEWeasy™ piercing mat. Make 34 holes around the pocket and 26 around the collar.

      Pokingholes
      Step 6
    7. Thread the needle in and out of the holes.  NOTE:  If you do not want to add thickness to the card from potential knots, use double-sided sticky tape to adhere the end of the thread to the card before stitching.
      Threading
      Step 7

      Stitch
      Step 7
    8. Once the stitching is complete on both pieces,  adhere the plaid paper to the folded cardstock (from step 1) using Scotch® 3M permanent double-sided tape and set aside. Then adhere the rest of the pieces (color and pocket) together (see photo below). NOTE: For the pocket, cut a thin piece of doublesided tape and place it along each side of the pocket except for the top; you want to make sure your pocket square or gift card will fit inside.

      Step 8
    9. Grab the three buttons. You can thread the buttons if you want but don’t have to. (I chose to thread them, and since I was going to use medium adhesive dots by ZOTS™, I didn’t mind if there was a small knot on the back of the buttons).

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      Step 9
    10. Adhere the buttons to the card using the clear adhesive dots.

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      Step 10
    11.  Next is the pocket square. I used a Gina Marie Designs stitched drop-pennant die to cut out the shape, but you can cut out the pocket any which way you’d like. From there, trim off about 1 inch so that the pocket square sticks out of the pocket just right.
    12. Add a sentiment to the pocket square, either handwritten or stamped. (I stamped a sentiment from Hero Arts® Happy Dad’s Day stamp set using my black pigment ink pad, embossing powder, and embossing heat gun).PocketSquare1
    13.  The front of the card is done! Now moving to the inside. Cut a piece of white (or any color you prefer) cardstock to fit in the inside of the folded card from step 1. Optional: I used a brown mini ink pad to ink the edge of the paper. This adds some dimension to the plain paper.
    14. Stamp or write in your own personal message.LastStep
    15. Take the cardstock message (for inside of card), place double-sided tape on the back and adhere to the inside of the folded card.

      Voilà, your masterpiece is finished! Final1 Final2

A special gift from Bronner’s

Not the DIY kind of person? That’s okay! We have selected some of our favorite gifts to give Dad this Father’s Day from Bronner’s.

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Looking for something short, simple and sweet? This ornament does all of that. Best part is you can purchase an individual ornament stand and have this keepsake out all year round! Stand and ornament together are under $12 and both can be found online and in store! Click here to purchase ornament. Click here to purchase stand.

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So your dad loves to grill? Well, say no more! Bronner’s (in-store only) carries some great barbecue mugs, books and accessories. If you’d like to find out more information about these products, call customer service at (800) 361-6736.

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Does your dad like to enjoy an ice cold beer from time to time? I know mine does! Not only do we carry beer ornaments, we also carry these unique lights that would be perfect in your dad’s man cave. You can purchase the ornaments here and the lights here.

Do you have a clever do-it-yourself gift that you are giving your dad? Or a special memory that you’d like to share? Tell us all about it in the comments below!

Happy Father’s Day!

Decoratively yours,
– Bronner’s Blog Team

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