How to make a homemade Father’s Day Rocket card for a dad who is out of this world!
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As Father’s Day approaches you might be trying to figure out how to make dad’s big day truly special for him. Well, what could be more special or thoughtful than a homemade Father’s Day gift? Not much!…unless you’ve got that million bucks he’s always asking about. Okay, so maybe you don’t have that much cash hanging around but you can make him feel like a million bucks with this fun DIY art project instead. For dads who are out of this world or who just love everything revolving around outer space, make this Father’s Day the best one yet by crafting a homemade rocket card for him!
This easy paper craft project is perfect to make with toddlers, preschool-aged kids, or with kids of any age really. Whether you and the kiddos are making this homemade rocket card ahead of time or you’ve found yourself stuck in a bit of a time crunch, this is a wonderful option for a handmade gift idea! If this happens to be dad’s first Father’s Day then this is also a super sweet idea to make for him on behalf of the little one until they are big enough to introduce to kid-friendly crafts. Whatever your situation may be, if the dad of the house loves space, astronomy, or any of those space action-packed movies then this DIY Father’s Day Rocket card is the perfect handmade gift to make to celebrate him.
DIY Father’s Day Rocket Card Equipment
The very first step of this fun kids paper craft is to gather up all the crafting materials and tools you and the kids will need for this DIY gift project. Most of these items you probably already have at home from previous school projects. However, there are a couple of other crafting tools that you may not have already that you do need for smooth rocket card crafting.
DIY Rocket Card crafting materials and tools:
- Cardstock paper (black)
- Construction Paper (several colors)
- Scissors (opt for kid-safe scissors if your little one wants to fly solo on this project)
- Glue Stick
- Large Paper Punch -Scalloped Circle
- Paper Punch- Star
- 18-inch ruler
- L-square ruler
- Picture of your child (small enough that you can use the scalloped circle punch to cut around your child’s face)
- Large translucent cutting mat
Building a Homemade Rocket…Card, That Is!
After you have all of your crafting tools and materials gathered up and ready, it is time to move on to the really, really fun part…building the homemade rocket card! If you have ever wanted to build your own homemade rocket but with much less of a mess then this paper craft project is perfect for you! Plus, this way is much easier to do successfully with ease.
How to make a homemade rocket card:
- First, print out and use my template to trace or draw the rocket and it’s parts. Then, use the scissors to carefully cut out all of the rocket shapes.
- I like to use my large translucent cutting mat to help in projects like this.
- Next, grab the scalloped circle paper punch (2 inches in diameter) and use it to punch out a photo of your child.
- Try to make sure you center the child’s face in the middle of the paper punch out.
- Now it’s time to get the base of the card ready. Grab a piece of black cardstock paper and fold it in half horizontally.
- I like to use a ruler in this step to help create a crisp, clean fold.
- Then, start assembling the rocket by using the glue stick to first glue the child’s photo punch to the rocket.
- Before continuing to assemble the rocket, position all of the rocket pieces onto the card to make sure that you will glue the pieces down correctly.
- Next, carefully lift one part of the rocket at a time and run the glue stick along the backside. Then, gently and very carefully put the piece back into its place on the card and smooth down.
- To create the stars, use the star-shaped paper punch to cut out as many stars as your heart desires using several different colors of construction paper.
- If you have a smaller smooth circle punch you can use it to punch out colored planets or a moon to go with the stars.
- Then, use the glue stick again to glue the stars around the rocket to fill in empty space on the rest of the card.
- Finally, use a white pencil to write dad a sweet Father’s Day message inside of your homemade rocket card.
Other Rocket Card Ideas
Isn’t this handmade rocket card just too cute? This adorable DIY card is perfect for celebrating space-fan dads on Father’s Day but this homemade gift idea would be perfect for many other occasions too! Consider making this paper art project for any of these other special days and events:
- Kiddos can also make this rocket card as a homemade birthday card for any space-loving family member whether it’s for dad, mom, siblings, grandparents, cousins or aunts/uncles.
- This is also a sweet craft idea if your kiddo has a best friend’s birthday to celebrate.
- Is your little one a future space-exploring astronaut? Then this would be a perfect homemade birthday card to make for them!
- I bet your kiddo would love a homemade card from you much more than any of the generic store-bought cards!
- Hosting a space-themed party? What could be a better match than this DIY rocket card?
- This homemade card idea could also be made into a really cute Valentine’s Day card.
- Or this kids craft project could be a great playdate activity to do with toddlers or preschoolers just for the fun of it.
Uniquely celebrate a dad who is out of this world on Father’s Day by making a homemade space-themed gift from the heart. This DIY Father’s Day Rocket card is a wonderful way to celebrate how much dad goes above and beyond for his family. This is a perfect opportunity to use your crafting skills to show him how much he’s loved and appreciated for everything he does. What a sweet and simple way to warm dad’s heart and put a smile on his face.
DIY Father’s Day Rocket card
- Picture of your child
- Draw or trace a rocket from my template. Cut out all shapes with scissors.
- Use a circle punch (2 inches in diameter) to cut out a photo of your child.
- Fold black cardstock in half horizontally. I use a ruler to help create a crisp fold.
- Start assembling the card by gluing a photo to the rocket with a glue stick.
- Position all rocket pieces on a card to make sure you will glue correctly.
- Carefully lift one piece of the rocket at a time and apply a glue stick to the back. Gently place it back.
- For stars, use star punch and different color construction paper.
- Use a glue stick to glue stars to fill in space on the rest of the card.
- Use a white pencil to write a message inside of the card.