I had a brainstorm a couple of weeks ago about a fun Father’s Day Card based on the iPad—a little craft I call the iDad. I am guessing that I am not the only one to have come up with this idea, but it’s a fun, easy craft for the gadget-loving men in your life.


  • Black cardstock
  • White Cardstock
  • X-acto knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Spray Glue
  • Markers

Step 1: Take two pieces of 8.5 x 11″ black cardstock, and sandwich a piece of white cardstock in between, then cut rounded corners. You may want to take out the white piece and cut it down a little further, so that it doesn’t show along the edges. Use spray glue to secure the white cardstock to the bottom piece of black cardstock and set aside.

Step 2: Find some iPad/iPhone icon images online and print them out on cardstock (you will have no trouble finding these on Google). In a Google image search, look for medium or large images, so that the resolution is decent. Once you print them out, cut them out.

Step 3: Arrange the images on your top piece of black cardstock, then glue them down in the order you want them with spray glue. Let dry for a couple of minutes.

Step 4: Using a cutting mat and X-acto knife, carefully cut along the sides and the bottom of each icon to create lift up flaps.

When you’re done, they look like this:

Step 5: It’s time to glue the top piece to the bottom piece. Spray glue very carefully on the back of the top piece, being careful to avoid the areas where the lift up flaps are (you don’t want to get glue in the area where you will be writing your messages).

Step 6: Once you glue the top and bottom pieces together, draw the little button at the bottom (I used a silver Sharpie), and trim the edges to make the whole presentation neat. Then you can write whatever messages you like under the flaps. I used the bottom three icons to write, “Happy Father’s Day,” “We love you,” and “Love, Molly, Elena and Rosa,” then I let the girls fill out all the rest.

If you happen to live near a Paper Source (or have a similarly great paper supply store), their 9″ x 11.5″ presentation envelopes make an excellent iDad “sleeve” for presenting your clever creation.

I printed “iDad” onto a piece of paper, cut it out with an X-acto knife and glued it to the front of the presentation envelope.

I love how this turned out, and I think Rolando (who’s been instructed not to read the blog today) will think it’s funny.

UPDATE (6/12): I revisited this iDad card for Father’s Day 2012 for the SheKnows website, where you can see more photos and a more detailed step by step.

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  1. 1 said,

    How clever and how fun! You could do the same thing with pictures of the kids, and have each of them write something (hopefully there are a bunch of kids.) Or photos of gifts, and say “choose one.”

    Not only a great post, but seems like it could lead to other ideas! Thanks.

    • 2

      Molly said,

      I love both of those ideas – pictures of presents hiding under the flaps or photos of kids! And of course, this card idea can be adapted for birthdays or other occasions – it’s not just for Father’s Day.

  2. 3

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  3. 4

    lesley said,

    nice job, molly! i love it, what a creative card!

  4. 5

    dongdong said,

    Oh, I love this! We’re going to have to make this. Thank you!

  5. 6

    Haus Frau said,

    Thanks~ I have to make this with the kids for my husband/their daddy. He would absolutely love it!

  6. 7

    Rachel said,

    you are so clever !!!

  7. 8

    trish said,

    maybe you can have a calender image with the Sunday the 5th on it that would be cool

  8. 9

    Love this! Our Daddy is chief Apple fan. We’ve already made this – simplified with supplies on hand (black construction paper). Turned out SO CUTE! Thanks a bunch!

  9. 10

    This is so fantastic!!!! I wonder how many dads are getting real ipads for dads day? This card is even sweeter than the real thing! I think I might make one for my kiddos since they always want to play on mine. Thanks sooo much for the awesome idea!

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  11. 12

    Claire said,

    Thanks for a fabulous idea – I was really struggling to find a Father’s Day card from myself to my hubby…and this was just the kind of idea I was looking for! I made it tonight, but adapted it a little with an extra layer raised with mounting foam tape to give a more 3D effect – and I’ve done it for an iPhone.
    Thanks, I can’t wait to give it to my hubby! Like someone else said very versatile – can be used for birthday card, or a congratulations on graduating card….well done!

  12. 14

    Hi Molly,

    Excellent idea for a Fathers Day card.

    I have been writing a blog on the adventures of iDad since August and I was wondering if I could re-post your iDad Fathers Day card for my readers please.

    Of course I will make sure that you are fully credited for the concept.

    Have a look at my blog and let me know if this will be ok.

    Many thanks.


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  14. 17

    Tina said,

    What an AWESOME idea! I love it. I just had to share it with my Tweeps!

  15. 19

    Becky said,

    I am making this for my husband & also one for my dad. It will be funny cause I’m sure my 3 year old son will want to play with daddy’s new phone. LOL

  16. 22

    kiki said,

    Thanx for sharing that great idea!!!!!!!
    Our dad will love it!

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  18. 26

    Benjawan said,

    Love it! my next project!! Thanks for the great ideas and the instructions!!

  19. 28

    Staci said,

    I HAVE TO do this for my husband this year! He is obsessed with apple & this is perfect! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

  20. 30

    Awesome! I got online to find exactly this! I wanted to find ideas so I can make my husband an ipad looking card and here you have a tutorial and everything! thanks so much for sharing!

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  22. 33

    Laura said,

    What i did is i put a picture of our whole family on top of the cardstock and then put all of the “buttons” on it like a wallpaper

  23. 35

    laura said,

    ohmygosh – PERFECTION for my hubby. and my 6 year old who is almost as obsessed with the iPad as his father, is going to LOVE helping me make this today! I found it on Pinterest. . .you are a genius! THANK YOU!!!!

  24. 37

    This card is probably one of the coolest, most imaginative cards that I have ever seen. Two thumbs up!!!!

  25. 39

    This is so incredibly creative. My brother, who is an amazing daddy, would so love this. He is an iphone/ipad addict. I can not wait to make this and give it to him. Thank you so much for sharing.

  26. 40

    Lisa said,

    This is a wonderful and very creative idea! I found your blog after seeing this over on Pinterest!

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  28. 42

    Mandy said,

    I am working on this tonight! Thanks so very much for sharing your idea and letting us all copy it. I am having fun finding all the icons for the games my husband has recently become addicted to. It will be a fun surprise! Thanks!!!

  29. 43

    Mandy said,

    Great idea!! I was stuck for something to share with my students. They’ll love this.
    Cheers :)

  30. 44

    Scilla said,

    i just made something like this for my dad’s bithday!

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    Great blog and thanks so much for this great idea! I used it to make a birthday card for my boyfriend. I was having quite a time finding cool card designs for men. You can check out my interpretation at

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    Love it, what about a book about Dad to go with his iDad?

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    Sarah walls said,

    This was a fab idea. And has given me inspiration. Its well recommended to try making these.

  38. 55

    AlexB said,

    I just had my middle schooler make a sample for my 3rd grade class (and her dad) to make for their dads for Father’s Day! This is such a great idea! Thank you for sharing your ideas.
    I used foam board 12×18 cut it in half, black paper and index cards. The students will choose dad’s favorite apps and write messages, poems, and reminders for dad.
    on the back I made iDad labels and will have the students color it in to their likeness. Then they will also “engrave” it. I can’t wait.

  39. 58

    Swetha said,

    hey Molly! this came out so excellent! my daughter is just 18 months but she loves my iPad! when she saw me making this for her dad she was so excited and she saved it in her room as she does to the real one! and i have made the entire thing with waste except for the print outs of the apps.
    i used the back of a black bound book and that was my base…
    excellent idea and thank u so much for sharing!

    • 59

      Molly said,

      Thank you so much for your comment – it makes me so happy to hear when others have been inspired by one of my crafts. If you want to send me a picture, I would love to see it!

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  41. 61

    Love this idea! I definitely need to bookmark this!

  42. 62

    Curtis said,

    This is so fantastic and cute. I wanted to let you know I featured your post in my latest blog article ” Father’s Day Gifts for the Techie Dad” on the blog. I hope lots of people make this clever craft. Ps- you could put alllll sorts of fun/naughty/silly messages inside those “apps.” You can check out my article here if you want, feel free to share or delete if links aren’t allowed

    • 63

      Molly said,

      Thanks so much, Curtis! Really appreciate your kind words and enthusiasm for the iDad – and thanks for including it on the Repair Labs website.

  43. 64

    Erica said,

    This is fantastic! My husband owns his own IT business and we are both big MAC users, and I always struggle with unique gift/card ideas. Thanks for sharing!

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    Devon said,

    I love this idea. I’m 11 and it’s so easy to make. My dad will love it. Thank you Molly

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  50. 73

    payton said,

    Where do you get the icon apps at???

  51. 77

    Aliya Rajpal said,

    is it important to use only spray glue? normal glue can do?
    X-acto knife and Cutting mat, what can I use instead of that? please tell. :)

  52. 80

    Brooke landrito said,

    This is gorgeous and so cute and simple my dad will love it thanks for the idea

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    Sara said,

    As a child i will do this for my Father and could we use an art paper instead of the cardstock? And we do not have a cutting mat

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    kaylee said,

    Hey Molly instead of spray glue what could you use?

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    heart995 said,

    nice job there

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