Father's Day Music Player card
By: Bonnie Schiedel
Age: 6 and up
Dad's a cool guy, and he's sure to love this cool card that looks like a portable music player. It's a little tricky to assemble, but well worth the effort. Put his favorite song on the "playlist," or one that he and the kids love to sing together.
What you'll need:
- White cardstock cut to 6" x 5"
- One circle of grey cardstock, about 2" in diameter
- One circle of white cardstock, about ½" in diameter
- White gel marker, fine tip
- Black marker
- White computer paper
- Small scraps of black, green and blue paper
- Adhesive such as double-sided sticky tape, glue stick, liquid glue or mini glue dots
- Paper trimmer or scissors
How to make it:
- Fold white cardstock in half so it's 3" wide and 5" tall.
- Use your scissors or a corner rounding punch to round the corners.
- Using your computer, print the text for the "screen" onto the white computer paper. The screen should be about 2 ¼" wide and 2 ⅛" high . You need to have "Now Playing" centered at the top. The song number (e.g. 8 of 12) comes next, on the left hand side. The song title is centered in the bottom third of the screen. The song length (e.g. 3:23) goes in the bottom left corner.
- Cut out the screen, and round the corners with your scissors or corner rounding punch. Trace around the edge with the black marker.
- Cut the scrap of blue paper into a long thin strip and glue it to the bottom quarter of the screen. Cut the scrap of green paper into a small rectangle and glue it to the top right corner. Cut the scrap of black paper into a tiny triangle and glue it to the top left corner. Glue the screen to the top half of the card.
- Glue the small white circle to the center of the grey circle.
- Use the white marker to draw the "play," "fast forward," "rewind" and "menu" symbols onto the grey circle. Glue the grey circle to the bottom half of the card.
- Write, stamp or glue your Father's Day greeting inside.
- Look online for pictures of an iPod or whatever music player you choose to reproduce.
- Play around with the font and size of the type until you get one with the right look.
- This card is challenging for younger kids, so an adult may want to cut out the pieces (with the child's input for songs, etc.) and help the child assemble the card.
- Choose a song that's particularly suitable for Father's Day. Some to consider: "Father and Daughter" by Paul Simon, "Just the Two of Us" by Will Smith or "Butterfly Kisses" by Bob Carlisle.