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Top Ten Valentine's Day Cards for Fathers

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Valentine's Day is a great opportunity to show your dad how much you love him. A homemade Valentine's Day card is an excellent tool for communicating love for your father, and these card ideas from About.com guides can help you make a well-crafted and memorable homemade card for Dad this Valentine's Day.

1. Heart Pocket Card

Heart Pocket Card for Valentine's Day
Courtesy of the About.com Family Crafts Site
The About.com Family Crafts Guide has instructions for making this really cute heart pocket that can be adapted for Dad. It is a pocket that you can fill with little love notes, Valentines, quotes or other things your Dad will love. It is creative, traditional and is something Dad will enjoy remembering years from now.

2. Love You Valentine Handmade Card

Love You Card for Valentine's Day
Courtesy of the About.com Parenting Teens Site
Our About.com Guide to Parenting Teens has step-by-step instructions for this really sweet "Love You" card that the kids can make for Dad. The card is quite elegant and the message is one any dad will appreciate.

3. Valentine's Day Card With a Secret Message

Valentine's Day Card with a Secret Message
Courtesy of the About.com Guide to Painting
If you are artsy at all, this is an excellent Valentine's Day card craft project for your Dad. The About.com Guide to Painting has prepared a great step-by-step outline for painting a Valentine's Day card with a secret message included. The message is printed in water-proof ink and then painted over so Dad will need to hold it up to the light to read the message underneath the paint. Dad will love the challenge of finding the message and you can make it particular and personalized just for him!

4. Espresso-ly Yours Valentine's Day Card

Espresso Valentine's Day Card
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This creative card is perfect if your Dad is a Starbucks fan or just loves coffee. From the About.com Guide to Family Crafts, this card features a steaming cup of coffee and a place to attach a small bag of your Dad's favorite gourmet coffee beans. It is a thoughtful card, one that takes into account Dad's taste, and will be one he will enjoy along with the cup of coffee he brews from the beans.

5. Valentine's Day Mini Accordion Card

Mini Heart Book for Valentine's Day
Courtesy of the About.com Guide to Scrapbooking
Our About.com Guide to Scrapbooking has created this excellent idea for a Valentine's Day card that can be easily adapted for Dad. The idea here is that this accordion-folded book becomes a card into which you can put small photos or jot down fun memories with Dad. He will love that you put a lot of thought and effort into it and the card comes out looking quite amazing. This is an excellent craft projects and can be done in about half an hour if you have everything assembled and ready to go.

6. Tissue Heart Picture

Tissue Heart Valentine's Day Card for Dad
Tissue art is a fun and easy craft, and this card made from tissue paper hearts is sure to be a hit with Dad. You can be creative and colorful with this pattern from the About.com Guide to Family Crafts and can personalize it with a tender message about how much you love your Dad. And it makes up quite quickly, making it a good choice for one of those last-minute Valentine's Day cards.

7. Balloons Printable Valentine's Day Card

Printable Valentine's Day Balloon Card
Courtesy of the About.com Guide to Family Crafts
For the ultimate "easy" card for Dad, this printable Valentine's Day card features balloons in a bunch that look like hearts. This card comes ready to print on your color printer and then fold it over in fourths to make a great card. Make sure to personalize it for Dad, including some reasons why you love him or maybe a favorite memory with him. This one is quick and easy and if you make it personal just for Dad, he will love it as much as a mushy card from the store! This card was created by the About.com Guide to Family Crafts.

8. Cute Origami Valentine Card

Origami Valentine's Day Card
Courtesy of the About.com Origami Site
If you like origami, this card is for you! It is made from colorful origami paper and folded in the shape of two birds which are holding a paper heart. Dad will love the creativity and the color, and when you add some personal touches with a photo or some creative prose, this card will be a big hit. This card was designed by Dana Hinders, the About.com Guide to Origami, and there are tons of other great origami craft ideas at this site.

9. Oriental Love Valentine Handmade Card

Oriental Valentine's Day Card
Courtesy of the About.com Guide to Parenting Teens
This very attractive card comes to us from Denise Witmer, the About.com Guide for Parenting Teens. Using the symbol for love from a special True Type Font, this card is simple and elegant and can be constructed in a fairly short amount of time. It communicates love and can be personalized inside with special thoughts for Dad or with a picture of the kids or something else he would appreciate.

10. Iris Folding Valentine's Day Card

Iris fold heart
From the About.com Guide to Family Crafts
Iris folding is a fun craft and fairly easy to do. It involves putting strips of paper together in a pattern and then folding them so it creates a spiral-looking card. This heart made with iris folding is one that looks great and will bring a smile to Dad's face. Just choose colorful papers with fun patterns and let your imagination run wild. Again, you will want to customize the card to your father's special needs and interests, or just let him know how much he means to you.
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