Gift for Dad – Handmade Paper Pad

by Kelsey Norwood

in Crafts

fathers day gift idea

For Father’s Day this year, make Dad an IOU coupon book, blank note pad, or brag book. Here’s what you’ll need:


  • paper bag for covers (Old Navy has colorful paper bags)
  • printer paper
  • popsicle stick and an ouchless hairband OR ribbon/twine
  • glue stick
  • scissors
  • patterned paper scraps
  • paper punches, die cuts, letter stencils, stamps and ink, etc.


Cut the computer paper into smaller pieces measuring about 3 3/4″ x 4 3/8″ (cut paper in thirds the long way and in half after that). Cut covers from your paper bag to match and punch 2 holes along the spine and through all layers.

gift for dad

Decorate the inside of the book with nice thoughts, poems, pictures, IOUs, or leave the paper blank for Dad to fill in.

handmade gift idea

Tie together with string OR put the two ends of an ouchless hairband through the holes so the ends are sticking out the top of the book and put a popsicle stick under the loops to finish.

Dad will love it!

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1 Sue D June 15, 2010 at 9:03 am

Great idea for the kids to make for dad–thanks for the tip on the popsicle stick and hairband.

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