If you’re looking for a really quick and easy homemade Father’s card idea, this painted lollipop Father’s Day card is the perfect way for kids to tell Dad what a “sweet Pop” he is on his special day.
My daycare kids have made a bunch of terrific Father’s Day cards over the years. Last year, we made popsicle cards for the “coolest Pops” and this year, I thought it would be fun to make these lollipop cards for the “sweetest Pops”.
I played around with a few ideas, making lollipops out of twisted tissue paper and then out of yarn, but it turns out the easiest way to make a lollipop is to just decorate a cardboard circle with some paint and glitter.
Add a stick and a bow, and voila… a swirly, whirly lollipop that looks good enough to eat.
If you’re not a fan of glitter, don’t worry, the glitter is optional. The lollipops actually look great without it. Adding glitter was just a last minute thought, and I love the sparkle and dimension it adds to the card.
We painted our lollipops with a simple swirl pattern, but if you want to get really fancy, have a look at our lollipop Christmas ornaments for inspiration.
These really are the easiest Father’s Day cards we’ve ever made, so they’re perfect if you’ve left your card-making to the last minute.
“Sweet Pop” Lollipop Father’s Day Card
- paint (we used acrylic craft paint)
- drinking straw or craft stick *
- card stock
Alternatives for the stick:
* If you don’t have a straw or a craft stick, you could use a real lollipop stick, a stir stick, a pipe cleaner or you could just draw it on.
Lollipop Father’s Day Card How-To:
- Prepare your cardboard lollipop.
Trace a circle on a piece of cardboard and cut it out. We traced the lid of a Pringles can. Give this circle a coat of white paint.
- Paint your Lollipop
Once the white paint is dry (or close to dry), dip a slim paintbrush into some coloured paint and paint a swirly spiral, starting at the center of the cardboard circle, all the way out to the edge.
- Add glitter (optional)
Once your coloured paint has dried, squeeze some glue in a spiral and sprinkle with one or two colours of glitter. Tap off the excess glitter and allow to dry.
- Assemble your card
Fold a piece of card stock in half and glue your painted, glittered circle to the front of the card, leaving enough room above for some writing.
- Add the lollipop stick
Cut a straw or stir stick, or whatever you’re using, underneath the circle, leaving enough room below for some writing.
- Add a bow
Tie a ribbon into a bow and glue to the top of the stick.
- Add your message
Write a “sweet” Father’s Day message on your card.
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