By Recycled Crafts Contributor, Anitra from the blog “Coffee Pot People”.
These days, it seems as though everyone is carrying some high-tech gadget that does eighteen different things at once, including taking down spur-of-the-moment notes. I’ve got no quarrel with that, but you know, there are times you just can’t beat actual pen and paper.
If you’re a woman, toting a small scratch pad is a simple matter of tucking one in your purse. For a man, though, it’s a bit more problematic. Here’s a tiny scratch pad, small enough to slip into a shirt or pants pocket, or even his wallet, not so precious a guy would need to worry about ruining it, and simple enough for a child to make as a Father’s Day gift.
- Several playing cards with simple graphics on the non-playing side
- Writing paper, lined or unlined
- Stapler and staples
You can make a number of these little pads very quickly. I had two sets in mind as I was working—a five pad set with a single letter or symbol on the cover of each spelling out “I-<3-D-A-D” (I HEART Dad), and a four-pad set spelling out “#1-D-A-D”. You might also make sets with stickers featuring your guy’s favorite hobbies or interests, which I also ended up doing.
Begin by folding your playing cards in half, crossways, to create the scratch pad cover. I chose to make the four-pad set using all the kings from one deck, so that would be what my honey would see when he opened the pad, but you can use any card. The non-playing side is the outside.
Now cut the writing paper into squares just a little smaller than the square you’ve made from the card. Ten sheets per pad is about right. Stack the sheets tidily, put the top edges right next to the fold of the playing card, and staple as near that edge as you can.
Decorate the cover with a sticker, if you like. You can make the orientation either horizontal or vertical, whichever you prefer. Do stay away from 3-D or thick embellishments—you don’t want Dad sitting on buttons!
You’re all done. Wrap in a long, slender, box so the message on the front is seen when the box is opened. Is Dad far away? These will mail right along with his Father’s Day card!