DIY Father’s Day Gift Tag & Free Printable Gift Wrap

Father’s Day is this Sunday – it snuck up on me.     When my daughters were little I use to help them make a DIY Father’s Day gift and goodies to give to Ed.   I don’t have them around anymore to remind me.


My dad is 87.  Like my mom – he enjoys the simple things.  At his age what he wants most is time spent with his family.


I want to bring him something when I visit, so I thought I would fill a gift box with some of his favorite treats – sticky buns. On my way to his place, I will stop at Wegman’s and buy some and stack them in the empty oatmeal container that I covered with gift wrap.    He will love it.


Since in my dad’s eyes, I will always be a kid, I had fun making this cute tag to use as the gift tag.  It is the perfect tag to put on presents for kids or for them to make for gifts they give.

I made the gift tag using the cardboard that is used to wind embroidery floss around to keep it organized. When you bend the cardboard – it resembles a body with arms and legs.  Thread a ribbon through the hole and a bead – Voila!  –  a cute gift tag.


supplies needed:

For Gift box:

Giftwrap or printout of Dad printable
Spray glue
Paper cutter or a ruler and scissors
Ribbon – 10-inches long
Buttons and beads with large center holes
Awl and hammer


For Tag:

1 embroidery floss winding card  – in the needle craft section in the craft store
Bead with a large hole
Permanent marker
Scissors or a craft knife



To download the free printable to use as gift wrap, click here:  Free-Printable-Father’s-Day-Gift-Wrap


1. If using the printable over a container/or box with type and images on it – cover it with plain white paper first – so the images won’t show through. Use spray glue to attach.  I used 2 pieces of printer paper that I cut to size.


2.  I used an old-fashioned compass to measure and then draw a perfect circle on the printer paper to cover the top.  Cut 2 circles. One to cover the top of the lid, the other will go on the underside of the lid.  Do the same on the print-out/giftwrap.

No Compass? No problem…


Place the paper over the top of the lid and run your finger all around the edge of the rim. It will create a circular crease in the paper.  Cut away the excess with scissors to create a circle the size you need.



3. I needed 2 copies of the printable to cover the container. Use spray glue to attach.

Lots of Options

If your kids like to craft – have them cut out images that they think their dad would like from magazines to cover the box instead of using giftwrap. Attach the images with Mod Podge.  Many years ago I covered a container using all black and white fashion designer logos cut from magazines. I protected it by spraying on a high gloss finish.

To Make a Looped Handle for the Gift Box


1. You can simply make a loop of ribbon for the handle, but if you would like to add some buttons to embellish – the holes have to be enlarged first. I placed the buttons on my worktable and used an awl and a hammer to enlarge the holes. They don’t have to look pretty – you won’t see the holes once the ribbon is threaded through.


2. Fold the 10-inch piece of ribbon in half.  Thread the bead and buttons through the ribbon.


3. Using an awl or the tip of a pair of scissors – make a hole in the center of the lid.  If you are not adding a gift tag – push the ends of the ribbon loop through the hole and tie in a knot to secure on the underside to attach the ribbon handle.

How To Make the Gift Tag


1. Remove circle in pre-punched hole on embroidery floss winding card.  Bend bottom center, back and cut off.

2. Bend the top sides to become arms.

3. Thread a ribbon through the hole.


4. Place a bead on the ribbon.  Draw a smiley face on the bead and the recipient’s name on the body.


To add the tag to the top of the gift wrap oatmeal box – Punch a hole in the ribbon where it will attach to the top under the loop and button handle.


Bring the looped handle ribbon through the hole on the tag ribbon and the top of the lid. Tie a knot on the underside to secure.





  1. says

    I love your tags. They are super cute:) Thank you for sharing printable gift wrap. Wish you and your DAD a lovely time together, eating this yummy looking buns:)

  2. Susan M. says

    That little guy is just too stinkin’ cute! I feel an embroidery card session coming on!

  3. Lisa says

    I just printed this! My grandson and I are baking cookies for his Daddy and it just so happens my oatmeal container is almost empty!

    Thanks Diane!

  4. Sheryll & Critters. says

    Oh my gosh, I love this. And I could have never thought of how to make a gift so very cute. I have to share this on my facebook page.

  5. Denise says

    What a great idea! I used my favorite pictures from an old calendar. The thickness of the paper worked perfectly.


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