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We have a gamer Dad in our family. In past years, I have made some fun Mario Father’s Day cards. Recently, our household has been taken over by Minecraft. Have you heard of it? Minecraft is a game that lets players build a world using 3D building blocks. All the animation in the game looks 8-bit or pixelated. I don’t play, but my husband and son are obsessed, so I know a lot about it.
In the game, the player character is referred to as the Player, or some people call him Steve. I thought it would be fun for the kids to make a Father’s Day card with a collage of Steve on the front. The best part is, that you can customize your card to look like your own Dad.
The inside of the card reads, “You’re no Creeper! You are the best Dad in the whole Overworld!” The inside of the card features a Creeper, which is a bad guy that sneaks up behind you and explodes. The Overworld is the name of the main land you are playing in.
Okay, now let’s make one of these cards for the Minecrafter in your life.
- Card Printout PDF: Minecraft Father’s Day Card Template
- Steve Color Guide (See below)
- Paper cut into 1/2″ squares for the collage.
- Elmer’s Naturals glue
- Print out the Minecraft Father’s Day card on cardstock. You will need to print page 1, then reinsert the paper to print page 2 on the back. You may need to experiment with how your printer feeds, to get it right.
- Print out the Steve color guide, or at least keep it handy for reference. I didn’t list it, but cut out two white square for the whites of the eyes.
- I put a 4″x4″ box on the card to use a guide for the collage. It is very helpful in keeping the lines straight. Using Elmer’s Naturals glue work line by line to place the appropriate colored squares. To look a little more authentic, try using different hues of the same color. For example, my daughter used three different brown papers for the hair, and two different for the skin tone. You can see the process in the collage below.
I had my daughter makes a more traditional Steve character and my son made his to look like their Dad.
My daughter loves to craft and would do activities like this all day long. My son however, is not that interested in art projects and he never has been. That all changed when I showed him it was a Minecraft project, he was so excited.
We got to try out the new Elmer’s Naturals glue for this project and we really enjoyed it. Elmer’s Naturals Glue is made from plants and is just as safe and non-toxic as Elmer’s School Glue. In addition, the glue stick containers are made from 25% post-industrial recycled plastic. What’s most important to me is that it worked. It was nice and sticky, and it cleaned up easily.
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