A Message Box for Father’s Day

I found the most gorgeous antique trade card with an illustration of a fisherman camped along the river bank. Then I remembered that I also had an image of a fishing creel in one of my old printer’s stock art catalogues. I knew these would be just perfect for creating a Father’s Day Message Box.A message box can be filled with all kinds of loving notes, photos, trinkets and mementos to share with someone special. These boxes hold anything the size of a standard business card or smaller.

A few years ago, I designed a few message boxes for Mother’s Day. You will need to follow that tutorial for putting together this one for Father’s Day. The instructions are HERE. For this box, download the PDF file by clicking on the template image below.

Print the template onto cardstock using your printer’s finest settings. Carefully cut out the template pieces.

Score or cut along designated lines and fold along the scores. If you do a lot of paper crafting, I highly recommend the Martha Stewart Scoring Board.Assemble the pieces as shown in the instruction link above. Use grommets to reinforce holes in box and gift tag.Fill with kindness & gratitude, then thread some Divine Twine through the grommets,and tie closed.Use the little labels to customize the box.Here is the cleaned-up image of the antique trade card (click to enlarge), and the vintage creel and fish clip art.

You can design your own message box using the blank template from the Mother’s Day Message Box post. If you make a message box, I would love to see it.

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36 Responses to A Message Box for Father’s Day

  1. #1 - i.ikeda says:

    Wow, this is perfect for my husband. I’ve been looking for something different to give him and I think this is it. Thanks for showing the process.

  2. #2 - Patty says:

    Love this – my Dad is far away in California and just had a stroke – I am going to send him this with some love notes XO

  3. #3 - Theresa Begin says:

    Once again, very imaginative and beautiful, Cathe! You are such an inspiration.

  4. #4 - Saucy Chick Sherry says:

    Once again you have outdone yourself with the perfect male appreciation gift. This is beautiful, serene and loving. Thank you for sharing so generously. Happy weekend my dear…

  5. #5 - eli says:

    how adorable this is! thanks for the idea!

  6. #6 - Melanie says:

    I didn’t know what to do for my father this year and this is perfect – thank you! I’m going to put a letter inside telling him how much he means to me 🙂

  7. #7 - kathi says:

    thank you so much for sharing. My husband is an avid fisherman and this is perfect. Your work is quite beautiful and truly creative. I am so glad that I happened upon a link to your blog on 2Peas forum today. I immediately bookmarked your blog. Again, thank you.

  8. #8 - wendy baker says:

    i never know what you will come up with next. it is always something clever and pleasing to the eye. i can see making a bunch of these for each member of our family to share with my husband for the upcoming special day.
    as always i love this…xow.

  9. #9 - donna!ee says:

    gorgeous gorgeous wonderful…thank you much!

  10. #10 - Tracy says:

    This is stunning.
    I am going to check out the Mothers day one you did.

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  12. #11 - SuzyMcQ says:

    I love this idea and your design is exquisite, truly beautiful. Thank you so much for providing a gift that is thoughtful and one that will be cherished forever.

  13. #12 - weva says:

    Thank you!!!

  14. #13 - Jean says:

    You are such an artist and creative. I want to say this everytime when I’m here. Finally, I did it. And thank you very much for sharing all this for free.

  15. #14 - Linda says:

    What a great idea! Thanks so much for sharing!



  16. #15 - Amy says:

    Wonderful!!! Do you have a recommendation for a good grommet tool?


  17. #16 - Jason says:

    This would be a killer Father’s Day gift… I’m gonna send it to my wife, she would love to put one together for her dad!

  18. #17 - mel mccarthy says:

    You are just so wonderful! Everything you make is a delight & you’re so generous. Thanks!

  19. #18 - Julia D. says:

    Thank you, Cathe. You certainly are great to share your wonderful ideas and talent. Really love it. Made some with my own craft paper with the prior template, and recieved many ooohs and aaahs.

  20. #19 - Berta says:

    My hubby does not fish, but my sister does, she would like this!!

  21. #20 - Jeni Ann says:

    Awesome idea, beautifully crafted. Thanks :o)

  22. #21 - Jacque Chinnery says:

    Great idea! I wish my dad was still here on earth so that I could give him one, but it is a good way to give anyone love and gratitude!

  23. #22 - Carol Dee says:

    I think this is fabulous. Looks like something I could do and put a gift card in. One for DH and one for Dad if Sister doesn’t beat me to it 🙂 She is the one that got me hooked on your blog!!! Hugs…

  24. #23 - Fleurette says:

    What a wonderful idea, a beautiful design. Thank you so much!

  25. #24 - Kay Neil says:

    Cathe I enjoyed seeing your pretty things. Hope I can find the magazine with your napkins – so cute. How talented you are.
    Love, Kay (Neil)

  26. #25 - Kay Neil says:

    PS Cathe love the message box. I want one – what do you charge??

  27. #26 - Scrapbooking Ideas says:

    Since it is no longer Father’s day. I’m making a message box for my boyfriend. I’ll be making a note for him for straight 30 days and I’ll enclose it in this card. See if he won’t fell to his knees and beg me to marry him. Just kiddin’! thanks for the idea!

  28. #27 - Elaine Maffessoni says:

    I loved it! Thanks for sharing!!!

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  30. #28 - Bonka says:

    Wonderful Website!! Thanks so very much for sharing and teaching. Could you add the Pinterest Logo to your site please.

  31. #29 - glennise hughes says:

    love fishing box what a lovely different idea

  32. #30 - carmi anne domingo says:

    hi! can i get a copy of the template you used?

  33. I love this idea! The images are great too, Just the fisherman’s photo would make a great DIY card illustration! Thanks Cathe!

  34. #32 - Cheryl says:

    Great image and really nice project. I like the colors in this one. So many Father’s Day images, cards and so forth are in browns and greens.
    Thank you so much for a imaginative project.

  35. #33 - Cheryl says:

    Great image and really nice project. I like the colors in this one. So many Father’s Day images, cards and so forth are in browns and greens.
    Thank you so much for an imaginative project.

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