Father’s Day is right around the corner and it got me thinking about making the perfect gift for dad. Or at least, something different.

We’ve been through the macaroni art and finger printing masterpieces at our house. It’s time to take it up a notch.

Plus, sometimes you just want a cool card OF YOURSELF! Right?!

There was a time when they offered player’s cards for my sons who played soccer. I’m sure there’s still that option in most kid’s sports these days.

But why not make it even better?

Add an autograph. Add a swatch of jersey. Now that’s awesome!

Hang on a second. Before you go cutting up your jersey, make sure you’re DONE with that jersey! Don’t cut up a jersey you still need to wear for an important game!

So without further ado, here is what you’ll need to make your own cool sports card:

  1. a picture of yourself, preferably playing your sport and hopefully wearing THE jersey.
  2. THE jersey!
  3. scissors.
  4. cardboard.
  5. double sided tape.
  6. ruler.
  7. a sharpie marker.
  8. a piece of paper in a contrasting colour.
  9. hot glue gun, optional.
  10. hockey tape, optional.
  11. hard plastic card sleeve, optional.

Kids, make sure your mom or dad is aware that you’ll be using scissors and hot glue for this project.

 

Step 1: Block your card.

I started off by measuring a scrap piece of paper to the size of the card I wanted. In my case, I’m going for the exact same size as a regular hockey or baseball card which is 6.4 cm X 9 cm or 2.5 X 3.5 inches.

Cut out your card rectangle (now known as your BLOCK) and using the magic of light, place your block on your picture to figure out the best way to cut it out. My picture is printed up on printer paper so this makes it really easy.

In my case, it was better to go landscape (wide) instead of portrait (like most sports cards you see). Otherwise I’d be cutting off stuff that would make it look weird.

Next, I used double-sided tape to gently tack my block onto my picture.

Cut out your picture to the size of your cardboard.

 

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We printed up our picture on plain old white paper.

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Cut out a 2.5″ X 3.5″ piece of paper.

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Portrait – not the best option.

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Landscape – I prefer this look. It gives us plenty of room for our jersey swatch and even an autograph.

Step 2: Cut out your card base.

Get some cardboard and cut out another 2.5″ X 3.5″ piece as cleanly as possible.

We’re lucky. We have a close connection to a sports card owner and he gave us the cardboard pieces that often come in more expensive packs of cards.

Don’t be afraid to go this route! It’s definitely not cheating! Call your local sports card shops and see if anyone would be willing to give you a couple piece of smooth cardboard.

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1/16th of an inch for thickness works well.

 

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Cardboard piece for baking, same size as a hockey card.

Step 3: Cut a Jersey Swatch.

Time to cut your piece of jersey. I recommend not cutting too big of a swatch.

Keep in mind that you see less than 1 inch square on most jersey cards. That’s pretty small. You might be able to get away with cutting a piece from the inside of the bottom seam.

 

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See if you can take a small swatch from inside the jersey near the bottom hem.

 

Step 4: Glue the Patch On.

Use double sided tape to paste your picture onto your cardboard base if you haven’t already.

Glue or tape your jersey swatch onto the card. Now this isn’t going to look super professional but I felt this was the best option.

 

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We used a hot glue gun to secure a small square of the jersey to the card.

 

Step 5: Write down your name and position.

We used a thin strip of contrasting coloured paper to write down our player’s name and position. The red colour really seemed to bring the card together!

Don’t forget, your card is a 1 of 1! Feel free to write that anywhere you want on the card!

 

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OPTIONAL: Take some hockey tape and tape the sides of your picture down firmly to your card base. This is personal preference and it’s not necessary if you’re using a hard plastic sleeve. We decided not to because we ran out of room.

Otherwise, slide your card into a hard plastic sleeve and there you have it!

Your very own personalized jersey card, for yourself or as a gift. Maybe for Dad.

 

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