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Mix Up Some Tunes for Dad This Father’s Day

By Brenda Ponnay

So you’re running out of ideas for what to get Dad for Father’s Day. What do you do? Ties are boring, golf equipment is expensive, you don’t have enough time to organize that deep sea fishing trip he always wanted… how about something old school like a mix CD of all his favorite songs? Perfect, right?

girl holding a homemade Dad's Mix CD

You can even take it one step further and record a personal message at the beginning of the CD that he will treasure until the end of time. Nowadays with iTunes and garage band or whatever music software you use on your personal computer, making your own .wav files is pretty simple! Don’t worry, I’ll break it down for you.

Girl sitting in a chair and playing a purple guitar

First you need to record your personal message. I use Quicktime. I apologize for anyone out there using Windows programs. I’m not personally familiar with them so I’m just going to share how I do it here on my Mac computer. But I’m sure if you look it up online you’ll find plenty of tutorials. [Editor: I have a Mac as well, but I found this tutorial for Windows]

tutorial for creating a playlist on QuickTime (new audio recording)

Here’s how I do it:

Open Quicktime and under the “File” menu you’ll want to select “New Audio Recording.” A window will pop open and with a click you’ll be able to record your voice. My daughter, who’s a bit of a ham when it comes to singing, recorded her own little song that nearly broke my heart. I can’t wait to see what her dad thinks of it. When you’re done recording, just hit “stop” and then save it.

saving audio in QuickTime (screenshot)

You want save it as an “.m4v” file. You can get this format by selecting the iPhone menu option. Save it to your desktop or somewhere you can find it again easily.

itunes screenshot

Next you’ll want to open iTunes or whatever music burning program you use and simply drag and drop your audio file into your playlist with the songs you want to burn onto your mix CD. You could record a whole podcast this way. But we stuck to a short and sweet Father’s Day message and a song.

Now you’re ready to burn. Burn, baby, burn!

You’ll want to purchase some “CD-R” CDs from your local office supply store. Make sure you don’t get the re-writable kind because those ones won’t play in your car stereo. I know everyone has an mp3 player these days but we’re going old school for presentation sake. Insert your blank CD when prompted and burn!

Next up is making the CD cover packaging–the best part if you’re a graphic artist like me. But don’t worry if you’re not. I’ve made some templates for you that will make this part super simple.

illustrations of CD cover printables for Father's Day crafts

Is your dad a rockin’ dad? Or maybe he’s more of the cool surfer type or really into hip hop? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. (ha ha).  Click on the links below for the free printable CD Covers for Father’s Day:

“Coolest Dad” CD Cover

“Mix Master Dad” CD Cover

“Rockin’ Dad” CD Cover

Make Your Own CD Cover

two girls seated at a table coloring on paper

Or maybe your special dad needs one that is especially designed by you, with crayons! There is even a generic cd template that you can print out and your kids can color!

popping apart a CD jewel case

Now this is the tricky part but you can do it. (Or maybe you’re a total expert at this because you used to make custom cd’s for all your friends in college back in 1993 or something? No? Nevermind then.) After you’ve cut out your cd covers, gently pop apart the back of the jewel case and insert the bigger square with the sides folded. Then push the black plastic tray back in. Insert the front sleeve and you’re good!

girl holding up handwritten playlist for CD cover in front of her

Like so! Stick a bow on it and it’s the most thoughtful Father’s Day gift ever!

variety of CD Printables For Father's Day


Find more handmade Father’s Day cards and gift ideas here:

Great Father's Day Gifts that kids can help make: click through for the tutorials (found on

About the Author

Brenda Ponnay

Brenda Ponnay is an author and illustrator who loves to craft and make big messes when she’s not working on her books. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, making castles out of card...

Brenda Ponnay is an author and illustrator who loves to craft and make big messes when she’s not working on her books. Whether it’s painting, baking, drawing, making castles out of cardboard boxes or just doing the laundry with flair, Brenda Ponnay has learned that what really makes her happy is being creative every single day.

You can read about all her crazy adventures on her personal blog: Secret Agent Josephine.

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