I have been brainstorming ideas for Father’s Day this year that are appropriate for G to give to her dad and are appropriate for my husband. My husband is apparently not the stereotypical “dad.” He is not remotely interested in hunting and fishing. He doesn’t golf. And though he is a computer nerd (self-admitted), he doesn’t like most of the typical fashionable tech gadgets (we are anti-Apple around here). He is also not the grill-master or gardening guy. So, it can get a bit difficult!
Another thing about my husband is I can count on one hand the amount of times I have seen him in a tie. We are just a casual family around here, so it would look really out-of-place with his one-pocket t-shirt and cargo shorts! But I got to thinking about turning the typical Dad’s day gift on its head to make it something fun for G to do and something funny for D to receive.
And here is what I came up with: A Tacky Tie
You know those ties you see all the anchor men on the news wearing the Monday after Father’s Day? Those ties. They were obviously picked out by the hands of a not so fashion forward or aware young one. These days they have Star Wars characters or teddy bears, something truly tacky!
So I thought it would be fun to help G make her dad a Tacky Tie. And here is how we did it:
- construction paper
- contact paper
- random bits and bobs from around the craft bin (we used homemade confetti, but you could use cotton balls, pipe cleaners, tissue paper, whatever you have on hand)
- Fold construction paper in half, lengthwise. Trace template onto the folded edge of the construction paper.
- Cut out the traced portion of your construction paper (if you can think of a use for the resulting “tie,” please let me know). Unfold to show the tie in the middle of the paper.
- Cut a length of contact paper to fit the back of the construction paper with the tie cut out of it. Apply to the back of the construction paper.
- Let your little one create their tacky tie using the bits and bobs you choose.
I just love the way this turned out and I love the *wink* tacky-ness.
What are you doing with your little one to show Dad some love this year? I would love to hear from you!