tie final

Father’s Day is coming up! I don’t know how or why ties have become the gift standard—my father rarely wore them. But for all of those dads that dress to impress, here’s a cute and simple craft that kids can help make with recycled materials. After all, even if your dad doesn’t wear ties, there’s no reason his keys shouldn’t be sophisticated!

Materials:

  • an old tie (maybe even one he received on a Father's Day past)
  • key ring (with or without keys attached)
  • card stock and hole punch (optional)
  • pen or marker
  • scissors
  • glue

Instructions

  1. Tie together 1Take the narrow tail end of the tie and push it through the ring (away from you) about 5 inches. Make sure the seam of the tie is facing down.

  2. Fold the tail sideways around the ring so that it points to the right. You should be able to see the seam.

  3. Wrap the tail back toward the left, over the top of the tie (where it folds through the ring).

  4. Tie Together 2Keep wrapping the tail around the back of the ring plus tie until the seam shows. This should look like a knot on a tie—well, a teeny tie. Then pull the tail through the ring and down through the knot.

  5. Grab the ring and the tie and pull on both to tighten the knot.

  6. Flip the tie over and use your scissors to snip off the excess material. The side you cut should be about 1-2 inches shorter than the pointed side. Snip off the edges to mimic the front of a tie or leave it cut bluntly. Then add some glue to the edges to prevent any fraying.Tie Together 3

  7. Now it's time to add the keys! If you like, wait until the gift is delivered and add Dad's actual keys to the ring. If this gift is more of a cute gesture/craft than a practical present, draw an outline of a key on card stock. Write a nice message in pen or marker before cutting it out. Depending on your child's age, he might need help cutting it out. Punch a hole at the top of the paper key so you can attach it to the key ring. Now it becomes a card and present in one!

Happy Father's Day!

Carrie Mason is a blogger and crafter who loves taking the ordinary and making it extraordinary. From a small town in West Virginia, she loves sharing her big ideas with others. Visit her tutorial filled blog, Greenbean's Crafterole, and join in the creative fun!

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