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!
- 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
- Take 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.
- Fold the tail sideways around the ring so that it points to the right. You should be able to see the seam.
- Wrap the tail back toward the left, over the top of the tie (where it folds through the ring).
- Keep 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.
- Grab the ring and the tie and pull on both to tighten the knot.
- 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.
- 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!