Ties for Daddy (Father’s Day, Birthdays, etc.)

I mentioned last week that we had a fun little Father’s Day gift we were working on…..but then the whole fire thing happened.  


But that’s okay…….it’s now just a belated Father’s Day post.  However, every father also has a BIRTHDAY!  So let’s just pretend this was meant for BOTH. Ha. :)  



Oh wait, oh wait!!!!  Some of you are probably thinking, “Uggh, I don’t have time to make a tie!”  

Well, those were my exact thoughts……so I bought some (really cheap off amazon).  And gathered some fine tipped permanent markers.  


And let the kids Go. To. TOWN.






And because I wanted Steve to always remember from what occasion he received these little beauties:  


(Yeah, I wish I could blame that messy handwriting on one of the kids.  But nope, that chicken scratch is mine.  I should have practiced that a bit.  Hey, I’m just going for genuine here. :) )




The ties were super cheap ($5 each from Amazon) and the markers were the fine tipped variety…..to minimize bleeding.

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And you know what??  The kids had a BALL!  Especially little Chloe.  I think she thought it was funny that she was drawing on a tie…….and she did NOT want to stop.  I had to pry that marker out of her chubby little clenched fist.  (And if Steve finds some of his other ties with marker on it…….it’s totally my fault. ;) )

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There’s not much to this project.  However, something that helped, was to trace the tie onto paper…





…and then let the kids practice exactly what they want on the tie.  That way, they can space things out and get an idea of how large/small they need to draw their pictures.






Then, set their sample paper to the side (for reference), put the tie down on their work space (with some paper beneath the tie so that they don’t slip and mark on the table) and let them draw their little hearts out. :)

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But really, let them draw whatever they want.  It was pretty fun to see what they wanted on daddy’s tie.  (Like the Legos Connor drew for daddy.  That kid LOVES playing Legos with daddy!)





And for little ones like Chloe (who’s 2), don’t even bother with the practice sheet.  Just give them some markers and guide them a bit.  They’ll soon understand and won’t have a bit of trouble scribbling all over something.  (And yes, I told her over and over again that this was a special tie and she can’t draw on any of daddy’s other ties.  Or anything else other than paper, for that matter.  So far, so good!)





Now daddy has some real treasures that he can wear to church, work, etc.  And the kiddos will beam when they see their creation around his neck. 




Now, give it a try!  



And enjoy your weekend!

(We’ve got some doors to hang, trim to attach, and more walls to paint.  Wanna come and help? ;) )





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16 Responses to “Ties for Daddy (Father’s Day, Birthdays, etc.)”
  1. 1
    Lindsey says:

    I LOVE this idea. I was going to make ties for the hubby for Father’s Day..but I couldn’t find a good tutorial and it just seemed overwhelming (I’m a beginner sewer), so instead I made some bowties. MUCH easier. I wish I would have thought of this idea, too! SO great and simple! I’ll remember this one for next year :)

    btw, I think this is probably the first comment I’ve left on your blog but I have LOVED your blog (and copied many of your projects hehe) for the last few years. I’m also from Rexburg ;)

  2. 2
    Andrea says:

    This is a fantastic idea! Thank you for sharing. I will definitely be doing this next year as I think it is adorable.

  3. 3
    natalie smith says:

    loving this.

  4. 4

    Can I just say I love your blog!!! You are so creative. I love the idea of having your kids draw on a tie for their dad!! It is so original and personal.


  5. 5
    Kathy says:

    Those are adorable! The only problem I foresee is choosing which one to wear first!

  6. 6
    Priscilla from CA says:

    Good idea and a great conversation starter for Steve when he wears one…

  7. 7
    RaD says:

    So cute! Reminds me of when I painted the kiddos hands when they were little and put little hand prints all over a button up shirt. These ties would go great with that. My husband still gets comments about his shirt and my kiddos are nine and eleven now!

  8. 8
    Gwen says:

    What a very cute and a very special gift idea. I hope he wears them with pride.

  9. 9
    Kelly says:

    How adorable and what a super idea. I bet this is also a great way to get those little ones to wear a tie when they don’t want to. Let them design it themselves! Amazing blog. Thanks!

  10. 10
    Patti Knight says:

    You are so inspiring. Such great and creative ideas. Love ur blogs.

  11. 11
    Emma G. says:

    I pinned your belated Father’s Day project last year and included it in my round up this year! http://finddailyjoy.com/2014/06/05/10-fathers-day-gifts/

  12. 12
    Lauren says:

    this is such a wonderful idea.. I am pinning.. and I will def be doing this with my kids!