We all do it. The cliche tie for dad for Father’s Day. How can we help ourselves? It’s the only accessory we have to work with! This year I decided to make one rather than buy it–pointed bow tie to be exact. I haven’t yet made a normal straight tie before but it seems a lot harder. Anyone know?

Well, I don’t have a template for the tie I made just this very second–maybe in a few weeks–but I thought there might be more people out there who also got their dad a tie and would like a fun way to give it to him so I came up with this 3D tie poster/card. I’m thinking, ideally it’s set on the kitchen table on Father’s Day as a sweet surprise. Of himself. Don’t dads love pictures of themselves? No? I didn’t even ask permission from my dad, so, ummm, he has not choice.

Supplies: cardboard for the backing, picture of your dad (ideally in a suit so the bow tie works), craft knife, glue stick, tie (again, I’ll include a template here in a few weeks)

Step 1: Print off the picture of your dad. I used a picture from my wedding and just blew it up on an 11×17″ piece of paper. And no, I have no idea what he’s doing here with his hand.
Step 2: Glue the picture to your cardboard.
Step 3: With your kraft knife, make two incisions on either side of his neck. Because he was already wearing a bow tie I make them on either side of the bow tie in the middle.
Step 4: Bring the tie through each hole.
Step 5: This is the hardest part. Tie a bow tie. Now, I even looked at various step-by-step tutorials on how to do this and to NO avail. Guys, how do you live?! So, I ended up just tying it like a shoelace. Whatevs.

Happy Father’s Day all you dads (are there any who read???)

And while we’re on a dad kick, check out yesterdays wrapping idea for Father’s Day.