I didn't come up with this myself. We did it with the kids (ages 5-11) in Sunday School on Father's Day last year. I'm not sure where the head of the Children's Ministry found the idea, but I'm publishing it below step-by-step with pictures, because some parts are a little tricky, especially with enthusiastic kids. I had the materials from mistakes kids made and confiscating some pieces that ended up with not-great-for-church-words on them. My dad loved it. I just need to come up with something else this year.
Father's Day Shirt and Tie Card
Get all the materials together:
- 1 piece of heavier paper
- Scrapbook paper cut 2 inches wide (this will be the tie - choose a good color!)
- Glue stick (tape is a good backup in case it doesn't stick - liquid glues might warp the paper)
- Ruler (unless you want to eyeball measurements)
- Optional: more paper in case you want to make a tie template or plan to make mistakes
1. Fold the paper in half "hamburger style", so [with standard paper] it's 8.5" tall and 5.5" wide. Turn it so you're looking at the front of the card (fold on the left).
2. About 1" down from the top of the card, draw a straight line on each side about 1.75" long, starting from the edge
|Lines drawn at the top|
|Cut along the lines|
|Make sure you cut through the front and back, not just the front|
|Just about fits|
|Cut along the fold|
|Only cut the top fold, not below that|
- If you accidentally cut off the front instead of the back, there's an easy fix: Just fold the card in the other direction. This makes the back the front.
- If you accidentally cut off the front and the back, you can continue, you'll just have to start over from step 2 with a shorter card.
|The back top part is gone|
|The taller side should be to the left of the fold when the card is open|
- Do not glue anything down
|The kids had trouble with this, even seeing an example. You might need to help since it's an angled fold.|
|Making sure the tie template fits|
|Using a template|
|Even if not using a template, it's better to trace to make sure you get a tie shape|
|Cut out and ready to go|
|What the tie looks like from the back|
13. Decorate the card however you want and write a nice message inside! I left mine pretty plain, but the kids drew pockets and patterns on the shirt. They also added stickers and drew other things. It doesn't have to be perfect, just from the heart.
I loved doing this with kids. They drew pictures for and wrote notes to their dads and were so eager to share with us all about why they love and look up to their dads. One even drew a comic inside.
Most importantly, have fun and happy Father's Day!