This Father's Day, ditch the monogrammed golf balls in favor of a personalized piece of art! Shower dad with amazing family memories with this simple and beautiful project: The Necktie Photo Collage.

What You Need:

  • Medium sized piece of cardboard or poster board
  • Photo-safe clear contact paper
  • Construction paper
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Markers, crayons, or colored pencils
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Enough family photos to cover your “tie”

What You Do:

Step 1 Using your pencil trace a large necktie shape on your cardboard or poster board. The easiest way to create a necktie is to draw a small inverted triangle on top of an elongated inverted kite shape. Cut out your tie (if your child is kindergarten age or younger, a parent should complete this portion of the project).

Step 2 Using the tie as a stencil, trace the shape on two sheets of construction paper (they can be the same color or different colors) and cut them out. Next, glue the construction paper “ties” on the front and back of your cardboard tie.

Step 3 Now you’re ready for the fun stuff. After the glue is dry, write a letter to Dad on one side of your tie. You can write a special message, compose a poem, draw a picture – anything you want! Just be sure every member of the family signs his or her name somewhere on the tie.

Step 4 When you’re done with the first side of the tie you want to begin selecting photos and cutting them into various shapes in order to cover the entire second side of the tie in pictures. The photos should overlap and be shaped so that the tie shape remains true (i.e. you don’t want the edges of the photos hanging off the edges of the tie). Once you have planned out where the photos are going to be and cut them appropriately you are ready to glue them down. After all the photos are glued down and dry, cover both sides of the tie in contact paper and trim the edges. Voila! A great gift for Dad that he'll treasure forever.

Dads can be hard to shop for. And no dad wants to receive the same thing over and over again every year (even if he smiles as you hand him his zillionth leather business card case). This unique art project allows you to, in just a few simple steps, create a beautiful tribute to Dad that he’ll treasure for many years to come.