Looking for a unique homemade Father’s Day Card for the kids to make for Dad this year? These tie-dyed paper towel t-shirt cards are the coolest! They’re easy to make, the process is a ton of fun, and they look “TEE-rific”!
If your kids are making homemade gifts and cards for Dad for this year, they’ll love this idea for a homemade Father’s Day card. It’s a tie-dyed tee shirt made from a paper towel, which is fitting for Father’s Day because what Dad doesn’t love his tee shirts?
The process is easy and fun, and all ages, from toddlers to tweens, will enjoy it.
I came up with the idea for a tee shirt card when I was trying to think of a really unique card for my daycare kids to make for their Dads.
The thought dawned on me to make tie dyed tee shirts like we did for our tie dyed dress card for Mother’s Day.
Edited to add: You can use this process or your leftovers to make these “COOL POP” popsicle Father’s Day cards too!
My daycare kids love dyeing paper towels with liquid watercolours. It’s one of their favourite art processes. It’s really fun and easy, and we’ve made some cool projects with it, like silhouette art and paper towel roses.
Before presenting this craft to the kids, I experimented first. Is this not the cutest little tie-dyed t-shirt you ever did see?
I knew I’d landed on a winning idea.
The dads and grandpas will be getting the coolest homemade Father’s Day cards ever this year!
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To make our tie-dyed T-shirt Father’s Day cards, you’ll need:
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- paper towels (choose a quality brand that stands up well to liquid)
- liquid watercolours (or food colouring diluted with a bit of water)
- small bowls or containers
- medicine droppers or pipettes
- white card stock
- plastic tablecloth to protect your work surface
Making your tie-dyed paper towel t-shirts:
Start the kids off with some paper towels, medicine droppers and several small containers of liquid watercolours. You can dilute your watercolours with a dribble of water if you find that the colours are too intense.
Have the children drip the watercolours all over their paper towels.
Note: rather giving each child one dropper to dip in and out of all of the colours, assign one dropper for red, one dropper for green etc. This will prevent the colours from getting mixed together.
Set your coloured paper towel in the sun to dry completely, or give it a blast with a hair-dryer. Make sure it’s completely dry so the colour doesn’t bleed into the paper card.
While your paper towels are drying, cut a simple tee shirt template out of a clean, dry paper towel. You’ll want to make sure this t-shirt will fit on the front of your card, so have a folded piece of card stock handy to test the size.
Two ways to do it:
You can use this as a template to follow when cutting the tees out of the paper towels you’ve coloured, OR, you can just cut out a bunch of these little t-shirts, and have the kids drip their colours directly onto them.
We used both methods and they worked great.
If your edges start to separate:
Note: if your paper towel is 2-ply, and the edges separate a little when they’re drying, it’s no biggie. They’ll stick back together when you glue the shirt to the card.
When your paper towels are dry, cut out your tees, using the template as a guide.
Assembling your cards:
Now it’s time to assemble these awesome Father’s Day cards!
The hooligans brushed glue onto a folded piece of card stock and pressed a shirt into it. Then, they went around the edges of the shirt, adding a little more glue underneath where it was needed.
Finish with your Father’s Day message!
I wanted our Father’s Day message to be a play on words that incorporated the word “tee”, so we brainstormed for a minute, and came up with the word “TEE-rific”.
Isn’t this just the cutest homemade Father’s Day card ever?
It’s just perfect for a Dad who loves his tees!
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.