Looking for a totally unique and adorable 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 looking for homemade gifts and cards to make for Dad this year, they’ll love this idea for a homemade Father’s Day card. The results look amazing, and the process is really cool but super-easy, which makes this a great Father’s Day craft for toddlers, preschoolers and older kids.
For days, I’d been trying to think of a unique Father’s Day card idea for the hooligans to make for their dads. I wanted something different than all the other kid-made Father’s Day cards I had seen out there. The necktie card is a classic, and we’ve made a couple of those. We have this scented necktie card that smells just like Dad does after a shave, and we have this fabric shirt and tie card. I thought it would be fun for the kids kids to make an entirely different card for their dads this year.
Well, the other day, the kids were dyeing paper towels with liquid watercolours. It’s one of their favourite art processes. It’s a really fun and easy art technique and the results have a tie-dye look to them. In the past, we’ve used the process to make tie-dyed sun catchers and silhouette art.
For the record, I also love this activity because it can be done with a large age-range of kids. Presehoolers right through to tweens love it.
As the kids were colouring their paper towels, I got to thinking about what we could make with them, and that’s when the Father’s Day card idea came to me.
We could turn our coloured paper towels into miniature tie-dyed t-shirts and use them for our cards. After all, Dads and tees go hand and hand, right? Well, they do at our house anyway. My husband has more tee shirts than you can count.
I was so stoked. Honestly. It amazes me how excited I get about things like this.
Now, at this point, the hooligans had a quite a few paper towels dyed and already drying in the sun, so I experimented with one to see what a tiny tie-dyed paper towel t-shirt would look like.
Oh my gosh. Check it out!
Is that not the most adorable little tie-dyed t-shirt you ever did see?
I believe we have a winner of an idea here, kids! The dads and grandpas will be getting the coolest homemade Father’s Day cards ever this year!.
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. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.