The kids and I love to make handmade gifts for my husband for Father’s Day. He always enjoys them so much more than he would a store-bought gift. Handmade gifts are super meaningful, and are always sentimental for years to come for the recipient. This year we tackled a quick and easy necktie project that can be customized for any dad!
Silk screening is a fun way to create a clean, flat design on a fabric surface rather than a raised effect you get with bottled fabric paints. Using the fabric dyes and a silk screening kit like the Silkscreen Factory, you can create a wide variety of projects like tote bags, t-shirts, decorative items, and more!
I purchased a plain white necktie at a local clothing store, and we went to work deciding what design we’d like to use. The silk screening craft kit came with several stencils, and we found one we thought would be a perfect fit for my husband’s very patriotic personality.
Caitlyn became the official silk screener for this project, and she was excited to create a unique gift for her dad, as well as learn all about the process. You lay the silk and stencil on top of each other on the frame, with the necktie underneath. Gently squeeze a line of dye/paint at the top of the frame. Just a thin line, because too much will cause some issues as we discovered.
Next, use the squeegee to slide the dye evenly down across the stencil covering all parts of the stencil image. The trick to this step is a slow and steady approach. Using consistent pressure creates a clean image.
Since we had a larger stencil than we had surface area on the necktie, we let some of the image lay off the fabric on the sides. We had a few smudges, but I knew my husband would love it all the more that way knowing the kids made it!
We saved an area at the end of the tie to write “#1 DAD” with a fabric marker in red to complement our red, white, and blue theme. After the paint had dried, Caitlyn also went back and outlined the stars with the red fabric marker, as well. The finished product looks fantastic, and I know my husband will wear it with pride!
What handmade gifts have you made for Father’s Day?