- One sheet of 8 1/2-by-11-inch card stock
- 3–4 yards of yarn
- Darning needle
- Fold the card stock in half to make a blank card.
- Sketch an outline of a tie on the front page.
- Use the pushpin to make an equal number of small holes along each side of the tie about a quarter inch apart. Measure, or just eyeball it.
- Thread the darning needle with about a yard of the yarn. You’ll need more than that to complete the project, but it’s too awkward for kids to string through more than 1 yard all at once.
- Starting on the inside of the card, push the needle through one of the top holes. When there’s only about an inch of yarn left inside the card, tape it down with clear tape.
- Push the needle down through the opposite hole, pulling yarn snug—but not too tight—and back up through the next hole on the opposite side. Continue until you run out of yarn.
- Tape the remaining length of yarn down on the inside, and start where you left off by taping down a fresh length of yarn.
- When the tie is completely stitched, tape down any loose ends and add a note to Dad.
- 12-inch-square of corkboard (available at craft or hardware stores)
- Old magazines
- Tear about 35 pages out of your old magazines. The more colorful, the better!
- Roll each sheet around the pencil to make a tight paper tube, leaving one end of the pencil extending beyond the edge. Pull the pencil out and tape the tube in the center and near each end.
- Cut the paper tubes into 2-inch lengths (make sure that each length has a bit of tape holding it together, or it’ll unwind).
- Glue the paper tubes along the edges of the corkboard to create the “frame.”