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How to Make a Hand-Painted Tie for Father's Day

Hand painting ties can be wonderful, creative work, especially if it is for Dad on Father’s Day. You’ll make a keepsake he’ll treasure forever.


  • Step 1: Select fabric Select a washable natural-fiber, natural-blend fabric, preferably half cotton and half polyester.
  • Step 2: Cut two patterns Cut two identical tie patterns and sew them together to create the tie.
  • Step 3: Wash and place on wax paper Wash the tie once without fabric softener and place it on waxed paper to dry.
  • Step 4: Draw pattern Draw a pattern using a charcoal pencil on the dry tie.
  • Step 5: Paint pattern Paint the pattern. Use a shader paintbrush to fill in larger areas and a liner brush for long, flowing lines.
  • TIP: Use a compressed sponge cut to shape. Dip it in paint and dab it onto the fabric for a sponge-painted effect.
  • Step 6: Dry before washing Allow 24 hours to dry, and 72 hours before washing. Use the gentle cycle, with mild detergent and fabric softener, and line dry.
  • FACT: There are an estimated 64.3 million fathers in the United States.

You Will Need

  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • A tie pattern
  • Needle and thread
  • Wax paper
  • A charcoal pencil
  • A shader paintbrush
  • A liner paintbrush
  • Fabric paints
  • Mild detergent
  • Fabric softener
  • A sponge (optional)

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