What You’ll Need
- Cardboard tube
- Construction paper
- Stickers, trinkets (optional)
What to Do
- To make the necktie napkin ring, cut two inches off the end of a cardboard tube. Glue on construction paper for the knot and shirt collar, and a button on each side of the button-down shirt collar. Decorate for your special dad.
- The finishing touch: Tuck a napkin into the napkin ring to create the lower part of the necktie. Carefully lay the “tie” on Dad’s plate.
- To make the bat-and-baseball napkin ring, cut a bat and baseball from construction paper. Use markers to add “stitching” to the ball. Tape the bat to the napkin ring, then glue the baseball on top.
Extend the Fun
For younger kids: Instead of a necktie napkin ring, make one decorated with Dad’s favorite Hawaiian shirt, slippers, tracksuit. Dad’s not into baseball? Cut out a sneaker, basketball, water bottle, or sailboat. As a joke, cut out a “stain” and lay it on dad’s necktie; make him guess what it is.
For older kids: Make seven napkin rings and mark them with the days of the week. Make each napkin reflect what Dad might be doing that day: coffee on Monday, pizza on Tuesday, a remote control for movie night on Friday, a lawnmower or hedge clippers on Saturday, a Bible or Frisbee for Sunday, etc. Optional bonus: tuck two tickets to a ballgame under the baseball napkin ring.