NOTE: If you are interested in any of the featured apps, scroll to the bottom and you will find all the links!
Everybody agrees that times are tough and of course we all know shopping for dad can have its challenges. So why not mix modern day technology with a little nostalgia from the old Kindergarten days and give dad a special app he will enjoy for a long time and wrap it up in a little shirt and “app tie” greeting card project. You know you can’t go wrong with technology and greeting cards for dad.
With over 500 thousand apps in the App Store alone you are bound to find something for everybody. And come on now! You know you can’t beat the prices. The average app costs less than your average cup of coffee. If you need some ideas for what app to gift dad, the guys at Software Smoothie have compiled an extensive list to inspire you!
If you are unfamiliar with how to gift an app, the great folks at Moms with Apps have written a wonderful tutorial to help you out. So head on over there get all the apps you want to gift and come right back to get started with the project.
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EXCELLENT! Now for the fun part!
After deciding which apps you are going to give dad, assemble the following tools and materials:
- Printer (preferably full color)
- 2-3 sheets of letter sized white card stock for the app icons, shirt collar and the card. This is the best type of paper for it’s sturdiness. You can find many options at your local craft or office supply store.
- Colored Card Stock for the Tie: You can find many options at your local craft or office supply store.
- Craft Glue Stick
- Markers or pens
- Corner punch if you have one. It comes in handy when you want to round the app icon edges.
- Download our Tie Template and Collar Template
- Get the icons for the gifted apps: The appropriate way to gift an app for this type of project would be to select the “print” option instead of the email option. As you can see from this post on gottabemobile.com, when you select the print option, it will compose a card that will contain the icon for the app you are gifting and the redeem code. You can use the print to PDF option and then use your favorite photo editing software to crop the icons and put them all on a single page.
- For this particular craft, the tie fits perfectly on a folded letter sized card stock sheet and the icons are 1″x1″ in size.
- Print out the icons on a sheet of card stock: For the best results, you should print the icons in color. Normal quality is fine. And make sure to choose card stock from the paper type choices.
- Print the provided Tie Template onto the colored sheet of card stock. Some card stocks come in sizes that will not fit your printer. You should trim them down to 8.5″x11″.
- Cut out both pieces of the tie. The knot has a darker edge to give it some depth but you can always cut it and turn it around if you prefer a clean edge.
- Print the provided Collar Template onto a white sheet of card stock.
- Cut out both sides of the collar. They come with a darker edge to give it some depth but you can always cut them and turn them around if you prefer a clean edge. If you decide to turn them around, the right collar becomes the left and vice-versa. Make sure to mark which is which to make it easier later when you glue it to the card.
- Take one sheet of your letter sized card stock and fold it in half to create a 5.5″x8″ greeting card.
- Now that you have all the pieces it’s time to assemble and have a little creative fun!
- Take the knot and trace it over where you want it to be on the tie. This is so that you have a reference to where your app icons will be visible on the tie.
- Take your app icons and glue them to your tie in whatever pattern you prefer. Remember to glue them below the line you created in the previous step. Don’t worry about them spilling over, we will take care of that in the next step.
- Turn your tie around and trim off the excess that spilled over from the previous step. Now you have a clean tie with the beautiful pattern you created.
- Take the knot and apply glue to the bottom half and glue it along the line you made at the beginning.
- Apply glue to the entire knot and glue it to the very top of your greeting card. I like to leave the actual tie unglued to give a realistic feel but you can glue the whole tie if you’d like.
- Take your right and left collars and glue them to the edge of the greeting card to cover the knot. As before, I like to leave the bottom of the collar unglued to give it more depth.
- And voila! You are done! Now you just need to write down the redeem codes for all the apps you got dad inside the card together with a message about how amazing he is!
If you like this craft or would like to ask a question about it don’t be shy, leave a comment below! Happy Father’s Day!
If you are interested in the apps featured in the craft, they are all proud members of Moms with Apps. You can download them all at the App Store: