Sweet Pea is 4 years old.
From: I was inspired by a PostSecret that said something like, “Even though I’m a millionaire, I make my own collar stays out of empty cereal boxes.”
- A collar stay taken from your shirt or my collar stay template.
- Empty Kleenex Box or any type of thin cardboard.
- Laminator or press and seal lamination pouches. (Optional, but recommended.)
- Print and cut out my collar stay template.
- Cut off the sides of a Kleenex box so you have 2 pieces of cardboard.
- Put the collar stay template on 1 piece of card board and trace around it with the pen.
- Cut the collar stay shape out of the cardboard and then test it in the shirt collar.
- Trim the cut card board piece if necessary to make it fit the shirt.
- Use your tested cardboard template to drawn several more outlines on the second piece of cardboard.
- Let your tot color in the outlines.
- Laminate the cardboard.
- Cut out all of the color stays.
- For a nice gift, neatly stack the collar stays and tie them up with a pretty ribbon.
Observations: It took Sweet Pea about 45 seconds to finish coloring in all of the collar stay outlines. I couldn’t get her to do anything other than color them in with a solid color either. She just wasn’t very interested in this, but I think an older child could probably make a really nice design on them.
Despite Sweet Pea’s indifference, I was really happy with this activity. It is very quick and easy father’s day craft.
Notes from the Trenches: Originally I tried just using cardstock, but it wasn’t heavy enough. Also, even with the cardboard, I recommend laminating these. The cardboard by itself wasn’t quite stiff enough to make a good collar stay.
Take these out of your shirt collars before you launder them. I don’t think they would melt or anything, but I would hate to be responsible for a ruined shirt.
Rating: 2 Stars * ( Easy, Frugal)