DIY Father's Day Frame

DIY Father's Day Frame. Use pictures each year to watch you child{ren} grow. Here is a do it yourself {and what not to do} on creating this great memory.

I love gifts that allow you to watch your children grow and change. That was the main focus for this Father's Day gift. Each year, I will take photos of my daughter holding the letters D & A and replace the photos in his frame. As the years progress, we can look back and remember.



I started this project with a major fail...I wanted to get a 'handwritten' look, but with a more streamlined, even, not my handwriting look. So, I decided to create a stencil with my newly acquired {Mother's Day gift the previous month} Silhouette machine and then just color in the stencil with markers.

Major, major fail. The card stock wouldn't lay straight so I used washi tape to keep it where I wanted it. You know...washi tape - the tape that is completely removable...except apparently on frame mats. I had spots all over that were 'pulled up' from the washi tape. Then the marker. The special colored markers I purchased JUST for this project bled all over. Under the mat, seeping through the paper fibers. It was glorious. I was just thankful this wasn't a complete last minute project.

Out I went, bringing my 5 month old baby with me, to Michael's to get yet another frame. But it worked out because a few days prior to my epic fail, they were out of the letters that I needed for my pictures, so I placed the order for them and had to pick them up too.

I found a frame that was even better {and more my husband's style} and had a nice wide mat for the wording {and it was 30% off with a coupon for 50% off - I think it was meant to be}. I picked up my letters and I was off to work on the project again.

'What could I use to write out my wording on the frame now?' Then it hit me, I had just placed my first ever order of vinyl and had the perfect colors to use! Using the same wording and font from the previous fail, so I wouldn't waste any more time messing with the software.

DIY Father's Day Frame


Materials


  • Silhouette Machine {any paper cutting machine will do}
  • Vinyl - any colors you want, permanent or temporary
  • Frame with 3 spaces and nice wide mat
  • Ruler
  • Letters D & A
  • Camera

How-to

  1. Plan out your wording - this includes planning the placement of the words on the mat using the ruler for even spacing. I chose 'There's a girl who stole my heart, she calls me DAD'. You can choose any wording you would like! {See below for ideas}
  2. Type out the wording in your Silhouette software and plan your cuts. *You can also use alphabet stickers from your craft store if you do not have a paper cutter*
  3. Place your letters carefully on the mat according to your plan. 
  4. Set up the spot for your photos and do a photo shoot! Have your child hold the D and the A in separate pictures. Take lots of photos so you have enough to choose from. Choose 2 D and 1 A photos and get them printed at a local Kodak kiosk {my favorite} or at home. 
  5. Put the photos in the frame and wrap it up!
Tips:
~ I placed an annual reminder on my Google Calendar so that I don't forget to take the photos for the frame
~ Keep the letters in a safe place so you know where they are every year. I keep them in my 'other holiday' bin.

Other phrases to use:

  • Daddy's Little Slugger {have a baseball or bat in the photos}
  • Daddy's Little Girl {sweet and simple}
  • I loved you first
  • Use quotes from the Bible, songs, poems, sayings

Good luck! Happy crafting!
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9 comments

  1. What a very cute idea. Definitely pinning this one!

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  2. The words on your Dad frame just made me smile.

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    1. I know :) I loved those words. And it is SOOO true for my husband...he has been wrapped around her tiny little finger from the moment she was born.

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  3. What a great idea to have props that can be used year after year in frames!

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    1. Thanks. I am so excited to be able to look back at all the pictures too and see how she has grown...and if we add another too.

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  4. That's pretty sweet! Dad is going to love it!

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  5. Great gift idea! Pinning it now.

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  6. This is so cute! Love it! pinned and shared!
    Jess
    LiveRandomlySimple

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