A Photo Gift for Dad

Father's Day Framed Photo Collage

This is a flashback to 2006, before I started my personal blog.  I’ve never posted this gift, and I’m quite proud of it.  I was looking for a Father’s Day gift for Angry Husband’s 2nd Father’s Day.  Angry Kid was born in 2005.  Angry Husband is quite particular, and really a total pain to buy for.  I saw this idea on one of my parenting forums.  My BFF, Stacey also did the same gift that year.

All you need for this project are the following things:

  1. Wall letters: D, A, and Y
  2. Kid or Kid(s)
  3. Camera
  4. Printer or photo service
  5. Picture frame, collage frame or otherwise

How to do this project:

I grabbed Angry Kid, Bruiser (dog), and the wall letters.  I headed out to my front yard.  Angry Kid was walking by this time, and he was quite fast.  I wanted to take some pictures, before nap time melt down and somewhere, where I could control him.  I ended up taking several hundred pictures that day.  Here are some of the photos that I took.
Father's Day Collage 2006

I then went through all of the photos and picked out the best ones.  Here’s a simple collage made with a computer program of the photos.

Father's Day Project

For my final project, I ended up getting 4×6 photographs printed in a matte finish.  I then placed them in a Pottery Barn 5-Picture Collage Frame. Angry Husband was a little shocked when he opened the gift.  I probably haven’t been that creative for gifts since then.  I need to find some inspiration this year.

This collage is in the hallway of our house.  I walk by it every time I go into our bedroom.  It always makes me smile.  Sometimes I need to look at it, especially when Bruiser (the dog) is barking his head off and I want to scream at him.

P.S. I took the first (finished) photo tonight.  It is not easy taking photos of framed pictures.  The glass makes a huge glare when you don’t have that special cool, anti-glare glass.

DIY Day @ ASPTL

34 comments
Ryan (The Woven Moments)
Ryan (The Woven Moments)

Wow. This is AWESOME. My only problem is that it is the gift *I* want (spelled out Mommy, of course). What my hubby wants is beer, a fishing pole, and more time on his motorcycle. Good times.

jackie
jackie

So smart. Love it. : )

Super Mega Dad
Super Mega Dad

What a great idea! I'm going to work on PAPA and UNCLE frames this weekend...thanks!

Steph
Steph

Holy freaking rad idea! You are a genius... Now I just need to get me a cute little baby.

Shari@Tales from the Sippy Cup
Shari@Tales from the Sippy Cup

I totally did this! I can't wait to post the "out takes" - it was definitely a rough go to get the little man to want to do anything with these letters but throw them on the ground!! Thanks for the awesome idea!

Monica
Monica

I LOVE this idea. When my step son gets here next week he and his sister will be hanging out holding letters while I take a million pics to get the perfect ones too! Thanks so much for sharing!

Robin J
Robin J

Julie, Cute idea. I really like it. I'm going to feature your blog tomorrow morning on my blog. I'll be sure to link everyone to this project. Love, love, love it! Robin

The Mrs.
The Mrs.

Such a dang cute idea!!!

Theresa
Theresa

Such a great idea!!! I'm going to do it this week! When my husband is amazed by my creativeness, I may or may not give you credit. Just thought I'd give you a head up! ;)

Laura Ingalls Gunn
Laura Ingalls Gunn

Oh what a great DIY project. You are one clever and crafty girl. I just finished a project that took 23 years to complete. Come take a peek.

Bethany
Bethany

That is such a cute idea! I love it! :)

jessica k.
jessica k.

Hi.. Love your idea... The dog in the pictures really caught my eye... it looks exactly like our dog except for the tail.. same color size... everything... !!! Ours is a Chihuahua mixed with maltese and yorkie... I have never seen another one like her and was shocked when I saw our "Roxy" in your pictures! :)

Jess
Jess

This is so clever!! The good thing about this project is, well, we chose a name for Nugget that happens to include all of these letters already so all I need to do is have him cooperate with me long enough to take a few pictures of him. Saweet! P.S. This is my confession that I will be graciously lifting this idea from you for Father's Day this year. P.P.S. A gift frame is the same as a three day vacation (what he gave me for Mother's Day) right?? P.P.P.S. Don't judge me.

Kristi {at} Live and Love...Out Loud
Kristi {at} Live and Love...Out Loud

What an awesome Father's Day gift! Thanks for the great idea. I hate buying cliche' gifts and prefer to do something original and fun for my hubby. It's great to meet you via Blog Frog. You have a great blog! Kristi, Live and Love...Out Loud @TweetingMama

EmmieJ
EmmieJ

OMG I'm totally stealing this idea. I *love* *love* *love* it. The end.

Diane
Diane

great idea. wow. i just had a first. tried to post "great idea" and it refused it and told me my comment was "too short." i didn't know there was a word limit on these things. did you?

Jen
Jen

I LOVE this idea. I think that I am going to do this with my kids. Thank you for sharing this.

Shelley
Shelley

Oh my gosh I am SOOO doing this when I have a kid! I love it!!

Ash
Ash

such a thoughtful and creative gift. any dad would have LOVED it! ~ash's mum

Kelly
Kelly

That is an awesome gift!! :-) What a great idea!

Megan
Megan

I have done something similar as a gift also. My fave part about yours? Angry Kid looks just the same! Some kids dont look like they did as babies when they get bigger- but not AK! He looks just like that! I love it!

Tracey @ TropicalHappiness
Tracey @ TropicalHappiness

Oh my goodness! You SHOULD be proud of this gift... what a great idea. I'm making a mental note for 4 years so down the road when I have a little toddler. SUCH a good idea!!!!

britt
britt

LOVE! this is such a great idea. i put hubs' favorite onesie that belonged to both my kids in a shadowbox frame. but i might steal your idea too.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

Ohh just use your boys....they can be cute in their own way!

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

My poor little Bruiser. He was supposed to be a pure breed Chihuahua. Unfortunately, the breeder also has Maltese there too.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

I think a gift frame is quite comparable to a three day vacation...

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

I think it is something set up with my spam filters. I get a ton of spam coming to my blog.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

Awww, I know...he actually looks pretty similar as a newborn too. I know several kids who look completely different as babies too.

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