Monday, June 10, 2013

Easy Father's Day Project

I'm in the midst of the Father's Day rush......fingers crossed that I make it!

This is a quick project I'm doing with a few schools and works for any grade.  I have seen this idea a few times and this is my take.


- camera and access to a printer
- corrugated cardboard
- plaster strips or white paint
- backdrop, you can just hang fabric or even tape a large piece of paper on the wall
- piece of wood, I used 1" x 6" spruce fence boards cut into 1' lengths
- black acrylic paint
- glue
- scissors
- Mod Podge
- picture hanger


Make some large letters.  I cut mine out of cardboard squares.  I then used plaster strips to coat one side.

You can also paint them white.  You want a matte finish as it photographs the best.

Take photos.  I used a backdrop (tri- fold) with some grey fabric taped to it.

Print off photos in black and white on regular paper.  The size I used was 3"x 5".

Sand all rough edges of your board.

Paint board with black acrylic paint.

(That was an adventure with 100 or so kids!)

Glue into position.

Give the board a nice coat of Mod Podge.  This seals the photos in place as well as giving it a nice shiny finish.

Add a picture hanger to the back if wanted and that's it.

Good luck with your own Father's Day rush.


  1. Dear Gail,
    Hi, your father's day project is so simple yet meaningful. I really loved it.

  2. We are going to try this one - I love the result!

  3. What father wouldn't love this?! I featured it on The Crafty Crow today!

  4. I love this idea, we made our version into a card last year and we're going to do it every year from now on so that we can see the kids grow!
    ~ joey ~

  5. Another awesome idea that inspires other applications. Thanks, Gail!

  6. I did this with my camps last year(although I didn't make the letters as fancy as you did) it was a huge hit. The dads loved it. Thank you

  7. Awesome Father's Day project! My boys and I just finished making this and it turned out great. The only problem that I had was when I tried to glue the paper photos to the wood; they became wrinkly, and when I tried to smooth it out, it ruined the picture. I then tried printing the photos on photo paper and it was a success! I can't wait to give this to my husband for Father's day. Thanks for the great idea!

  8. Hi Gail,
    When you put modge podge on at the end are you supposed to put it on the photos as well as the board?

    1. Hi Kathleen, yes the Mod podge goes on everything, use it sparingly if you can or in several coats to cut down on gobs that may dry milky. Another tip I have learned from years of working with podge is never wash your podge brushes with any soap, just use water. If you use soap the next time you use the brush to podge it will foam no matter how well you rinsed it. The foam/bubbles will then dry in place on the piece. Good luck and take care.