Father’s Day is right around the corner on Sunday, June 16, 2019. If you are helping your kids make a gift this year, we have the perfect gift that fathers will adore. The best part is that it is inexpensive and hand-made, two of dad’s favorite adjectives. So this spring, gather the kids and the supplies and let us get started!
- Wooden Picture Frame
- Small Sticks (collected from outside)
- Hot Glue Gun with Glue Sticks
- White Photo Mat
- A Family Photo
- A Fine-Tip Permanent Marker
Step One: Gather the Twigs
Take your kids on a walk through your favorite park or the neighborhood to collect small twigs. You want to make sure that they will be easy enough to break off into smaller pieces. If they are damp, let them sit on top of a paper towel inside of the house for a couple of hours before beginning the project.
Step Two: Snap the Twigs
Gather your kids and all the supplies and head to a cleared off workspace.
- Pro-Tip: Now is a great time to plug in your hot glue gun so that it is hot and ready for the next step.
Begin designing by either doing a horizontal or vertical placement. You want to begin by placing each twig on the top of the picture frame. Snap each twig off where it covers the frame and does not cover too much of the picture itself.
Step Three: Hot Glue the Twigs onto Your Frame
You will want to place the glue directly on the frame in small lines below each stick. Pick up a stick then run a line of hot glue and place the stick back into its spot. Push the stick down and let the glue harden before you move onto the next twig.
- Pro-Tip: The step uses an extremely hot tool that can cause burns; therefore, we recommend letting you, the adult, handle this part to avoid any injury.
Step Four: Finishing Touches
Take your white photo mat and measure its size accordingly to your picture frame. Hot glue the corners of your family picture on top of the white photo mat and wait for it to cool. The kids can use a fine-tip permanent marker to write a message to dad on the white photo mat portion. Wait for it to dry and place the photo mat inside of the frame. You will most likely need to secure it in with tape in case it shifts. Place the frame backing on and voila, your gift is ready for dad.
We hope dad loves his gift and wish him a Happy Father’s Day from our family to yours!