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A Father’s Day Gift Idea

June 10th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Starstruck Cat, patterns, tutorial

One of the items at the top of my list when I decided to open the shop was to make sure that I offered some kids crafts classes, especially around holidays when parents might need help finding things for their kids to make as gifts.  Pman was especially excited about this endeavor and even came up with about three pages worth of ideas for kids crafts and activities that he wanted to try.  These ideas have been percolating in my brain, but since I opened only a week before Mother’s Day, Father’s Day is the first opportunity to create a craft that kids can do.

I have mentioned before that I LOVE to read blogs to see what everyone is doing, so it shouldn’t be surprising that I found the inspiration for this project from Crafty Pod, Gingerbread Snowflakes, and Design Dazzle (via One Pretty Thing).

Although this isn’t a full-out tutorial, I’ll walk you through the design process for this project and include my pattern at the end.  I needed something that would be fun and functional for a dad but still could be finished in an hour by kids who are 5-10 years old.  I also wanted it to be something that a dad would want to keep instead of something he felt he should keep.  Finally, I wanted to include some upcycling/repurposing in the project so we could talk about that as we completed it.

My solution was inspired by Diane’s tutorial on making magazine reeds.  I’ve been making reeds and playing with them for several months now, and I thought “hey, a picture frame would be cool!”.  I also had been thinking quite a bit about the amount of cardboard I have around because of the boxes of yarn that come into the shop.  I can recycle it, but wouldn’t it be neat to take a page from Pam’s book and repurpose it?

So I took a picture frame that I had, took it apart, and made a pattern.  Then I cut out the back and the front of the frame.  I covered the front with magazine reeds, glued twine around the edges for a more finished look (thanks to a suggestion by my mom), and glued three sides of the front of the frame to the back of the frame so that a 4×6 photo could easily be slid into the frame.  I finished it by sealing the reeds with two coats of Mod Podge per Diane’s tutorial.

I wanted to make a card for the kids to decorate, and I came across Design Dazzle’s tutorial for making a scratch-off Father’s Day card.  I followed her instructions for making the scratch-off sticker, and I cooked up a card for the kids to make.  Pman had SO.MUCH.FUN putting the card together, so I’m excited to do this with the kids.

Because I’m planning to do this craft with up to four kids in one hour, I am putting together the frames, and the kids will slip the 4×6 photo they bring into the frame and then decorate the back and then put together the scratch-off card.

I hope the kids enjoy this craft as much as I’ve enjoyed putting it together, and I’m looking forward to reporting back after the two classes next Saturday!

Want to make a frame yourself?  Get the pattern here: picture frame

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