5 DIY photo gift ideas for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is just around the corner and you’re hoping to get the Dad in your life something other than undies and socks this year. Great, why not get him (or rather make him) something that comes from the heart. Something that really captures a moment and sings of adoration. Nothing quite does that better than a photo gift. A photo gift can be as simple or complex as you like but most importantly, a photo gift is unique and personal. Here’s a couple of photo gift ideas for Dad for Father’s day.  

1. Wooden Block Photo Gift

This is a simple, inexpensive and creative idea your Dad will love.

 

You’ll need:

–       Timber blocks the same size (or a tiny bit smaller) than the photos you’ll be printing (you’ll be able to get them cut from any hardware store. If you’re using the Pringo mini photo printer you’ll need the front face of your blocks to be 54mm x 86mm or smaller

–       Black acrylic paint

–       Selected photographs of you and your Dad or memories your Dad is fond of (Fine sandpaper (if required)

 

How to make them:

 

–       Sand the edges of each of your wooden blocks slightly to ensure there are no rough bits

–       Print selected photos

Note if you use your Pringo mini photo printer to print your photos, pop a black border around the photo with the Pringo App before printing so the edges of the photo blend into the block and make it more seamless.

–       If your photo is a little larger than the block, cut the photo to match the face of the block and round off the corners of your photo (this will help it blend)

–       Using adhesive stick the photo to the block and allow it to dry

–       Paint the block all the way around including over the edges of the photo to ensure lines aren’t visible. Allow to dry

–       Apply a coat of mod podge, let it dry and you are done.

 

2. Photo Card

This could be one the simplest of gifts but handmade cards and photo cards are absolute classics

 

What you’ll need:

–       Thick textured card stock (from any craft store or news agency)

–       Craft glue

–       One many photos for the card.

 

Here’s How You Can Make It:

–       Cut your card stock to the shape and size required (larger than the photo you’re using)

–       Using craft glue, paste the photo over the card and let it dry for a couple of hours. Add notes inside the card and don’t forget to add patterns and designs using colored markers.

 

Note: If you’re printing using the Pringo photo printer, don’t forget to add your message to the photo with the Pringo App before you hit print.

 

 

3. I Love You Photo

 

Nothing says ‘I love You Dad’ better than a photo of his kids telling him they love him!

 

You’ll need

–       Vertical or horizontal photo frame with 3 equal sized frames (more photo frames if there’s more kids)

–       Printed photos of you (or the kids) holding a message for Dad.

 

 

How You Can Make It:

Print your photos, add them to the photo frame in order and voila – love in a photo frame for Dad!

 

 

4. Photos in a Box

This idea will give you a chance to gift your father all the photos that are dear to you and him. Think of special moments with your dad. Perhaps a photos of you with your dad on your first birthday, or your first day of school with him, his birthday etc.

You’ll need:

–       12 or more photos the same size

–       A small decorated box just larger than your photos

–       Small photo stand

 

How You Can Make It:

 

–       Print photos with a personal message on each of them for Dad

–       Pop the photos in the box, pop the photo stand on top with one photo already in it .

With the photo stand your Dad can keep changing the photos every week or as often as he likes. Simple but charming.

 

 

5. Letter Photo Gift

A person’s name to him or her is the most precious thing and when we see remotely anything related to our name or even the initial letter we get excited. Fathers feel this way too. So by gifting him a humongous initial of his name with memorable photos on it will definitely get him sparked up. You can either do the first letter of your Dad’s name, the word ‘Dad’ or any other letter that’s significant.

 

photo letter

Source: listotic.com

You’ll need

–       The letter you’re planning to use – you can purchase these in timber or cardboard from craft and some hardware stores.

–       12 or more photos of cherished Dad-type memories (the number of photos will depend on how big your letter is)

–       Sharp craft knife

–       Black or white acrylic paint

–       Modge podge

 

How To Make It:

–       Paint the letter with the acrylic paint and allow to dry

–       Print your photos (black and white will look really nice and uniform)

–       Cover the entire face of letter with craft glue and affix photos where you want them. Some parts will overhang, that’s okay as long as the part of the photo you want displayed is attached to the letter.

–       Once you’re happy with the design, allow to dry.

–       Once dry lay the letter face down and using the craft knife, carefully cut off overhanging parts of the photos.

–       Apply one light coat of mod podge and let it dry overnight.

 

As a general rule Dad’s are pretty easy-to-please when it comes to Father’s day. A new pair of undies, a new tie, ‘World’s Greatest Dad’ mug – any of which he’ll be happy with right?  But why not surprise him a little this year with something different. Something that really tells him how much you love him.

 

What do you have organised for Father’s day?

 

If you haven’t already, Dad might also have a Pringo mini photo printer on his Father’s Day wish list this year so he can print high quality photos direct from his iPhone or Android device. 

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