We've done these for 4 years in a row! You can see the other years AND the How To here and here.
I really, really recommend this craft. It doesn't take all that much time, or effort, or money. It's super personal and my kids love making them every year.
I think they mostly love it because I leave all the major decision making up to them.
I drag a bunch of photos from the current year into a folder (about 15-20 per kid). Then I let them each choose 10. Not all pictures will work because of the placement of people in the picture and the shapes of the letters, so 10 seems to give us enough good options. BOTH kids wanted to keep all their leftover pictures. I'm telling you, they love this stuff!
This time, Ella decided that she didn't want any black lines of the letters showing. When we cut the letters without the black lines, we had a little bit of extra space inside the letters. So she decided to pack two pictures into each of the D's. I love it! They look really cute! She also decided to back each letter with colored paper, just like she did last year.
Check out the bottom of the second D - Happy F-Day. "It stands for Father's Day!" she told me. Obviously.
Although... when I see Happy F-Day, it's possible I think something else. AM I THE ONLY ONE?
Peyton wanted the black lines of the letters showing, but he liked Ella's two-photo idea, too, so he did some of that. He did not want colored paper on the back, just like last year, so I backed the letters with some light cardboard to give them more stability. It's funny, I didn't even show them last year's frames, but they both still picked the same backing as they did last year. I wonder if they remember, or if it's just their personal aesthetics coming through? It's adorable either way.
Check out the Y - To: James. You know he did that just because this is really important to him and he wanted to be very serious and proper. So sweet. Oh, and the third D. He wrote Peyton J W Jr. He's not a junior, obviously, his dad's name is James. I guess because he is his father's son? I didn't want to call him on it because he was just so proud.
I just LOVE these! Simple traditions are the best!
Happy Father's Day!