It's just around the corner!  And if any of you are like me, you've waited until the last minute to put a little something special together for the dads in your like, hoping to come up with the perfect, meaningful gift!

I was browsing around online the other day and stumbled upon THIS amazing project.  I knew immediately that it would be the perfect thing to put together for David this year.

(click on the photo below for a larger view)

Dad Frame
I executed my version just a bit differently since I didn't have as many kids as the artist of the original piece.  

I had my three kids spell out "DAD" at the top of the frame and had them hold up a blank sign in a photo where I was able to add text with Photoshop.  

Autographs closeup

I also added a kraft block that reads "Happy Father's Day 2011" and had the kids sign their names around the sentiment.  I always LOVE preserving the kids signatures every year.  They change so much and it is fun to go back and look at the differences from year to year.  For example, in Kindergarten, Owen was insistent on always making his "n" backwards!  And this year, Hannah is doing what she calls "fairy letters", complete with lots of curls and flourishes.  

This was a super quick project, the kids had a blast helping to form all the "letters" and it was inexpensive.  Most importantly though, I know David will absolutely adore it!

Here are a few more projects you may possibly be interested in for inspiration if you are a last minute kind of person like me!


CLICK HERE for another Dad's day gift I made for David a few years ago that you might enjoy where I created silhouettes of each of the kids.

CLICK HERE for a special mini album I created dedicated to David and to honor him as a father.  (The photos are kind of small in the post, so be sure to click on each of them to enlarge)

Enjoy your Father's Day weekend!

Nichole Heady

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  • 1
    Laura says:


    Nichole that is so cute I am sure he will love it. Very different. Thanks for all the inspiration!!

  • 2
    Renee Lynch says:

    I’ve been trying to figure out something similar I found on Pinterest but with 4 kids!!
    Not easy…
    maybe we should have #5?
    NO WAY!
    It’s an absolutely heart touching gift.
    And the silhouettes…
    I love them!
    I have large life size ones for all of the kids their kindergarten year…
    will get my final one this year and will then have them framed and hung over the mantle so when entering our front door…
    everyone will see my heart.

  • 3
    Keva Brown says:

    Oh, this is SO awesome. What a wonderful idea!

  • 4
    Hollie says:

    This is a really good idea!

  • 5
    Ted says:

    Nichole, that collage is just awesome! I can’t imagine David not treasuring it. Very well done! 🙂

  • 6

    That turned out so cute! Your hubby will love it! I had a friend who sent out Valentine’s cards one year with her kids spelling out “LOVE”. I thought it was the cutest idea – doesn’t work well when you only have one child though, LOL! Tell Hannah that her fairy letters are beautiful! I think she needs to design a stamp set for you!

  • 7
    Cricutashjoy says:

    LOL, at 40 years and up, we wouldn’t look nearly as cute;) LOL

    Great projects, and love another fun use of PTI stamps!

  • 8
    Cathy Weber says:

    I had to laugh today when I saw Hannah’s Fairy Letters. I can see a PTI set with her cute letters being released one day. She sure has her mother’s creative talent. Very cute and touching present you all created.

  • 9
    Barbara says:

    “Hannah’s Handwriting”…a new stamp set perhaps? I’m just sayin’…I’d buy it! 😉

  • 10

    Terrific project, he will love it. Thank you for sharing such a terrific idea.

  • 11
    Kathy H says:

    What a great idea and wonderful inspired gift, Nichole! Wish my kids were small again and still living at home:)

  • 12
    Lynn D says:

    love your photo gift!

  • 13

    Add me to those who would totally buy Hannah’s Fairy Alpha stamps! 🙂 And, I *so* love this! Totally doing it with my kids tomorrow!! (plus Walgreens has a free 8×10 collage going on right now). Love, love, love this, Nichole! THANK YOU! 🙂 ‘Cause I was sure stuck for what to do for a card! 🙂

  • 14
    Kraftyaunt says:

    Great project! I love the finished product. I don’t have any children…wonder if I could get our doggie to bend and twist to form the alphabet! LOL He’s just like our child!

    Your comment about saving the children’s signatures struck a note for me. In our family we do something similar. We save our parents cards from year to year and have them resign them. And just as you mentioned that you notice your children’s handwriting changing, so too with your parents. I have one card from the 50’s that my father signed until he passed away at 87. I can see the year he had his stroke, then watch the improvement as he did physical therapy, then his handwriting goes downhill & scribbly as he gets older until the year he passed away. It took alot of courage, but that year my mom signed the card and added my dad’s name “in spirit”. It’s one card that I will treasure forever and forever.


  • 15
    Joy Taylor says:

    This is such a touching gift, I adore it…have a wonderful weekend..hugs!

  • 16
    Sam Wright says:

    OMG this is adorable and so thoughtful!

  • 17
    Juanita in Ohio says:

    Wow, Nichole, these are a perfect gift. I LOVE the photos and your creativity with posing the children to spell dad. I’m sure your husband will truly enjoy this. TFS.

  • 18
    Melissa Ladd says:

    What a sweet and fun gift! Your kids are getting so big!! I hope David has a wonderful Father’s Day! I’m so looking forward to meeting you in July!!

  • 19
    barbara lassiter says:

    This is the most wonderful Father’s Day card I have ever seen. It will be a treasured part of family history!

  • 20

    What a wonderful project, thank you for sharing! I have 4 kids and we put together a photo frame for my husband, but adapted your idea a little due to time constraints and sports commitments. He absolutely loved it and I think I even saw a little tear in his eye. Thank you again. If you want to see how our “masterpiece” turned out you can check out OR

  • 21
    Nitish says:

    One of the most wonderful Father’s Day card I have ever seen.Printable Father’s Day Cards and Posters

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