Alright guys! I am very excited to show you this DIY Slab Wood Father’s Day Photo Gift. I know we’re getting down to the wire but if you’re anything like me, as Father’s Day nears, then you’ve been known to be sent into a frantic fit wondering how you STILL haven’t figured out what to get your husband. *It’s less than a week away, lady!!!*
THEN, I remembered this little photo gift project that I bought the supplies for EXACTLY 4 years ago (according to the receipt still in the bag) a few months after our son was born. It went through 3 moves and I miraculously knew where this bag of goodies was and trust me when I say, that is not the norm (knowing where stuff is, not putting stuff off, that’s pretty normal).
It is an incredibly simple project that the kids loved doing because they got to play with paint (one of their Top 5 things on the planet) and get their picture taken together. It was so easy to put together and, the best part was how little it cost to put together with a total cost of about $10! A project that is easy, inexpensive AND meaningful? Count me in!
Plan A: What I had originally planned on doing was taking the pictures of the kids with their letters, printing them and then putting them into a 5-slot picture frame to spell out “Daddy”. Easy enough & cute, right? Well, the Walmart in Missoula (the nearest big town 30 miles away) didn’t have anything that would work for our little photo gift project. Soooo, moving on!
Plan B: I got 5 of these little frames for $0.96/each and my plan evolved to mounting them to one of the several pieces of slab wood I have in my giant pile on the property. This is one of the many perks of living in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana where log homes are born! If you’re like most people and don’t have an abundance of log home scrap supplies, any piece of wood that will accommodate the frames will work.
Once I found a piece that would work, I cut it down to size with my little bow saw because I wanted more of a rough edge. To remove some of the splinters, I used my trusty Mouse Sander (that I used for this project) on the face of the piece and contemplated staining it but decided for simplicity (might change that later).
For mounting I got out my household hardware kit for hanging pictures which, in my opinion, is a must since it has all of those hooks, nails and mounts that are so common around the house. Once I found the mount I was going for, I installed it and I was on to the next step!
I used screws to plot the mounting points for each of our picture frames to situate vertically on the slab. Finally, I then hung our picture frames and, voila! You now have a meaningful, thoughtful photo gift that simply can’t be bought!
There are so many different ways you can do this project and, plus, you can do it for anyone in your life. In fact, I plan on doing one for both my mom and dad to spell out what my kids call them, “Puppa & Mimi”. Anyways, that’s all for now!
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