This is a very simple idea, ideal for a Fathers Day gift or similar, which should take under 15 minutes to make plus drying time. When Monkey was 10 weeks old I tried to take some photos of his little feet in a ‘V’ shape to spell the word LOVE.
The below photo is as close as I got! However it has meant that I have been left over with three letters that on their own are pretty useless.
Coming up three years on I was having a clear out. I didn’t really want to throw them away and that’s when I thought about recycling them into a gift for Hubby – we made it for Valentines Day, but it would be the perfect Fathers Day gift.
The letters are actually made of mdf I brought them off of eBay (you can get similar in Hobbycraft) and then used acrylic paint to decorate them. To make the new picture I brought a panoramic canvas from The Works for a couple of pounds. I painted Monkey’s feet with acrylic paint and we positioned them in the shape of a ‘v’ on the canvas.
It was a lot easier than taking the photo and he really enjoyed doing it! By painting his feet rather than letting him dip them in paint himself it meant that I could manage the print and try to ensure it didn’t come out either too light or too heavy and gloopy. I was quite impressed with outcome as it not only looks like a ‘V’ but a heart as well. I secured the mdf letters with hot glue.
I added a sentiment at the end of the canvas. You can add something personal to you, a special date or for an older child a hand drawn picture or message. I chose a verse which I had pinned sometime ago! You can see the pin here. It reads:
A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer
bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier
the past forgotten and the future worth living for
Ours hangs in the kitchen and always attracts a lot of comments. I hope you enjoy making your gifts and that the special Daddy in your lives has a great Father Days on 21st June.