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.

DIY Fathers Day Gift

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

(unknown author)

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.

Mudpie xx


  1. ApparentlyAwkward (@AwkwardParent) Reply

    Ah I LOVE THIS! I have been looking for an idea for my husband for his 1st Father’s Day. We have a canvas just sitting in our closet and I think I’m going to do something very similar. Thank you for sharing! #twinklytuesday

  2. This is absolutely beautiful! Thanks, too for sharing the photo “fail”. I think it helps to know that even those of you who manage to make exquisite pieces like the final one run up against wiggly and uncooperative littles!

    Thanks for linking with #TwinklyTuesday.

    • I have so many fails lol!!! – they were big deals at the time but now I still look back and love those photos just as much as the ones that do work :). Thank you for hosting as ever x

  3. Sara Handy Herbs Reply

    That is very creative! What a lovely idea too! What a great ‘dad’ present for any time of the year. #KidsCorner

  4. I love this! If we ever have a 3rd child I’ll bear it in mind, since eldest’s feet are now the same size as mine and his brother’s aren’t far behind we;d need a big bit of wood these days!

    Stevie x #FathersDay2015

  5. Katy (What Katy Said) Reply

    What a great idea twice over!! I love handmade things like this but am not going to have time to do anything this year- need to plan ahead! Thank you for sharing in #KidsCorner x

  6. I just wanted to thank you for this fab idea! My husband loved receiving this for Father’s Day and my 2 year old loves looking at it and reminding us he made it!! Thank you!! Xx

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