This year, for Father’s Day, we thought we’d make something personalised that Daddy can keep. There’s so much generic stuff out there, and the bottle of wine and chocolates he usually receives never seem to last that long! I asked Felix what he likes doing with daddy, and he mentioned he likes playing pirates with him. So with the theme in mind, we came up with a fun rhyme and way to display it.


here's what you'll need...

  • Box photo frame
  • Anchor or nautical patterned paper
  • White cord/rope
  • White card
  • Double sided sticky tape
  • Sticky foam pads
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Ruler
  • Black pen

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here's how it's done...

  • 1

    Firstly decide upon a message, or rhyme. This could either be personal to your dad and his interests, or something you find and like. We made ours up together, and chose this theme as Felix and his Daddy play pirates together.


  • 2

    Once you’ve decided, write it neatly on the white card. If your child isn’t able to write then do it for them, but if they can, then let them do it. It will be much sweeter and more meaningful. For young writers, draw a box and some very faint lines in pencil, as a size guide. You can erase the lines when the ink is dry.

    Cut out the anchor paper to fit the frame backing and secure with double sided tape.


  • 3

    Arrange the rope to spell ‘DAD’ and cut to size, having already included knots to add to the nautical effect. Stick this down with double sided tape. Fold the tape in half lengthwise, it’s easier to peel.


  • 4

    Add foam sticky pads to the back of the card and then place it below the word ‘DAD’ in the centre.


  • 5

    Replace the frame backing into the frame and you have your finished personalised Father’s Day gift.



    Yours doesn’t have to be a nautical theme, you could choose something relevant to the games you play at home, just change the paper and substitute the rope with something else. How about cowboy themed paper with the rope, or superhero paper and shiny card for the letters?

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By Claire Dearing on 12.06.15

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