My kids and I had an insanely good time making this Father's Day photo book. So many of the Father's Day crafts and gifts involve ties, sports equipment, and candy. There's nothing wrong with these Dad favorites, but I wanted to create a personal, unique card that doubled as a gift for my husband. Since he's a man who wears many hats in our family (including coach/cheerleader, cyclist, chef, doctor, and a court jester of sorts), we created this photo book to celebrate him. My kids loved picking their favorite "hats" and being interviewed for the blurbs that revealed a lot about their favorite Daddy-isms. Read on for a personal, hilarious, and individualized Father's Day gift that the whole family can contribute to and that is guaranteed to be a keepsake for years to come.
1. Gather the materials.
- Photo of your husband/partner/boyfriend/etc.
- Various types of paper for decorating, such as construction paper or origami paper
- Paper to mount the photos on (I recommend a heavier paper such as cardstock) and for a cover for the book
- String or binder rings for attaching the book
2. Print out copies of your featured photo and cut out Dad’s head.
Make copies of your chosen photo. Our photo book contained 7 pages and a cover, so we made eight copies. Carefully cut out Dad’s head.
3. Interview your child(ren).
With the help of your kid(s), brainstorm all of the different hats that Dad wears. Then have your kids comment on each of his roles. For example, my husband is a doctor so my kids mentioned how they like to visit him when he is on call at the hospital and get take-out Chinese food. For the entertainer/court jester hat, they talked about the games they like to play with him.
4. Design and assemble the pages.
Draw or cut out the hats that Dad wears as well as the accessories that go along with him (ie: paper, books and pencils if he is a teacher or a hat or shirt from a specific team if he is a sports enthusiast). If your child is older or loves to draw, let him create Dad’s hat and background. You can also cut out things (like a briefcase or snorkeling gear) from a magazine to decorate the photo. I printed out the kids’ blurbs and pasted them on decorative paper for a fun background. You (or your kids) can also write out the answers. Glue on various pieces.
5. Make into a book.
Once the pieces and pages are dry, punch holes and attach them with string or binder rings. Prepare for a big laugh from the man of your house. Happy Father’s Day!