Fun & Easy Father’s Day Gift Craft Project


This Father’s Day gift is truly special.  It is personalized for our family and includes two recent family photos and the tiny handprints of our three and one-year-old.  It is relatively easy to make and can be completed in less than two hours. One of my favorite things about this craft was the discovery of these beautiful retro-signs with red and grey lettering from Retro Father’s Day Clip-art Labels.  I printed my retro-sign labels onto white card stock. You can choose to use the retro labels or create your own Father’s Day graphic for your Father’s Day photo box.  In the photo above, the lid is tilted up to display the artwork.


Supplies List:

All of these supplies can be purchased online at Amazon or your local craft store or Walmart.

Step 1: Disassemble your Photo Box

You want to remove the glass and backer-boards from the photo box.


Step 2: Paint your Photo Box

I used sample paint in a brown color from Valspar.  You can select any color and have a sample size of paint created at any Home Depot or Lowe’s store. I painted all four sides as well as any exposed frame.  I also painted the lid on both sides.


Step 3: Trace and Cut Paper for Handprints

I used the backer-boards from the photo box to trace a square shape onto the backside of the scrapbooking paper that I liked.  I cut the paper into square shapes. Using a small paintbrush, I painted my children’s hands with black acrylic paint and pressed their hands onto the square pieces of scrapbooking paper.

I highly recommend performing this procedure with only one child at a time. Also, keep some paper towels close by.  Be sure to have a wet paper towel and a dry paper towel to clean your child’s hand immediately after making the print. Acrylic paint may or may not come out of clothing or be cleaned from other surfaces. Use with caution.  You can try a washable paint, but I find that the acrylic makes a nice crisp print that dries quickly.  I used a black Sharpie marker to write each child’s name and age next to their handprint.


Step 4: Cut your Retro Labels

To create the final product you see at the top of this tutorial, you should be able to print “The World’s Greatest Dad” without needing to resize anything. To create the extra signage that you see on the sides of the box, you’ll need to resize the printables and print them at 40%.  I just adjusted the size on my printer settings to 40%.  Feel free to play around with the printables until you get them the size that works for your project.   To cut the labels I used a paper cutter.  You can also use scissors.

To create the blue frame around the “World’s Greatest Dad” label on the lid of the box, I traced the outside of the lid onto the backside of my scrapbooking paper. Then I traced the label centered inside of that.  I then picked a distance between the two and drew a third box using a straight edge which would be the cut line for my paper boarder “frame” around the label. I cut the blue piece of scrapbooking paper and trimmed as needed to make it fit the box lid.

When in doubt, always perform a dry fit before you glue anything.  This will ensure a perfect fit.


Step 5: Mod Podge your labels to the Photo Box

Make sure your photo box is dry.  Brush mod podge onto the back of the scrapbooking paper and secure it to the box lid.  Use your hands to press out any air bubbles.  Mod podge dries clear so don’t be afraid to use it generously. Do the same thing to the “World’s Greatest Dad” label and center and secure it on top of the scrapbooking paper.

For the labels on the sides of the box, cut an extra piece of white card stock in the exact same size as the existing labels and used mod podge to glue them together. Use mod podge to glue each label into place.  This will give the side labels that extra sturdiness that will be needed.



Step 6: Once Dry, Spray your Box

The final touch is a coat of clear polyurethane to protect your project. The Krylon I used had a full-flow spray so I only had to barely press the nozzle to release the coating onto my photo box.  I coated the lid on both sides and I coated the box from top to bottom to ensure solid protection and sheen.


Step 7: Once Dry, Reassemble your Box

It takes awhile for the polyurethane to dry.  Follow the instructions for drying times on your can.  Once the photo box is dry you can reassemble your photo box.  I used photos on two sides and handprints on the other two sides.  Feel free to customize your Father’s Day gift for the Father in your life.  You may want to paint the box the same colors as his favorite sports team or shirt. You can also include your children in any portion of this craft as long as they are mature enough and have the proper skills. Be creative and have fun.

We’ve already presented this gift to my husband and he loved it.  I’m sure the Father in your life will too.

About Monica Pruett

Monica Pruett is the mother of two adorable boys and is married to her best friend Jimmy. Her passion is to be an encouragement to moms and she publishes free printables and crafts for preschoolers, devotionals for moms, and ideas for having fun together as a family.


  1. Cute, wish my son was still small so we could make this! You have such wonderful craft ideas. I’m enjoying all your posts.

  2. Great idea, Monica! Such a fun and personal gift. Thank you for a wonderful post. :)

  3. Debora Humphries says:

    That is a great gift idea for any father. I really like the kids hand prints as part of it. Thank you for sharing these ideas.

  4. This is a really cute idea. Thanks for all the pictures, because I’m really visual. The instructions make this look so easy. :) I may break down and have my kids try to make it this year.

  5. Looks like you and the kids had fun with it. I’m thinking one pic of each of my kids (3) plus a pic of the dog and we’re good! Love the retro labels, I’ll definitely be using them this year!

  6. Monica Pruett says:

    Awesome Kathleen!

  7. Monica Pruett says:

    Thanks Debora!

  8. Monica Pruett says:

    Thanks Mary!

  9. This is a great personalize gift idea for Father’s Day. ;o)

  10. Monica Pruett says:

    Thanks Paula!

  11. I think this is such a wonderful idea. I believe my kids would love to do this for their Dad especially since he loves to make crafts with woods and loves all wood related products.

  12. Thanks for linking up to Whimsy Wednesday! Your project has been featured this week on my blog!

    Also, you can add your project {or any project} to my website. I feature them on my main slider on the home page…follow this link to submit your project!

    Be sure to stop by and grab a button…

  13. I love this idea! It would be perfect on my husband’s desk at work. I’m featuring this tonight at my link party and pinning!

  14. Monica Pruett says:

    Thank you Alexis! Enjoy!

  15. I would love for you to share and link up at my weekly TGIF Link Party if you haven’t already this week. The party is open every Thursday night and closes Wednesday’s at midnight. Hope you will join us!
    Have a wonderful week!
    Hugs, Cathy

  16. Very cute! I chose this as a feature from my link party last week. I’m so glad you linked up. Feel free to grab an “I’ve Been Featured” button from the Link Parties page of my site. Have a great week!

  17. Monica Pruett says:

    Thanks Angie! So glad you liked it and thanks for the feature! Monica


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