Reviewed by David Savage
Father’s Day is on Sunday (18 June 2017) and you may be wondering what you or the kids can give as a present. Well of course you could buy a gift from a shop or online but that can be a bit impersonal. This year we decided we would make something, so that it personal and meaningful.
Hobbycraft have a vast range of craft ideas and we decided to make a photo keepsake. So we used a 15x15cm Deep Box Frame in White (on offer at £3, usually £6), Printed Wood Effect Scrabble Alphabet Stickers (£2 for 2 sheets), First Edition Paper Pad – Paradise Crush 6×6” background paper (£8), La De Dah Polaroid Photo Frames 4 Pack (£1.80) and some Double-sided Tape (£1).
We started by deciding to use a backing paper from the Paper Pad; there are 64 papers (200gsm acid-free cardstock) in this book in 16 unique designs, all very colourful. To be honest the papers are not very “manly” but we found a blue pattern page that would be good for the job. Once we had affixed this to the removing back of the photo frame we were ready to add our photo and letters. After finding a suitable photo that we could cut to fit the La De Dah Polaroid Photo Frame, we attached the photo with the Polaroid frame to the centre of the backing paper (the Polaroid frame is self-adhesive) and then added the word “Daddy” at the top of the picture and the children’s names either side of the picture using the self-adhesive wood-effect Scrabble tile letters. The inside of the frame then was added to the frame back with double-sided tape. This was then placed into the frame.
The finished frame was very good, not as good as a professionally made item but if you can make to your design and the wooden frame can be painted or decorated in your own style, should you wish to do this. The box frame has a depth of approx. 2cm from the glass (the completed frame measures approx. 19x29x3.5cm). The frame also has a metal hanging hook on the back so you can proudly display it on the wall.
While I do like the finished product there were some negatives; the backing paper from the paper pad could do with being a few millimetres bigger as there is a slight gap between the paper and frame edge, and the letter tiles are quite fragile as the tops can come away from the sticker if not very careful. And depending on how you look at it, the price can be considered fairly expensive at £15.80 if you were to use the items we used, although you can just use the box and letters and add a photo and reduce the cost.
Apart from the very small negatives this will make a great keepsake for Father’s Day, birthday or any other special occasion (and makes a great craft activity for you or the kids to do).
For more information or to find your nearest Hobbycraft store and make your own Father’s Day gift visit www.hobbycraft.co.uk.