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Mother’s Day Gift Idea for Dad’s with Kids

Kim! Do not read any further!
Clothes Pin Picture Frames. This craft is easy for all ages especially dads.

List of necessities: These items should be available at any craft store, or Wal-Mart, or Home Depot, or Lowe’s, any of these places will have all this stuff.

a. Several Clothes Pins (the spring kind), these will hold the pictures. Ok one quick side tip; these make great chip bag clips.
b. 1’-2’ x 4”-6” Balsa Wood, (one per child) or bass wood or you could recycle paint stirs, the 5 gallon variety work good.
c. Stick On Magnets, I prefer a big roll.
d. Glue, wood glue will work, I use hot glue gun for speed.
e. Kids washable paint, or glitter glue, or foamy sticker shapes
f. Pictures of kiddos.

Figure (a.)

Figure (a.)

Figure (b.)

Figure (b.)

Figure (c.)

Figure (c.)

Figure (d.)

Figure (d.)

Figure (e.)

Figure (e.)


First, have kiddo(s) paint, stamp, marker, sticker, glitter glue, bug shape, google eye’s, whatever’s in the craft bin on the (b.) balsa wood and several (.a) clothes pins. For our project, we have foamy dress up people, (found at craft store), that the kiddos will make portraitures from and those will be adhered to the clothes pins.

Elizabeth Painting for Mommy

Elizabeth Painting for Mommy

Second, (if applicable) take kiddos outside to play or do Mario Kart on the Wii while the paint dries.

Third, stick the (c.) magnets on the bottom of the (b.) balsa wood (hit the corners with magnets).

Forth, (d.) glue the decorated (a.) clothes pins (at least 6” apart) to (b.) balsa wood.

Fifth, more Wii or playing whatever while glue dries.

Six, open clothes pins and insert (e.) pictures.

Seven, give to baby’s momma on the special day that honors all the mommies.

Clothes Pin Picture Frame - Test Run

Clothes Pin Picture Frame - Test Run

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10 Responses to “Mother’s Day Gift Idea for Dad’s with Kids”

  1. June 4th, 2009 at 7:33 am

    Naddez says:

    You wrote an impressive and great craft idea! This would be a good idea for the summer months when the children are out of school.

  2. June 7th, 2009 at 9:10 am

    Marianna says:

    Those are adorable! Thanks for encouraging Dads to be involved and for remembering Moms on Mother’s Day!

  3. June 13th, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    Jessica says:

    Thanks for the great ideas!

  4. June 14th, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    amy says:

    What a cute idea! Love the clothes pin idea.

  5. June 25th, 2009 at 11:56 am

    Tammy says:

    Great idea. Why is it Moms are expected to do “crafts” and Dads are expected to “build things”. Any mom would be happy to get that picture frame.

  6. June 30th, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    Mandie P. says:

    Oh, how precious!

  7. June 30th, 2009 at 10:56 pm

    Tamara B. says:

    These gift ideas would mean more to me to receive than any store bought items for Mother’s Day.

  8. July 3rd, 2009 at 2:23 am

    Nightowlmama says:

    stopping by to say hello and spread the comment love :)

  9. July 8th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    Chris G. says:

    Cute idea!

  10. June 10th, 2010 at 12:15 am

    tv channels says:

    Thanks for this post. I type out a lot of ideas into text files and it’s bee n difficult to manage how I manage any given idea as it evolves

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