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Father's Day Cutout Frame

How can kids spell out how much they love Dad on Father's Day? By making him a paper picture frame using the letters of his name (D-A-D, natch).




The present will stand proudly on a desk or bureau with the assistance of bent paper clips. The photographs, trimmed to show kids' faces, peek through the holes of the letters.



  1. Step 1

    Photocopy and cut out the frame template. Lay the template over lightweight card stock; trace with a pencil and cut out. Mom can cut out the middle parts of each letter.

  2. Step 2

    Trim photos to fit the openings, making them slightly larger than the holes; tape them behind the frame.

  3. Step 3

    To make the frame stand up, bend open two paper clips and tape the small sides to the backs of the letters at the very bottom.

Martha Stewart Kids, Volume 18 2005



Reviews (20)

  • miss_char 6 Nov, 2013

    It would be cool if you paper mâché-ed this. Maybe for older kids. I'm definitely going to make this for my dad this Christmas, maybe paper mâché??

  • goodrick 16 Nov, 2009

    How about a template for MOM with the same idea?

  • julieflomom 16 Jun, 2008

    I backed it with a solid cutout to make it more sturdy. That way we could add the date and a message!

  • julieflomom 16 Jun, 2008

    I backed it with a solid cutout to make it more sturdy. That way we could add the date and a message!

  • henden 9 Jun, 2008

    paste the whole thing down on another piece of cardstock that is folded in half and make a keepsake card for Dad instead.

  • LuvMaerz 9 Jun, 2008

    Great idea! A quick and easy project I can do with the girls, and then stick in the scrapbook later!

  • Mackfever 9 Jun, 2008

    Great Idea. Thank You =)

  • jcgloede 9 Jun, 2008

    Use a glue stick or tape runner and 'glue' your paper to a thicker cardstock, or cardboard (the backing of a notepad), then cut out. This will make it a little more stable. Also, attach the paper clip to the top, so Dad can hang in his office.

  • monmonn 9 Jun, 2008


  • KaterTot 8 Jun, 2008

    And, cheap!! Love it.

  • musiclee 8 Jun, 2008

    Another Idea. If you are using some kind of cutter to make letters, you could cut several of each color and glue together for added thickness. You could do it in different colors and use punches at different places to let the other colors show through.

  • musiclee 8 Jun, 2008

    For those without a Cricut, a lot of scrapbook stores have die cutters available for their customers to use. I know Archivers requires you buy their paper from them. If you have the perfect paper at home you cvould buy a sheet or two to meet the requirement and bring your own in to cut.

    I think I will do this with my son. He's almost 4. He doesn't like to color, but he loves stamping and making stickers with my xyron tools.

  • MBukowski 8 Jun, 2008

    Love this idea and will use it for my class as a dad's day project.

  • LMDC 8 Jun, 2008

    OOh I want a cricut so bad!! They are awesome! that would be great thing for the person that works in NICU!! and has so many other uses too!!!

  • withattitude 8 Jun, 2008

    My grandchildren loved this one....made it in less then a hour.

  • sewswell 8 Jun, 2008

    I am going to try this using a Cricut machine. it will cut to 5 1/2" tall. They have many different fonts available. it would take seconds for the machine to cut it out!

  • babiesdoc 8 Jun, 2008

    I am a physician in a NICU . We made this frames every fathers day and mother's day for the past few years , Usually the preemie baby picture is placed in the center but, the frame easily has accommodated our many sets of twins and triplets.
    Our moms and dads keep these for years.
    It is a little tiresome to cut out 40 or so dads but, so worth the effort.

  • LindenBlossom 8 Jun, 2008

    This would be a super craft project for my class. You could also adapt for use with any name/word by using the font outline function on WP or DTP and setting the character spacing so the letters overlap slightly - print on coloured card and cut out. I like Debbie's idea of adding embellishments. My son's will be making one this weekend!

  • a1teacher 8 Jun, 2008

    This is a great project! I think I'll have my students make it for their dads for Father's Day. Nice, simple, and cute!

  • debbiewilson 5 Jun, 2008

    This is such an easy project and also looks fantastic if it is framed or even with a few embelishments attached to it.