If your dad is notoriously difficult to shop for, give him a Father’s Day present he can’t help but love: a photo of the two of you in a DIY leather frame personalized just for him. Leather, whether real or faux, lends a luxe touch to an inexpensive frame (even one from the dollar store will work), while a hand-painted design makes it feel special. With a set of stencils and acrylic paint, you can embellish the leather border with a monogram, a heartfelt message, or a decorative pattern. This stylish frame is bound to win a prime spot on Dad’s desk.
Follow These Steps
- Using a craft knife and working on a cutting mat, cut leather strips the length of the sides of the frame. Let a ruler guide the cut and use several passes to cut all the way through the leather.
- To make angled edges, place a leather strip on the bottom of the frame and use a ruler and a pencil or chalk to draw a line from the inner bottom right corner of the frame to the outer bottom right corner of the frame. Cut along the line with a craft knife. Continue making angled cuts to the ends of each leather strip so that the angles line up at each corner.
- Apply hot glue to the back of one strip of leather and attach it to the frame. Continue securing the other three strips of leather.
- To personalize the frame with a monogram or message for Dad, place adhesive stencils on the frame and fill them in with craft paint. Remove the stencils and allow the paint to dry completely.