Happy Father's Day! And a Scrabble Tiles DIY...

First things first: Happy Father's Day! We are taking it easy over here today since, well, this isn't Scott's first Father's Day. Harper was born just after Mother's Day last year, but she made it just in time for Scott to be able to celebrate his first in 2011. Actually, the reason we are taking it easy is because we have just been super busy lately. Any downtime is welcomed and appreciated. Since we're ballin' on a budget right now, I decided to make Scott a Father's Day gift rather than buying something expensive. The total cost of this project was less than $20, and I absolutely love the way it turned out. It looks just like I imagined it during one of my late-night brainstorming sessions. Here goes...

This isn't a Father's-Day-only project. You can get pretty creative with the wording and placement of the photo. I have so many ideas, but I'm sure you can come up with your own!

First, I told Scott I didn't have enough photos of him with Harper and that I needed an impromptu photo session. Outside. Stat.

Cute, right?

Next, I got all my supplies together. I bought the shadow-box frame at Michael's. It was 40% off, and you can almost always find 50%-off coupons on the Michael's website. I also got some double-sided sticky tape stuff there (around $2.50) and the linen-look scrapbook paper (about $1.50). The photo had printed at Inkley's for $.27, and I found an old Scrabble game at DI for $1. Scrabble games are a little hard-to-come-by at thrift stores, but if you start looking now, you're bound to find one by Christmas gift-giving time. :) Or, you can buy some fake ones on eBay.

In retrospect, regular Elmer's glue may have worked better than the double-sided sticky stuff (DSSS). I used what I had on-hand. You can do the same; it won't affect the outcome that much. The only thing I didn't like about the DSSS was that it made it a little hard to close the frame in the back since they made the edges of the background paper thicker.

You'll also need a pen/pencil and some scissors. Oh and some Windex and paper towels if you want to clean of your fingerprints when you're done.

Cut the background paper to the size of the frame.

Stick the background paper on the frame backing using either DSSS or glue. In the photo below, I didn't remove the bar code sticker. You should do this so it doesn't show through. I later went back and removed mine.

Figure out how you want to lay out your Scrabble tiles and photo(s). Using glue or DSSS, stick the photo where you want it on the background.

Using some of the scrap paper that came out of the frame as straight edges, apply the first and last letter in one of the words. If you use the DSSS, apply it like this so it doesn't show over the edges of the Scrabble tiles:

Continue applying the other letters, evenly spacing them as well as you can. I tried to keep mine pretty straight, but some unevenness can actually add character to the finished product. Don't stress too much about it.

Do the same for the rest of the words.

And Voila! Windex that baby up, and you have a super-cute, easy and inexpensive gift for someone you love.

Did you do anything special for Father's Day? What do you think about Scrabble tile art? Do you love it as much as I do?!