Sunday, May 29, 2011

Father's Day Gift Idea

I have seen a lot of fantastic projects using free hardware store paint sample swatches. I finally thought of a project that I wanted to create using these freebies.

At work I see people who have their children's artwork pinned up on their walls. I thought it would be a cute idea to create some way that a parent could highlight their child's art on a rotating basis without putting holes in the artwork.

I created this using a thrifted clipboard and free paint swatches. I chose the colors to have a faded, beach theme.

The clipboard is roughly 9" x 12 1/2" so I first trimmed 23 paint swatches into 2 1/4" squares. Next, I cut each square into rectangles that were 3/4" x 2 1/4".

I arranged the strips in a pattern on the clipboard until I was happy with the color combinations.
I adhered them with Mod Podge. I had to add an additional row along the top and cut two little angle pieces around the clip to cover the board.

With three additional paint swatches, I die cut the word "DAD" and adhered them with Mod Podge as well.

I created this in honor of Father's Day but you can add any name or leave it blank. This could hang on a wall and new children's artwork could be easily added.

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  1. Very cute! Father's Day ideas are always welcome. Thanks, Lisa~

  2. What a stinkin cute idea. I love it so much I will have to remember this one for when the hubby s out of school and has a job where he could use this :) Thanks again for sharing. Come and say hi and enter my Jamberry nail giveaway

    A mommy's life...with a touch of YELLOW

  3. I'm featuring this on KIS on Sunday

  4. You have such awesome ideas!! I love this!
    I'm visiting from Sunburnt Cow!

  5. Hi Lynda! So glad you stopped by and are now a Friend! Love the colors of the feels good on the eyes to look at.
    My post you found is not the norm....I did a post last year for a Nascar Party tablescape with music and all to go with it and it was very popular..with Husbands of my other Friends I thought I'd give Jim a few 'interruption' posts with some of his vintage to share with husbands. If you go thru my blog you'll see the normal Girlie stuff..hehe..My side par has a BLuebrid delivering that for a very Flowery post. We do a website for the shop and a blog, but due to illness we've had to take a little vacation so it's not been posted on lately.
    it's at
    Now that we know where we are in Blogland, let's not be strangers. You'll find yourself on my bloglist;0)

  6. What a great idea! Love it!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

  7. what a cute idea! i seriously LOVE it! I found your blog through a link party and had to check out this project! I am your newest follower and would love it if you would come check out my blog and follow me too! Thanks!

  8. Lynda, I love the combination of practical and chic, frugal and classy! Beautiful colors and such a creative gift!

    Always a pleasure to have you be a part of "A Little Birdie Told Me..." Tuesday at Rook No. 17!


  9. I would love for you to link it up to my party that is running now. Any linky goes.

    Come strut your stuff.

  10. Hi, friend! I'm admiring all your creative posts here. Can you please share them at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party :)

  11. The fathers all over the world will be so flattered that many generous bloggers are writing about them, even about the best ways to pamper them on this special day to honor them. These fathers day gift ideas all over the net are very nice, might add some of them to my own list. Thank you very much and Cheers!


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