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My Dad Rocks: DIY Picture Frames

Eva Amurri Martino makes rock frames for her husband Kyle for Father's Day

I can’t say I know many dads who love a crafted gift.  I’m just being 100% honest.  Unless the craft is a coupon for Date Night or something…you feel me, husbands? Ha! But I have noticed that guys are obsessed with photos of their kids– almost as much as Moms are.  I always think it’s so cute when I have a business meeting and I see a guy’s desk filled with picture frames of their families.  #DadLife.  This year for Father’s Day, I thought it would be fun to figure out a way for the kids to help me craft a special frame for Kyle’s desk.

Eva Amurri Martino and her kids Marlowe and Major collect rocks from their backyard to make DIY Rock Frames

Eva Amurri Martino's kids Marlowe and Major play with toys in their yard in Connecticut

Eva Amurri Martino's kids Marlowe and Major play with toys in their yard in Connecticut

Eva Amurri Martino and her kids Marlowe and Major collect rocks from their backyard to make DIY Rock Frames

Eva Amurri Martino displays the materials needed to make her DIY Rock Frames

They’ve been obsessed with rock collecting recently, and they love to play in the little courtyard off of our kitchen.  I love it when they play out there, too, since it’s a great way for them to be outside but still safely confined so they don’t run all over the property.  They like to collect rocks while I make dinner and then show me after– it’s amazing how many gorgeous gemstones and special ones they end up finding (*wink wink*).  To make the frame, I had them collect the rocks they wanted to use, and then I glued them to the frame and finished it with spray paint.  We took a sweet picture with a sign that says “My Dad Rocks!” To put inside.  I just love how it turned out, and I know that Kyle is going to absolutely love it when he opens it on Father’s Day!

Eva Amurri Martino makes rock frames for her husband Kyle for Father's Day

Eva Amurri Martino and her kids Marlowe and Major collect rocks from their backyard to make DIY Rock Frames

Eva Amurri Martino's daughter Marlowe collects rocks in the backyard of her Connecticut home.

Eva Amurri Martino's son Major plays with trucks in his backyard in Connecticut

Eva Amurri Martino's kids Marlowe and Major play with toys in their yard in Connecticut

Eva Amurri Martino kisses her daugter Marlowe in the yard of their Connecticut home.

Materials…

Eva Amurri Martino's kids Marlowe and Major play with toys in their yard in Connecticut

Eva Amurri Martino's kids Marlowe and Major play with toys in their yard in Connecticut

Eva Amurri Martino collect rocks from her yard in Connecticut

Eva Amurri Martino puts the finishing touches on her DIY rock frame

Use a hair dryer to blow any extra dirt or debris off the rocks.  Next, working slowly and following the directions on the package, use the E600 adhesive to cover the surface of the frame with rocks.  Allow the adhesive to cure for 12-24 hours.  Then spray the frame with white spray paint.  I sprayed three coats and allowed the frame to dry for 10 minutes in between coats.  Allow to dry for 24 hours completely before wrapping!

Eva Amurri Martino makes rock frames for her husband Kyle for Father's Day

Eva Amurri Martino collect rocks from her yard in Connecticut

Eva Amurri Martino puts the finishing touches on her DIY rock frame

Eva Amurri Martino makes rock frames for her husband Kyle for Father's Day

Eva Amurri Martino's daughter Marlowe displays her finished rock frame.

Eva Amurri Martino displays her finished rock frame.

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Photographs by Julia Dags.

 

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  1. Tabitha says:

    Lovely idea and such a smart way to keep them busy! Nice!

    06.13.18Reply
    • Thanks, Tabitha! It really does keep them busy for SO long. LOL

      06.14.18Reply