father's day gift idea: handprint keepsake and interview

May 24, 2010

This is in easy and fun idea for a Father's Day gift. We actually made this one for Ben's Christmas present this year. 

All you need is a double picture frame, some scrapbooking paper, tape, and a few moments to record an interview with your child. 

You just trace your child's hand on some scrapbooking paper and place it in one side of the frame. 

Now for the fun part: the interview! Ask your child some questions and record his or her answers. You can ask anything, but here are a few of the questions I asked Juliet about her dad: 

  • What is your favorite thing to do with daddy?
  • What does daddy's face look like? 
  • What books do you like to read with daddy?
I also asked some follow-up questions based on her responses. For example, she answered the question about what her daddy's face looks like with this He has a face like this...hey! Say, "What does his hair look like?" 

So, I then asked, "What does his hair look like?" and she said, He doesn't have hair! He has a head! (He's shaves his head almost completely bald!)

I also asked some "leading" questions about certain games they play together because I wanted to record her thoughts on them. The result is about 5 or 6 questions paired with uniquely Juliet responses. 

I typed Juliet's name and the date at the bottom of the interview, printed it out, and then taped it to the other side of the frame. 

As a finishing touch, I printed the little poem "This is the hand you used to hold when I was only 2 years old." and taped it to the handprint. 

(I found the poem on Handprint and Footprint Art, my source of handprint and footprint art inspiration!)

The frame now sits on Ben's desk and Juliet is proud to point it out anytime she walks into the room.

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Raising a Happy Child said...

This is a great idea! I might do something that also involves a photograph of them together. Thanks for inspiration!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

This is such a fun idea! Interviews with kids are always a blast. Thanks so much for sharing, I'll be linking.

anne maskell said...

fantastic idea! just visiting with tot tuesday!

Jen said...

An interview is a wonderful idea! And I love the frame idea with the handprint dated. Thanks for sharing.

Creative and Curious Kids!

Elise said...

This will be such a beautiful keepsake. Such a perfect present and one which will always be treasured.

Ticia said...

totally going to do this, I just need to remember to do it.

artsy_momma said...

That turned out cute! Thanks for the link :)

JHill said...

Adorable idea! I love it!

Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!

cheryl said...

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Mama Jenn said...

Very cute!!!!!

Janna said...

Love all your Father's Day ideas!

Jenn @ Delicious Ambiguity said...

Great ideas for father's day. Thanks for linking up to Tot Tuesdays! Have a great week!

JHill said...

I will be featuring this project on my blog tomorrow morning!


Jenn @ Delicious Ambiguity said...

Love this idea! Just wanted to let you know I've posted a link:


Have a great day!

Steph @ somewhatsimple said...

This is darling! You need to add this to our Fathers Day link party here:
I love it!

Anonymous said...

Just completed my interview w/ my 5 & 8 year old ------> HILARIOUS.

saim said...

hand printing card is great idea for father day
and question answer idea is also amazing i really like it
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CK said...

Oh my goodness! I SO am going to do something like this with my son!

CK said...

I love this idea! I made it and blogged about it today with a link back to your blog.
Thanks so much!

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