Each year I struggle to find the perfect gift for my parents. The hope is to find a thoughtful, unique present that captures my gratitude for all that they have done for me and their continued love and support. I thought I would share the present that I created with the help of the mister who created the custom frame and my adorable nieces and nephews.
Pre-Jonah arriving my parents had nine grandchildren. In fitting fashion – nine letters creates, “WE LOVE YOU”. How perfect right?! So, assemble the minions (sorry been watching Despicable Me on repeat – it’s Dax’s favorite movie!) Each grand child was given the duty to hold a single letter to make up the phrase “WE LOVE YOU”.
I grabbed large wooden letters from Hobby Lobby – lightly spray painted them a pretty metallic gold and set up dates to take individual photos of the kiddos.
Best yet, at the time, the mister and I only had Liam and Dax (Jonah as cooking in the oven) so they held the letters “W” and “E”. The middle brother has four little ones so they held the letters “L, O, V, E” and my oldest brother has three kiddos so they rounded out the word “YOU”. If you look closely my oldest was holding the letter “W” and he is the one NOT smiling. Four different tries at getting a smiling photo and well, that was as good as it got. Temper tantrum and all.
With a little work in photoshop the individual photos got morphed together. Since I couldn’t decide whether to print off the photo in color or black and white I did a bit of research and took the photo to wood, thus creating the ability to use both versions and a tad more uniqueness.
A simple DIY project later with the help of this video the image was transferred to wood and the mister assembled a custom frame. A fun project that turned out pretty cute.
Oh, just so you know, if you decide to try this and you have an image that spells out a phrase be sure to reverse the image in photoshop before printing off – the transfer to wood reverses the image.