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As a few of you may know, I am married to a rock climber. Well, sort of, his days belaying down cliffs have passed for now, but he still goes to the local rock climbing gym whenever possible and writes a successful blog about climbing. Mr. Mountaineer’s love of rocks and the outdoors inspired this week’s free printable You Rock Dad coloring page. I wanted to create an simple art piece that the kids could color themselves and would easily transform into the perfect Father’s Day gift.
Now for the Father’s Day gift part. You could just give dad the colored You Rock Dad coloring page. Slip it into an envelope (it measures 5″ x 7″) and hand it to him on Father’s Day. Don’t forget to date the back to create a lasting memory.
As much as I try to locate a home for these art pieces, I find they usually end up in a drawer somewhere underneath everything else we find important at the time (permission slips, receipts, newsletters, etc.). So I thought creating a rock frame would be the perfect way to make the kids’ art even more special.
So, instead I made this DIY rock frame to house the kids’ beautiful You Rock Dad print. It’s an easy do it yourself project to make using polished ulti-toned river rocks, a glue gun and frame. Since parts of the frame will show through even with the rocks, I recommend using a darker colored frame so the background is more outdoorsy.
Simply glue the rocks onto the edge of the rock frame with the glue gun. Let the frame dry and pop in the your wonderful coloring page. Gift done. That was easy wasn’t it? Or if you have an even more special photo of the family or kids with Dad, you could use that too.
The only tricky part when making the frame can be fitting the rocks around the edge perfectly. So, I recommend laying a side out first before gluing them down.
As wonderfully simple as this project was, if you are looking for some other Father’s Day ideas, be sure to check out our Father’s Day Coupon Card or free printable tie shaped Father’s Day gift tags. And if want a fun craft to house that home improvement store gift card you plan on getting dad, our Father’s Day gift card box might be the perfect project to do with the kids.
You can download our free printable You Rock Dad coloring page here. We hope you have a wonderful Father’s Day. Hooray for Dads!