It was recently my husband's birthday and like many of us,we were a little strapped for cash. However, even if we hadn't been my husband is very hard to buy for. However, what my daughter and I made for him actually made him so happy tears were brought to his eyes. I wasthought I would share the ideas with you. I got the idea from searching online but tweaked it a little bit.
1. Handprint Wall Hanging-
The first thing I did was have my daughter make little paint handprints onto cardstock. I glued these onto a peice of black foam. Next, I printed this poem onto cardstock-"Sometimes you get discouraged Because I am so small And always leave my fingerprints On furniture and walls.But every day I'm growing -I'll be grown some dayAnd all those tiny handprints Will surely fade away. So here's a little handprint Just so you can recall Exactly how my fingers looked When I was very small". Then I used a holepunch and attached a ribbon for hanging. I covered it with clear contact paper to protect it. If doing it again, I'd probably opt to frame it.
2. Footprints wall hanging. First, I had my daughter make paint footprints on cardstock. Then I printed this poem: "Walk a little slower Daddy,"said a child so small,"I'm following in your footsteps and I don't want to fall.Sometimes your steps are very fast,Sometimes they're hard to see;So walk a little slower, Daddy,For you are leading me.Someday when I'm all grown up,You're what I want to be;Then I will have a little childWho'll want to follow me.And I would want to lead just right,And know that I was true,So walk a little slower, Daddy,For I must follow you." This was glued onto a piece of white foam and a ribbon attached at the top for hanging. It was also covered in clear contact paper.
He LOVED these gifts. Better than anything I could have bought him at a store.