For father's day, Thea and I wanted to make something really special for her dad. After she spent a couple of afternoons creating pictures of things she likes to do with her dad, I had the idea to make a little book out of her drawings. The mister sure loves books, and he loves things made by his little miss, so we figured it would be the perfect gift.
I cut sheets of watercolor paper into rectangles and then folded them in half. Thea went crazy drawing her pictures: fishing with daddy, roasting marshmallows with daddy, making music with daddy, and on and on. Then, I helped her spell out the words she wanted to accompany each drawing.
For the cover, we used a heavier gauge watercolor paper. We started out "painting" the cover with bleeding tissue paper and a spray bottle. Once the paper was dry, I cut out a rectangle slightly larger than the book's inside pages.
To bind the book, I poked holes in each page and the cover (one at a time, since they are kind of thick). To make sure all the holes lined up, I started with one page and then used that as a guide to punch the other pages and the cover. I used a large backstitch to sew the book together.
Easy peasy! And I just love the way it turned out.
What are your favorite handmade gifts for the guys in your life?