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Fathers Day DIY: Baby Mechanic Tool Frame


Baby mechanic photo shoot using dads tools, a power wheel, and framing it in a hand made frame with lots of tools around the border.


Design Inspiration

My husband is a mechanic and I thought it would be great to do a baby mechanic photo shoot with our son for his first Father's Day.

Project Details

After I did the photo shoot of my son I found a metallic frame from a local craft store. I also purchased small tools from a local hardware store at a low cost. I used epoxy to attach the tools around the frame.

I printed the photo out for 0.12$  at Walgreens in the size according to the frame you buy. My frame was fit for a 5x7 picture to be placed in the matting. Some frames comes with matting you can use or you can buy a sheet of matting and cut it to the size you want.

On the matting I uses stickers to write out " When I grow up I want to be like daddy" i did use two separate sticker styles so the first letter of each word and the word 'Daddy' was larger and really made a greater impression.

After the frame was dry (I let it sit for 24 hours) I put all the pieces together. I even made sure the mini flashlight has batteries in it and can be turned on.


Favorite Items

The frame with the tools that says "When I grow up I want to be like Daddy" is my favorite, but I made that one so my husband can keep it at work and it can be admired by his other mechanic buddies. I made the collage frame to keep at home because I think the photo session came out well!


Since our son in only 3 months old, we do not have  a power wheel yet, but a friend of mine does so we did the photo session at her house. She also has a little puppy we added to the picture, a mini snap on tool box that matches his dads. Find a frame you like and a set of mini tools and just piece it together. I hope you enjoy!!

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Thursday 3rd of July 2014

Hi! First of all, your project is INCREDIBLY adorable!! I don't have any kids yet myself, but I am definitely bookmarking this for the future! I was wondering if it would be okay if I used one of your photos for a tweet? I work for the City of Seattle and I think the photo of your son under the car with the puppy would be really great to go with a job ad we're running for an Auto Mechanic.


Saturday 8th of June 2013

That mechanic tool frame is just so cool! And i love that pic of the baby lying on his back fixing his car.


Monday 10th of June 2013

Thanks!! I had a lot of fun doing taking the photos of my baby for this! I just can't wait until father's day so I can give this to his daddy!!! I know he will love it!


Thursday 30th of May 2013

Thanks for your post. We would really need more details on how to create this project or even where to find a link that takes us to the step-by-step process of creating these. Please upload these details at your earliest convenience.


Monday 3rd of June 2013

I added how I made these! and a few more pictures from the photo shoot including the collage I made to keep at home so dad can bring the frame with the tools on it to work to be admired by his other mechanic buddies!