Yesterday I handmade a really cute, personalised board book for Jamie for Father’s Day. I’m feeling a little bit proud of it so I had to share it in case you wanted to create your own board book.

I was looking everywhere for a personal gift that didn’t break the bank. His favourite thing to do with Evie is sit and read books. She loves bringing them to him for a cuddle & a read. She’s also at a stage where she likes pointing to family photo’s & getting us to say names. Her favourite person to point to is ‘dadda’. So this literally is the perfect present.


This personalised board book was super easy to make. I must admit I wanted it to be a proper board book that looked like one you’d buy in the shop, but for some reason it’s really hard to get blank hardback books in the UK. I bought this Ready-To-Go card version off Amazon for £5.99 & although it looks very D.I.Y, it’s turned out surprisingly well.

To add story text to the images I used Picmonkey. I simply cropped the pictures to 6′ by 6′ (the size of the book), added a white rectangle overlay, then put the text over the top. I then saved the images, printed them on some cheap A4 photo paper and cut them to size.

DIY BOARD BOOKYou can cover the book with cover film, which is only £2. But I am useless with cling film, so daren’t try my luck with cover film. This book is just going to be a special occasion book that Evie’s going to read with supervision, so instead of covering it with film, I simply glued the images on. Because of the glossy photo paper, it still looks great.

You can get a normal square ‘page by page’ book from Amazon, but I accidentally bought the ‘accordion’ version which you can see below. It has grown on me though and I quite like that you can fan it all out to see all the images.


An easy, cheap and fun Father’s Day gift. Do you think Jamie will love this gift? Is this something you would love to make or receive? 

If you loved personalised handmade gifts then you’ll also love my ‘Daddy Survival Kit‘.

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  1. Jenny
    June 17, 2015 / 5:43 pm

    I love this! Putting this on my to-do list for Xmas! 🙂 x

    • June 17, 2015 / 6:32 pm

      Thank you! 😀 It’s a great gift idea isn’t it. I think it’d even make a nice gift for grandparents, parents & children! 😀 x

  2. June 19, 2015 / 8:18 am

    This is a great idea. I think I’ll have to copy you. I could make one for all the relatives. Thanks for sharing.

    • June 21, 2015 / 4:15 pm

      Good luck! 😀 It was fun to make & was quite easy too. Let me know if it goes well. xx

  3. Ashley Beolens
    June 19, 2015 / 9:09 am

    What a great idea, love it (I’d love one of these, so might show the other half and kids)

    • June 21, 2015 / 4:14 pm

      I’d love one too. haha. You need to drop some big hints! Fingers crossed! 😀 xx

  4. Sara @ Handy Herbs
    June 19, 2015 / 9:30 am

    I think it’s a really great idea! Perfect for lots of different occasions. I would really enjoy making or receiving one. Thanks for sharing # BinkyLinky

    • June 21, 2015 / 4:14 pm

      It is so versatile isn’t it. Christmas, birthdays, new baby. For mums, dads, grandparents. Such a great keepsake too 😀 x

  5. Adelaide Goffin
    June 19, 2015 / 9:42 am

    What a lovely idea! Looks beautiful x

    • June 21, 2015 / 4:13 pm

      Thank you so much. He absolutely loved it too, perfect present idea. I hope you’re having a good weekend. x

  6. June 19, 2015 / 12:13 pm

    This is fantastic – so personal! He’s going to love it 🙂 #binkylinky

    • June 21, 2015 / 4:12 pm

      Thank you so much. He did love it. Woooo! I think it’s such a versatile idea. Can be used for any occasion when you have little ones 😀 x

  7. June 19, 2015 / 12:42 pm

    Oh my god I LOVE it! I love making things, and this is such a cool idea – go you! He better like it haha! #binkylinky Sabrina xx

    • June 21, 2015 / 4:11 pm

      He loved it! woooo!! 😀 I can’t believe I haven’t seen anyone else do these either. They’re such a great idea. x

  8. June 20, 2015 / 12:55 pm

    What a fab present for Father’s Day thanks for linking to the Binkylinky

    • June 21, 2015 / 4:10 pm

      Thank you for hosting. I hope you survived alone with the twins this weekend 🙂 x

  9. June 21, 2015 / 6:03 pm

    This is a great gift idea. It doesn’t look ‘diy’ to me, it looks professional and I bet he loved it! Thanks for linking up to the #BinkyLinky

    • June 28, 2015 / 2:03 pm

      Thank you so much. We’re so happy with how it turned out! 😀 x

  10. July 20, 2015 / 2:39 pm

    What a gorgeous blog, I love it. Look forward to reading more

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