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Personalized Memo Pad | Last-Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

Personalized Memo Pad

Total Time Needed: 2-3 Hours

Here's a great gift idea for dads, grandmoms, and anyone who needs reminders! With a little help from you, your child can turn a simple photo frame into a made-to-order message center that showcases his artwork or photo. We designed ours for Dad to take to the office, with a variation below for Grandmom to use by her phone.


  • White glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Wooden picture frame
  • Decorative paper (such as scrapbooking paper)
  • Craft knife
  • Child's artwork or photo
  • Stickers, beads, or other embellishments
  • Thumbtack
  • Ribbon or shoelace
  • Pencil
  • Post-it note pad


1. Thin some white glue with water and paint it onto the front of the frame. Then place the paper on the glue and smooth it with your hand.

Personalized Memo Pad  - Step 2

2. When the glue is dry, use the craft knife (a parent's job) to trim the paper flush with the edges of the frame.

Personalized Memo Pad  - Step 3

3. Place a photo or a piece of artwork in the frame, then add embellishments to the front, such as stickers, painted flowers, and beads. For this frame, we threaded alphabet beads on elastic beading cord and used thumbtacks to attach the cord to the back.

4. Use a thumbtack to attach a ribbon or shoelace to the side of the frame, and tie a pencil to the other end.

5. Glue the back of the pad to the frame, or use a Super-sticky Post-it pad, which doesn't need glue, and write a message on the top note.