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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Word Clouds for Father's Day!


Warning:  If you are my husband, father or father in-law...DO NOT READ!  You'll ruin your Father's Day gift!  Close out immediately, please.  Thanks... Isn't it nice that these men in my life read my blog?  Isn't it even nicer that they follow directions!  I love you!
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My 10 year old daughter came home from school and handed me this!  A picture design using words (and some made up words) that describe me...helpful, fantastic, honest, smart, artsy, fun, scrapbooky?, Momly?
She learned how to make word clouds (subway art) on the website,
http://www.wordle.net/  Her class is making them for an end-of-the-year friendship activity.  So fun!
I immediately made her sit down and teach me how!  I couldn't believe how easy and fun this is!  You type in words and theWordle website arranges them for you in a variety of different fonts and designs.  If you type in the same word multiple times, Wordle will make that word bigger than the rest.

So, we went to work on some Father's Day projects.

I had the kids make a list of words that described their Dad, Grandpa and Papa.


My daughter typed all the words in. 


Words that we wanted bigger, were typed in 4-5 times.


After playing with the Randomize button to see all the Wordle designs, we chose a design and changed up the font, the colors and the size. 

We printed our creations on glossy photo paper to fit inside


these $1. wood frames from Michaels.


A coat of primer and a couple coats of blue spray paint


was all these frames needed.


I trimmed the paper to fit inside the frames.


That's it!


What a fun Father's Day gift I'm sure they'll enjoy.


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14 comments :

  1. Okay Michelle, this is AWESOME. Kudos to Jessica's teacher for finding and sharing this. I will definitely be copying this...though I may print mine on T-Shirt transfer sheets and make it into a T-Shirt :)

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  2. Great idea to put on T-shirts. You'll have to let me know how they turn out!

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  3. Such a fabulous idea! I love that you can personalize it!! I want to try this:) Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Thank you so much for sharing this idea. I have been wanting to make something for summer, but didn't know where to start!

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  5. Hi there,
    I hopped on over to check out your blog. You have a lot of great ideas!!! I am now following you back. Jennifer from confessionsofacouponer.com

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  6. What a great find! Thank you for sharing!

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  7. Thanks so much for sharing this idea. I think I will put mine on some coasters and do it for both grandma and grandpa.

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  8. I love this! I'm definitely going to do this. Thank you

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  9. I LOVE this idea! What a cool site. The possibilites are endless! Would be great for homemade birthday/greeting cards.

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  10. very cute Father's Day idea! Thanks for linking up at Sassy Sites for our ffa party! Have a wonderful weekend! xoxo!!

    -Marni

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  11. Thanks for all the fun comments. Yes, I think the word clouds would be great to print out on T-shirts, coasters and cards!

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  12. LOVE THIS!!!! Can't wait to play around with it!! Thanks :)

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  13. Do you have any suggestions on printing from Wordle? I tried and tried to get to be the 5x7 and can't figure it out...I gave up!! I love you idea and would like to do this. Thank you

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  14. Stacia- If you have an Apple, you may have trouble printing. Try this instead: Make your Wordle, then save the screen, copy entire screen page in a Word document. Use the Word tools to cut off the extra screen stuff you don't want to see. Resize your Wordle to the size you want. Good luck and let me know if it works!

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