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How to Age Unfinished Wood for a Father’s Day Gift Fishing Frame

How to Age Unfinished Wood for a Father’s Day Gift Fishing Frame



My dad loves to fish. I think he’d rather sit in a boat with a line in the water rather than do anything else in the world. When father’s day or a birthday or Christmas roll around for him, picking up something fishing-related for him is always a surefire winner.

This year, I watercolored a few fish and made them into 4×6 prints just for dads, and am sharing them with you, along with how I stained plain frames to look like aged wood! Best part? These are Craft Lightning projects, so you can have them done in less than 10 minutes!

Aged Wood Fishing Frame Materials

Here is the why of using brochure paper for printables, if you’re interested in reading up! I used the stains I happened to have in my cabinet for these frames, so you might want to experiment a little to see what works for you. I would definitely go with a grey stain and a reddish stain for the aging process when you are making your choices.

There are two sayings on the free printable sign, one is “Our dad is reely awesome!”, the other is “Dad, you are really awesome!” so if you’re one person gifting this print, you’re covered, too.


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How to Age Unfinished Wood for Your Frame


Super easy. I took a soft cloth, dipped it in a little bit of the grey stain, then covered the frame (all sides!). While the stain is still wet, wipe off as much excess stain as you can.


You don’t have to wait until the stain is dry to put on the second color of stain. With your cloth colored index finger, lightly dip the cloth in stain, then draw horizontal lines across the face of the frame randomly. After you draw on your lines, blend them in by wiping with a clean cloth.


From there, all you have to do is print out your fish print and pop it into your frame! Easy peasy, and a great looking gift for father’s day!


Be sure to stop by to see the rest of the father’s day craft lightning projects by clicking below:

Paula Biggs

Owner at Frog Prince Paperie
Paula Biggs is a party planner, DIY crafter, and owner of Frog Prince Paperie, where you can find hundreds of party, craft and lifestyle ideas.


Monday 23rd of May 2016

These frames are pretty affordable and the technique to simple. Beyond Father's Day I can think of lots of uses, thank you!


Friday 20th of May 2016

That is adorable! I always see the inexpensive ones at the dollar store, but they never have personality. Now I can just give it to them myself! Thank you for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty


Monday 16th of May 2016

Wow, when I first looked at the finished product at the beginning, I hadn't realized the wood looked brand new beforehand. It definitely looks a lot better with the aged looked, and I'm sure my dad would love this! Thanks for sharing.


Sunday 15th of May 2016

I love this technique for aging wood. The gifts are also cute . Any father would be happy to receive a gift this nice.


Wednesday 11th of May 2016

Love love love this! Thanks for joining!