Dads are the hardest demographic to buy gifts for. I’m broke, so I can’t buy him a new camera or bike bag like I think he would really like and I think I’m getting a little old for the “I O U 1,000 HUGZ!” note or using puffy paint to write “BEST DAD EVER” on a trucker hat. So here I am, 23 years old, too young to buy expensive gifts but too old to make shitty crafts and call them a present. Instead, I opted for something practical, a personalized cork board for his office!
There are a few reasons I created this for my dad:
- He had been re-doing his office but had no where to hang notes or to-do’s.
- He’s a cyclist and has a zillion Michigan bike maps highlighting paved and unpaved trails and the best routes.
- He has a ton of awesome photos from when him and my mom were young on bike trips and photos of my brothers and I, but there were all in piles on his desk. LAME.
After I got permission from my mom to cut up the bike maps (yeah, I’m 23, what’s up?), I chose the sections that would fit together like a puzzle and fill up the cork board area. I used the adhesive spray to stick the map cut outs onto the cork board and used little white pins to stick on photos and notes he had laying around his office. This project is personal while still being functional. And although he still hasn’t hung it on his wall (DAD, I’M LOOKING AT YOU), it’s an awesome, easy DIY gift that any dad would find sweet.
I cut out different maps to fit like a puzzel then glued them to the cork board. If your map isn’t a perfect square, just layer them.
These photos of my parents and their friends relaxing after long bike trips make me so happy.
I love making gifts because they mean a lot to me and I hope mean more to those I’m giving them to than a store bought gift. Happy crafting!
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