Last week, I thought of a gift to make for A♥ just in time for Mothers’ Day last Sunday. You see, on Mothers’ Day every year, as well as on all other special occasions of our lives including his birthday, A♥ never fails to give me presents. In more than 20 years of marriage, I have always been on the receiving end of his thoughtfulness and generosity.
I’ve never been able to quite measure up when it comes to giftgiving or reciprocate in a manner equal to or more than he has ever shown me his love, but he has never complained. Not once. So last week, inspired by a burst of creativity, I thought of a project to give to him on Mothers’ Day. I wanted him to have a gift that reminded him of me always- his crazy, spoiled, always-loved wife. And it had to be something I could make, not bought.
Guess what I did? I made… Okay, okay, okay, I am getting ahead of myself. Forgive me if I’m too excited for my own good. I guess I better start from the beginning.
Project: My Sylvanian Golfer
Inspiration: Golf! Well, A♥ learned to play golf because of work, and he has grown to love it. In fact, one of my earliest Sylvanian set-ups was inspired by his interest in the sport. This was before I was able to acquire Grandpa Roland Tailbury and his miniature golf set. 🙂
- a display case (I used the leftover plastic container from the Hello Kitty Diamond perfume- recycling always makes me feel creative, teehee)
- measuring tape (for measuring, duh!)
- green felt cloth
- printed golf course background, measured to size
- self-adhesive laminating film
- glue gun
- glue stick
- miniature foliage
- inkjet-friendly acetate
- Sylvanian Families Grandpa Roland and selected pieces from his golf set (an extra set)
I printed two copies of a golf course background, measured according to the size of my container. I laminated the background using self-adhesive laminating film, setting the two pictures back to back with a glue stick. I cut the pictures to the size required by my container.
Using the bottom of the container, I traced the base and cut a round piece of felt to use as my golf course grass.
I attached the felt base to the removable bottom of the container. I also attached the background to the cylinder top.
To add interest, I added foliage using a glue gun. Then, I set the figure and selected accessories.
I cut a piece of green felt to wrap around the base of the diorama. This is what it looked like before I covered it.
And this is what the finished project looked like. To personalize it, I added a dedication (To A♥, My Favorite Golfer) using inkjet-friendly acetate and sealed the diorama shut. Easy peasy!
I gave the diorama to A♥ and he has brought it yesterday to his office for display. My gift may seem trivial compared to all he has ever given me, but I know he knows it comes with a lot of love and heart.
I ♥ you always, A♥! I hope you really like it. 🙂 And I hope you all did too! Happy Wednesday!
(photo from A♥, sent in at 5:40 pm via iMessage)
He loves it! Success!