It was recently Mr W’s birthday and I was totally at a loss about what to buy. Quite simply, he didn’t want nor need any more ‘stuff’.
As I was pottering around the shops yearning for a flash of inspiration, I saw a gorgeous picture. There in a small frame was a cut out shape from a road atlas of the place we were in at the time. I had seen something similar online too (check them out here) – cut out shapes depicting a place that was special. Stacked up next to the picture were the same frames, but empty, for a fraction of the price.
Being married to a Libran who refuses to throw anything away, I knew we had an out of date road atlas at home so I bought the empty frame and set about making my own version as a unique gift. I planned to include two of our favourite places – Kirkby Lonsdale in the Lake District and Stratford-Upon-Avon. Both are rammed so full of memories; just looking at their name makes me stop and remember the many many happy times we have spent in each.
First up, I headed for my craft room to stock up on supplies:
- Heart shape (I used a heart shaped piece of felt I’d recently bought)
- Card (to glue the cut out shapes to, to give them more substance)
- The A-Z road atlas (yes, we had not one but three lurking in the cupboard)
- A sheet of complimentary colour backing paper to stick the shapes to
- Some nifty little foam double sided sticky tabs that would make the shapes sit slightly proud of the backing paper
- The frame
And it was simple as this to make:
- Find the desired location from the A-Z road map.
- Place the heart shape on the map, trying to put the town name in the centre.
- Draw round the shape and then cut it out of the map.
- Do that same with a piece of card and glue the map piece and card together to make it more robust.
- Add the sticky back plastic foam squares to the back of the shape (or shapes if you are doing more than one).
- Before you stick the shapes to the backing paper, place the frame over the top to make sure they are in the right place.
- When they look fine, stick the shapes to your backing paper and place the paper in the frame.
- Do the frame back up and voila! Simples.
I’ve had so many people commenting on the simplicity but the impact of this gift that I had to share. Most importantly, Mr W loved it.
Future ideas on the same theme…
- Small hearts featuring excerpts from a favourite poem.
- Circles cut from a favourite children’s story to frame and put on their bedroom wall.
- Campervan shape depicting the place of your latest travels (Dordogne in France for us!).