Pimp My Desk Set

Mother's Day is easy, buy a few flowers and a card. Father's Day is hard because one size doesn't fit all. Dads have different professions, different hobbies, different sports and different teams. What's a family to do, buy that "Number One Dad" mug? Didn't you do that last year?

Here's an idea. Buy a plain desk set (or a bunch of little boxes and a frame) and personalize.

desk set
black spray paint
copies of appropriate printed material
Mod Podge glue
clear spray paint
brown shoe polish
small brass name plates (next to little brass hinges at the hardware store)

old credit card

Paint desk set black.

Now for the hard part; finding printed material that reflects your dad's interests. Here are a few suggestions:

Wall Street Journal
sport's section
real estate ads
bowling/golf score pads
sailing charts
children's drawings

This dad is a wood worker so I used furniture clip art from an old (reproduction) Sears catalog.

Make copies with a toner based copy machine and dunk them in a bowl full of coffee. (Be careful as wet paper tears easily) Dry on a cookie sheet in a 350 degree oven.

Cut the copy paper to fit each piece of the desk set and apply Mod Podge. (Use an old credit card to smooth out any wrinkles) When piecing two papers, tear the edges as feathered edges are less visible than cut ones. When the glue is dry, spray with the clear spray paint. Let dry then apply brown shoe polish and buff.

Drill tiny pilot holes to attach the name plates then fill with labels.


CraftCrave said...

Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [13 Jun 12:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

April Says... said...

beautiful!! This will be atreasure for sure :)

Wax Beach Artist said...

Very nice! The men are so hard to shop for.

Jenny said...

very nice! i love the finished product. said...

very nice! thanks as always for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!

Shelley Davis said...

I am always enjoying your wonderful creations and suddenly realized I don't thank you often enough! So thank you!


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Ldy ~~ Dy said...

Very creative and cute idea! I am really into making gifts personalized for the person receiving the gift. Great inspiration!

Ashley said...

very creative! i love it:) thanks so much for sharing!!!

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Abigail said...

coming from Lambaround, and i gotta say, that this is the coolest idea i've seen in a while. we so have to do this for my husband!

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