Mother’s Day and Father’s Day always present a great opportunity to make something cool for my awesome parents. They don’t need anything and if asked will usually say “I don’t want anything.” So, I try to come up with something cool and crafty to make their day special.
This is definitely not the best pictures to show off how cute this lantern turned out! I tried to get a picture of it at night when it was lit up and glowing pretty. But, that didn’t work out so well. So, you will have to imagine how that would look.
I got the lantern at Aldi, yes the discount grocery store. They have one aisle that is full of seasonal merchandise. Usually I try to avoid it because I don’t really need any of it. But, sometimes I cruise by (if I remembered my quarter and have a grocery cart) and see what kind of great deals are there. This was a definite score, it was only $9.99! I wish I had bought several of them.
After I got it home I used my Silhouette Cameo to make it pretty with a vinyl monogram and design.
My Dad is infinitely harder to get a gift for. He almost always has a fund going for some new toy. It could be a drone, a tv, computer, ham radio antenna, a tool…….It could be anything. But, I still like to make something cool for him to get a physical gift.
This year I picked up an outdoor rug at Target. It is one of the really wide ones that is perfect for the French doors that lead out onto Mom and Dad’s deck. The rug had to black border and the word Welcome on it already. I personalized it with the GPS coordinates for their house. That is the type of tech geeky thing that my Dad totally gets!
I got the GPS coordinates from Google Earth and then just used my number stencils and black acrylic paint to add the coordinates to the rug.
I love the way it turned out!