Sunday, December 13, 2015

Dining With Michael Bublé

I have always enjoyed making personal gifts for my family. When my children were little I sewed and knitted clothes and constructed many, many gifts.  This year I have only made one gift and it is for my mother.  She is in a nursing home and just adores Michael Bublé.  She does have a large photocopied picture of him attached to her walker which was made by one of the staff to encourage my mother to go to the dining room.  Her photo has gotten a little worn out, so I've made her something new.

I found an image online and copied it on my home printer.  I cut out the image and laid it face down on a scrap piece of 1/4" thick plywood.  (When using a jigsaw you get a smoother cut on the bottom because the blade cuts as it pulls up through the wood)  I traced around the image and made a very shallow cut all around with my utility knife (box cutter) and then with my jigsaw, leaving about 3/8" below the shape of the image (this will make sense in a minute).  I painted the back and the narrow sides with black craft paint.


I sprayed the image with a clear sealer to avoid getting bubbles in the finish and then glued it on the front of the plywood piece with Mod Podge. 




I then cut a slot, with my tablesaw, in a piece of pine.  The extra 3/8" at the bottom of the image is then glued into the slot in the pine base. The length of the base is cut to fit the width of the image.



 I stained the base and printed off something for my mom which I also attached with Mod Podge.


Michael stands at about 9" tall and the base is 5" wide x 3 1/2".  It makes me laugh having him in my workshop, it turned out better than I expected and he looks quite real!

I need to get this to the post office tomorrow and hope it gets to my mother in time for Christmas.


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14 comments:

  1. Oh my, this is terrific! That should make dining fun for her.

    Do you get a smoother cut with your jigsaw than a scrollsaw?

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    1. I should have mentioned that I don't have a scrollsaw, that would be the best tool for the job

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  2. Haha. That is absolutely fantastic! You're a genius. :-)

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  3. LOL what an interesting gift idea!!! I'm sure she'll love it!

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  4. awww.... your mom will love it! How sweet!

    gail

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  5. So funny! My mum would love that too :)
    (Show and share)

    Hugs,
    Mila

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  6. Haha! This is great!! Now if you can just teach 'it' to sing!
    love and blessings~
    Lynda @ Gates of Crystal

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  7. Thanks everyone for the comments, I'm sure she will get a kick out of it and show it to everyone!

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  8. that's hilarious...don't show her this, she may get jealous, but i met him at a concert years ago. he's super sweet, and i'll never forget that he said he loved my name. lol.
    b

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  9. Julie you're so brilliant !
    What a fantastic idea - I could see this becoming a business all on it's own !!!
    xox

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  10. That's awesome!! Great job on the Michael dinner guest stand!! I'm sure your mom will love this brilliant gift, and it's super thoughtful of you!!!

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  11. What a sweet gift for your mother! I'm sure the staff will get a kick out of it as well. Enjoy these days leading up to Christmas and remember to take a break from all your work on the other house/shop. Wishing you and your loved ones a blessed and Merry Christmas and all the best in the New Year.

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  12. What a sweet gift for your mother! I'm sure the staff will get a kick out of it as well. Enjoy these days leading up to Christmas and remember to take a break from all your work on the other house/shop. Wishing you and your loved ones a blessed and Merry Christmas and all the best in the New Year.

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  13. I just saw your post featured at Becca's DIY Vintage Party. You created such a lovely, personalized gift. It's challenging to come up with solid gift ideas for aging parents, especially those in senior facilities. Your creativity is inspiring. Happy New Year. Ann Marie @ Iris Abbey www.irisabbey.com

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