Are you looking for a cool gift idea for a surfer? You can’t go wrong with a DIY photo gift in the form of a self-made surfboard picture holder.
A gift for those who love waves and water
Anyone who already knows me knows that I have a very special preference when it comes to DIY: Wood! Many of the projects on my blog are about wood. Whether furniture or accessories, I just love working with this natural material. Unfortunately, I don’t have it with sawing. If possible, I’ll get the wood cut to fit my project. But of course I am very limited to the dimensions and shapes that can be bought or that are cut in the hardware store.
For my latest wooden project, I finally ventured out of my comfort zone – and built a non-straightforward geometric project entirely out of wood, using a jigsaw. For my friend, who loves to surf, I have a DIY photo I thought of a gift that I couldn’t avoid sawing myself. Because: I couldn’t ask my friend for help, it is obvious.
The result is an image holder in the form of a surfboard that offers space for two photos or cards. A not so difficult to implement DIY photo gift for everyone who likes to spend a lot of time at the sea. Would you like to recreate the project? Then scroll down to the instructions!
Instructions for building the surfboard picture holder yourself
+ Glued wood panel made of pine in 18mm thickness
+ Wood stain and flat brush
+ Acrylic paint with a finer brush
+ Paper clips
+ Jigsaw with saw blade suitable for wood
+ To force
+ Adhesive tape / ribbon (even better: frog tape)
+ Power glue or super glue
+ possibly Spray paint
Step 1: sketch out
In the first step, you draw the outline of the surfboard on the wooden board. You can either do this freely – or you can look for a template online, print it out, cut it out and use it as a template.
Step 2: say
Now sawing! For this, clamp the wooden board with several clamps firmly on a workbench (alternatively on a very stable table) and saw out the surfboard along the drawn line. You should be careful not to guide the jigsaw through the wood too quickly. You should also wear suitable protective clothing – gloves and safety glasses.
Step 3: sanding
If the shape of the surfboard is sawn out, sanding is allowed. This works best with a not too large grinding machine (I have linked my mine in the material list above). With the grinding you can also compensate for unevenness in the saw edge. First sand with the coarsest possible paper (40 grit). Then I sanded the wooden board completely with a very fine paper (180 grit) and rounded the edges a little to achieve a particularly nice feel.
Important: After sanding, the surfboard should be completely cleared of wood dust before further processing. This works for example with a small broom. I also recommend that you do the grinding outdoors if possible. Some grinders also have an integrated dust collector. So the dust chaos can be reduced at least a little.
Step 4: pickling
The next step is optional. I decided not to leave the wood untreated, but to make it a little darker. I used walnut stain for this. The stain is applied with a flat brush and after about 1-2 minutes with a clean brush, the untreated stain is taken up again (brush in the wood fiber direction).
Now it means: let it dry well!
Step 5: paint the pattern
To give the surfboard that certain something, I embellished it with two strips. Here you can of course let your creativity run free, there are so many great ways you can accentuate the surfboard with color. I first recorded my stripes, then masked the edges with masking tape and then painted the areas with acrylic paint in light mint.
Step 6: attach clips
Last but not least, the brackets that turn our surfboard into a DIY photo gift are still missing. I used simple letter clips and colored them with an acrylic spray paint in a light mint color so that they match the color of the surfboard. After drying, I then glued the clips onto the wood with a strong adhesive.
Attach photos etc.
Once the glue has dried, you can now attach photos or cards to your surfboard picture holder. If you are still looking for a themed card, then take a look at my Freebie Whale Card, you will find it here.
The DIY photo gift is ready for everyone who loves waves and water! Do you like the idea?
If you, like me, are a big fan of handicrafts Wood then have a look HERE. And if you are looking for further DIY photo ideas, you will here found it. And if you don’t want to miss any new projects from me in the future, then follow me Instagram!