DIY: Anniversary Gift

Good Morning and Happy Wednesday! As I mentioned on Monday, in our love story, Josh and I are celebrating our 2-year anniversary today and I am so happy! Neither of us can believe that two years have gone by - as we both feel that we've known each other our whole lives. Last year, for an anniversary gift, I created a special gift for Josh - a jar filled with 365 reasons why I love him - one for every day we'd been together. The gift took time and thought and knew that I wanted to do something special for him again this year. I took to Ebay in hopes of finding an awesome old map - since Josh loves them - but instead of finding maps, I found stamps. At first, I was a bit discouraged, but then I realized that they could be a part of the perfect anniversary gift.

To make this gift, I went online and ordered 15 stamps to create the main part of this project. I had them all sent to my office so that Josh wouldn't figure out what I was doing ahead of time and once I received them all, I brought them home in a secret envelope and got to work, first setting out all of my materials.

Frame (from Michael's, $7.99 on sale)
Painter's Tape
Scissors (not pictured)
Secret Envelope

The secret envelope contained all of the stamps, but as I was working on this project at home, I had to limit the time that they were out in the open, in case Josh came into the room.

I traced the outline of the picture mat onto the posterboard, and used the inner rectangle as my guide for spacing out the outline of my heart. 

Then, I made a diagram for the heart and set the stamps in a similar pattern.

After I created a pattern that I was happy with, I used small pieces of the painter's tape to afix them to the posterboard. 

And, of course, I made sure to get a close-up for you.

Then, I cut out the part of the posterboard that I needed and slipped it into the frame.

I stored it in the closet until this morning, when I left it sitting out for Josh in front of our TV, with a pretty bow and a happy anniversary note. 

I love this gift not only because of the personal memories and feelings that it evokes, or the love and thought that went into it, but also because I cannot wait to add more stamps to it together, beginning to overlap the others, as Josh and I go on more adventures!

As I searched for stamps, I also came across this amazing 1892 map of Virginia and West Virginia, also on Ebay, and placed it in this small frame as a second gift to Josh this morning. 

Have you made any gifts lately? Do you love seeing your boyfriend/girlfriend/partner's face light up when you give them something you know they'll love? Do you have other great DIY gift ideas? I'd love to hear them!




  1. Wow, congrats on your anniversary and on such a great and thoughtful gift! I can tell you're sentimental people so if you're already hunting ideas for your next anniversary, check out ;) It's a sweet, sentimental, and truly one of a kind gift for that special someone!


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