I’d like to apologize for my lack of post on Friday – I forgot to mention that it was King’s Day here in Spain. The day was filled with gifts, food, family and friends, and it marked the end of the Christmas season for us. With that in mind, I’d like to share the DIY gift my boyfriend gave me this Christmas: a skyline of Chicago! We haven’t hung it up on the wall yet, but here’s a picture of it leaning against the board and batten treatment.
It’s made of MDF, measures about 5 feet long and is 3 “layers” deep (meaning that it’s sort of three-dimensional). He doesn’t have pictures of the whole process, but he says it was fairly easy to do (albeit time consuming):
- He found an image of the Chicago skyline, blew it up and printed it in 8 A3 sized sheets of paper, then joined them together with tape (he had to fudge the location of the Hancock Tower a bit so it would fit).
- Since he wanted the skyline to be three layers deep, he repeated step 1 three times, one for each layer.
- Then, he traced on paper with a pen the buildings he would be cutting on each layer, taking into account the ones that seemed closer in the photo should be the first, and those farther away should be in the third, etc.
- He cut all three silhouettes with scissors. Apparently this step took a loooong time.
- He traced each silhouette onto a 1cm thick MDF.
- He cut each silhouette using a jigsaw (borrowed from a friend), with the blade that is used for curves. Each one took about one hour, so three hours total.
- Then he primed and painted each piece, which he tells me was the worst part because of all the nooks and crannies.
- Finally, he drilled holes for the antennas of some of the buildings and screwed the three pieces together.
Doesn’t it look awesome? I was completely surprised when I saw it! We had discussed doing something like this a few months ago but never really started it, so I had forgotten about it already. It was such a sweet and thoughtful gift! I can’t wait to hang it, although it’ll have to wait a while since we still have to shorten the living room cabinets so it fits above them.
And what was his Christmas gift, you might be wondering? Well, I bought him a vintage camera from Etsy. It’s German, from the 1930s. It was something he wanted and I was finally able to find a cool-looking one for a not-so-expensive price. But, you know, this gift sort of pales in comparison next to the one he got me!