Inspiring Teens Magazine - itmgz.com
Summer 2016 Issue
Article & images by Stephanie Litzenberger
Central Bucks South High School
DIY Grad Gift
By: Stephanie Litzenberger
To start, I went to Michael’s and grabbed Aleene’s Fast Grab Tacky Spray, a wooden S cutout for my best friend Savannah, and then a canvas large enough to have the “S” fit on with some space as well. After Michael’s, I went to Walgreens to print the pictures. If you decide to do that (it’s the cheapest and quickest option) you just have to hook your phone up to the camera station, if your pictures are from your phone, and then choose the pictures you want to use. I chose my top 15 favorite pictures from a variety: cute, funny, or throwbacks! Furthermore, I chose ones from our freshman year through now in our senior year. A good tip though is that I also put all the pictures in black and white so that no colors would clash, plus it makes the overall gift look nice and sleek.
Now, before starting the actual process of making this, I did receive help from my mom with the assembly of the gift, so I definitely advise you to have some extra help from a friend or parent!
The first thing we did was figure out which pictures I wanted on the ‘S’ and on the canvas itself. Then I decided where on the ‘S’ each picture would look good, and then from there I would flip the ‘S’ over and then trace that part of the ‘S’ around the picture; then just cut the picture out along the traced part. Do this for each picture then, and when you have all of them cut out, this is where it gets sticky!
Separately, for each picture, spray the Tacky Spray on the back of it, and then place it gently along the correct area of your letter. I also used a paper towel to smooth it out, so no smudges came from my fingers onto the picture.
After all the pictures were placed onto the letter, I then determined which pictures I wanted on the canvas behind the letter. Also, what I added in was typed up, cute, little memories that we had: make them short and to the point though! I made the memories with different fonts and sizes, as well, to mix it up a bit. You could also maybe type up little sayings, or what you love about that person if you want as well! When I determined where I wanted each picture and memory, I marked lightly with a pencil where the ‘S’ was placed and then took it off the canvas. Next, I did the same thing as with the pictures, prior, and just sprayed the Tacky Spray on the back of each and placed them gently down on the correct spot. Be careful with the memory ones if you choose to do that as well, because paper is very thin so don’t spray too much of the Tacky Spray on the them or they’ll become very flimsy.
When all the pictures and memories on the canvas were dry, I sprayed (a lot) of Tacky Spray onto the letter and placed it gently onto the canvas. My mom held the back of the canvas so that I was able to press hard onto the canvas, ensuring that the letter would hold up. We let it dry overnight, then, to ensure it all was dry before I touched it again.
Good luck, and have fun looking back on all you’ve done with your bestie!