The Ultimate Hand-made Travel Gift

The weather is starting to turn.  Couple travelers its time to start the dreaded quest for what to get your sweetheart for the holidays.  How do you avoid the dreaded “you don’t love me” fight?  The Fighting Couple is here to save the day.    We have a great idea for you!    Well its really not our idea…this summer we came across a great blogger Brooklyn Limestone.  “Mrs. Limestone” as she calls herself is nothing short of super-human.  She runs a amazing multifaceted blog that includes design tips, home improvement, handiworks, and of course travel.  (We are so glad she has not taken up fighting, or we would be out of a job!)

So lets begin.  We are going to give you an outline of what we gleaned from her blog.  For step by step instructions and more pics, check out her guide for the project.

Supplies needed:

9 pine wood blocks of  6″ x 6″ x1″

1 can of spray adhesive

1 Passport filled with stamps from somewhere warm like your Bahamas holiday!

1 quart of gold enamel paint

Small grain sand paper

Lots of power tools and cords (these are not needed for the project, but makes you look like your are working on something amazing.)


Step one:

Take your 6×6 wood blocks, lightly sand the face and four sides.  If you find blocks that are presanded, go eat a sandwich and skip this step.

 Step two:

Take your gold paint, we said gold paint because thats what she used.  Color is really up to you i guess.  But Mrs. Limestone is domestic goddess, and you should probably do what she did.  Paint the face and all four sides.  You dont need to paint the back, unless you are an overachiever.

Step Three:

Take your passport and find the most interesting page of stamps and make a copy of each with high quality paper or photo paper would work even better.  You may need to scan them in and enlarge them to fit your fancy.  You need to end up with 6×6 squares.

Step Quattro (this is a travel blog):

Take your can of spray adhesive and attach the  squares to the blocks.


Step Five:

You are nearing the finish line!  Arrange your squares  in a fancy frame like she did.  Isn’t that cool?  You could also line them up in a curio cabinet?



The wonderful thing about this project and gift is that it is so personalized and it is handmade.  What woman wouldn’t swoon receiving this gift?  So follow our advice and don’t end up in the dreaded “dog house”.

Thanks again to Mrs. Limestone of Brooklyn Limestone for saving relationships everywhere!

Send us a picture of your competed project!  We will post it!

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4 Responses to The Ultimate Hand-made Travel Gift

  1. Crystal December 8, 2011 at 7:12 pm #

    Very cute! I frame odd travel momentos. Tickets, money, brochures, cards, etc. They make fun art that tells a story.

  2. admin December 8, 2011 at 9:28 pm #

    Its such a great project. Using your own passport makes it a great convo piece of art!

  3. Jade Johnston - December 9, 2011 at 8:50 pm #

    Thats a really cute idea! What I use instead of pieces of old maps of places I have been. Preferably sepia toned – I guess I could do that in photoshop.

  4. jouljet June 19, 2012 at 6:29 pm #

    Great idea! I love it!