DiploBaby told me yesterday “Mama, I want to make a trophy for dada because he is my hero.” That’s the exact thing the said and it really made my heart melt. Of course, I had to make it happen. He bugged me for 2 days until we finished making it! Thankfully I was able to find an amazing tutorial online!
We watched the video below together to see how it was made and then I went on the essyjae’s website to download the PFD but got an error. I emailed her in the evening and by the time I woke up the next day she was nice enough to email me the Free PDF for printing.
I am so greatful that Sarah Johnson of Essyjae.com responded immediately because the next day DiplBaby jumped into bed to wake me up so we could to do the trophy for Dada. When this toddler wants something, he is very determined and one track minded!
WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE A DIY TROPHY
- Board paper (any color will do, but metallics are nice)
- PDF copy from essyjae website
- Scoring stylus or pen with no ink
- Glue gun (normal glue will do but it will take longer)
- Marker (metallic optional)
- OPTIONAL: paper guillotine, cutting mat & candy/chocolate
Thankfully I had some extra board paper with me, and we printed it directly on the board paper. I used a pen without ink and a ruler to score the fold lines and this really made it so much easier to fold straight lines.
I used my trusty paper guillotine to cut out the sides and straight lines. You don’t really need a guillotine but for me it is faster way to cut straight lines. Just make sure you don’t cut off too much. Better to have excess than to cut things too small.
I love my Steinel Neo 1 cordless glue gun because I don’t have to deal with pesky wires. I got mine on Amazon.de when we were still in Berlin, but there are many other cordless glue guns out there. You just have to make sure it’s 220v because electronics from the USA are usually 110v. I think this one from Bosch is universal because it uses a micro USB.
After scoring I cut the smaller details out using my super sharp Hay Phi Scissors.
Then it was time to fold according to the scored lines, then glue everything following the video. I was very careful not to get too much glue on the paper, but I still burnt my finger a few times so just be careful when you are handling the hot glue and pressing the paper together.
Before I stuck the sign in, I asked DiploBaby what he wanted me to write on it. And I wrote everything almost verbatim. I swear I did not help him. The first one was really long so I write it down in an extra piece of board paper. This is the original but I had to cut it short since we ran out of space:
I love you, Dada! You are the best Dada in the whole world. You give the best hugs, the best hotdogs, the best popcorn and the best tv.– Alejandro
Then I asked him for something short for the “plaque” and he said:
For the best Dada in the whole world… wait no mama… For the best Dada in the whole WIDE world.– Jandro
He was soooo excited when it was time to present it to Dada. Look at their faces!
And of course my husband being the best Dada that he is also had a little surprise for DiploBaby. He bought some super yummy chocolate truffles that we could pu on top! How cool is that! And it matched the gold marker that I used for writing his message to his dad.
I hope you enjoyed seeing how we did a DIY trophy for The Diplomat. You can also use this for other occassions like Mother’s Day or just to tell a friend that they are the best. Especially these days when whe are still in General GCQ (General Community Quarantine) and we aren’t so confident yet to go out to shop or buy gifts, a handmade gift is something that you can do to show how much you love or appreciate someone.
Up next I wrote about where we were able to conveniently order a treat for Father’s Day weekend. It was so delicious and the whole family enjoyed it so much that I really feel it’s worth writing about!
WHERE TO ORDER CHOCOLATE TRUFFLE CAKE IN MAKATI
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