DIY Wedding Anniversary Present

It was our 7th wedding anniversary in August. WOW! I cannot believe it has been 7 years since we said “I DO!”…

I love to keep to the tradition and see what each year means.. 7th Wedding Anniversary present is traditionally copper or wool.  I love making things so I didn’t even consider buying something but instead decided to make a very special anniversary present for my hubby.


(c) From Evija with Love
(c) From Evija with Love

I was thinking for a while what I could make and in the end decided to make a lovely wooden sign and paint the lettering in copper acrylic paint.. Well that was the original plan…

I gathered planks and cut out the shape from plywood.  I used glue to attach the planks to the plywood, the glue dried within seconds and I could carry on.

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I printed out the text and details that I wanted to go on the sign to the size and traced it onto the wood using some carbon paper.  I really wanted the wood grain to shine through, so instead of painting the lettering I decided to use my dremel and carve the text and symbols.

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Once it was done, I used stain over the whole sign.. here I was a little miffed as I didn’t really like it and the copper was nowhere to be seen, the paint didn’t look as nice as I had anticipated… Plan B – find copper!!!

I ended up going to the DIY store and bought these copper olives as I thought they looked like lovely wedding rings..

I cut them open on one side, gathered them together and glued them on so they looked like two wedding bands joined together! PERFECT!  The sign now looked complete..









In case you are wondering about the numbers at the bottom… It is the co-ordinates of the church, where we got married! For the eagle-eyed readers…. After writing the post and taking the pictures I noticed I had missed out from the co-ordinates (me being EAGER and not double checking the correct co-ordinates!) just before the W.. I was so gutted.. so always remember to check and double-check everything before you carve!! I will amend this I promise, even if the ” is tiny little mark! 🙂

Happy Anniversary Shaun!

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45 thoughts on “DIY Wedding Anniversary Present

  1. Your wedding present is just awesome!! I really love it! The carved detail in the wood, the rings, everything! Pinned, I’ll ask Santa for a dremel this Christmas.

  2. This is such a great idea, you did an awesome job and so unique!!! I love your wedding photos, they are great so spontaneous!!!

    Thanks for Co-Hosting again with me this month, I appreciate your help!!
    Hope you have a great week!

  3. This looks so amazing! Pinned and tweeted. Thanks for stopping by and partying with us! I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm, so we can pin and tweet your masterpieces! Lou Lou Girls

  4. Hate to point it out, but you forgot the ‘seconds’ notation (“) on West longitude. I used to write a newsletter for a club I belonged to and would proof-read it backwards and forwards and have my wife proof it before taking it to the printer. As soon as I’d pick them up from the printer within seconds a blatant error would slap me in the face. People should also know there are multiple formats to write the same longitude/lattitude.

    1. Thank you but if you read the post to the end you will see I did notice and noted it on the post .. thankfully no one ever queations it when they see it on the wall.. 🙂 next time – check check and double check !

      1. Your right, check check check and still someone “queations” something. LOL I do a faux stain glass of friends new houses when they buy one with the expression “Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like…” followed by their new coordinates over a map and stain glass pic of the new house.

        1. No problem at all, I don’t always do everything right and I think it’s important to show that mistakes happen especially if you DIY things ! Stained glass you make sounds wonderful !

  5. Hello. I was wondering what ur you used in your dremel. I wood carve with a dremel and it’s always rough. Love the sign. I will attempt this for my nieces wedding

    1. Thank you Tina, I know it was the wrong one in the photo !! i got a selection of various bits and tried them out .. if you use diamond tip it’s nice and smooth

  6. Thanks for the tip (pun intended). Making a wooden storage chest and was thinking on how to accomplish this. I was already looking into use a milling machine, but it would never give the same handcrafted result.
    Thanks for this inspiration, as now it will be an amazing handcrafted wedding gift!

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