Or you may completely detest this Hallmark Holiday, obviously used to commercialize something meaningful into a box of chocolate and red roses.
I guess I fall somewhere in between. I do celebrate Valentine's Day but for the past four years it has been with homemade gifts and/or dinners. I thought I would share a really fun, inexpensive gift to make if either of you love board games!
A personalized version of Monopoly! All you need is a foam poster board, a sharpie, scissors (and a box cutter if possible), a printer, glue and colored paper. Here's what I did:
- Using a regular Monopoly board as a template, cut a square out of the foam poster board. Using a box cutter makes a cleaner cut.
- Draw your spaces around the board, in pencil then with Sharpie.
- Create your logo in the center, mimicking the official name and trademark information.
- I incorporated places that we met, favorite date spots, places we lived, where we worked, etc. I printed small photos that represented each place to glue onto their space on the board. I listed the values of each space as represented on my regular Monopoly board.
- For railroads, I used the cities which we have lived in. Instead of Go, I made a Home space. Instead of Jail - the Doghouse. For Free Parking, I made a little Mt Bonnell space, a famous Austin lookout. I replaced the luxury tax with a credit card bill, and income tax with a tithe.
- I glued strips of colored paper on each section- you could also use different colored Sharpies and just color the tops!
- For houses and hotels, just cut uniform shapes from colored paper- quick and easy!
- In my game Chance became "Get Lucky" cards and included an equal number of good and bad personalized fortunes and consequences.
- Community Chest became Family Jewels. I read through the official Monopoly versions and modernized/personalized them!
- I printed my own money by searching each monopoly denomination in a Google image search, re-sizing them all to be the same, creating sheets in a power point file, printing and cutting each out.
- You can always just sub in the money from your official board game though and save yourself some time!
- Create or find an item that represents each of you!
This project does take quite a bit of work, so be prepared to put in some time to make it perfect. I loved reminiscing about our relationship as I put this together. When I gifted it, we played a round and it was so fun to read through the cards and see how it all worked in actual game-play. And now, the board makes an adorable keepsake!
Have you ever given or received a homemade Valentine's Day gift?