Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Surfs up!

Just put another big check on my to-do list.  
Our niece is celebrating a birthday at the end of the month and I wanted to get her a decorative surfboard for her new surf-inspired bedroom.  I found some beautiful ones on Etsy.  They came with a pretty price tag, too!  Since they were just a little way outside my budget, I decided to make one... how hard can it be right??

Good news... I was right!  It's not that hard.  A little time consuming, but not hard.  It's a little late for step by step pictures, but here's the gist of it.

Step 1- Find a piece of wood.  I found an inexpensive plank of pine at Menards for around $5.  It measured 6'x12''x1''.

Step 2- Draw one side of the surfboard onto the plank.  Cut it out and sand it smooth. (My final product was about 4'x1')  

Step 3-Trace the finished side onto paper with a pencil making a thick, heavy line.  Flip that onto the unfinished side of the plank, pencil side down, and rub over the line.  This will make a perfectly symmetrical surfboard.
Step 4- Cut out the second side and sand it smooth.  

Step 5- Use a router to round the edges. 

Step 6- Finally, paint it.  I also added a coat of polyurethane to the top for a glossy finish.

Helpful Hint:  If you are uncertain about how to use these power tools, simply show an interest in learning how to use them.  A man is bound to take over and make your job easy!

There you have it, your own surfboard.  The middle is a little boring, I know.  I'm thinking about adding some hooks and turning it into a coat rack sort of thing. 

 Thanks for stopping by!  Hang loose... haha, get it??


  1. Wow! That looks great! And I think it's even better cause it's homemade! ~Heather @

    1. Thanks! I love a DIY gift! Heading over to Lovely Beautiful Smiles in a jiffy! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Oh my word!!! Lead that is freaking awesome!!!

    1. Thanks Lindsey! Let me know if you need one for the next time you head out to catch a wave!

  3. That looks AWESOME! I'm sure she will love it. Way to check that off the list, too! Thanks for joining the link party! Have a great weekend.


  4. I LOVE this!!! We used to live in HI and this sort of thing was super expensive! It looks great!

    Thanks for linking it up!



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