Saturday, 5 November 2016

A Birthday Gift for my Best Friend

This is a project that I cooked up for my best friend’s birthday. We have known each other for over 25 years and he was the best man at my wedding last year. He is crazy about kayaking. Every free minute that he has, he spends in the water. He is not a collector, but he likes to pick up kayak related statues and collectibles. He has a couple of shelves in his office devoted to those. I wanted to give him something special for his birthday, so I decided to make him a unique kayak-related custom.

I picked the figure parts to avoid chipping. The legs are ARAH parts. I don’t usually mix these with ME parts, but I needed something a bit shorter to fit in the kayak without scratching. Plus, it actually makes the figure look like him.

I wanted to present the figure and kayak in a different way, so I built custom box for it. I basically re-skinned a small box of chocolates with some black vinyl. In the bottom half, I cut out the shapes for all the pieces in some foam. I wanted the box to feel deluxe, even if it was homemade.

On the back, I printed some rapids and on the inside of the top half, I printed a background. I wanted the box to serve as a display.

It was a lot of fun to make this for him this week. I’m giving it to him tonight at his birthday supper. I’ll let you guys know if he likes it.



  1. Damn sir are a true friend!! If I was him I would cherish the time and thought you put into this. Just wow

  2. This was a very thoughtful gesture, nice job! I once did something similar--I gave a female classmate of mine an early Christmas gift I made myself. I took a McDonald's Happy Meal Barbie (a replica of one of the original 1959 dolls--don't ask me how it wound up in my meal, it was pure coincidence), painted parts of her gloves and dress gold, whipped up a small 'aluminum' pole, made a little list of 'grievances', and voila--a "Festivus Celebration" Barbie.

  3. I really can't beleive the gift and the trouble you went through... It is honestly the best gift and most personnalized one I have ever received. I am so impressed and keep showing everyone... Thank you Kev for everything and mostly simply being there 😉