A Surfer’s Valentine Gift

Here’s a quick and easy Valentine’s gift to give the surfer in your life!
I used a plain t-shirt box (maybe you’ve got one left over from the Holidays), some cupcake liners, and a bit of red ribbon and 12 bars of wax to make a mock candy box with a bar of wax in each cupcake liner. I did add Valentine’s Hershey’s Kisses in between the liners to fill out the box and keep the wax from moving around. I even found a pink wax comb to add in to the box (not recommended for the insecure surfer).

An old Valentine’s heart shaped box would be even better, but get some wrapped chocolate to add back in between the wax- otherwise, your gift may be perceived as “Hey, chunky, instead of candy, looks like you could use some exercise. Perhaps surfing?”

Last Minute Surfer Gifts

Good job. You waited until the last minute. I had a grown cousin who waited until the last minute to get Christmas gifts, and I ended up with a Jesus Portrait Paint-by-Number. Not kidding. Wonder where they got the original portrait?
But I digress…
If you want to look like you might give a damn about your friend or family member who is a surfer, consider these ideas instead of the 6 pack of Wine Spritzers you saw at Publix.
ALL of these projects take 2 hours OR LESS!!!

DIY Personalized Surf Wax
Fin Screw Keychain
DIY Wetsuit Wash
Surf Pic Magnets
Triple Stringer Picture Frame
DIY Surf Wax Candle
Surfer Necklace
Sex Wax Magnet
Blank Surfboard Shapes for Coloring
Save a Surf Kit
Surf Photo T Shirt
Mini Emergency Kit
DIY Wax Comb

Take just a few moments of your time, and you’ll have a thoughtful gift on your hands.
Ok, ok, you can do the booze gift thing….just get Crown Royal so they get the drawstring bag to make a craft with while sloshed. Christmas Time!!! YAY!

A Surfer’s Stocking

Hanging a stocking is one of the traditions of Christmas. But to be honest, I’ve refused to wear proper shoes going on 15 years now here in Florida, and definitely no socks. As with a lot of surfers, the footwear of choice is the humble flip flop, slap, slippah, or however it’s known in that area of the world. I thought that would be a much better choice to make into a “stocking” for a surfer, and one that could hold a couple of bars of wax for a gift would be even better!
First, I got together my supplies: some craft store felt, colored heavy thread, scissors and some straight pins and my pattern printed out on an 8 1/2″ by 11″ piece of standard paper:
Flip Flop Pattern (it may not be the greatest sketch, but don’t use it commercially please)

Next, I cut 2 pieces out of the same colored felt of the sole of the shoe, and 1 of the thong part of the sole out of contrasting fabric by pinning the pattern to the felt:

First, I’m going to whip stitch the thong piece onto the sole. I positioned it, then pinned it onto the sole:

I used contrasting embroidery thread to stitch the thong down:

Next, I started to sew the 2 sole pieces together (right sides out) using a blanket stitch around the edge. I started just a little above where the thong starts on the instep as shown by the needle in the picture:

 
 
I proceeded to stitch all the way around the heel until I got to just above the other side of the thong strap. This will leave a top opening to put goodies in:
 

I still wanted to finish up the edges around the top of each sole, so I blanket stitched those top edges as well:

I then made a little hanger by cutting out a small rectangle, folding it in half, and stitching it onto the back of the stocking:

That’s it! Now you can fit a couple of bars of wax inside plus a cane:

Here’s some more stockings hung on a wall:

And just to answer your question, a chimera DOES NOT count as a hearth to hang your stocking off of. As for your second question, yes, it could possibly fit a Tallboy.

DIY Personalized Surf Wax

Making the rounds on the craft scene lately have been tutorials on how to create custom candles with some Sharpies, tissue paper and wax paper. I thought that was pretty cool, but I thought I would try it with surf wax. This could make a great gift for the holidays!
Just like I said before, I gathered white tissue paper, wax paper, some Sharpies, a bar of wax, and my hair dryer (a heat gun is even better and won’t get your fingers hot while holding the wax).

I cut a piece of tissue paper off, bigger than the bar of wax. Since I was using Sticky Bumps, I traced the outline of the two rectangles on the tissue:

This will be the area I can do my artwork. I then cut out the two rectangles and placed them on the wax directly. You may want to cut the rectangles a little smaller to let the wax on the wax paper melt around the edges, but it works OK if you cut them flush. I decided to keep it simple for this example:

Tissue rectangles laid onto the wax

Place a large piece of wax paper (waxy side down) on the top of the wax. Use a heat gun or hair dryer and heat the wax paper while holding it it down and in place. Don’t overheat the wax- you’re just trying to get the wax on the paper to melt just enough to seal in the tissue paper.
Here it is completed:

Wise surf saying…..

Of course, you can do this by running a piece of tissue paper taped to a sheet through an ink jet printer, and use photos to decor the wax.
Here’s a couple more designs I did, one on a candle, and one on another bar of surf wax:

 
After you’ve made these, you can put the wax back in the wrapper and tape it closed, if you were careful with the wrapper. This would be a neat surprise for the recipient- unless you put some nasty words on it. Don’t disrespect the wax that way… be nice!
 

Preventing a Pocket Wax Disaster

So yeah, I collect those little toys figurines, what’s it to ya?

Looks mean….looks real mean.

Now that’s out in the open…..yeah, I’m the creepy grown up outside at the toy machine at Publix, or Walmart, etc. getting my miniature-plastic-vinyl-toy-figurine fix on. The down side is that I’m left over with this plastic container. I thought there had to be something I could do with it.
I thought since these are fairly small these days (much less plastic than I remember), they would make good pocket wax containers. The upside is that you can keep sand and stuff off of your wax, and, if the worst happens, it will protect your boardshorts and washload from partaking of your Mrs. Palmers. If you have multiple containers, use the colored caps to colors code your wax type.
You’ll need to cut a piece of your favorite wax- either you can break one off, or you can use the scraping edge of a wax comb to do the trick.

Hunka’ hunka’ wax

Snap the top back on, and throw it in your pocket- it won’t be much bigger than your boardshorts pocket and won’t be in the way as you paddle. If you’re a dude and worried about a bulge showing….well, you may need counseling.

Surf Wax Dispenser

I’ve had couple of requests for a surf wax dispenser. I can understand, since the stack to wax tends to fall over into a big messy pile. For this craft, I picked up 2 small cardboard containers from the craft store that were about the circumference of a Sex Wax bar. They have square boxes for those inclined to Sticky Bumps.

Next, I needed to remove the lids and cut away and bottoms from each cylinder using an Exacto knife along the edge:

 
Completed!

First, I took one of the cylinders and marked a rectangle along the bottom, the height of the wax bar (with the wrapping), and about half the width of the bar, so it will slide into and out of the bottom.

I then used the Exacto knife to cut along the bottom, even along the bottom edge:

 

At this point, I needed to join the two cylinders together. I used Duct Tape to make a join around the middle:

By keeping the lid of one, we’ve got a nice cap for the holder.
After that, by taking some clear drying glue and painting it all over the cylinder, I can put cut out surf images from my favorite magazines!

Good way to keep the pile organized, in a corner, out of the way.
Kinda looks like a PEZ Dispenser. I used to collect those, but since it took about 10 PEZ to get any sugar rush, I kept breaking the little heads off. I sold the heads to someone a while back. I think I saw him on the news recently.

Surf Wax Erasers

So the kids are back in school locally, and I have to say I feel bad for them. It stinks to be young and miss out on huge hurricane waves when your bones are still so pliable.
I thought this would be a fun craft for the little groms, or big groms, maybe. On occasion, humans are still seen using pencils (the horror!) and not a digital device. With that, we will always need the old fashioned delete button: the humble eraser. I wanted to have a little fun with it, and maybe bring a little of the stoke into the classroom.
They make this modeling clay that will bake into an eraser. I’ve never tried it, so I thought this would be a good, simple project to test it out.

Sculpey eraser clay- I picked it up for 40% off at the local craft store.
Normally runs about $10.
It comes in a few bright colors I thought would work. As a bonus, it came with a sculpting tool and small roller, but I mostly used the roller. As a form to cut out the little wax bars, I used one of my leather punches at 1 3/16″ diameter. You can get a small cookie cutter that will work the exact same.
Clay block, punch for form, and plastic roller
My leather punch, around 1 3/16″
I rolled the little clay block in my hands to warm it up and made a chunk flattened on top and bottom that was around 1/2″ thick. From there, I pressed the circle punch into the clay to make the wax cake, rounding off the top edges a bit with my finger:
Round off the top sharp edges so it looks more like a cake of wax.
I repeated this with other colors, and even mixed colors when I has bits left over:
Pre-baked wax bar.
I put these in the over at 250 degrees for around 40 minutes due to the thickness of the clay.
Next, I got some sticker paper and made some small “Surf Wax” labels for each bar on the computer as well as some cling wrap to wrap around each bar:
Erasers, sheet of labels, and wrap for the erasers.
I cut out around each label (only as many as needed) and cut a circle of plastic wrap for each bar that was around 1/2″ larger all around than the eraser. Then, I wrapped the plastic wrap on, keeping the top smooth and wrapping the rest around the bottom. I then affixed a label to each one, onto the plastic. Here they are, with a quarter for size reference:
Tiny wax!
They really work! And they don’t color up your paper, that’s a bonus. Maybe I could use these to erase all the pencil notes out of my 15 year old textbooks so I can sell them back. Nothing’s happened in Modern Physics while I’ve been gone, right???