Make Your Own Food Passport

Mar 18, 2013

Make Your Own Food PassportLet me start by saying if there’s one conversation I dread having week after week, it’s the “where to go for dinner” conversation. You know, the one that goes like this: “So where do you wanna go for dinner?”, “I dunno, where do you wanna go?” “Doesn’t matter to me. What’re you in the mood for?” “I dunno, what’re you in the mood for?” Grrrr. Needless to say, when I saw this pin last week I immediately recognized the need for…..you guessed it, the food passport! So this weekend I got to work on my own version.

The concept is simple. Keep a passport full of dining destinations and make it your goal to visit each one. You’ll never get stuck in the (you know what) conversation again. Genius! DIY food passport

Originally I planned to purchase a booklet to use as my passport, but I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted (#pickypeopleproblems) and I decided to make my own. Here’s how: 1. You’ll need paper (plain, lined or decorative), one sheet of colored cardstock, a stapler, scissors, markers, & washi tape. 2. Determine how many pages you’ll need and trim the paper to size. I used 5 sheets of paper, cut in half to make 10. That gave me enough for almost 40 entries in my passport. Then, cut the cardstock to the same length and fold in half. 3. Lay the cut paper flat on top of the cardstock and staple 3-4 times down the center. (For a cleaner look, another option would be stitching a seam with needle and thread) 4. Fold the whole book in half and crease along the seam. Ta da! You have a little mini book!

Finish by reinforcing the outside seam (and hiding the ugly staples) with washi tape & decorate the cover.  Make Your Own Food PassportNow you’re ready to add your destinations to the pages. Vu and I chose ours together. Mostly, we included places we’ve never been, but have been wanting to try. Some of our favorites made the list too, like Hopdoddy, which is in there twice! Plus, I left a few pages blank for new discoveries along the way.Make Your Own Food Passport

Make Your Own Food PassportI chose to dedicate 2 pages to each destination. On the first page I wrote the name of the restaurant and included a box that I’ll “stamp” (or add stickers to) once I’ve visited. On the opposite page I drew a frame where I’ll add a keepsake from each trip. This could be a photo, receipt, fortune, journal entry or whatever! Fun right?
DIY food passportMake Your Own Food PassportI’m really loving the way this project turned out and it didn’t take long at all! Best of all, I’m actually getting excited about choosing a restaurant now. Hooray! ♥ Crystal

10 Responses to “Make Your Own Food Passport”

  1. Chrissy March 18, 2013 at 3:14 pm #

    This is a great idea! Patrick and I play that “where do you want to go for dinner” game all the time!
    Thanks for the idea!!

    • Crystal March 18, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

      Thank you! I’m so glad you like it. If you make one, let me know how it turns out!!

  2. Sarah March 19, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

    That’s a great idea! Sometimes I think if I have one more conversation about what to have for dinner I’ll scream! :P

    • Crystal March 19, 2013 at 4:07 pm #

      Amen Sarah! I hope you’ll try it out!

  3. Mika April 11, 2013 at 6:15 am #

    Aww this is a lot of fun! Great idea!

    • Crystal April 11, 2013 at 8:29 am #

      Thank you Mika, and thank you for all the lovely comments!

  4. Randi W September 2, 2013 at 9:58 pm #

    Crystal, this is such a cute idea! I was googling this from a Pinterest idea but I love how yours gives full on instructions. Love your blog chica :)

    • Crystal September 2, 2013 at 10:08 pm #

      Thanks Randi! So glad you found my blog! Don’t be a stranger :)

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