Here's an unusual and elegant gift made from parts you can get at your local hardware store or building center.
You will need:
A piece of cement board, tile backer board, or drywall (determines the dimensions of the final piece)
A piece of coarse screen 1/4" or larger mess
A piece of aluminum sheet (I used anodized roof flashing... inside of an aluminum can would work)
Putty Knife or Spatula to spread drywall compound
Latex Paint (black or dark brown
Spray Adhesive (other glues may work)
Drywall patching compound (mud)
Step 1: Cut the Board to Size
I made my piece about 6" x 8"
Use a utility knife to score the cement board, then break it off over the edge of a table.