Reddit user Justinlebon26 and his girlfriend, Michal, have always loved playing Monopoly. They even used a handmade board back in the day, but after a few years, it fell apart. It was time for a new board — but it was also time for him to start a new life with Michal.
He decided to propose on Christmas morning, but he wanted to do something really unique. What better way to pop the question than to build a custom Monopoly board?
This board was custom built, but it was still inspired by the original one.
First, the property cards were designed on Excel.
He then printed them on thick card stock for a little extra durability.
Most of them are pretty standard, but one of them is totally new.
He even put a modern twist on some of them!
The board itself was made using recycled wood from an old ice chest.
He was then tasked with composing the layout of the board.
The house and hotel pieces were covered with metallic paint for a fancier look.
When finished, it looked seriously luxe.
The construction of the board itself was done by Justinlebon26’s friend Mark Becker.
The property spaces are named after places that are important to them, and it all started where they first met — on Match.com.
This is where they went on their first date.
Instead of railroads, he decided to go with resorts that they’ve stayed in on various vacations.
He also included their childhood streets…
…and the streets they lived on when they met.
There are some favorite vacation spots on there, too, like these in California…
…and these in Maui.
The pieces all rest in this cool container. You might notice a certain romantic addition.
The whole board was wrapped up and ready to be opened on Christmas day.
This card isn’t in the original game!
But when you advance to the “luxury tax” space, there’s a secret compartment.
Now that’s a proposal!
Not only did Justinlebon26 create this board, but he also planned out the way that the proposal would unfold, even tricking Michal into thinking that it wasn’t going to happen. But that only lasted until she pulled the “Will You Marry Me?” card.
Now, in addition to having their memories, they’ll also have this gorgeous board as a unique treasure!