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« on: January 17, 2014 09:00:08 PM »



I made this for my mother-in-law for Christmas.  She had mentioned she saw one and loved it, and so it was born. Smiley

Supplies
Wooden plaque
Wooden nickels
Acrylic paint in two colors
Brush and spouncer sponge
Stencils
Letter stickers
Ceiling hooks
Open S hooks
Ribbon for hanging
Staple gun and staples
Permanent marker

Steps

Gather your supplies.


Apply two coats of paint to the wooden nickels and wooden plaque.


Center align and tape your FAMILY stencil to prepare for painting.


Using the spouncer, apply paint throughout your stencil.


On the bottom edge of the wooden plaque, measure and mark positions for ceiling hooks -- one for each month of the year.  Attach hooks.

Using ninja precision, align the itty bitty stickers above their corresponding hooks to mark the months.  I may or may not have used tweezers for this step.

Flip the wooden plaque over and, using your staple gun, attach the ribbon for hanging.  Tie the ribbon in a pretty little bow.

Drill holes in the wooden nickels.  I stacked 5 of them together, held them with a clamp and drilled them in batches to save some time.

Using the permanent marker, doodle the name and birth day of a family member on a wooden nickel.  One nickel per person.

Hang all of the birthdays on the calendar and bask in the awesomeness you've created. Smiley

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« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2014 09:04:26 PM »

great idea, and lovely gift!
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« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2014 09:20:01 PM »

great idea, and lovely gift!

Thanks, Onyx!
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« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2014 02:52:51 AM »

It is cute!
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« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2014 05:09:05 AM »

That is very clever! It is such a pretty way to remember birthdays. It beats Facebook any day!  Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2014 05:17:57 AM »

That is just awesome!!  Cheesy So much better than a traditional calender! I hit this rocks!

And you are such a sweet and friendly daughter-in-law for making this!
(That makes this a double "this rocks!" hahaha, does that count?)
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« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2014 10:41:43 AM »

This is such a great idea and a fantastic gift.
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« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2014 10:42:51 AM »

It is cute!

This is such a great idea and a fantastic gift.

That is very clever! It is such a pretty way to remember birthdays. It beats Facebook any day!  Cheesy

Thank you, thank you! Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2014 10:43:26 AM »

That is just awesome!!  Cheesy So much better than a traditional calender! I hit this rocks!

And you are such a sweet and friendly daughter-in-law for making this!
(That makes this a double "this rocks!" hahaha, does that count?)

Aww, thank you so much, Wendie!
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« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2014 10:46:59 AM »

Aww, thank you so much, Wendie!

You're welcome!  Cheesy
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« Reply #10 on: January 18, 2014 11:04:23 AM »

"Using ninja precision"....you crack me up  Cheesy
What a wonderful idea. I have not seen one of these.
My closest family is not large enough to need one, but I will keep it in mind for my son's paternal G-mom. She has kids and g-kids spread all over the board. Pardon the pun  Grin
You did a fine job. You should be proud.

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« Reply #11 on: January 19, 2014 05:30:56 AM »

If I wasn't snowed in right now, I'd be running to the craft store for wooden nickels! This is fabulous!
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« Reply #12 on: January 21, 2014 06:49:37 PM »

Thank you all so much!! Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: March 01, 2014 04:28:42 PM »

I've pinned a few of these and I'm so glad to see a "real" person has made one and shared the process!  I am terrible at remembering dates of anything, so one of these would be super helpful, especially with The ManFlesh's family's birthdays.
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« Reply #14 on: December 28, 2014 12:55:02 PM »

I love this! I might make one for my aunt's birthday, she's the one who keeps track of birthdays and calls us to remind us... Maybe I should do one for myself...  Wink
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