|Black Grosgrain Ribbon 7/8" at Hobby Lobby for $3.99|
|Wood Plaque from Hobby Lobby ON SALE for $5.99|
|Wood Circles from Hobby Lobby ON SALE for $2.24|
Liquid Stitch from Hobby Lobby for $4.99
Black and white scrapbook alphabet stickers, 2 sheets
Paint colors of your choice (usually $1 each or so from Hobby Lobby)
A printout of the word "birthdays" as large as you want it (to use as a stencil)
So now you can begin:
- Get your wood plaque and paint it the base color. My base color was tan.
- Then, get your wood circles (only the large ones) and paint them the same base color and one other color. My other color was white.
- Paint the trim around the wood plaque to match your ribbon. My trim and ribbon color was black.
- I used a font called Special Elite that I found online. I enlarged it to about 200 pt. and printed out the word "birthdays". It took two pieces of paper, which I cut and taped together.
- I found this great technique for painting letters if you don't have a stencil. Check out the tutorial over at That's My Letter. You won't regret it and soon you'll be personalizing everything wooden in your house!
- After I painted the word "birthdays" in black and let everything dry, I began placing the alphabet stickers vertically from left to right in the order of the months. Be careful with the spacing. I did abbreviations for January, June, July, and December first so that I would know how to correctly space the other months. To make it uniform I used the following abbreviations: jan, feb, mar, apr, may, jun, jul, aug, sep, oct, nov, dec. I know some of these aren't the correct way, but it looked much better to have 3 letters for each month.
- After placing the stickers, I could start on the ribbon. On the underside of the wood plaque, I hung 12 strands of ribbon (1 under each month). Each ribbon was about 15 inches long to give room for more birthdays.
- Because I wasn't sure how many birthdays my sister-in-law would need for each month, I did not glue any wooden circles on the ribbons. I gave her all the painted wooden circles and told her to add them to the ribbons as needed. I gave her a fine tip Sharpie pen to write the names and dates on each wooden circle.
This was such a wonderful (and rather inexpensive) gift, that I think I am going to make one for each family I know when their birthday comes around. It's practical, functional, decorative, and an all around fun way to remember all those birthdays!
Post a comment and let me know what you think!