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Birthday Calendar

 

See this super awesome plaque? I saw it at the thrift store last summer and just HAD to get it. It cost me a whole $1

It was just screaming my name. Not because of the *ahem* perfect saying, but because it had a nice workable shape, it was cheap, AND it already had a thingy on the back to hang it up. Score!

It took me almost a year to do something with it, I was just waiting for the prefect project. I finally found what I was looking for when my friend Christine from Christiney’s Crafts blogged about her Family Birthday Chart.  I decided to put mine together a little differently, Christine uses wood disks instead of stamped metal bottle caps, you should head on over to her blog to see how hers was done.

 

The first thing I did was wipe down my board and then painted it. I completely skipped sanding and priming, because that’s how I roll. Sanding and priming probably wasn’t all that important in my case since it was already painted… right? It also wont be getting handled very much since it’ll be hanging on the wall, so the paint should stay in good condition.

After the paint dried I cut out some vinyl words with my Silhouette cutting machine and stuck them on the plaque. If you don’t have access to a cutting machine you could hand paint your words. I saw THIS idea on Pinterest for getting the perfect hand painted lettering in any font, I haven’t tried it, but it looks like an easy way to get great results.

Once my board was all set, I moved onto the bottle caps. I punched out some holes in my “flattened bottle caps” with a metal hole puncher. I found these bottle caps at a little craft shop called Pebbles in My Pocket. It’s the only place I’ve ever seen “flattened bottle caps”, but then again I haven’t really looked for them at other craft stores either.  I  bought the metal hole punch at Hobby Lobby, it was the last one (I guess it was my lucky day). If you ever shop at Hobby Lobby make sure you bring a coupon! they ALWAYS have 40% off coupons online.

At first I was thinking I could just nail some holes into the bottle caps, but I decided to splurge on the metal hole puncher. The hole puncher did an awesome job, it went through the metal like butter and made a perfect hole. I doubt a nail hole could even compare.

At this point you could write down your names and birthdays with paint markers right there on the metal disks.  I decided to be adventurous and try my hand at metal stamping. I’ve been wanting to try metal stamping for a while now and this was the perfect excuse to buy a metal stamping set. I found my stamp set at Hobby Lobby.

I kind of like the way they look all by themselves, maybe I should find a way to incorporate them into the decor somehow…

 

So, I sometimes have a problem where I look at something and think I perfectly understand how it’s done. That was my approach to metal stamping. Metal? check. Stamps? check. Hammer? check.

I put the bottle cap on a scrap piece of wood, placed my stamp, and hammered away. I probably did about 5-7 whacks per letter.  I thought they looked pretty good until I went online and saw how crisp and beautiful they were supposed to look.  How do you get beautiful crisp results? Place the metal on a smooth hard surface (not wood), you could even buy a special surface specifically made for metal stamping. After that you place the stamp and hammer it with ONE firm whack, and that’s it.  I still think mine look okay, they’re just not as good as they could be.

I stamped the name above the number of the day they were born.  The idea is to have each family member have their own disk with the number of the day of the month they were born on, that disk is then hung up under the month they were born in. Make sense?

After stamping you’ll want to make those letters pop, especially if don’t stamp correctly… like me. To make them pop, trace each letter with a fine tipped sharpie and immediately wipe it off with a paper towel. You’ll want to work quickly!

To put them together I used three jump rings between each bottle cap. I was going to use just one to hook together two of them, but then I realized that the ones I bought were way too small, so I used three. I found the jump rings at Hobby Lobby.

I had my dad drill some small holes in the bottom of the plaque.

And then I screwed in some small eye hooks which I found at Home Depot. After that, I attached my bottle cap chains to the eye hooks with more jump rings.

And that’s it!

 

I’m giving it to my mom as a Mother’s Day gift,  I just know she’ ll love it!… in fact she already says she does.

It’s hard to keep projects a secret from mom when you live with her.

 

Additional note: You could also use regular bottle caps or plain round metal disks. You might not want to use regular bottle caps if you are going to do metal stamping, but you could use paint marker to write your words.

 

Let me know if you make one, I’d love to hear about it!

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  1. Jessica @ Pretty Providence

    I love this!! So funny but I have never thought about buying a board with an ugly saying and changing the saying…DUH! Thanks so much for the idea I love it.

    Jessica

  2. Kayla

    This is such a darling idea! I always have trouble keeping track of birthdays. Not to mention I just love the way it looks. You could do it with wallet sized photo frames and put the family member’s picture in! I’d love for you to share on Sweet Sharing Monday! http://saynotsweetanne.com/2012/sweet-sharing-monday-3/

  3. Christina @ Play Eat Grow

    This is such a cute idea. I’ve never wanted to do any metal stamping before, but you’ve changed my mind!

  4. Jennie Larsen

    You are in COM’S TALENT SHOW TODAY. winks, jen

  5. Amber

    I stumbled across this, and I LOVE it!! I am collecting bottle caps for a year now for embellishments & anything else I can think of.. BUT I can not tell you how much I am going to make this and how much in love I am with this idea! Thank you so much for sharing!!

  6. y Irwin

    What type of stamps or lettering did you use for the plaque?

    1. Alissa

      I used vinyl lettering in the Courier New font.

  7. Lauren Knaphus

    Am I on there? Hahaha.

    1. Alissa

      you sure are!

  8. Tamra

    What are the dimensions of the board?

    1. Alissa

      Hi Tamra,
      The board was 24 1/2″ by 3 1/2″.

  9. Shannon

    Hello.. I am curious on what size the metal stamps are? I love this project :-)

    1. Alissa

      Thanks!

      The stamps are 3MM or 1/8″

  10. Deidre

    Great idea! I’ve been looking for a metal stamping project and this is the perfect bit of inspiration. Thanks for sharing it!

  11. Nita

    Looove this…wanna make this for my mother in law!

  12. H. Ketzel

    I saw this on Pinterest and am going to make one with a slight twist… Anniversaries! I always try to write a small card for all my friends who are married on their anniversary so this will be a great way to remind me and looks awesome!!

  13. Danijela

    Are you serious…Amazing.

  14. Linda

    Darling! I think it would be fun to do it by pasting a picture of the birthday person inside the bottle camp.

  15. Linda

    duh…I meant cap!

  16. Melissa

    I love that you made this but I was wondering if you’ve seen these to buy and have custom names and dates put on them? For those of us that aren’t as crafty as you… ;)

    1. Alissa

      Hello, I got the idea from a friend who sells something similar on ETSY. You can check out her shop, http://www.etsy.com/listing/98554205/family-birthday-chart

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