Thursday, March 11, 2010

Birthday Countdown Board~Tutorial

Birthday Countdown Board Tutorial
When I make crafty things I tend to improvise, simplify, and use what I have laying around....keep that in mind as you make your birthday board! 
See the original Birthday Countdown Board post for more Details!

First you will need:

1/4 inch-1/2 inch Wood cut to the size you want your board to be (mine is about 28x22 and painted but if you do it 18x18 or 12x12 you can cover it with one piece of paper...Michaels has 18x18 paper!)

2x8 wood pieces (you will need one for each name/use front and back)

3 2x2 wood squares

3 eye hooks

4 knobs (I got mine in a 10-pack at Target, cut the head off of the screw so you can screw the knobs onto both sides)

1 metal hook (You can get these at hardware stores)

6 book plates with decorative brads in the holes(I got mine at Jo-Ann Fabrics)

6 fancy paper clips (I got mine at Michaels)

2 metal opening rings

1 birthday bag (you can use a gift bag or make one with a placemat and purse handles)

birthday paper

ribbon to match

mod podge


Vinyl with:
number 6-1 [to put on the 2x2 squares]
"It's my birthday!" [for the back]
"days 'til my birthday" [to put next to the number blocks]
"birthday menu or what's for dinner?" [to put above the bookplates]
"birthday activities or let's celebrate" [to put above the activity cards]

1.  Start by painting the large and small pieces of wood or covering it all with paper.  Then drill holes in the top and bottom of the large board for the knobs. 
2.  Drill 2 holes into the name boards as well, for the metal opening rings. 
3.  Screw the eye hooks into the tops of the 2x2 squares.  Screw the hook in for them to hang on. 

4.  Glue the bookplates on with metal glue for crafts.  I like Tombo mono liquid metal glue.  You can find it at craft stores in the scrapbooking area.
5.  Then glue a large ribbon and then a small ribbon on top of it to the board and wrap it to the back.  On the back, tie it into a bow.  Glue the tops of the clips onto the ribbon too.
6.  Print your birthday activities out, back with birthday paper, and laminate.  I also punched holes in the top and added ribbon. 

7.  Rub your vinyl onto the boards when the paper or paint is dry and you are set!
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  1. With all the fun birthday ideas you have been posting about, I think I am going to come spend my 30th at your house:)

  2. Thank you ! greatly appreciated ! This is so cute , I can't wait to do it !

  3. This is the cutest idea EVER!!! Thanks for the fun idea.

  4. Birthday's have always been just another day with a dinner meal chosen by the one celebrating the birthday(always homemade). They always receive a gift too. Your celebration board has inspired me to make a bigger deal out of these special days. Thanks so much for blogging how this can be such a special week!

  5. I love this! My lil guys bday is the day after Christmas so I am always lookinf for ways to make his bday not be out shined by the holiday so this is GREAT! I cant wait to do this for him, thank you :)

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  16. birthday weeks are the best and celebrated at our home but what an awesome way to organize it for all to see! I always a have birthday week sign on door but details of week are in my notebook. thanks for a great birthday week board for all to see (especially on my week! haha!!)

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