This Family Dates Gift Idea is a simple craft to make and it is a personalized gift that friends and family will love.
I know fall has just barely arrived but if you like to make homemade gifts for friends and family like Melinda and I do then it is time to start thinking about what you want to make this year. Today I want to share something I made for Melinda a few years ago. It is a simple craft that only took me about 20 minutes to make but it turned out beautifully and because it is personal it really meant something to her.
I started out with a piece of 1 inch thick plywood. I knew I was going to be mounting an 8″ x 10″ frame on it so I made the board 16″ x 20″. This was during the height of the chevron craze and Melinda was all about the pattern. I considered painting the board but that is a total pain so instead I found this great gray and cream chevron fabric and used it to wrap the board. I love the extra texture that the fabric gives the whole project.
To attach the fabric I laid it out flat on a table and then placed my board on it and used a pencil to lightly mark the fabric to make sure the board was centered in a way that the chevron pattern would be straight. I sprayed the board with permanent spray adhesive and laid it on the fabric again. Then sprayed the back of the board and pulled the edges of the fabric tightly around the edges of the board attaching it to the back of the board.
I created a printable with important family dates on it, Melinda’s wedding date with her and her husband’s name below it, the birth of her first child with his first and middle name, and the birth of her second child with her first and middle name. At the bottom I printed “What a difference a day makes”. I found a great barn wood frame at Hobby Lobby and placed the printed page in it. I thought a lot about how I wanted to mount the frame on the backboard. I considered just gluing it on but I wanted Melinda to be able to remove it if she ever wanted to change the picture out. In the end I used the sticky pieces used to attach Command Hooks to the wall. They can hold the weight of a frame and I knew she would be able to remove the frame if she ever wanted to. They have held up for a couple of years now with no problems.
That’s it. The whole thing was really simple and it makes me smile every time I see it sitting on her the table in her entryway. It is a great gift to make for friends and family so when that next special occasion comes up and you need to make an extra special gift give this a try. I promise you they will love it.