Dec 26, 2008

I MADE MY KIDS A PRESENT

I got a router for Christmas! (The wood kind not the computer kind.) I know I'm weird but I've been wanting a router for years and I wanted it before Christmas so I could use it to make presents with. I really didn't go all out but it put a really nice edge on these calendar boards I made.

For each family I went to Wordle.net and entered their names and words that I thought represented them and some good descriptive words of attributes that they can work on.









I printed it out on brown packaging paper which I scrunched up and then ironed flat so it would go through my printer and it also gave it a nice antiqued look.













I then Mod-Podged the Wordle onto a piece of sheet metal and glued it to the board.

















I've had these vinyl "Family" words for a long time so I stuck them beside the name plate.



















I made magnets out of bottle caps with pictures of the kids.














Our Josh doesn't have his own family but he has wonderful memories of his "digs" in Peru. I cut up the vinyl letters I had and created the word "Peru" from them. I printed pictures of him and some of the skulls he unearthed and a few other photos to put on his metal plate. His magnets have skulls on them.

















I printed out family calendars with all our birthdays and special occasions and hung them below the plates.














Then I printed out some "Coupons" good for things like sleep-overs or babysitting or treats and stuck them to their plates with the magnets.










I thought they turned out pretty good and they seemed to really like them

6 comments:

Mrs Groovy said...

What a beautiful idea. I'd have been very pleased too.

Maryjane - The Beehive Cottage said...

What a wonderful gift you gave to your children! Your talents are endless! By the look at your darling home, I am sure the family looks forward to coming home for Christmas! Stunning! Wishing you a Happy New Year!

Hugs,
Maryjane

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Oh so amazing and cute. Great job. I remember the year I got a Band Saw for Christmas. I love wood tools. : 0

Tammy said...

Oh my gosh! You are so darn talented. I wan to be a part of your family. How truly sweet, thoughtful and darn right creative of you. I am so jealous. ;D You are such a thoughtful lady. I know that your family will cherish these always. You should sell these things on etsy. I love the scrunched up paper idea, too.
Hope you have a wonderful new year full of warmth, love, laughter and good health!
Hugs,
Tammy

Mimi Sue said...

What a GREAT idea. Love it. Looks like you had a wonderful Christmas. Mimi

Rhondi said...

Another great idea! What great gifts to give to your family. I will definitely be visiting again to see what other wonderful things youare making.
Rhondi