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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Significant Dates Frame

Whew! It's been a whirlwind two weeks. Last weekend I helped host a bridal shower for my soon to be sister in law and then Monday I returned to my teaching job. There have been some extra challenges in getting my room in order this year due to construction in our building, so it's meant extra long hours for me this week and little posting. :-(

The good news is my room is pretty well back in order and I think I'll have the time to begin posting weekly again (maybe even twice a week!).

While perusing Pinterest a while back I came across a framed page of dates. Guessing based on the order of dates and proximity of years I think it was a list of birthdays for the family. I loved the idea and tweaked it a little to create a fun gift for my brother and soon to be sister in law. I also used the framed page of dates as decoration at her bridal shower. I'll be sharing lots of her decorations here in later posts.

Here's a shot of the final project.

It probably doesn't need step by step instructions but I'm-a-gonna give 'em to ya anyway! :-)

8 1/2 by 11" Raw wood frame (bought mine at the Dollar Tree---where's everything's a $1!)
Acrylic paint
Glaze or antiquing medium
scrapbook paper
color printer
Microsoft Word (or something similar with text tools)
sand paper (optional)

Step 1:



frame in a color of your choosing.

Step 2:

Mix a top coat color with your antiquing medium.
Or, just use a glaze.
Paint the frame again.
Somehow I didn't get a picture of the frame after this step...

Step 3:

Open a new Word document (or any software with text options). Word was easy to use because it centers the lines perfectly for an 8 1/2 by 11" paper. For the dates I used their birthdates, first date, engaged date, and wedding date. I typed them up in a fun font and used colors that coordinated with the decor of their living room. Then I printed the letters on a cream colored 8 1/2 by 11" piece of cardstock.

Step 4:

Frame and enjoy!

Like most craft projects this one is totally customizable and it's definitely got a personal touch! And as an added benefit, very inexpensive to make. Hope you find some inspiration from it!

I'll be linking up to these parties this week! Be sure and check 'em out.

And this link party which requires a direct link.


  1. This is so unique. I love the idea of using special dates this way! Your frame looks great, too : )
    Jaimee @ craft-interrupted.blogspot.com

  2. What a great idea- especially for a gift!
    I think a record amount of bloggers are teachers in "real life"!
    Thank you for popping by my place!
    Kerry at housetalkn.blogspot.com

  3. LOVE this idea! So many alternatives! Thanks for sharing :)

  4. That is such a cool idea! Thanks for linking to the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop!

  5. Cute! I love the idea of the significant dates. Stop by and share at Lines Across My Face's cratfy link party.
    I hope to see you soon,

  6. What a great idea. I was thinking this would be perfect for a wedding reception table decor. I run a budget bride blog, please stop by and visit. We also have a free blog directory if you're interested. Thanks for the great idea! Heather at 500dollarwedding.blogspot.com

  7. I found you on Singing Three Little Birds. Love this idea especially for a wedding! Definitely want to make this for my home. Thank you for sharing.
    New follower,

  8. Really appreciate you linking up this awesome masterpiece at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop :)

  9. Love this idea! I bet your sister in law loved it! Thanks for sharing!