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Family Birthday Calendar {Silhouette file}

This tutorial works whether or not you have a Cameo! Look for the alternate directions at some of the steps :)New take on a family birthday calendar using a Silhouette and paper key tags. This would be so special to give for Mother's Day or Christmas! #cameo #anniversary #chalkboardpaint #yellowgray #clevernest

This is one of those pins that I've had on my list for a long, long time! I've seen them and loved them on Pinterest, but unfortunately most of these pics link to Etsy shops, and don't show the full tutorial. I had to figure out how to make my own! 
Family Birthday and Anniversary Calendar inspiration. See how I made mine, using my Silhouette and paper key tags at Clever Nest. Silhouette files included #cameo #etsyfamilycalendar #grayyellow #clevernest

This is perfect for my big family, and keeping track of everyone's bdays and anniversaries. And it's a lot cuter than looking at Google Calendar on my phone, haha :) Yes, there are a ton of people in my family! This is my side, with my parents, aunt, and two little bros and their families.Celebrate Family Birthday Calendar by myclevernest. This comes with alternate instructions if you don't own a Cameo! #silhouette #yellowgray #handpainted #typography #subwayart #birthdaycalendar #clevernest

And this is Jason's side, with his parents, FIVE brothers, one sister and their families. This pic is from last year and there's 4 more babies born, or are due soon. My boys already have TWELVE cousins!
Celebrate Family Birthday Calendar by myclevernest. This comes with alternate instructions if you don't own a Cameo! #silhouette #yellowgray #handpainted #typography #subwayart #birthdaycalendar #clevernest

I'm so happy I have my own calendar up and running. I think I inadvertently memorized a few more birthdays by spending so much time looking at all those dates, lol. Let's call that an unforeseen bonus!

Family Birthday and Anniversary Calendar
Supplies:
Key tags like these
Sticker paper like this
Vinyl for cutting
Craft paint

Other helpful stuff:
Exacto knife
sand paper
Hot glue gun
Silhouette Cameo
Command strips (to hang on the wall)
1/8 in. hole punch

The board
I bought a 36x4 in. balsa wood board from Michael's for a few bucks. Any old board will do, but I love the featherweight of the balsa. This calendar weighs next to nothing and I stuck it to the wall using Command strips. There's no way this is falling off the wall.
New take on a family birthday calendar using a Silhouette and paper key tags. This would be so special to give for Mother's Day or Christmas! #cameo #anniversary #chalkboardpaint #yellowgray #clevernest

They didn't have any smaller size boards, so I cut mine down to 18 1/2 in. and sanded the edge.
New take on a family birthday calendar using a Silhouette and paper key tags. This would be so special to give for Mother's Day or Christmas! #cameo #anniversary #chalkboardpaint #yellowgray #clevernest

I've seen family calendars done with small wooden disks that you drill into to make the holes, but I have a mental block when someone mentions power tools that says, <<oh no, that is way to hard>>. Paper is more my speed!! Plus I like the retro look of the tags. Sort of vintagey. I bought a couple packs of these paper key tags for about $9 each.
New take on a family birthday calendar using a Silhouette and paper key tags. This would be so special to give for Mother's Day or Christmas! #cameo #anniversary #chalkboardpaint #yellowgray #clevernest

I took all the rings off the tags and hot glued 12 of them to the backside of my board (oh, yeah, and I painted my board black).
New take on a family birthday calendar using a Silhouette and paper key tags. This would be so special to give for Mother's Day or Christmas! #cameo #anniversary #chalkboardpaint #yellowgray #clevernest

To get my key rings to line up with the months, I measured 1 inch from the edge of the board to the center of the first ring. Then between all the other rings is 1 1/2 inches. Same goes for the left side, 1 inch between the center of the last ring and the edge.
New take on a family birthday calendar using a Silhouette and paper key tags. This would be so special to give for Mother's Day or Christmas! #cameo #anniversary #chalkboardpaint #yellowgray #clevernest

The rings only needed to overhang the board enough to slip another ring through. I eyeballed about 1/4 of the ring hanging over the edge.

In Silhouette Studio I made a "Family" and months stencil. (this part took me way.too.long. I wish I was better at Studio! Someday I will conquer you, o Studio.)

Click to download

If you're not using a Cameo:
"Family" is Times New Roman, size 340, and the months are Lucinda Calligraphy, bold, size 30. Print out the words and lay them over the board. Press firmly with a pen to emboss them on the board, then paint in the lines.

I used the stencil to paint on "Family" with craft paint, but I wasn't sure how the small month letters would do as a stencil. I decided to cut them with the Cameo on white sticker paper and stick them on the board. I gave the months a light dab of gray craft paint for some depth and contrast. They are super sharp looking.
Now I know!! easy visual to stencil using vinyl #silhouettecameo #cutting #familycalendar #birthday #distressed

As you can see, I had the most maddening experience of my freaking life some trouble getting the months to come out right. I think my problem was I was at the lower limit of the size of font the Cameo can successfully cut. These letters were incredibly thin and spindly and would rip off during the cutting process, or not get cut completely. It was a mess! If you know the secret to cutting tiny letters on the Cameo, I'm all ears. Trust me, I would love to learn this machine better. :)

I finally got all the months cut successfully and stuck on my board. For extra insurance I gave the whole board a coat of Modpodge to keep things stuck on!

The name circles
For the names and dates, I used the Cameo's "print and cut" feature (which is totally awesome). First I printed the birthdays on sticker paper using my regular printer. Then I took the printed sheet and ran it through the Cameo to cut the circular shape. If you use my Silhouette files, be sure to make the cut lines transparent before sending to the printer. Otherwise gray circles will print along with the names.

Click to download

and
Circles back Silhouette file

If you're not using a Cameo:
You can type the names and dates in a Word file. Use Lucinda Calligraphy, size 12 for the names and Times New Roman, size 48 for the date. Print it out, and use a 1 in. hole punch 
and 1/8 in. punch to make the circle cut and ring holes.

This is how my disks look in front:
easy and lightweight alternative to make a birthday calendar- balsa wood and paper key tags! No power tools needed #yellowgray #silhouettecameo #anniversary #christmasgift #clevernest

and in back:
easy and lightweight alternative to make a birthday calendar- balsa wood and paper key tags! No power tools needed #yellowgray #silhouettecameo #anniversary #christmasgift #clevernest

Remember to make the big and little circles transparent before printing your Silhouette file!

I used my 1/8 in. punch to make the bottom hole through each key tag. I stuck all the name circles to the key tags, linked the birthdays into chains according to the month each person was born in, and attached them to my board. Yes, it took me more than one try to figure out how to get them all facing front, durr.
easy and lightweight alternative to make a birthday calendar- balsa wood and paper key tags! No power tools needed #yellowgray #silhouettecameo #anniversary #christmasgift #clevernest

As a final touch I hand painted "celebrate" across the front freehand.
easy and lightweight alternative to make a birthday calendar- balsa wood and paper key tags! No power tools needed #yellowgray #silhouettecameo #anniversary #christmasgift #clevernest

Celebrate Family Birthday Calendar by myclevernest. This comes with alternate instructions if you don't own a Cameo! #silhouette #yellowgray #handpainted #typography #subwayart #birthdaycalendar #clevernest

It's tricky to share a birthday calendar without giving away every birthday of ever member of my family! haha, so I photoshopped out the names. Just imagine a cursive name centered above every number tag. The yellow tags are anniversaries. I rubbed a little yellow craft paint on those to make them stand out.
Celebrate Family Birthday Calendar by myclevernest. This comes with alternate instructions if you don't own a Cameo! #silhouette #yellowgray #handpainted #typography #subwayart #birthdaycalendar #clevernest

Celebrate Family Birthday Calendar by myclevernest. This comes with alternate instructions if you don't own a Cameo! #silhouette #yellowgray #handpainted #typography #subwayart #birthdaycalendar #clevernest

Celebrate Family Birthday Calendar by myclevernest. This comes with alternate instructions if you don't own a Cameo! #silhouette #yellowgray #handpainted #typography #subwayart #birthdaycalendar #clevernest

I love that I can finally keep track of every one of their birthdays and anniversaries. Now whether I get a card in the mail on time or not, that remains to be seen. :)



    
Celebrate Family Birthday Calendar by myclevernest. This comes with alternate instructions if you don't own a Cameo! #silhouette #yellowgray #handpainted #typography #subwayart #birthdaycalendar #clevernest
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