Birthday Board

With 9 children and over 30 grandchildren,our parents were going crazy trying to keep all those birthday organized. We thought we’d help out, the good daughters that we are! ;) We created a way to have all the birthdays in one place while still being stylish & matching our parents home decor.  Introducing the birthday board:

We’ve been making these bad boys for years but are simply BURNED OUT! Consider this your warning: this isn’t a simple hour long project. It requires lots of baby steps and just as much patience (:

We’ve made over 100 birthday boards, here are a few that we loved most:

 

The great thing is these can be customized to your home decor style.  Here’s an up close shot of that popular M&M theme’d board made for our brother-in-law’s mom:

How to make your own Lolly Jane Birthday Board:

SUPPLIES

  • 24″x8″ wood
  • Acrylic or Spray Paint
  • Vinyl lettering or Stencil
  • Drill Bit (We INSIST on using the smallest bit Home Depot offers: 1/16″)
  • Eye hooks (We ONLY use the #216 1/2″ from Home Depot, 8 for $0.99)
  • Hanging Pieces (Wood stars, circles, etc. We ONLY use 1″ diameter x 3/16″ thick pieces)
  • Note, here is what we prefer: Circles + Stars

Instructions
1. Paint your board & hanging pieces.
2. Apply vinyl lettering on board & hanging pieces (alternative: chalkboard paint/write names on with chalk pen for hanging pieces).
3. Center eye hooks under each month and screw into wood
[Starting 1" in from left to right, screw 2" apart, 12 hooks total]
4. Screw eye hook into center of each star, top & bottom*
*We’ve found it’s easiest to a pack of eye hooks and open one side with pliers.
*You MUST pre-drill: We used the smallest drill bit from Home Depot, 1/16″. It will help prevent cracking!!!
5. Hang the specific hanging piece under each month.
6. Smile knowing you’re never going to forget another birthday again! ;)

A sports lover in your house?

Updated thanks to all the inquires from Pinterest:

These 2 boards were recently made in bulk. Instead of the teeny-tiny vinyl lettering names on the hanging pieces, the names were simply printed on cute scrapbook paper then decoupaged in place.

Quick solution and no more headache for all those itty-bitty vinyl lettering names. I promise it’s not worth the time cutting + weeding all those names in vinyl, not when scrapbook paper is so cute these days (:

My newest sports themed birthday board used chalkboard stars!  No more printing or cutting!

Most asked question:
Do you sell your birthday boards?
NO, we no longer sell the kits but instead shared our tutorial with you. We’ve seen tons of copy-cats out there along with girls even selling them. More power to them, they’re so time-consuming! ;) However…

We have a great friend who has taken over: Marni who is an AZ local. FAST turnaround and inexpensive pricing! sassy.sites@hotmail.com  Also check out tons more tutorials like our embroidery hoop spheres,

Pretty DIY Embroidery Hoop Spheres   (lollyjane.com)

mason jar bathroom storage ideas,

plus our mouse trap chalkboard calendar.

Very easy chalkboard calendar tutorial with FREE numbers to print!!

And we’re always on Facebook, Pinterest and Insta! XO

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  1. 1


    Jacqueline

    I have to admit that I am a BYU fan instead, but now with the changes, maybe we don't have to be rivals. I had to stop and comment when I saw this though as Utah gives us some connection!!! This is really an adorable idea. Go Utes!

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    Alicia@Thrifty And Chic

    I love this idea! My husband would hate it though. I'm a Utes fan, he's for BYU. Maybe I can make one just to get him mad :)

    GO UTES!!!

  3. 3


    Andrea

    How cute! Love this. A friend (Kalee Whipple) played basketball for the Utes. Her family would have loved something like this!

  4. 4


    Kaysi

    I love it, so cute!!

  5. 5


    Kimberly

    I cant believe you changed them all!! They looked cute red.. but do look great in white!! Good job!

  6. 6


    Coupon Clippin' Mommy

    That is awesome!

  7. 7


    Jami

    That is the cutest, most original thing I've ever seen! Wow! Loving your blog! Am your newest follower!
    smiles!

    http://www.blackberryvine.blogspot.com

  8. 8


    Lolly Jane

    kim, it had to be done. it wasn't read-able! i gave the bday girl a choice, she liked white. i did too. :)

    but thanks for your input!!

  9. 9


    The DIY Show Off

    You have the cutest ideas! Love this! Thanks for sharing in the DIY Project Parade!

    Roeshel

  10. 10


    LeeAnn

    That is so cool! What a great idea!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am now following you back. :-)

  11. 11


    Karen Tapahe

    Really wonderful idea. You even made the Utes look good…lol

  12. 12


    Connie Jorgensen

    My MIL would LOVE this (even though we are BYU fans I can get her something she actually wants) Where can I get the vinyl? Saw this on Pinterest btw. Please email me shjorgoataimdotcom

  13. 13


    Tiffany Wright

    I was wondering, where did you find your eye hooks? I can't find them anywhere?

  14. 14


    Lolly Jane

    @Tiffany: We get our eye hooks at Home Depot. They're in a red package, 8 for $0.99. We manually open half of them so we can hang them from each other. (:

  15. 15


    Anonymous

    I was wondering where you got your wooden plaque from? I am having a hard time finding one that is that size.

  16. 16


    Lolly Jane

    The plaque is simple pine wood from Home Depot, it's 8" wood. We cut it to 24" long. Easy enough! (:

  17. 17


    Kristen

    I am having trouble finding small enough screw eyes for my little hearts. I bought 3x12mm at Hobby Lobby but they are splitting the wood… HELP please?

  18. 18


    Lolly Jane

    Hey Kristen! I hate when that happens. If you pre-drill it won't crack. But the smallest drill bit you can from Home Depot (it's a little gold one) and that will take care of cracking. Good luck (: Kelli

  19. 19

    How do you make a birthday board like this? Are there plans or directions somewhere I can look up?

  20. 20


    Morgan Younger

    My mom would LOVE the Utes board! Where did you get it?? I saw it on Pinterest btw..and I can’t find it ANYWHERE!! HELP ME!!??
    morgan.younger@hotmail.com

    • 21


      lollyjane

      I made it! (: Glad you like it. We’ve since stopped offering vinyl so hit up Marni, she’s amazing: sassy.sites@hotmail.com

  21. 22

    I’m planning on using your tutorial to make a birthday board of my own as part of a new years resolution to give everyone a car BEFORE their birthday rather than a week or so late. I love all the different ones you’ve made. Thanks for teaching us how. I’m showing my work on my own blog, but I’ve linked back to you guys as my inspiration. You are great!

  22. 23


    Katie

    I was wondering where you bought the stars for the names? Also you mentioned how thick to get them but not how wide they are. I’m guessing 1inch? We only have a hobby lobby here and they didn’t have any :(. Thanks so much for sharing how you do these! I just love them.

    • 24


      lollyjane

      Visit craftparts.com! Shipping is reasonable too!! (:

      • 25


        Katie

        Thank you! I’ll go check then out right now.

  23. 26


    Samantha

    Have you tried using metal for the name plates? And letter punches to do the names?
    The vinyl seems really tricky and my writing sucks (hahaha!!), so was just wondering if you had tried it and if it looked any good, or actually worked at all?

    Thanks, Sam

    • 27


      lollyjane

      Hey Samantha, that would be SOOOO cute! No we haven’t tried it but that’s a great idea. The vinyl would ahere to it just fine so we should definitely try that too but I LOOOOOVE that idea!!!! We may have to make a new one JUST to see what it looks like! (; Thanks for the suggestion! xoxo

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    Susan

    Thanks, love this idea, and love the tutorial…I am trying to figure out how to put the names on…not handwriting…I don’t know how to do vinyl-can you share? Do you have to have a machine or is there somewhere to order the names in vinyl online? Thanks!

  25. 29


    Lisa

    Where do you get the fancy lettering in vinyl? Or sport themes? Thanks!

  26. 30


    Lisa

    Oh and the small letters for the months?

  27. 31

    I really want to make birthday boards for Christmas. I can’t seem to find the vinyl lettering. Can you give me some idea of where I might look?

    Love this site!!!

    • 32


      lollyjane

      Check your email, Donna. :)

  28. 33


    Raelyn

    Just curios did you use the 1 inch or 1 1/2 inch stars from craftparts.com?

    • 34


      lollyjane

      1 1/2″ (:

      • 35


        melissa

        I was going to try and make a board for a gift and was wondering where you found the lettering and the sizes you used. Thanks.

  29. 36


    Jill

    I am going to try and build one of these for myself (wish me luck) where do you find the stars and circles? I have also seen ones with hearts to represent anniversaries which I would like to do. I am assuming Michaels or Joann’s? Thank you

  30. 38


    Ashley

    I am trying to figure out how you do the vinyl lettering? Is there a template you use or something?

  31. 39

    I’m the Editorial Assistant for Fun Family Crafts and I wanted to let you know that we have featured your tutorial! You can see it here:

    http://funfamilycrafts.com/birthday-board/

    Thanks for sharing your fabulous idea!

  32. 41

    Love these!!! What size are the wooden discs?

    • 42

      So glad you like them! They’re 1″ diameter and 3/16″ thick!

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