I am awful at dates - remembering anything, especially numbers, is very hard for me. When Eric and I first started dating, we decided our "dating anniversary" as the 14th because the 14th is my birthdate - so then I would be able to remember!
So when I came across these on pinterest - I thought how perfect. It doesn't have to be re written on the calendar each year and gives an at a glance feeling to it.
The versions I found online were a little too advanced for what I wanted to do. For example each date was made out of wood. I didn't want to bother Eric with cutting out all those circles or painting all the circles. I wanted to be able to add more dates easily and without being a chore. Just as you would quickly add a date to a calendar. So I came up with my own version.
I found a board from Michaels and painted it white:
I then found these fun words and painted them to add on. I thought the phrase live and love was fitting for the calendar since the dates were birthdays (live) and anniversaries (love).
Dividing it up to put the months on it was a little tricky, but it worked out.
For the dates I used a new circle cutter (these are pretty fancy!)
And cut out circles at 1 3/4" and punched holes at the top and bottom.
I put the hooks in by hand except for one - the wood was soft and the hooks have screws on the end of them so they went in pretty easy. Eric had to drill the one stubborn one.
I wrote everyone's anniversaries and birthdays and even drew a fun picture on them to represent what the date is:
And yes, Ellie gets one too :)
And on the back of them I plan to write the year as well so I can always check how many years it is:
Using necklace spring rings, I attached all the dates in order to put under each month.
They somewhat overlap but I was ok with that. I didn't want to make the circles too small or have to buy too long of a board- so this works for me.
Here is the final project. Not hung up yet - it has a specific place in the laundry room but the laundry room isn't ready yet!
I hope to add more dates of extended family, but have only started with immediate for now. We have a niece coming soon - so I can't wait to be able to add her date in! She has one more day to be added to the July link!
**UPDATE: I realize the April, May, and June got flipped! Oops! It was fixed after the picture was taken - They had fallen off while moving it and I didn't pay attention to where I put them. See... another reason I need something like this!