****I am REDOING this project. It was beautiful on my wall and very helpful, but I didn't take into consideration what the humidity during the monsoon season would do to the salt dough disk... :0(They suck up all the moisture! even after I covered them in a sealant). I am currently still looking fo wooden disk. Grrr! I think if you live in a low humid region, this will still work, or even if you use refridgerated air conditioning instead of a swamp cooler, this would still be idea.*****
Of course, I set out to gather my materials:
A board for the back drop,
1.5" wooden disk - wide enough to place a screw into the side
About 80 eyelet screws - it all depends on how many birthdays you are going to put up, 2 for each disc.
Clear Gloss Spray Paint
White Dimentional Fabric Paint
1/4" jumpers - little metal circles I used to attach each eyelet screw - look like tiny key chain rings
Super Glue - I used Gorilla Glue but I didn't like how it expanded out from under my months
Of course, when I start out, I realized this small back-woods town does not sell any form of small round crafty wooden disk. The closest place for me to find them is a 2 hour drive - one way. A little bummed, I put off this particular project for a while & decided to try other things...
Salt Dough hand print ornaments. After making my handprints with the kids, I realized these little disk were pretty hard and durable.
The time in directions for the 'cooking' of the salt dough ornaments was considerably shorter that what it actually took for me to cook them. I also found that the circles I left sitting out for 2 hours did not puff up like the first ones I imediately put in the oven to cook - poking holes in them did not prevent them from puffing...
I measured & marked on the bottom edge of the bottom board each of the spots where I would insert an eyelet screw to hang each of the birthdays. I made holes using a thumbtack & hammer to make it easier to screw in the eyelet screws. I then attached each of the strands of birthday circles to hang under their month using the jumper chains.
I was really please with how this looks on my wall. It catches my eye every time I walk into the room!
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