Family Home Evening Board

Posted on Oct 25 2013 - 7:00am by Markell

I know that during this 31 Days To A Closer Family series I’ve talked a lot about Family Home Evening. To reiterate how important I think it is, I’m doing yet another post on it. 

This is a little project I’ve been planning for awhile. It didn’t turn out exactly how I wanted, but I thought it might inspire someone else to create one or something like it. 

Family Home Evening boards are pretty common. In fact, I already have one, but there are a few things I don’t like about most of the ones I’ve seen. For one, they usually have a little tag for each person’s name and they rotate the tags each week to see who’ has what “job” for Family Home Evening that week. I don’t really like this because what if you have a guest over who would like to participate? And what if you lose a tag? Or have another child? Then you have to go through the process of making another tag and.. ugh. I just don’t want to do that. So I wanted one that didn’t have tags. Another thing I don’t like about the ones I saw were the “jobs” listed. There was always an opening prayer, but no closing prayer. And one thing I would like at all my Family Home Evenings as my kids get older is to have a person share a talent each week. Also, I want “conducting” to be a job. I want my kids to get used to leading a meeting. 

So, this is what I came up with:
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So, as I was planning it out, I realized that there wouldn’t be room for everything I wanted. So, I omitted both opening and closing prayers. I decided that whoever is conducting can ask someone before hand to give the prayers. That leaves room for inspiration and the person conducting can get practice asking others to participate in the meeting. 

Anyway, that’s my thought process behind how I made this. Of course, the word “conducting” is SUPER long, It kinda messed me up a little bit trying to make this all fit. Soooo it’s not perfect. Remember how Martha Stewart said bloggers aren’t professionals? She was talking about me. 

  

 So, to make this project, you need the following supplies:

  • a wooden plaque (I got mine at Micheal’s using a half price coupon)
  • paint – I used a burgundy for the first layer then a cream color for the top
  • a paint brush – I used a sponge brush
  • sandpaper
  • vinyl & a vinyl cutter
  • chalkboard vinyl

So, first I did a light coat of paint with the burgundy paint that I had.
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Once it dried, I did two coats of white. 

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After the white was dry, I sanded the edges and a few places on the front so the burgundy would show through.

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I used my Silhouette vinyl cutter to cut out the letters I wanted. I also used it to cut out the chalkboard vinyl shapes I have. 

I was really careful about where I put the letters, but it was awful the first time. I had to peel individual letters up and replace them where I wanted them. Still totally not perfect (or even close), but overall I like the way it turned out. 

I found a chalkboard pen to use to write names in so they would look a little prettier than just using plain chalk. 

Let me know if you make something similar! I’d love to see it. 

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