Remembering Birthday’s to stay Connected to Loved Ones {And some DIY Birthday Calendar’s!}

Posted on Oct 22 2013 - 7:00am by Traci


So as a little background on our family, I have 5 siblings

And my husband has 6 siblings.

We have 10 sibling in laws.

And together have 36 nieces and nephews.

And we don’t live by any of them.

They all live on the West Coast, and we are still a good two day drive {or more} from them. I wanted to start a tradition that helped us to be able to feel connected to everyone individually, and so I started sending a birthday card to our siblings and their spouses, and their kids, and of course our parents. It’s a lot to remember, and I DEFINITELY cannot remember them all off the top of my head, so I made one of these to help out.

It is a birthday calendar, and absolutely LOVE it! I got this at a craft store on sale one time, and just scrapbooked a sweet little picture on the front of each month… You can find a similar one here.


It was pretty simple to put together, but I also wanted to share some other cute ideas with you that I found!!


Isn’t that the Cutest! There is a whole tutorial on Poppies at Play.

And I LOVE all the cute colors on this! She gives you a tutorial AND the paint colors, too! Check it out Here!

This Calendar by Jordy is amazing! You can get her free printable for the calendar, too! Thanks Jordy! 🙂 Check out her tutorial Here…

D.I.Y. Birthday & Anniversary Calendar | The Thinking Closet

Lauren from the Thinking Closet has this SUPER Cute Chalkboard birthday calendar, almost makes me want to make a new one, but I already have too many projects! Check it out Here!

birthday calendar

And Last but not least this super creative Birthday Calendar on a Clipboard! Super sweet and decorative! Check out the tutorial on Infarrantly Creative! They also have free printables for the months!

So are you feeling so creative and ready for this now? Okay, I know, 36 nieces and nephews is a bit daunting, but when you take it month by month, it’s really not so bad.

This is how I do it.

Every month I run to the Dollar Store. {sometimes once every few months if I stock up} And I just pick out cards that will go with a lot of different people. So a bunch of nephew cards, Nieces cards, sister cards, brother cards, and some everybody cards. I get a bunch, I do NOT plan for each family member when I am at the store. I just grab a bunch. At the dollar store, the cards are .50 cents! So I can get a lot for a little bit of money AND they come with envelopes! I think it would be fun to make my cards someday, but for the sake of time, I buy the cards.

Then, at the end of every month, I have a habit of going through my cards and matching them to everyone on my birthday calendar for the next month. I write a note on them, and have my little boy draw a picture on it, or draw his little hand on it and my daughter does the same. Then I have my husband write on them when he has a chance. Then I seal them, address them, and set them up in my “junk box” on my counter. I also have my birthday calendar displayed where I can see it daily, so that I can double check if I need to send out a card or not. I usually send out cards a 4-7 days in advance depending on how far away they are.

Can I tell you, that I definitely feel closer to our family as we write on their cards? I love being able to think of reasons each family member is special and remembering that for their special day. I love that my brother in law told me he got a card from us, and his own parents forgot his birthday {okay, I am not happy they forgot, but glad he felt remembered on his birthday!} I have gotten a lot of thank yous, and “that really meant a lot!” which isn’t why I do it, but I know everyone loves getting a letter in the mail. I know my children love getting any sort of mail, so I hope the kids love it, too!

It’s funny, I was buying my cards, and the cashier said “You know, I used to have an Aunt like you. Remembered every birthday, it was awesome.” and I said “And you still remember her and that, right!?” Haha he sure did 🙂

I hope this has inspired you in some small way to stay connected to those you love, whether far away or not! I am sure they would love a little note on their birthday 🙂 Let me know if you have any questions!

Traci 🙂


3 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. thethinkingcloset October 22, 2013 at 1:16 pm - Reply

    Thanks for including my Chalkboard Birthday and Anniversary Calendar in this mix. I'm honored! Great post and round-up!

    • Traci October 22, 2013 at 6:04 pm - Reply

      Oh my goodness you are so very welcome! 🙂 I love the chalkboard idea so much I may have to make another one for somewhere else in my house! 🙂 Thanks for sharing your creativity! 🙂

  2. George Hilton November 14, 2013 at 9:49 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing.

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