Wednesday, July 27, 2011

52 Reasons

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It’s our Anniversary today and this is what I made to give to my husband tonight at dinner.  Another idea that I picked up on Pinterest which pointed me to Cutout and Keep where it looks like the idea came from.    It’s kind of goofy and kind of fun.  I think he’ll get a kick out of it and I had fun making it.

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It’s filled with happy memories and all the quirky things he does that make me love him so much.  There is a lot of quirk.  :)

You can make one too.  Just sit down and think up all different ways your special someone makes you smile.  This isn’t just limited to anniversaries but would be fun to do for a friend or for your kids.  For any reason really.

You will need:

1 deck of playing cards

Printout from your computer with all the reasons, play with the font and the font size.  Leave space between each reason to make cutting them out easier.  I did a twisty/curvy cut with my scissors by moving the paper as I cut. 

1 hole punch, scissors, Tacky Glue, small paint brush

10'” piece of ribbon or a large key ring

1.  After thinking up at least 52 reasons, print them out on your computer.  You might have to play with the font size and experiment by cutting them out to make sure they are going to fit on your playing card. 

2.  Using a paper punch, you want to punch a hole in the card in the top left corner.  This is where you will thread all the cards on the ribbon when you are finished.

3.  I used a small dish with some Tacky Glue thinned out with a little bit of water and I used a very small bristle paint brush to brush the back side of my cutouts with glue and I carefully attached them to the playing card.  Let all the cards dry. 

4.  After the cards are all dry. Lay them out and decide what order you want them to be.  Take your ribbon piece and tie 5 or 6 knots on top of each other on one end to make it big enough that the cards won’t slip off.  Then start threading your cards onto the ribbon.  Your first card should be your title card.  After all the cards are threaded on, tie another set of 5 or 6 knots to secure all the cards.   C’est tout!   That’s it!

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This took me about 3 hours to complete after I had my list of  52 reasons.  Start jotting down those reasons today and give yourself a head start.


Manu said...

Beautiful idea!!! LOL

Ally said...

I absolutely freaking LOVE this and I'm doing it for Paris. It's our 5 year wedding anniversary this year and I have been looking for something fun to take...but could be easily packed by both of us. I was thinking of doing a calendar, but 365 reasons is hard and 12 is too few. 52 is just enough!! Plus...double bonus points to you for ending it in French! I'm all over this.

I guess it's time to succumb the dark side and check out Pinterest.

greenthumb said...

What fun, I but he thought it was great.

Anonymous said...

This is sooo cool and easy to do as well.


Ann said...

Super cute idea!

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Aww, that's so sweet!