Monday, June 29, 2015

Anniversary Plaque to Honor 50 Years of Family Memories

My parents recently had the joy of celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. While we wanted to honor the event with some traditional gifts, I also wanted to make something that celebrated the family legacy their marriage created. My son's girlfriend Lisa came up with the idea of adapting the 'birthday boards' she had seen on pinterest. I liked this idea because in addition to displaying important dates, it would visually represent the legacy their union created as the family continues to grow.
If you would like to create one of these plaques for someone special to you or to hang in your own home, you will need the following supplies:

~1 wooden plaque
~1 wooden circle for each birthday you want to commemorate
1 wooden heart for each anniversary you want to commemorate
~S hooks
~12 screw eye hooks
~acrylic paint
~sharpie markers or paint pens        

The wooden circles and hearts that I purchased were not pre drilled with holes in them, so my son drilled the holes in ours. We then painted the plaque gray and the hearts and circles were painted white.

The eye hooks were then screwed into the bottom of the plaque and a month was written above each hook. We wrote the family name on the plaque and Lisa had painted a Fleur Di Les in the center. We also chose to write the year my parents were married and their family was established, but you can add any additional decorations that you wish. On each circle we wrote a family member's name and the date of their birthday. On each heart we wrote the initials of a couple and the date they were married. The hearts and circles then got hung under the appropriate corresponding month.

My mom got a bit teary eyed when they opened the gift. It turned out to be a great way to display how their love for each other has grown from the marriage of two young people to a family unit  that 50 years later includes children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. We were sure to purchase extra hearts and circles so that we can add to the gift as the family continues to grow.

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  1. AnonymousJune 29, 2015

    Dorene, this is beautiful, personal, and touching.
    Here from Merry Monday.

  2. Thanks so much for stopping by and the kind words. Just spent some time browsing around your blog and your sense of humor made me smile. Have a great day!

  3. Aww, what a sweet and creative gift! Thank you so much for sharing at Merry Monday!

    1. Hi Megan, Thanks so much and I really appreciate that you took the time to stop by my blog and leave the sweet comment. Have a great weekend!

  4. I have not seen this idea before, don't know how in the world I missed it on Pinterest! Love it. I pinned this post to the Merry Monday board for future reference. Thank you so much for sharing. Congrats to the happy couple on their 50 years together too!

    1. Hi Shirley,
      Thanks for pinning this project! I loved browsing around your blog and the grilled tomato recipe looks scrumptious! Glad you stopped by and took the time to comment.

  5. Wow, this is so adorable!! I wonder why this idea didn’t come in my mind. This is such a superb creation dear. I am arranging my sister’s engagement party that will be held at the private party city locations NY. This is truly a superb idea that I can use for decorating purpose.

    1. I love the idea of using this to decorate for an engagement party! It will become a personalized gift that the couple can then add to to commemorate special events and milestones as their family grows. Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment and share your creative idea for using this. I would love it if you would email me a photo of the one you make on display at the