FHE Made Easy – Input & a Flipboard Tutorial

Flipboards

I am loving the input and creative comments from everyone about the FHE Made Easy lessons! I am *so* grateful for everyone who took the time to comment. I know it’s hard to stop what you’re pinning doing and comment. I appreciate it!

One of the comments on Facebook got me thinking. A couple of creative gals asked for ideas to display the scripture, family goal, and Article of Faith for the month. Is that not the most fabulous idea? I opened up Pinterest (of course) to see what I could find. I think I’ve gathered a few super cute ideas–some free, some DIY-adorable, and a few with no craftiness involved. Slacker moms come in all types, am I right?

Pinned Image1. Count Your Blessings Board

Loving this one. One board and some clothes pins. Add a little scrapbook paper, if you’re so inclined, and you’re good to go. Rather than “Count Your Blessings” on the bottom, you could cut some vinyl that says Prayer/Song/Lesson/Treat etc, then add some pegs to hang names from… sort of like this one…

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2. Family Home Evening Board 

So the top is board #1, and the bottom half is board #2. Does this make sense to anyone other than me? Seriously, I want to know.

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3. I Love You Because Frames

The wonderful lady who had the idea of displaying the scripture originally said she was thinking of something she had seen above, by the amazing Becky Higgins. Instead of “I ♥ you because”
{I totally googled how to make that heart and I’ll never stop now ♥♥♥♥}
{Hold down alt and 3, I’ve saved you the google time, you owe me}
you would write “Scripture” and “Family Goal” and “Article of Faith.” And spoiler alert, since this idea has been floating around on Pinterest for awhile, one of the FHE lessons I made coming up has a printable chart that says “Today we will pray for the prophet, the missionaries, and ________.” Fun, right?

Pinned Image4. Dry Erase Frames

Same concept, even easier execution. Buy/find/recycle a 3 paned glass window, and use a dry erase marker to write in the Monthly items.

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5. Frame Stand with Rings

Would this not be the most fun thing ever? You could make cards that say each of the monthly items and flip it to read with your family!

Pinned Image6. Framed Cork Board

Super easy, right? Frame a corkboard. Pin up the scripture of the month. Done.

7. Photobox Frames

For you craft-a-phobes, here’s a picture frame that pops out so you can change the image. Ah, Pottery Barn… what would I do without your fantasticness?

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8. Clipboard “frames”

Though, for DIY, it doesn’t get much easier than this. See below for my own “cute” take on this, but seriously. Clipboard = Dollar Store. You could get 3 clipboards or pretty much just one. :)

9. Magnetic Photo Frame

This is genius. She took a frame from the thrift store, stuck magnets on the back. She lays a picture on top of the magnets, then sticks another set of magnets on top of that to hold the picture in place. If that’s confusing… well, read the article. There’s pictures.

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10. Easy Photo Frame with Clip

How adorable is this? Take a photo frame, or some scrap wood, and add one of those clippy doo dads. Hang up the goals etc for the month, and switch them out the next!

Whew! Tons of easy, great ideas to hang up the monthly items and switch them out the next month. I mentioned above that I would show you my own take on the scripture display. (I need a term for that. “Monthly SAG?” *Scripture/Article of Faith/Goal?*)

What I did is actually one of the few crafts (of hundreds I had pinned) that I actually got around to making this Christmas. It wasn’t even supposed to be for Family Home Evening–I had thought of it more as a church activity. I’m calling them “flipboards” because one side is for writing and when you flip it over, it’s a chalkboard! Here are the “flipboards” extraordinaire:

This is really simple, and even better, really cheap.  I used:

-clipboard (dollar store)
-chalk (dollar store)
-pencils (dollar store, 5/$1)
-paper pad (2/$1)
-chalkboard paint (borrowed!)
-scrapbook paper (from my stash)
-Mod Podge (from my stash)
-scrubbers ($1, Walmart clearance, cut in half)
-elastic (Mom’s stash)
Total for one Flipboard:  $2.90

The biggest expense would have been the chalkboard paint, but since I borrowed it from my sister-in-law, it was free. That stuff goes forever apparently because I’m the third to use it and there’s still plenty left. Ask your crafty friends if they have some, you never know!

From there it was really basic. I taped off the metal parts, and painted the back of the clipboard with the chalkboard paint. I lightly sanded it when dry, and painted it again. Then I glued the scrapbook paper onto the front with Mod Podge and let it dry overnight. (Actually, it ended up being like 2 weeks because I forgot about it, but hey, I finished it eventually!) Then I slapped a top coat of Mod Podge over the paper.

My mom cut these nifty little scrubbers in two and sewed them on. I could have done it, but who knows if I would have done it? She used about 8″ of elastic per clipboard, just long enough for the eraser to swipe the whole board with a bit of a stretch. She also sewed the bottom end of the scrubbers, which left just enough room to squeeze in their pencil and chalk.
I did want to cut their names out with my Cricut, but the fact is, I finished these on Christmas morning at 12:30 a.m. :)

This was a really fun Christmas surprise that I tucked under their breakfast plates. They got to find those after opening presents was over, which stretched out the fun.

Back to the topic at hand–family home evening! I think it would be fun to dress up a couple of clipboards to use as your “Monthly SAG” holders. ;) Chalkboard paint is optional, but how fun would it be fun youngsters to draw during FHE? You could even step it up a notch and paint it with magnetic paint before the chalkboard paint to make it serve as a magnetic ‘flannel’ board as well.
But that’s really going overboard.
For a slacker, anyway.

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