Make a Friend Board

posted on August 23, 2010 by  |  posted under Crafting, Decorating, Gift Giving, Mother's Day, Summer  |  53 Comments

Make a Friend Board

With Jen over at Tater Tots and Jello doing all this subway art…I was beginning to feel a bit left out!Make a Friend Board

I needed some family gifts that had a bit of meaning to them so I thought I’d hop on the subway art bandwagon.

So for a family night, my husband, kiddos and I sat around the table and decided on words that described the specific family we were talking about.   My two boys were screaming because they just wanted the ‘after family night cookies’ and my daughters kept saying ‘what does that word mean?’

Good times.

But we got it done and it was worth it.

Make a Friend Board

I used the the Silhouette craft cutter to do this, BUT you can use word, photoshop…whatever program you have.  I did it with vinyl, BUT you can just print it on paper too.

I used a big ‘{‘ on each side of the words.

I stuck the last name in first and biggest {I know it doesn’t show that, but I did} and put the description words around it.

Font is Teen BTW.  I am on a ‘Teen’ font kick.   It’s a free font.

Make a Friend Board

I used 1/4 inch MDF board 12 inches long and 10 inches tall, but you could do any size.

Make a Friend Board

Just mod podge on some paper and sand the edges.

Make a Friend Board

Drill two holes in the sides of the board and twirl your wire around it.  Here is a long lost post about twisting wire.

I stuck a flower in the top to give it some fluff.  I did use my craft cutter to cut out the flower.  If you don’t have a craft cutter, you could use ribbon, nothing, or a fake flower…

Make a Friend Board

I am loving the yellow.  This one, as you can tell, was for Shelley.  When she was 8 months pregnant with her twins she wore a darling bright yellow shirt.  So the color yellow reminds me of her:)

Then as you hand it to your dear friend…try not to let them read it while you are there or tears will flow.  There are so many amazing people that have touched my life…I need to make more of these!

Make a Friend Board

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    1. August 23rd, 2010 at 4:45 am
      Lynn from For Love or Funny says:
      What a lovely gift idea!
      .-= Lynn from For Love or Funny´s last blog ..It’s Christmas in August… =-.
    2. August 23rd, 2010 at 4:51 am
      Sarah says:
      There a site called that you could go to to get some ideas for arrangement.
      • August 23rd, 2010 at 9:31 am
        Valerie says:
        Love that site!
    3. August 23rd, 2010 at 5:44 am
      Robin says:
      What a great idea for a hostess gift! Thanks for the inspiration!
    4. August 23rd, 2010 at 7:20 am
      Heather says:
      This is great … yet another idea to put on my list from this site :) … where did you get that stand?
      .-= Heather´s last blog ..Vinyl Hunting =-.
      • August 23rd, 2010 at 9:21 am
        missy woodard says:
        where did u get the stand?
        • August 23rd, 2010 at 3:44 pm
          Alison says:
          Ummm...I don't remember. Let me ask my husband. I'm really thinking!
    5. August 23rd, 2010 at 7:23 am
      shelly (cookies and cups) says:
      This is a great gift idea!
      .-= shelly (cookies and cups)´s last blog ..Pop Tart Cupcakes and a Giveaway! Contest Closed =-.
    6. August 23rd, 2010 at 8:05 am
      Jen says:
      I loved Shelley in that yellow prego shirt! Have twins again were so cute!!
    7. August 23rd, 2010 at 10:51 am
      Amy @ Blowout Party! says:
      What a sweet gift idea!
      .-= Amy @ Blowout Party!´s last blog ..Chocolate Covered Strawberry Cheesecake =-.
    8. August 23rd, 2010 at 11:30 am
      Katie says:
      That's really a sweet idea! I love the idea of such a fun personalized gift. It looks like something I could create in PSE and print right onto patterned paper.
    9. August 23rd, 2010 at 12:58 pm
      Becky says:
      Please tell us where you purchased the stand.
      • August 23rd, 2010 at 3:45 pm
        Alison says:
        Still thinking...
    10. August 23rd, 2010 at 1:14 pm
      Terri says:
      Oh, it's so purdy!
      I just can't get on board with my Silhouette. I think it hates me.
      .-= Terri´s last blog ..9 =-.
    11. August 23rd, 2010 at 2:42 pm
      Amber Tolman says:
      Was I gonna make you cry? Is that why you left it on my door for me to discover! Miss ya!!!
    12. August 23rd, 2010 at 3:34 pm
      Dani says:
      What a cool idea! I think I know what my family/siblings are getting for Christmas. Thanks!
    13. August 23rd, 2010 at 8:27 pm
      jen @ tatertots and Jello says:
      Alison --

      I LOVE that project!! It turned out so cute. What a great gift idea. Adorable!!

    14. August 23rd, 2010 at 9:39 pm
      Angie says:
      This is the cutest subway art I've seen! Love it!
    15. August 24th, 2010 at 9:13 am
      Three Simple Girls says:
      So cute! I'll definitely file this idea away for the upcoming Christmas season as this would make an awesome gift!
      -Sarai (of Three Simple Girls)
    16. August 24th, 2010 at 9:58 am
      Kara from Kara's Korner says:
      So cute and thoughtful! What a great gift idea...I love it!!
      .-= Kara from Kara's Korner´s last blog ..Closet Part 2 - Door Makeover =-.
    17. August 24th, 2010 at 12:07 pm
      Heather says:
      OK … I've got everything ready to go to make one of these for a dear friend and I cannot WAIT to give it to her!! However … I cannot find the wire. Home Depot was no help … they just kept sending me to the electrical (only insulated there) or picture hanging (just aluminum and galvanized) - Ugh! I haven't tried Lowe's yet … but can you tell me how you found it there? Is it in a package or on a spool that needs to be cut? Thanks!!
      .-= Heather´s last blog ..Im diagnosing myself =-.
      • August 24th, 2010 at 12:13 pm
        Alison says:
        I got it at Lowes...its in the area where they sell picture hanging stuff, nails, screws. It comes on a spool and you don't cut any off. Its around 8-9 bucks. Hope that helps:)
        • August 25th, 2010 at 5:28 am
          Heather says:
          Thanks so much! I plan on going there today to, hopefully, find it :)
          .-= Heather´s last blog ..Im diagnosing myself =-.
        • August 26th, 2010 at 5:04 am
          Heather says:
          I found it last night at Lowe's exactly where you said …. thank you so much - can't wait to finish this :)
          .-= Heather´s last blog ..Im diagnosing myself =-.
          • August 26th, 2010 at 8:31 am
            Alison says:
            Whoo I am there way too much:) I'm glad you got it!
    18. August 24th, 2010 at 12:13 pm
      Alison says:
      We finally remembered! We got the stands at Rod Works in Utah. HA! It finally came at about midnight last night:)
    19. August 24th, 2010 at 1:56 pm
      kara Jo says:
      what a cute idea! love it:)
    20. August 24th, 2010 at 4:26 pm
      Penny says:
      I love all the words. Yep, they all sound like you guys!
    21. August 24th, 2010 at 9:45 pm
      Jamielyn says:
      oh such a cute idea! LOVE this!
      .-= Jamielyn´s last blog ..Introducing =-.
    22. August 25th, 2010 at 10:38 am
      Marni Bringhurst says:
      Very cute! I love this idea!

      Marni @ Sassy Sites!
      MY blog is all about YOU!
    23. August 26th, 2010 at 7:54 am
      Suzanne says:
      I love this plaque. So personal and cute. I'm sure the recipient will love it!
      .-= Suzanne´s last blog ..Im back with a Plaque Attack!!! =-.
    24. August 26th, 2010 at 11:20 am
      Jennifer says:
      I love this!!!!! What a great idea!! Maybe I could do one for my BFF, she is expecting her first child in January!
    25. August 26th, 2010 at 11:21 am
      Jennifer says:
      btw...I wish there could be a print button added to your blog. I love all of your ideas! I keep a notebook of my to do projects!
    26. August 26th, 2010 at 7:06 pm
      Amy says:
      This is such an awesome idea. I love the sweet, thoughtful, personal message it brings to your friend. Great project!
    27. August 27th, 2010 at 12:12 am
      Aimee says:
      I thought this was such a sweet idea! I'm already brainstorming for which friend I want to make one for, first. I featured it here. Love it!
      .-= Aimee´s last blog ..Brief Bits =-.
    28. August 27th, 2010 at 11:49 am
      Amanda {Enchanting Havoc} says:
      LOVE THIS!!! I need to add this to my list for Family Home Evenings :) Thank you :)

      Love the blog btw ~ found you through Tidy Mom's Lovin' It Friday! Adding you to my RSS feeder. Happy Friday!!!!
      .-= Amanda {Enchanting Havoc}´s last blog ..30 Days of Truth Day 9 =-.
    29. August 28th, 2010 at 6:44 am
      Heather says:
      I made this … it turned out LOVELY … thank you so much for posting this - I loved honoring my friend this way! Friendship Plaque
      .-= Heather´s last blog ..Friendship Plaque =-.
    30. September 1st, 2010 at 3:52 pm
      Tracey says:
      Love Love LOVE this!!!!! I suppose if you couldn't find a stand like this, you could always put it on an easel? I definitely want to try this. And I liked Jennifer's "wish" for a print button on your blog! :)
    31. September 10th, 2010 at 8:10 pm
      Brooke says:
      Okay, Alison, I have a silly question to ask you: where/how did you make that flower? I have a Silhouette, and I've been looking all over for a tutorial on how to make that. I'm in the middle of making this friend board for my cousin, and it just won't be complete without the flower! :)

      Thanks for the great craft, I am loving all the Silhouette projects you all post here. LOVE LOVE LOVE your site!
      • September 14th, 2010 at 9:37 am
        Alison says:
        It was a freebie off the silhouette site:) It was 3-4 flowers stacked and then I put a brad though it:) Your cousin will LOVE this!
    32. October 11th, 2010 at 9:52 am
      D'Gee says:
      I love these. I started doing them last year at Christmas. I've done several different ones. My Bible study class members got one in the shape of a Christmas tree. I've done them for baby showers too. They are always a big hit.
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