The other day I started wondering whatever happened to Hootie.

As in….”and the Blowfish.”

As in the amazingly popular band with all those chart-topping hits.

I mean….really….a couple of years ago weren’t we all about them?

Weren’t they all over E entertainment news and Extra and Inside Edition.  You know….all the really hard-hitting news media shows.

And then nothing.

Not a single word about Hootie and the Blowfish any more…..



And this topic of discussion has absolutely nothing to do with a bicycle wheel chalkboard calendar.

Total non-sequitur.


Except the other day when I was planning out the project and watching the start of the Kentucky game and talking to my husband about bicycle wheels…..

……all of a sudden I looked up and there was Hootie.


He was singing the national anthem…..smiling and looking like he might have needed a few of the blowfish to help him out.


I’m not even kidding you.

What to do with a bicycle wheel without the tire and whatever happened to Hootie?

It’s like an episode of Unsolved Mysteries with a happy ending. 🙂


How to Make a Chalkboard Bicycle Wheel Calendar That Actually Spins

(seriously….did you ever expect to see those four words together in a sentence)


bicycle wheel without the tire


hot glue

chalkboard paint

sticker labels


 Step 1:  It all starts with the wheel

You can find bicycle wheels at bicycle shops.

I got this one for free because it was missing the wheel.


Step 2:  Trace the triangles

I counted the inverted triangles on the wheel and determined there were nine.

So I traced the area of one of the inverted triangles to form a pattern.  You want to trace the area slightly larger so you have a little over-lap over the spokes.

After you have your pattern cut from paper….trace onto plywood nine times.

bicycle-wheel-calendar-chalkboardStep 3:  Saw the triangles and spray paint 

Saw the triangles out of the plywood.

Sand to remove any rough edges.

Spray paint with chalkboard paint and let dry.

bicycle-wheel-calendar-labelsStep 4:  Add labels

I found these chalkboard label stickers at Hobby Lobby.

I purchased nine and added them to the top of each of the nine sections.

I wrote each of the days of the week on them and then added a section for notes on the remaining two triangles.


Step 5:  Hot glue the chalkboard triangles in place

Hot glue each of the triangles over the spokes to hold them in place.

I laid out the inverted triangles to make sure the spacing was perfect before I glued them.


Step 5:  Insert bolt

Cover the bolt with metal sleeves (this makes the wheel spin).

Insert it into the center of the bicycle wheel.

bicycle-wheel-calendar-diy-how-toStep 6:  Add the back

Cut a piece of wood to use as the back of the calendar.

Drill a hole large enough to screw the bolt into.

Attach the wheel to the wood with the bolt.

Then attach the board directly to a stud n the wall.

Now you have your own spinning bicycle wheel chalkboard calendar.


PS  After the national anthem finished….my husband told me Hootie is a country singer now.

I’ll have to call Inside Edition and let them know. 🙂

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  1. Image for Heather {Woods of Bell Trees} Heather {Woods of Bell Trees}

    Wait what!? Seriously a country singer now? I am so confused! Yep I remember when they were all the drove me crazy b/c my mom's nickname for me was Hootie and I hated it! LOL Baby you've got the calendar thing down. I am in to find a bicycle wheel!

  2. Image for Kimm At REINVENTED Kimm At REINVENTED

    Oh how I loved Hootie and the Blowfish, back in my day... ;) Kinda like Darius Rucker too. But that bicycle wheel calendar? Now that's something a girl could develop a serious crush on. Like a poster on the bedroom wall kind of crush. If one did that sort of thing at 46. ;)

  3. Image for Susan McMullen Susan McMullen

    Hey KariAnne! That Bicycle wheel is AWESOME! A silly question (in fact, I'm embarrassed to ask) did you get the wood to stay in between the spokes? And, I didn't know about Hootie-I thought Darius Rucker was now country... but then kids tell me I am so not up with the times :-)

    1. Image for Thistle Wood Thistle Wood

      Susan,. You are so right! I left off a step. I just added it in. You can hot glue the triangles to the bicycle wheel! Sorry about that!

  4. Image for Marisa Franca Marisa Franca

    I didn't know an owl and some fish got together and sang . . .where have I been? I love how your mind works . . . and what is interesting is . . . . I can follow you . . . .and understand. You really did a Wowzie wowzer with this project. Fantabulous!!!

  5. Image for Kathleen Sturgis Kathleen Sturgis

    Yes Darius Rucker is now doing country. He's done a solo album or two and I think just played on the ACM awards last week. He's actually quite good.

  6. Image for Mary Boardman Mary Boardman

    You always brighten my day and make me smile. I just love your creative spirit. You make us more creative too. So many blessings to you today. Oh, and Darius Rucker, the lead singer, is big on the country scene now. I don't listen to country much, but living in North Dakota you kind of can't help it.... but yeah, he's a country star now. Go figure....

  7. Image for CynthiaS CynthiaS

    Yes can you believe "Hootie" is now doing country??? I am a country fan, but would prefer Darius to be "Hootie" again! Do not think country music does is voice justice... Love, love, love the bicycle wheel!!! Where do you come up with these ideas??? lol

  8. Image for Diana Lucas Diana Lucas

    You have got to be one of the most creative people ever-love this idea! And it would make quite an unexpected gift that someone would be crazy about. Darius Rucker is singing country now and though it's different than his Hootie days- he's really good. Listen to Wagon Wheel or Radio.

  9. Image for Mimi - 247 Mulberry Lane Mimi - 247 Mulberry Lane

    No wonder you totally rocked that dresser competition! It is truly amazing how that mind of yours works. It's like, "KariAnne, here are some totally random objects that most people would throw away, but you could make something completely fabulous that everyone will want!" And you DO! All the while talking about Hootie and the Blowfish... Amazing, simply amazing! :-)

  10. Image for susan susan

    Love this idea and now I'm going to find myself a bicycle wheel!!! And I love Darius (Hootie) and his new take on country music.....he even won a CMA...he is that amazing! Have a wonderful weekend and as always, thank you for your wonderful ideas and are truly an inspiration.

  11. Image for Jill Jill

    You crack me up ! I love your bicycle wheel weekly calendar! So cute! I thought when you mentioned Hootie that the calendar was a tribute to last summer's huge hit "Wagon Wheel." I love Darius Rucker when he played with Hootie and the Blowfish and to my understanding they still play together on occasion. But I must say I love hearing him on country radio. Have some fun, expand the soundtrack of your life and turn on some country radio. I can understand why you haven't needed to before because most of us aren't lucky enough to have our own personal troubadour! (Yesterday's video was so cute!) Have a wonderful weekend!

  12. Image for Christine Christine

    Karianne, What a neat idea! Big wheels keep on turnin.. Proud Mary keeps on burnin! Here is the grat song Wagon Wheel: It's such a upbeat fun song! But nothing beats my Janis Joplin! : ))) C

  13. Image for Marian@Gathering Branches Marian@Gathering Branches

    Ah, Darius Rucker....I totally love that name. Yeah, he has the cutest song about how he tries to woo his wife by helping her with the chores at home. "Might Get Lucky" from the Charleston SC 1966 album. ( Super cute. Gotta love Spotify to find out things like that. BTW, when do you have time to think of things like bicycle wheel calendars? I'm glad you do. It means you must be making time to have a life in spite of your busy life. Have a jolly day, sweet friend. The Other Marian

  14. Image for ColleenwithJustPaintIt ColleenwithJustPaintIt

    Oh, now, c'mon! Really? You really didn't know that Darius Rucker is now a thing? As in a country music thing? He is, I swear. I know this because I'm a huge fan of The Good Wife. No, he isn't a cast member. But there are 203 Country Music Award shows, or close, and they all are on CBS which means they all pre-empt Alicia Florick on Sunday nights. Two hundred and three times a year. Or close. And Darius is on those shows. (See? There was a point in there somewhere.) I guess I just thought that country music and sweet tea were, like, inseparable or something. ;)

  15. Image for Gee Gee

    Hahahahaha... good old Darius Rucker. Yeah he bailed on the Blowfish and started up Country. I mean ,like , who knew , right ? :) Hmmm... I would never had seen a calendar out of a bike wheel. Never. Genius! Hugs, Gee

  16. Image for Suzanna Suzanna

    Oh, Karianne, You always make me smile! I start this off as if I am writing to a dear friend, because after reading your blog for a year; I truly feel like I know you. If you are ever in the Houston area, you should drop by for some sweet tea. It is ironic that you did a wheel calendar and discussed Hootie. (Cute idea, by the way!!). He won a Grammy this year for his song, "Wagon Wheel. ". His album just went triple platinum. I was always a rock/pop fan and this year I started listening to the Sirius channel The Highway. It will bring you over to a little bit of country, I tell you. I like to think that I am a little bit country and a little bit rock and goes well with red lipstick and fabulous earrings!

  17. Image for GinaE GinaE

    Great project! You really are a rock star!! I'm not a country music fan, but I'd follow Darius Rucker and Keith Urban any where. Have a great weekend.

  18. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    I've never seen those four words together...and I will probably never will again! What a clever gal you are...great idea. You could use that for menu planning! ;)

  19. Image for Cindy Eikenberg Cindy Eikenberg

    KariAnne, this is beyond amazing - love it so much! I used to love Hootie and the Blowfish! Visiting from Tatertots and Jello and so happy to see this wonderful project! Pinning and thanks so much for sharing - hope you have a fabulous weekend!

  20. Image for Jan Jan

    KariAnne, you are still my all time favourite!! Darius has a song called "It Won't Be Like This For Long". It's about how fast his daughter grew up. I think you and your husband would really like it.

  21. Image for Laura Laura

    Um...right?? I did the same thing about Hootie a few years ago and realized after googling him that he was one of the country musicians I liked. Who'd thunk...honestly, check out his music, it's as great now as it was then.

  22. Image for Erin Erin

    Uhhh...yeah....Darius Rucker is a very successful country music star....take it from someone who lives in Nashville...and has to keep up with these "thangs"....I did love me some hooty and now your wheel.

  23. Image for JulieB JulieB

    I'm in Australia and can thank David Letterman for introducing me to Hootie and Blowfish. I recall thinking "here we go again" when the band was announced having previously been unimpressed by the (erk) Butthole Surfers. Such a pleasant surprise when the song started. It was ages after that I heard them on the radio here, but they were instantly recognisable. I have Cracked Rear View on CD and a video (remember those?) called Summer Camp with Trucks. Thanks for the reminder, I'm off to put that CD in the car

    1. Image for JulieB JulieB

      Update regarding the band name - I recalled the Hootie part came from someone with owl-like glasses and found this article that explains the origin The Name The band's name originated from two of Darius Rucker's childhood acquaintances. There were two boys in Rucker's childhood choir group--one with owl-like eyes (Hootie) and the other with puffy Blowfish-like cheeks. Though Rucker is commonly thought of as Hootie and the other members as the Blowfish, Rucker has clarified multiple times that he is not Hootie, and the other band members are not the Blowfish. The band name is completely separate from the band members. From -

  24. Image for Ursula Ursula

    This is SO genius and creative and lovely designed! Pinning and would love to make this one day! You are a very skilled crafter designer :) Ursula @kraft&mint

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