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.
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
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.
Step 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.
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.
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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