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.
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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