Family Home Evening Planning Tools – Assignment Boards, Wheels, and Agendas

Find lots of ideas for planning and organizing your family home evening here!

FHE Assignment Wheel – by Kerry G.
LDS.about.com has some instructions and printables so you can make a flower-pot family home evening chart.
FHE Agendafhe-agenda1 – by Jenny Smith
Family Home Planning WheelPlanning Wheel – from the Friend, a simple planning wheel

FHE Planners Restored from MormonChic.com

In the olden days, there was a cool website called MormonChic.com. They had lots of fun ideas for LDS families, but their website has been shut down, unfortunately. I was able to restore their old FHE planners information (formerly linked to here) and have posted their ideas below:

Antiqued Hanging Hearts FHE Board

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What You’ll Need:

scrap piece of ply wood (3/4 inch thick) rags
wooden knobs with the screws hammer
1-inch wooden molding drill
finish nails miter box/saw(for molding only)
paint and brushes 1/8 inch ribbon
sand paper 2-inch wooden hearts
stain
Step by Step:

fheboard(1) The scrap wood can be any size you desire. We used a 15 1/2 inch across by 7 inches down.(DEAL DIVA TIP: Sometimes you can find scrap wood and plywood in the dumpster behind hardware stores or lumber yards. All you have to do is ask.)(2) Cut the molding to the proper size and miter the ends, using a miter saw, for a clean picture frame look.(3) Nail to the outside edge of the board with small nails. If you’re worried about splitting the board, you can pre-drill the nail holes.

No miter saw? Not a problem:
If you don’t have a way to miter the ends, try butting the ends together instead. It doesn’t leave as clean a look, but is still nice. You could also try gluing a small wood ball or heart in each corner and fit the molding up to the corner decoration. (Crafty Chic used this technique in our Homework Board, when we didn’t have access to a miter saw.)

fheknobs24) Measure out the distance needed to place the knobs evenly across the board. The sample board used six knobs. Use more or less according to your needs. The knobs will stand for the duties at your FHE, i.e.: lesson, song, treat, etc. Drill the holes.

(5) To create the antiqued effect, we will paint and then stain the board and knobs. We recommend using a lighter paint color that will allow nice contrast between the paint and stain. (Darker paint colors don’t always allow the stain to show.)

We chose Maple Sugar Tan by Ceramcoat for our paint.

Paint the board and the molding remembering the edges.

(CRAFTY CHIC TIP: To paint the knobs you may want to poke the screws through a piece of cardboard and then screw the knobs down a few threads until they are stable. Try painting them in this position. It is easier to get to all sides with out getting messy and having to only paint a portion at a time.)

fheboard2(6) With a dark, contrasting color, paint the titles you wish to use above each knob: prayer, snack, etc.

(7) Now it’s time to distress the wood. When the paint has dried, sand the edges and the face of the board. Do this as much or as little as you would like, depending on how much distress you like. Do the same with the knobs. A good rule of thumb for distressing is to sand down the areas that would have gotten the most use. The edges, the corners, and any area where the object would see the most handling or use.

(8) Wipe away any dust from sanding, and get out the stain. We used Minwax dark walnut stain/sealer for our project. Wipe on the stain with an old rag, and then wipe off the stain with a clean one. You don’t need to leave the stain on for a long period of time, just be sure you get into all the cracks and crevices. When wiping, don’t wipe out the stain from the grooves and dips. This gives it a more worn and weathered look. Let dry overnight.

fhedone2(9) Screw the knobs into place. You may need to place a screwdriver into the screw back while you twist the knob.

(10) Paint the wooden hearts with a base color. We used Tomato Red by Ceramcoat. Using a liner brush and a contrasting color like black, paint the names of family members on the hearts.

(11) Sand and antique the hearts as above.

(12) Drill two small holes on either side of the top of each heart. String the ribbon through to make a loop and knot at the back of heart on both sides.

(13) Hang the FHE board with some wire attached to the back or with a picture hanger.

Your FHE board is ready to be used.

Clothespin FHE Board

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What You’ll Need:

scrap piece of ply wood (3/4 inch thick) 15 inches x 5 inches sealer
wooden clothes pins drill
sandpaper screws
paint and brushes family pictures
Step by Step:

clothespinfhe1(1) Sand down any rough edges of your board and the clothes pins.(2) Wipe off any dust and debris.(3) Paint the board anyway you would like. Paint the clothes pins a contrasting color. Let dry. Spray with gloss or matte sealer.(4) Decide on the placement of your clothes pins.

(5) Drill small holes through the board at your marks. Screw through the back of the board and into the thicker part of the clothes pin, above the hinge.

(6) Add a picture hanger on the back.

(7) Mount your family pictures on to cardstock, or cardboard to give them some stiffness and place in the clothes pins.

Felt board FHE Board

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What You’ll Need:

felt board scissors
felt (various colors) pen
Step by Step:

fhefeltBy using an old or unused felt board you can make a fun simple FHE chart. Your family might enjoy putting this together during a FHE.(1) Cut out body shapes for each family member. Design and cut out clothes for each felt person.(2) Write down your FHE categories on pieces of scrap felt and your FHE is ready to be organized.

Flower Pot FHE Organizer

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What You’ll Need:

inexpensive flower pots (one for each FHE duty to assign) paint
Styrofoam construction paper, cardstock, or fabric (to use as the petals and leaves) or, use artificial flowers
Spanish moss markers
popsicle sticks
Step by Step:

(1) Fill small, inexpensive flower pots with Styrofoam Hot glue Spanish moss to the Styrofoam(2) Paint popsicle sticks green and add a leaf or two out of foam, construction paper, cardstock, or fabric.fheforks(3) Create flowers for the top of the stick using paper, fabric or whatever you have on hand.(4) Write each family members name on the stem or the flower, and on the flower pot write the FHE category with a permanent marker or paint.

(5) Stick the flowers in the pots.

You could also use silk flowers for the pots. Each member could have their own type of flower: Mom = rose, Dad = tulip, etc.

Try it with different items as well, like old forks. What fun!

Fabric Pockets on Posterboard FHE Board

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What You’ll Need:

posterboard hot glue
fabric scraps markers
iron your imagination
Step by Step:

(1) Select the size of posterboard you would like. Pick a colored piece or paint one any shade you would like.(2) Decide what you will be using to slip into the pockets to mark your family members. You can use pictures, index cards, popsicle sticks, whatever pleases you.
After choosing your marker, measure the fabric out one inch larger then your marker, on the bottom and the two sides. Measure out about 1/4 inch larger for the top. Be sure that you have measured so that enough of your marker will be sticking out of the top when finished.(3) Iron the edges of each pocket over 1/4 or an inch.(4) Hot glue each folded corner down to the back. This makes it easier to glue and place on the posterboard.(5) Decide the placement of the pockets and mark if needed.

fhepockets2(6) Add hot glue the edges on the back of the two sides and bottom of your pocket and quickly place on the posterboard. Make sure you leave the top unglued and enough room to slip your marker into the pocket.

(7) Paint , stencil or freehand the FHE category under each pocket.

(8) Create your markers and slide them into the pockets.

(9) Hang on the wall.

You could also create this project by sewing the pockets onto a quilt back (as shown in the picture above), instead of the posterboard. This is a more involved project, but is much sturdier.

Stars on Sticks FHE Board

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What You’ll Need:

2 x 2 wood plank wooden stars, or other shape
paint and brushes drill
wood dowels hot glue
saw permanent marker
Step by Step:<td”> fhestars(1) Start with a two x two cut to the length you want it. (The length will depend on how many stars you need and how far you want them spaced on the two x two.(2) Paint the two x two base.(3) Figure out placement and mark it on the base. Use a drill bit that it just bigger than the diameter of the dowels you have chosen. This will make them easier to pull in and out of the holes. Drill your holes.(4) Cut the dowels to lengths you want. They can all be the same size or vary.(5) Paint the wooden stars or other shape that you would like. If the wooden shape is chunky enough, you may be able to drill a small hole up the bottom of the shape. If not, lots of hot glue will connect the shape to the dowel. Glue it to the back and not the bottom.(6) Write family names on the stars and write the category of FHE on the base. Seal with gloss or matte sealer.

 

Found Object/ Whimsical FHE Organizers

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What You’ll Need:

old, rusty rake cookie cutters
fishing line or ribbon old rolling pin
Step by Step:

Try looking around your home for objects to inspire you. There is nothing that says you have to have the same kind of FHE chart that everyone else does. After all, your FHE is probably nothing like any other families. Be unique and have fun!Try this whimsical idea.(1) Using a rusty old rake head, that has been cleaned.(2) Tie some fishing line or ribbon to a few cookie cutters and loop them over the tines.

(3) Each tine or two can be for a different category in your FHE. Label them with little hanging hearts behind the cookie cutters.

(4) Make each cookie cutter shape belong to a different member of your family by labeling and your rake is ready to hang.

(5) Add something fun to the top like this old wooden rolling pin.

Additional ideas for fun, whimsical FHE organizers are these wire hearts (seen above) hung on wire and “planted” in a flower box.

Easy Lettering Tips from MormonChic.com

Lettering can be very intimidating to some. If you do not feel comfortable doing your lettering freehand, try the following method.

(1) Use your computer in a word-processing or layout program. Find the font you would like to use and experiment with the size.

(2) Print out the words/phrases you need.

(3) Cut them out and place them on the project where you need them. Make sure they are the right size for the project.

(4) After finding the correct size and placement, rub the flat of the pencil lead across the backside of your lettering.

(5) Place the lettering on your project and go over the lettering. There should be a faint tracing on the project when you are through.

(6) Either paint right over the tracing or make it darker by first tracing over the markings and then painting.

Possible categories for FHE boards

• Opening Prayer
• Closing Prayer
• Music
• Snack/treat
• Game
• Activity
• Lesson
• Conducting
• Scripture
• Article of Faith
• Inspirational Thought
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Placement

To figure out the placement of knobs, pockets, clothespins, etc. on your FHE projects you will need a ruler or tape measure, a pencil and the item you will be placing.

As an example, if you need to place six knobs on a board, you will need to measure the space you have and divide by seven. Why seven and not six? There are seven spaces between the six knobs you are using –don’t forget either end.

If the board is 15 inches long, divide 15 by 7. You will get 2 1/7. This is your measurement from the edge of the board to your first knob, make a mark. From the first mark measure 2 1/7 inches and make another mark. Continue until you are finished.

When you line up the knobs on the marks, you may need to do some slight adjusting to make it look the way you want it.

Always check by placing the items on the board before attaching. Measuring isn’t always as accurate as you think and sometimes it still looks funny when you are accurate. Eyeball it to make sure it suits your fancy.

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