DIY Dry Erase Calendar
I’m back! We had a busy summer around here with kids home from school, vacations….and a large project I’ve been working on that I’ll be revealing soon! In the meantime, I am showing you a recent project I completed. This DIY dry erase calendar is easy, very customizable and super convenient.
I searched the internet for DIY dry erase calendars and found Jenna Burger’s blog post. You know me. I don’t ever want to reinvent the wheel if someone else has already figured out the process. I took her tutorial and modified it to fit my needs.
Start with a Goodwill frame.
Nice…right? It was the right size for what I was looking for. This one is 22 X 26. Large enough to actually have room to write multiple events on the same day. I don’t recall the exact price but I think it was $11.99. Since I was there on their 50% off everything day, I paid around $6 for this frame.
Rip off the paper backing.
Pull the staples.
And set up on some cups or something similar. This is face side down since it’s always easier to paint the backside first with a quick coat and then flip for your final coats. Trust me. I also removed the hanging hardware since I will need this in portrait rather than the original landscape orientation.
You can always spray paint a project like this, but I like the flat appearance of milk (or chalk) paint for the frame. I had some leftover Miss Mustard Seed’s Grain Sack from a previous project. It was perfect.
I wasn’t worried about drips on the floor since the milk paint is easy to clean up. If you don’t have experience with milk paint, you may want to do a drop cloth.
With any milk paint it is good to seal with a wax. I had Daddy Van’s wax laying around from a different project.
Now it’s time to assemble. I made an excel file for the calendar and had a FedEx store print it off. I tried some of the office supply stores but they were not helpful with the file. The FedEx employee was awesome and was able to run a couple test prints to get it right.
Then I took the scrapbook paper I found at a Joanne Fabric store and made the border. This can be tricky as you match up the pattern but just take your time and buy around six sheets of paper if it’s a complicated pattern like the one I used. You will have a lot of waste as you match. You can see the overhang below. Once it’s complete, then you trim.
Below is a picture of the border done. I did a test print for the name plate to make sure the size was good. I created this in photoshop but you can easily make something similar in Word. Then I printed on some cool scrapbooking paper with a wood pattern.
Then you reassemble!
And fill in with your busy schedule!
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So that’s it! Love it? Leave a comment. Hate it? See if you can do better on your family calendar! 😉
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