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diy monthly dry erase calendar frame

diy monthly dry erase calendar frame

How to make your own dry erase monthly calendar.

Pinterest. Apparently the 3rd top search engine and why not? It's the jackpot for virtual hoarders. If you are anything like me, you have more pins saved then you know what to do with. Which brings me to this awesome challenge idea...

Try a pin and share how it went!

Welcome to March Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop, hosted by My Pinterventures. The purpose of this Pinterest Challenge is to motivate all the participants of this hop (and you too) to not just pin, but to make it happen! So this month, I chose to make/create a "dry erase monthly calendar" from Design Create Inspire.

I chose to make a monthly dry erase calendar because I thought it'd be perfect to track my monthly blog post ideas. But, really, this would work for anyone who is on a tight budget but needs a system to keep track of a busy schedule.

For this craft project I used:

  • an old picture frame

  • 4 different scrapbook sheets of paper

  • silver ribbon

  • black electrical tape

  • 2 picture frame hooks

  • white chalk paint

  • clear chalk paint wax

Tools Used:

  • scrapbook paper cutter

  • pencil

  • glue stick

  • black sharpie

  • ruler

  • computer/printer

  • dry erase markers

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For the most part this is a pretty easy project. If your good with math, then this will be super simple.

You do have to figure out the size of each square after you know the width of your monthly title. I did this by measuring the picture frame and dividing by the number of days in the month. It wasn't perfect which is why there is a silver ribbon bordering two sides. 

The first time I attempted this I messed up the days of the month. I wanted a place to add notes but didn't factor in the different days of the month so that was a boo-boo. 

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Also, I didn't really like the black frame nor my handwriting for the days-of-the-week labels. So I took apart the frame and got to work...again!

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The first thing I did was distress the frame with white chalk paint. Not hard to do. Just take your brush, barely dip into paint, tap along the top of your paint container, and then brush onto frame. Keep working the paint until you like what you see.

When that dries, give it a coat of clear wax.

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For straight edges use the scrapbook cutter (I know that is NOT the official name...sigh). 

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After you have arranged the squares into a pattern you like, glue and then add the days-of-the-week labels. To figure those out (the weekly labels), I used a very meticulous system. Bahahaha...not really. Just had a piece of paper cut to size which I then placed on computer screen to make sure the label fit.

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Use your ruler and black Sharpie to clean up the lines. 

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I used silver ribbon to fill in the area above and to the right of calendar. Black electrical tape was used to border the entire piece.

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With the glass back in place, you are ready to write in the dates and events using non-permanent markers.

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If needed, attach these rings to the backside of frame. I added to each top-corner. 

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I'm so glad I took the time to tear it apart again. It looks so much better and now tracks all of the day's of the month. Yippee! 

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Now I can visually see what I plan on posting for the month. A little bit of accountability.

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The best part...I had everything I needed so no money was spent. Be sure to check out the other creative pin challengers below.

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Now let's see what other things Pinterest inspired! Head over and visit the other hosts to see what they crafted, cooked, built, or tried!

Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop

Erlene - My Pinterventures • Shirley - Intelligent Domestications

Jenny - Cookies Coffee and Crafts

Joanne - Our Unschooling Journey • Magen - The Kusi Life

Roseann - This Autoimmune Life • Kelli - The Olympic Nest

Lynne - My Family Thyme • Beverly - Across the Blvd.

Debra - Shoppe No. 5 • Pili - My Sweet Things

Laurie - My Husband Has Too Many Hobbies • Kristie - Teadoddles

Julie - Sum of their StoriesGwen - Geez, Gwen!

Marie - The Inspiration Vault • Candice - Fearlessly Creative Mammas

T'onna - Sew Crafty Crochet • Kenyatta - My Design Rules

Cherryl - Farm Girl Reformed • Lisa - Blogghetti

Leslie - Once Upon a Time & Happily Ever After

Micah - Home Faith Family • Kelley - Simply Inspired Meal

Lauren - Mom Home Guide • Deborah - Salvage Sister & Mister

Gail - Purple Hues and Me • Terri - Our Good Life

Lauren - Wonderfully Made • Sue - A Purdy Little House

Toni - Small Home Soul • Maureen - Red Cottage Chronicles

Marci - Stone Cottage Adventures • Michelle - Our Crafty Mom

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