DIY Dry erase calendar!

Hi everyone!  I hope you are having a great day.  I wanted to bring you the next installment of my DIY series!  Now I know I said originally that I was only going to have three things in my series, but I think I will be adding a couple of more things!  I really love doing this and normally I don't get that crafty so I have to grab onto that feeling when it comes!

Anyway!  Let's get cracking with the DIY tutorial.  There are several reasons why I made this calendar.  At the end of 2012, I started thinking about what I was going to do when my amazing high fashion Barbie calendar ended.  I must admit, I was really upset thinking that there was an end to it.  But like they always say, all good things come to an end.  As I started thinking about what type of calendar I was going to buy, I started also thinking about how I could make one of my own.  Now what does one do when they need inspiration to make something DIY or crafty?  Hi Pinterest, duh!  I immediately did just that but I began bumbling around and finding lots of calendars that were cute, but not what I wanted.

The fact that I couldn't find one that was exactly to my liking got me thinking, maybe I will just completely come up with my own idea!  I had always seen people making their own crafts with little paint samples that you can pick up at Home Depot.  There were name cards, organizational tools and more, so I figured why not try and use them as days for my calendar?  After thinking about that, I wanted to figure out how I can place the paint samples and make them look modern and sleek, while practical at the same time.  At this point I said to myself, I will wedge the paint samples in between two pieces of plexiglass, therefore making my calendar a dry erase calendar.   That is how my idea came about.

An overview.

The calendar is really cool because essentially it saves you money and can be used over and over again.  Because there is no paper involved (except for the paint samples) you can just keep cleaning the glass and re-writing on top with the dry erase markers.  At the end of 2013 you wont even have to get a new calendar, it's like the gift that keeps on giving.  If you get tired of the color of your paint samples,  you can always get new ones, that is why I left the edges fastened with acco clips rather than permanently.  If this bothers you, you can always use silicon or something else to seal the edges permanently and not worry about changing the colors if you don't feel you'll want to in the future.   

To make the calendar you are only going to need a couple of things: 4 acco clips, scotch tape, two pieces of glass (I will talk about why I used the glass rather than plexiglass later), tons of paint samples and dry erase markers.  
Up close and personal on the name of the month.

To get started, make sure that you lay out the pieces of paint sample that you have.  As you can see in the photo, I ended up cutting the samples that I had because they were all rather large and I didn't want my calendar to be that big.  As I laid them out, I cut it to a size that I liked and continued on.  Now as you can also see, the sizes of each day are not the same, most of them are different and they aren't perfect, I like this feel.  I think this is such a perfect way to customize your calendar, make it homey and more fun.  The look is not as structured, which is ironic because a calendar is quite the structured tool.  I love changing things up sometimes.  Once you have figured out where you want all of the pieces of your paint samples to go, simply apply tape to the back of them and tape them to one of the pieces of glass.

Now I have chosen to use glass instead of plexi for one reason only.  I thought that using plexiglass would be a great idea because its easier, safer, cheaper and everything else.  I was wrong in that the glass was actually less expensive at Home Depot.  I also chose the glass because in the long run, it will last longer.  The glass is going to be way easier to clean and keep nice for a longer amount of time.  Because of the use of glass you might be wondering if it is safe or not and the answer is yes.  What I did learn while making it is that you must be careful because I did cut myself a couple of times on my hand while holding the glass to fasten it together with the acco clips.  Make sure that you are extra careful if working with kids and glass.  Once the glass is together, you can lean it against a wall on top of a counter, or even add a fixture to the back that will allow it to hang on the wall.  This will ensure that the glass is out of the way and not in danger to the kids, you, or maybe any pets.

Acco clip perfection!
Once the paint samples are laid out and taped to the back piece of glass, get the second piece of glass and lay it over the back piece.  Fasten together the two pieces with an acco clip on each corner and you are done!  Take a marker and label the days of the week and of course don't forget to number the days. Now like I said, you are more than welcome to make this bigger or smaller than I have it here.  I can assume that families with kids may want to write soccer practices or dance recitals or something on the calendar too, but I just use it for my work schedule right now and anything else that I happen to be doing.

This is just a basic idea of how to make the calendar, you can take this idea anywhere!  Get creative and decorate yours a little more and share photos with me.  Thank you for reading and make sure to send me a tweet and let me know what you think!

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