DIY Dry Erase Calendar

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I’m currently working on decorating my new office space in my basement. I’ve been pinning images, and making lists of what kinds of things I need (more like want) in my space. I really wanted a nice calendar, that was not only functional, but aesthetically pleasing too. I found some really cute and trendy ones at paper source, but even at half off I was still looking at spending $17. What bothered me the most, was that I would have to buy a new calendar every year. What if the next year I couldn’t find one in the same size, or one that fit the rest of my office decor? So I wondered if I could make my own reusable calendar that would work. I set out to make my own dry erase calendar that was also trendy.

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What you need: A glass frame. (If it is not real glass, you cannot write on it with a dry erase) Nice paper or card stock, tape, a patterned wrapping paper, scissors, a cutting board (if you have one), ruler, dry erase markers.

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Start out by measuring and cutting your wrapping paper to fit the frame. I used the paper that came inside the frame as a template to cut out my wrapping paper. I found the wrapping paper at HomeGoods! They have some really great wrapping paper and this roll was only $2.99. I like that you can customize the background of the calendar to fit your specific decor/ style, so really get something you like!

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You might have to do some measuring to see what size your squares need to be. I wanted 5 rows and 7 columns, plus room for me to put what month it was. For my 11 x 14 frame, the squares I cut were 1.5 x 1.5″. If you have a bigger frame, you could have larger squares, and/or make spaces for the days of the week to be included as well.

For the squares I actually used leftover thank you cards from my wedding that were just sitting in a drawer.

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Lay out all of your squares on the wrapping paper to get an idea of where you want them and make sure everything fits.

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I just eyeballed it, but if you really want it perfect, you can use a ruler to measure and make sure you have even spaces.

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After I got a good idea of how I wanted my calendar to look, I started taping the squares to the wrapping paper.

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I started with the first row and column, and then made sure to individually space the rest off of the first rows.

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The tape makes the squares pretty easy to move around if you don’t get them on there just right on the first try!

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When your calendar is done simply place it into your frame and close up the back.

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Now the real fun begins! I got nice dry erase markers that came with an eraser on the end at the dollar tree. I pulled up this month’s calendar, filled in the month, and numbered the squares.

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Pretty simple huh?

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The dry erase marker and eraser works so well on the glass of the frame!

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I have been loving this calendar, and I hope you will too!

 

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3 thoughts on “DIY Dry Erase Calendar

  1. Crystal says:

    This looks great! So easy to change each month and a nice splash of color. Wanted to pin, but don’t see a Pinterest ext.?
    Thanks for sharing with us at Family Joy Blog linky party.

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    • thecheerfulspace says:

      Thank you Crystal! Thanks for letting me know about the pin button! I’m still figuring all of this out ;-), but I was able to add it! I hope that helps! Thanks for visiting! šŸ™‚

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