I wanted a dry erase calendar to hang in our kitchen to keep track of family events, holidays, birthdays, etc, but I didn't want a tacky home-office looking one from the office supply store. What is a girl to do? Make her own!
- 11x14 canvas (I reused one that my son used for finger painting. I know, bad mommy! It wasn't a masterpiece or anything.)
- paint samples from the home improvement store (FREE!)
- frame that will hold your canvas (The canvas I used was about 1/4 inch thick.)
- dry erase marker
- glue stick
- square puncher, paper cutter, or just plain old scissors (if you can cut straight)
- paint (I used a little leftover paint from the kitchen wall color.)
Paint your canvas the background color of your choosing. Let dry.
Punch out 35, 1.5 inch squares with a square puncher. Or, you can use a paper trimmer or scissors to do this.
Once the paint is dry, lay out your squares in the pattern that you like. I tried a few different ways before settling on this layout (colors aligned along the diagonal). Just play around with it and see what is pleasing to your eye. You can use just a couple of paint sample colors, or you can use a bunch. I ended up using 7 different colors in the color scheme of my kitchen.
Adhere the squares with glue.
It looks plan now, but once you put it in a frame behind glass and use your marker on it, it'll come to life.
I could see also using this for...
- a child's responsibility chart
- lesson planning for homeschooling families
- a weekly calendar with each family member having a different row
- posting daily/weekly objectives for classroom students
How could you adapt this idea to fit your organizational needs? Leave me a comment below!