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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Dry Erase Calendar DIY

I have wanted a big, hanging, dry-erase calendar for my dorm room for a while now. This way, I can see instantly what I need to do that day and week without digging through my planner. Unfortunately, they are $20+ at Walmart. This little DIY cost me $6 from the dollar store for the frame. Plus, you can personalize it to match your style and interests. 
You can also use this D.I.Y. to decorate picture frames to give as gifts, use to hold photos, or as white boards for to-do lists and menu options. The possibilities are endless

You'll need:
tons of little craft trinkets and supplies
picture frame
hot glue
fake plants
scrapbook paper

Start by taking out the paper from inside the frame and placing it on top of the glass to protect it.

Then, start gluing! Add pieces of flowers, leaves, ribbon, trinkets. Anything you can find! If you are into sports or are making it for someone who is- add some mini sports balls. If you are making it as a hostess gift why not add some fake grapes and a wine cork. You get the picture. Just keep gluing. Don't try to plan the layout too much. You will know what to put where once you get started.

Here is what my frame looked like when I finished decorating the outside. Pull the excess glue strings off to tidy it up.

I made this little "A" for Amanda with some crochet and sewing notions.

These are "Guatemalan Worry Dolls" I found.

Here is a little hat and some more buttons and flowers.

Next, get a ruler and some scrapbook paper. On the paper, draw a grid for a calendar in maker and the days of the week. Once you put the paper inside the frame, use a white board marker to draw the month and days of the week. This way you can reuse it for every month.

Here is a group picture of a few at the shop.

This is a plain plant one.

The wine and cork one mention earlier.

And another plain one.

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  1. That is brilliant! So making one of these for all the kids activities. Thank you!

  2. BRILLIANT!! I love this idea! I think I'm going to do this for frames that I have pictures in as well!

  3. Very creative. I like the abundance of cute items. Have a great SITS Day.

  4. You are so talented! Love those ideas and how adorable those turned out! Happy SITS day!!!!

  5. So fun ... I have a true need for this. I think I'll tweak it to be a week-at-a-glance and include my meals for the week. Thanks for the inspiration! :)

    Enjoy your SITS day! :)

  6. Very cute! I love calendars, and this really is a simple way to make something just for me. :) Thanks for sharing. Happy SITS day!

  7. I love these! My mother-in-law has one that she uses, and it's so handy to be able to change out the paper and just wipe it as needed. She didn't decorate the edges though, I love that touch :)

  8. What a great idea! Happy SITS day!

  9. Super cute idea and looks really easy! Love the step by step instruction! Happy SITS day! :)

  10. {Melinda} So cute and simple! :) And practical!! Happy SITS Day!

  11. Very cute and so easy! Happy SITS Day!

  12. Oh great idea! Certainly reusable. I like ♥

  13. Very cute! I use something similar for my clenaing list.

  14. This is cute! I am getting ready to make something similar in the next week or five haha.

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  15. This is such a great idea. I find it so much easier to plan when I can glance and see what I have coming up or when I can easily wipe/erase what needs to be changed. I will be putting this DIY to use. :-)
    Btw, following from the SITS girls, congrats on being featured!

  16. Such a cool idea! Happy SITS day, late ;)

  17. Thanks for the wonderful share. Your article has proved your hard work and experience you have got in this field. Brilliant. I love it reading.
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