Thursday, June 16, 2011

Oversized Dry Erase/Magnetic Calendar

Any project that helps me be more organized is a good thing and this calendar is one of my favorites. I used to have a smaller one, but I wanted more room on the side to hang notes, invitations, and other reminders. Plus, the other one was just white and boring. I wanted something bigger, cuter, and more colorful.
I picked up this giant magnetic board from Roberts. It's about 40" x 54" and with my 40% off coupon, I think it was somewhere around $35.00. I started by taping off the magnet board around the wood border.
Then I painted the wood frame brown.
 I searched the scrapbook store 'til I found the perfect selection of coordinating scrapbook paper. I cut it into 3" strips (the same width as the frame).
Then, I laid the paper on the frame in a pattern I liked. I decided I wanted the papers to be different lengths, so I cut some short and left others long.
After I had arranged the papers the way I wanted them, I glued them to the frame with ModPodge. I also applied a layer on top to seal them.
I wanted to add some embellishments, so I cut small strips of dark brown ric-rac to cover the seams between the papers.
 I used hot glue to adhere them to the frame. So cute!
 Then, I applied the calendar frame I cut on my vinyl machine. Each month, I also cut the name of the month from cardstock and stick it on with spray adhesive.

I use these dry erase markers to fill up our calendar.  They wipe off easily with a dry paper towel. Can I just say how much I love them! They are so much nicer to use than those that have lids.

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17 comments:

Katie said...

This turned out great! I love all the bright colors! And I love how you have so much space on the right so post things!!

Aroura said...

Wow! I love it!!! Thanks so much for sharing!

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

This is such a cool project!! I love the different patterns of paper around the frame, and the little magnet calendar dates are so cute. Great job!

Thank you so much for joining my Weekend Bloggy Reading party. I Featured your project today. :)

Jess@Balancing The Dream said...

I so need this to keep up with my busy life!!

Camille said...

Great idea. I need to do this.

Amanda said...

This is an awesome project! :) I've featured this post on Craft Gossip here:
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~Amy said...

Love the idea! Where did you find the magnets with the #'s on them? Thanks for taking time to post the how-to's!

Carolyn said...

That looks awesome. Every home needs one of those.

L2L said...

I never realized you could write and wipe on metal!!!!! Ideas,ideas!!! I have a huge bulletin board I got from church and have some magnetic paint. So I might just be able to pull something off as well!!!! Thanks... now lets see what I can do!!!!

Karima said...

Wow, love this post, you are so creative! Saw you on link party, now google following, please pop by, Karima x www.karimascrafts.com

Mel the Crafty Scientist said...

This is amazing! I saw your art station/organizing post and then I just got carried away looking at various projects on your blog and I love all of them! I'm your newest follower and I can't wait to explore more! : )

Grandma Tangle said...

This is such a great project. I would love to know the name of the paper you used.

Thank you,

Jenni said...

Do you use ModPodge paper? Cuz I find it bubbles so bad when I use scrapbook paper and regular modpodge?!?! any tips?

Prudentia said...

I would stencil our school room wall! Also liked on Facebook Here: https://www.facebook.com/MomToEli

special 'k' said...

It looks amazing. Thanks for sharing. I will follow on my way out so I can revisit. I hope you can find the time to come visit me and do the same. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

Anonymous said...

What is Roberts?? I have been searching for this board everywhere!!!

Morgan said...

Do you use ModPodge paper? Cuz I find it bubbles so bad when I use scrapbook paper and regular modpodge?!?! any tips?

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