When you have a large family it’s hard to keep up with everyone’s schedules. I decided to go on a hunt for ideas. I saw a family calendar ideas at Make it Love it, Infarrantly Creative, PSA Stamp Camp, and Nanny Goat . Their blogs further confirmed that I could try to do it.
I went to my local Goodwill and purchase a large glass frame that had printed art for $15 and another large frame at another Goodwill for $7 for one of my daughters.
Here are some quick cellphone snaps… The frame was originally gold.
I first sanded the frame and primed it with Color Stain Primer. I mixed a few acrylic paints to get the right shade of charcoal gray to my liking. Once I was done I added a clear poly acrylic paint to protect the finish.
The hardest part of the project was figuring out the size that I needed the squares to be for the calendar grid. I used a permanent marker on the inside of the glass and added a piece a sheet metal and wrapped in duck canvas fabric. You can find sheet metal at Lowe’s.
For the days of the week, I used my label maker.
The numbers were pretty simple to make. I printed them on a sheet, punched them out with a 1″ hole punch, and glued them on to wood circles. Then added a resin that when dried looks like clear puff paint (it bubbles up). When dried it is hard like acrylic nails. I then added magnets to the back of each number.
So, far we’ve been keeping up with the calendar and make sure important dates are added accordingly. Each month I simply just erase all the information with water and a paper towel. I change the month and rearrange the dates. Viola…eeeaaasy peezy.