I needed a new calendar, badly.
So I decided to make one...shocking, yes I know!
The problem with most of my calendars in the past is even though they might have had lovely photos, or lots of space for notes, or hourly agendas...
I did not use them.
No, I am a scribbler of tiny pieces of stray paper kind of girl.
Yes, the stuff it in my pocket and forget about it till it goes through the wash sort of chick!
Unless a calendar could be stapled to the front of my shirt with a pen attached to it I just can not be bothered to write all those pesky appointments down to save my life.
So I decided I needed something cheap, fun, and most of all easy to use with itty bitty pieces of scrap paper that have been wadded in my pocket all day!
Here is what you'll need:
a Frame that is extra wide
Vinegar/course salt or steel wool
Magnets to fit on back of the tiles
fun Stickers both numbers and letters
Start by painting your frame with two coats of chalkboard paint.
Use the backing or the glass in the frame as a template for your sheet metal
Cut out sheet metal just shy of the template size...USE GLOVES...this stuff is so very sharp!
I scrubbed the metal with vinegar and course salt to take some of the shine off. Steel wool works too but will leave more of a pattern of scratches.
When the frame is dry put in the sheet metal, the glass (in case you want it later), and the backing, secure.
Use some fun stickers to put the days of the week across the top for the days of the week
For your magnets, take the tiles off the mesh backing.
Put on stickers for each day of the month.
Play with any extra tiles you have by making you favorite words!
I used self-stick magnet squares but found they needed a dab of glue to make them really secure.
When dry place, them on your magnet board. Now don't be all freaky about getting them just right in perfect rows and columns. A little of crookedness is good for the soul...trust me on this!
Now get out you chalk and doodle around the frame...doodling is good for your soul too, really good!
Place itty bitty bits of paper that have been hiding in your jeans, beneath the appropriate magnets and voila'!
A calendar that even I will use!
And if the calendar doesn't work out, just remove from the frame and you have another cookie sheet!
Cookies are really, really good for the soul.
Note 1: This project cost about $35
Note 2: Remember to come back Thursday for the kick off of our children's garden contest, getting our hands dirty with kids for fun and great prizes!
Note 3: Have a good day!
Note 4: Just kidding...even I don't have that many afterthoughts!