Disclaimer: I first made this project and blogged about it on my other ministry blog, but with the creation of Soaking in Life, I felt it was better housed over here. I’ll work to update Pinterest pins on this project as I’m able.
I’m a Pinterest junkie! For a crafter like myself, it’s a literal treasure chest full of amazing, creative ideas. There’s just one problem…I don’t have enough time (or money for that matter) to do all of the projects that I’ve discovered on Pinterest. Little by little, however, I’m gathering ideas AND materials AND, and I’m spending more time in my “crafting zone”. It’s one of my “happy places”.
The following project combines my love of creating, my passion for thrifty DIY, and my dream of being organized. I found this original idea on Pinterest (of course!) and followed it through to several blogs that made a similar project. I followed the tutorials pretty closely and slightly tweaked it to make it my own.
Here’s how I created my Paint Chip Calendar:
- I first gathered all of the materials you see above. I purchased the poster frame from Michael’s (it was 40% off, AND I had a coupon for another 25% off of that!). I found the fabric on sale at Jo-Ann’s. The fabric glue game from Walmart. I already had the paper trimmer, the corner rounder, the foam brushes, and the glue gun. The paint chips came from Walmart as well. I loved the Better Homes & Garden chips due to the perforated circle that became the place for the date to be written. My plan was for this calendar to hang in our kitchen area, so the paint chip colors I chose go with my lavender/green kitchen color scheme. Update: Since I originally made this project a couple years ago, the poster frame has fallen apart, and I purchased a sturdier solid white non-poster frame that I like much better (and is much sturdier). However, the poster frame was a great starting point.
- After gathering all materials – you’re ready to begin! Start by removing the edges from the frame and follow by covering the cardboard back using the fabric you selected. Be sure to pull tightly as you glue to prevent wrinkles. I also chose to iron my fabric first, because there were quite a few creases in it already.
- I trimmed the paint chips by removing the Better Homes & Garden name but kept the names of the paint colors. I also used the corner rounder to give each piece a smooth finish. If you choose to use the circular area to write in the date, be sure not trim that part of the paint chip.
- It’s now time to arrange the paint chips on the board. I made 5 rows of 7. Affix the paint chips on the board with fabric glue. Be sure to use a thin layer. You may wish to apply with a foam brush to give the glue a light application to prevent the paint chips from bubbling.
- I printed the days of the week onto a neutral card stock. I used the Castellar font in 28 pt. I also use the fabric glue (small amount) to affix each of these to the board. I then chose to make a place at the bottom of the board to write in things coming up the next month that we might need or want to be alerted to now.
- Finally – use a dry erase marker to fill in the month, the dates, and your calendar items!
- Hang up your new calendar and enjoy!