After seeing this project floating around on pinterest a few times i decided to give it a go. it's really easy and cost me less than a dollar to make. with the added bonus of never having to buy a calendar ever again, it gets super thrifty bonus points.
if you want to make one of these you'll need...
paint chips: these are free from pretty much any hardware store. mine were pretty long so i took 16 and cut them in half. you'll need 31 squares in total, plus a couple extra for notes if you want them.
picture frame: mine is one of those big ones from ikea with plastic instead of glass so it's really light. glass works well too but it will be heavier. i also urge anyone wanting to do this use a frame from the thrift store or one you already have as it's much better for the environment. i found mine abandoned in the alley, so it was free.
background: i used a piece of black card to match the frame, but any colour paper/card would do. you can even use wrapping paper for a cheap and easy background.
tools: knife + ruler/ scissors, blu-tac/tape, dry erase marker.
we went down to home depot and i got an array of different colours in the same hue family, plus a couple others that went well. i'm into blues and turquoise right now, but i needed soft colours that could be written over. i think they look pretty nice together...
i cut the lettering off each end, then folded the remaining rectangle in half. i cut down the middle of the fold so that i had two equal sized squares, and repeated about 16 or 17 times...
i arranged the squares on the front of the frame so that i could see which colours looked best next to each other, and make sure i had room for 31 squares. if they don't fit in your frame, you can cut them to size or share one square for sat/sun etc.
once i had them in order, i numbered them 1 -31 in the bottom corner with sharpie. i opened the frame and flipped them all so that the numbers would be in the right order, then pete helped me blu-tac each one on the back to hold them in place.
i lay the black card over top and flattened it down to stick them on before putting the back of the frame in place.
and that's pretty much it. you can then use your dry erase marker to fill in the days of the week on the right date each month. i didn't have enough room to leave a space to write the name of the month on, but i guess that's something you could do. i figured i would know what month it was without looking at the calendar...
the dry erase markers that we use have magnets on one side of the lid for sticking to the fridge, so i got one of those little craft magnets out of my little craft kit and glued it onto the frame. that way i never have to go hunting for the pen whenever i need to write something down.
the last three squares along the bottom are just blank for little notes and messages that may have to be written down.
there are other little bits and pieces you could add to this project i'm sure, but for now i'm happy with the way this one turned out. it was so simple to make, took around half an hour if that, and all i had to buy was the black card background, a grand total of $0.79
hopefully now i'll be a little more organised, but if not, the calendar is not to blame....