DIY Dry-Erase Calendar

By: Missy Sorg

It’s January, which means it’s a whole new year.  

If you’re like me, that means it’s time to make sure you have a new wall calendar.  (Yes, I still use a written calendar in addition to my Google Calendar.  I find it’s easier to see it if it’s right in front of my face.)  While I am a fan of the community calendar that shows up in my mailbox in mid December, it’s hard for me to write things in on a paper calendar – primarily because some parts of my schedule change frequently, and I hate having to cross it out and write something new in a margin or with arrows from another date.  That’s why I’m a fan of dry-erase calendars.

Sure, you can get dry erase calendars from just about any office supply or box store.  But, how personalized are they?  Take me, for instance.  I prefer a calendar where I have a monthly view where I can write things in by day, but I like to have boxes slightly larger than the traditional calendar size.  I also like to have an area where I can write in notes or upcoming events in the following month(s).  

Trust me when I say it’s hard for me to settle on a dry-erase calendar.

That’s why I started looking into options for DIY dry-erase calendars.  I fell in love with the sparkle and glitter of this one [], but it still wasn’t enough for my particular needs.  It did, however, give me a starting place.

What you’ll need:

  • Photo Frame (in whatever size you’d like) Craft Paper (in whatever color/style you’d like) Yep.  That’s it.  

For my dream calendar, I’m going with a 24 x 36 (poster size).  I’m laying it out in landscape format, with the left 32” set for the calendar space, the upper right4” space for notes, and the bottom 4” space for a snapshot of the following month.  Using crafting paper I found in the scrapbooking section, I’m going to cut 35 squares to use as the days for each month, 7 banners identifying each day of the week, a block section for the notes, and a smaller 35-square grid for the upcoming month.  I’ll secure each of the decorative pieces to a blank 24 x 36 piece of paper (my calendar background), and clip it into the photo frame.

Just like any other white board, I can use whiteboard markers to write in the month at the top of the calendar, and fill in the numbered days.  If I have any notes or reminders, they go in the “notes” part, and I can write in the following month on the little calendar in the lower right corner – to help me keep up to date on what’s coming up in the following month.  

I can’t wait to get started on all the amazing projects 2017 has to offer!  And, keep track of them all on my shiny new calendar.