DIY Dry Erase Calendar from Bad Thrift Store Art

Learn how to make a DIY dry erase calendar from thrift store art! (If you prefer paper calendars, I have a printable calendar for 2019.)

I’ve been a habitual furniture re-arranger since I was a kid. While other teens spent time hanging out with friends, I was envisioning new living room arrangements. I swapped rooms with my siblings on the reg. Nothing made me happier than taking apart furniture and schlepping it across the house to another room. Changing the furniture around and swapping rooms still makes me happy.

In fact, I’m currently in the middle of swapping my office space and my living room. The best part of this new arrangement means that I’ll have a little more wall space, so a DIY dry erase calendar over my desk was a must have.

diy dry erase calendar

 

To see the new updated version, scroll to the bottom!

Since this space is still a very public space, my calendar needs to be pretty. Luckily, I teamed up with some other bloggers for a DIY link party challenge called Inspire My Creativity.

Big thanks to Shani at Sunshine and Munchkins for organizing it. Every month, we will have a new challenge. The link up party is on the 2nd Wednesday of each month.

This month’s challenge is a thrift store makeover. I headed out to the thrift store and bought a few items to transform (I bought one for next month too – Chalk Paint, FYI.)

My Goodwill isn’t always great, but I found a giant framed art print for less than $10. It’s super dated, but the frame is nice and sturdy, plus it’s huge! The art measures 22×28″.

It was the perfect base for my DIY dry erase calendar. Did you know that glass works just as well as whiteboard for dry erase markers?

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How to Make a DIY Dry Erase Calendar

Supplies Needed

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  1. Remove backing and hanging attachments if in the way. I used a drill and unscrewed the hangers.  diy dry erase calendar | diy calendar | wall calendar | handmade calendar | office decor | whiteboard calendar | calendar art | office calendar
  2. Pry back the staples holding the art in place and remove the art. I used a putty knife for this because these staples were the hardest to bend back that I’ve ever encountered. Normally, I can use my fingers to bend them back.diy dry erase calendar | diy calendar | wall calendar | handmade calendar | office decor | whiteboard calendar | calendar art | office calendar
  3. Carefully remove the glass from the frame. diy dry erase calendar | diy calendar | wall calendar | handmade calendar | office decor | whiteboard calendar | calendar art | office calendar
  4. My art was really glossy, so I spray painted it with flat white paint to give my acrylics something to grip to. diy dry erase calendar | diy calendar | wall calendar | handmade calendar | office decor | whiteboard calendar | calendar art | office calendar
  5. Spray paint the frame. I opted for a simple white since the calendar would be going on a turquoise wall. diy dry erase calendar | diy calendar | wall calendar | handmade calendar | office decor | whiteboard calendar | calendar art | office calendar
  6. When the spray paint is dry on the art, start adding acrylic paint. I added white first, to give it a nice base.diy dry erase calendar | diy calendar | wall calendar | handmade calendar | office decor | whiteboard calendar | calendar art | office calendar
  7. Paint with long stokes to fill the space. diy dry erase calendar | diy calendar | wall calendar | handmade calendar | office decor | whiteboard calendar | calendar art | office calendar
  8. With the white paint still wet, I added paint in shades of blue and green and mixed them in. diy dry erase calendar | diy calendar | wall calendar | handmade calendar | office decor | whiteboard calendar | calendar art | office calendar
  9. I kept adding paint, layering the colors and mixing them as I worked. diy dry erase calendar | diy calendar | wall calendar | handmade calendar | office decor | whiteboard calendar | calendar art | office calendar
  10. When it felt like I had added too much color, I added more white. diy dry erase calendar | diy calendar | wall calendar | handmade calendar | office decor | whiteboard calendar | calendar art | office calendar
  11. Then I took a paint spatula and scraped the paint to mix the colors more and add texture. diy dry erase calendar | diy calendar | wall calendar | handmade calendar | office decor | whiteboard calendar | calendar art | office calendar
  12. Once it was dry, I added more white on top because it didn’t feel done. You can keep going like this forever. If it’s too loud feeling, add more white. If it’s too boring, add more color. diy dry erase calendar | diy calendar | wall calendar | handmade calendar | office decor | whiteboard calendar | calendar art | office calendar
  13. I let it dry and added some gold leaf that I had on hand. Scribble with the glue pen and let it dry for about 30 seconds. diy dry erase calendar | diy calendar | wall calendar | handmade calendar | office decor | whiteboard calendar | calendar art | office calendar
  14. Then rub the gold leaf sheet over the glue, gold side up. diy dry erase calendar | diy calendar | wall calendar | handmade calendar | office decor | whiteboard calendar | calendar art | office calendar
  15. Add as much as you like. I added it anywhere that I thought it needed more interest. My daughter asked me why I put gold in the water. diy dry erase calendar | diy calendar | wall calendar | handmade calendar | office decor | whiteboard calendar | calendar art | office calendar
  16. Replace the glass back in the frame. I broke mine, but luckily, I had sheets of plexiglass in my garage, so I cut one to size and used it instead. diy dry erase calendar | diy calendar | wall calendar | handmade calendar | office decor | whiteboard calendar | calendar art | office calendar
  17. Place the art into the frame and fold the staples back down to hold the art in place.
  18. Next, screw the hangers back in.
  19. Flip the frame over. You can leave it like this and have a unique piece of art or you can add the calendar part.
  20. In the silhouette program, I typed out the abbreviated days of the week, plus “To Do” and Notes”. I used the font Ink Bandits Script. Then I had my silhouette cut my design out. I wrote in detail how to use the program and use vinyl in this post about canisters. Alternatively, you can use stickers and washi tape for this part. diy dry erase calendar | diy calendar | wall calendar | handmade calendar | office decor | whiteboard calendar | calendar art | office calendar
  21. Then I cut narrow strips of vinyl using the grid on the back.
  22. Apply your vinyl, using transfer paper for the lettering. You can be super precise during this process and measure everything, or you can eyeball it like I did. (During this process, I received an urgent, distressing phone call, so I had to hurry along the process. Luckily, my vinyl is re-positional.)diy dry erase calendar | diy calendar | wall calendar | handmade calendar | office decor | whiteboard calendar | calendar art | office calendar
  23. When you’re satisfied with your design, hang it and admire your work. Now, I have a giant dry erase calendar where I can see my schedule at a glance. Back to the furniture moving and reorganizing!white board calendar

Who needs a boring calendar when you can make a pretty one?

handmade calendar

Update:

For my office update, I made a smaller version. Calendar SVG available in my Etsy shop.

It’s made in the same way, but the art is spray painted with 3 shade of blue and aqua to create an ombre effect. The simple background is much easier to read.

dry erase calendar in gold frame

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Be sure to check out the other participants in Inspire My Creativity! And join the fun and add a link to a project featuring your thrift store makeover!

Meredith  |  The Designer DIY
Cathy  |  A Boy and His Mom
Missy  |  Gypsy Magpie
Meg  |  The Kusi Life
Kim  |  Creigh-ations
Candice  |  She’s Crafty
 
 
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Be sure to join us next month, August 9th! The theme for August is: Chalk Paint. Come back and share your lovely chalk painted creations with us!

 

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14 thoughts on “DIY Dry Erase Calendar from Bad Thrift Store Art”

  1. Such a pretty erase calender. I love the the way you have painted the background. It is pretty enough to stand on its own as a piece of art.

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