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DIY Magnetic Dry Erase Calendar From Picture Frame

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A large picture frame is transformed into a DIY Magetic Dray Erase Calendar.  We share an easy tutorial to make your own & keep organized this year!
How do you stay organized?   Today I’m sharing an up-cycle project to help you keep track of whatever it is that you’d like to keep track of.  I used a glass front picture frame and transformed it into a colorful Magnetic Dry Erase Calendar.  This will be the perfect addition to my craft room and hopefully help me keep track of blog projects and ideas.
 

 

Supplies Used:

Glass Front Picture Frame
Dry Erase Marker
Ruler
White and blue spray paint
Poster Board Tape
Piece of Sheet Metal
White letter stickers
 
I used a very large picture frame for this project because I wanted room for a calendar with an area left over for project ideas.  The size of the calendar will depend on the size of the picture frame used.
Using a ruler and a dry erase marker, I plotted out a grid for the calendar on the picture frame glass.
A large picture frame is transformed into a DIY Magetic Dray Erase Calendar.  We share an easy tutorial to make your own & keep organized this year!
In the picture below, I slid a white poster board beneath the glass so you could see the grid pattern easier.
A large picture frame is transformed into a DIY Magetic Dray Erase Calendar.  We share an easy tutorial to make your own & keep organized this year!

 

Next, I turned the glass over and stuck thin tape over the lines I had made.  This tape is slightly stretchy, which made it difficult to get the lines perfectly straight, but it is nice and thin which makes it a good choice for the grid lines.  I found the tape at Office Depot. It is tape that is typically used for presentation boards.
A large picture frame is transformed into a DIY Magetic Dray Erase Calendar.  We share an easy tutorial to make your own & keep organized this year!
After I finished the grid, I took the glass outside and spray painted over the taped side with a pretty light blue color.   I allowed it to dry completely, then applied a 2nd coat.
While that was drying, I had Mr. Hobby cut a piece of sheet metal we picked up from Home Depot to the same size as the picture frame glass.  I spray painted one side of it with a gloss white.  I allowed this to dry completely, then applied a 2nd coat.
Wait several hours for the paint to dry before attempting to remove the tape.  The tape pulls up easily.
A large picture frame is transformed into a DIY Magetic Dray Erase Calendar.  We share an easy tutorial to make your own & keep organized this year!
Assembly:    Insert the picture frame glass with the painted side being the back side.  Next, lay in the piece of sheet metal with the white painted side next to the glass.  I had the original cardboard that was behind the original picture in this frame, so I put that in last.   I was able to use the original picture frame clips to hold everything in place.
You can see in the picture below that I still have the dry erase grid markings that I made earlier on the glass.  This was easily wiped off.
A large picture frame is transformed into a DIY Magetic Dray Erase Calendar.  We share an easy tutorial to make your own & keep organized this year!
I used some white letter stickers to add the days of the week.  I had two sets of letters to choose from and I opted for the smaller set.   Not only did I add the days of the week, I also added a label for ‘ideas’ and one for ‘Next Month’.
Alphabet letter stickers.
A large picture frame is transformed into a DIY Magetic Dray Erase Calendar.  We share an easy tutorial to make your own & keep organized this year!

 

A large picture frame is transformed into a DIY Magetic Dray Erase Calendar.  We share an easy tutorial to make your own & keep organized this year!
You can see in the picture above, that I stuck a couple of strong magnets to the glass.   You will need to use strong magnets because of the thickness of the glass front.
I’ll make some cute magnets to go with my calendar, but that will be a project for another day.
Here is the finished project.   Use dry erase markers or white chalk board markers to write directly on the glass.  It easily wipes off with a paper towel!
A large picture frame is transformed into a DIY Magetic Dray Erase Calendar.  We share an easy tutorial to make your own & keep organized this year!

 

A large picture frame is transformed into a DIY Magetic Dray Erase Calendar.  We share an easy tutorial to make your own & keep organized this year!
If you enjoyed this project, we’d appreciate if you would pin it!   Thank you for sharing!
A large picture frame is transformed into a DIY Magnetic Dry Erase Calendar.  We share an easy tutorial to make your own & keep organized this year!
 
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15 Comment

  1. The Seana Method
    July 11, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    I love it, Laurie. Both pinned and tweeted – great little project to do over the summer and have ready to go for fall:)

    1. Laurie
      July 11, 2016 at 7:31 pm

      Thank you Seana! I really appreciate the shares too!

  2. Lisa
    July 12, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    What a great idea! And just what I need for my house. What I like the most is that it can be simply erased and away you go! Thanks so much for sharing – this is a pinner for sure!!

    1. Laurie
      July 12, 2016 at 1:57 pm

      Thanks so much Lisa! Hope you have the chance to make one for yourself!

  3. Beverly Roderick
    July 12, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    Laurie, this is great! It's such a good idea to have a calendar that's easy to mark up and change. I need to get busy and make one of these, too! Pinning and sharing!

    1. Laurie
      July 12, 2016 at 7:14 pm

      Thanks so much Beverly. Hoping it will help me keep projects and ideas organized. Appreciate the pin and shares 🙂 W

  4. Melanie Redd
    July 18, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    Hey Laurie,
    What a cool dry erase board! I found your post on Social Butterfly.
    I've shared it on Stumble and Pinterest.
    Blessings,
    Melanie

    1. Laurie
      July 18, 2016 at 3:26 pm

      Melanie, Thank you so much and I appreciate the shares too!

  5. Sam @ Living The Dutch Dream
    July 19, 2016 at 7:57 am

    I really like this project. I didn't know that the magnets would still stick to the metal sheet through the glass – I'd really like to have a go at making one of these – pinned for later 🙂

    1. Laurie
      July 19, 2016 at 4:00 pm

      Thanks Sam. The magnets do need to be strong, but this is the 2nd project I've done putting metal sheet behind glass and they both work fine. The stronger the magnet, the more sheets it will be able to hold. Thanks so much for the pin and for stopping by!

  6. Jess
    July 20, 2016 at 7:28 pm

    This looks SO great! I love this idea! So cute!

    I’d love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, and tips: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  7. Keri Roberts
    July 21, 2016 at 11:54 am

    What a great way to make an dry erase organizer!! I like that it's also magnetic, pretty brilliant!!

    1. Laurie
      July 21, 2016 at 3:12 pm

      Thank you Keri! I've been wanting to make one of these for a long time and it is so useful at keeping me on track!

  8. Teresa B
    July 22, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    Great idea. I totally need to make something like this, because lately I find myself placing sticky notes with reminders on our kitchen walls…Thank you so much for sharing at The Really Crafty Link Party this week. Pinned!

    1. Laurie
      July 22, 2016 at 5:50 pm

      Thanks Teresa! I write notes and leave them all over the house. Not very productive. I'm doing much better with this new calendar! Thanks for hosting a fun party each week!

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