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.
Glass Front Picture Frame
Dry Erase Marker
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.
In the picture below, I slid a white poster board beneath the glass so you could see the grid pattern easier.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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!
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