DIY Dry Erase Wall Calendar

Jan 29, 2020 | Handmade

Learn how to make a DIY dry erase wall calendar out of an old farmhouse window.

Dry erase wall calendars are a great tool to help keep your month organized in a way you can see. I have been wanting to have a nice big reusable calendar and they can be pretty expensive to buy so I decided to make one myself and share how to do this with you!

Glass calendars are practical and beautiful, and using an old window adds a modern farmhouse feel to this piece of home office decor. Here are all the materials and steps for you to make your own!

Materials

  • Window – Or a picture frame, or acrylic sheet.

  • Ruler

  • Printed calendar words

  • Scissors

  • Black paint

  • Fine tip paint brush

  • Painter’s tape

  • Electrical tape

  • Utility knife

  • Dry erase marker

  • Cutting surface

 

To make this dry erase wall calendar I just used materials that I had on hand around the house, apart from the window. Fortunately for me, my husband’s grandfather loved to store up old things in the family barn, so I have access to a lot of old windows!

If you want to make a dry erase wall calendar yourself but don’t have an old window, you could also use a picture frame with just the glass inside or an acrylic sheet which are sold at most hardware stores.

If you would like to make your calendar have the farmhouse style of an old window try looking for one on Facebook Marketplace, on second hand websites like kijiji, or at your local restore.   

Step 1 – Draw calendar grid

Before you begin make sure your window is nice and clean.

To start, draw the calendar grid on the front side of your window with a dry erase marker. The side you draw the grid on should be the side you want to write on in the end.

The size of your grid squares will depend on the size of your window. I made my grid have 2.5 inch by 2.5 inch squares, with 7 across and 5 down.

The clear ruler came in handy for this step because it made it easy to keep my grid lines straight.

 

Step 2 – Cut and place lines

Once you have your grid drawn on, FLIP your window over so you are now working on the back side (not the side with your dry erase lines). This is the side where the electrical tape lines will go.

The reason I put the lines on the back of the window is so that the front side is completely clear and easy to clean.

Cut out lines:

Now, roll out your electrical tape the length of your grid lines on a surface that you can cut on, I used a cutting mat. Take your ruler and utility knife and cut strips of tape to be the lines of the calendar.

I cut 1/4 inch strips for the border lines of the calendar and 1/8 inch strips for the interior lines.

Stick on lines:

After you have cut out your lines stick them to the window over the grid.

When sticking on the lines try not to pull the tape too much, because it will shrink back down over time and you will have gaps in your grid.

After your lines are all on use your fingernail or a credit card and go over the tape lines to make sure they are well adhered to the window. Doing this will get out the little air bubbles under the tape that you can see from the front side of the window.

Step 3 – Place and paint on words

Place words:

Now that the grid lines are on, FLIP the window back over to the front side (the side where you drew the dry erase grid lines).

On the front side of the window tape the words onto the calendar with painter’s tape.

I typed out the words I wanted for my calendar in Microsoft Word, picked a font I liked, chose the right size and then printed them off. Print off the days of the week, “Month”, and whatever titles work best to help you stay organized.

Once you have your words printed out, cut them out and tape them where you want on your window. Make sure that the tape does not cover the words, so that you will be able to see them from the other side.

Paint words:

Again, FLIP the window over to the back side (with the tape lines). Now, trace over the words with black paint and a fine tip paint brush. I used acrylic paint but you could use whatever type of paint you have. It may take a few coats to make the words dark enough, I ended up doing 3 coats over my words.

Once the paint is dry, flip the window over and take off the taped on words. Also, erase the dry erase grid lines from the beginning.

DONE!

That’s it! You now have a beautiful dry erase wall calendar handmade by you.

Once your calendar is made you may need to clean off the window to get rid of any fingerprints to be ready for display.

I hope you enjoyed this DIY tutorial and that your wall calendar will help you stay organized while being beautiful in your home!

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2 Comments

  1. Wendy DuBois

    I can do this-I too, have a cutting board and a quilt ruler!! Thanks Maggie! GREAT blog!

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    • mbrewer3

      Thanks Wendy! I am glad you like it. Most of the sewing tools I use are still from my lessons with you 🙂 Thanks for all you have taught me!

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