Paint Swatch Calendar

With the current year coming to a close and a new one quickly approaching, what better time than now is there to create a fun calendar for the new year? It can be as colorful and complex or as simple and plain as you'd like!


What you'll need:

  • A large picture frame with glass - I used one from Wal-mart that was 10x13"

  • Some sort of background - fabric, paper, etc.

  • Paint swatches - I grabbed a handful of colors from Wal-mart's paint section

  • Scissors

  • Glue

  • Dry Erase Marker

Without further ado, let's get started!

  • Attach your background to the cardboard or backing from the frame. I just used black paper for mine, since I wanted the colors of the paint swatches to stand out more.

  • You'll need to measure and figure out how big you want each paint swatch and how you'll arrange them before gluing everything down. I ended up cutting my pieces at an inch and a half by two inches. I arranged and rearranged a lot before choosing the final layout.

  • Write anything that will not be erased on your paint chips. I have access to a Cricut Maker in the Wyrkshop, so I cut out the days of the week and letters of the word "month" from vinyl and stuck that to my paint chips.

  • Reassemble your picture frame.

  • With your dry erase marker, you can now draw directly on the glass of the picture frame and wipe it off with ease when you're done! You've got a calendar that will last a while and can be hung anywhere there's wall space or displayed anywhere there's counter space!

What type of colors did you lean toward with your calendar? I know I used more pastel colors, but it could be equally as pretty with a more monochromatic scheme. Did you choose something to match a preexisting color scheme in your home, or did you want something completely different and off-the-wall? I would love to see your recreations!

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