The kids love having a family calendar to look ahead and see what’s on the schedule. Today I’m sharing how to make one in partnership with the Paper & Packaging – How Life Unfolds® campaign……
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Here’s what you need to make the calendar:
Sheet of plexiglass (I found them in various sizes at The Home Depot). FYI don’t try to cut it, just find one in the size you want
Colored paper cut down to fit the plexiglass size
Chalkboard markers (or dry erase markers)
I love so many things about plexiglass calendars. They’re so easy to make, and dozens of ways to customize it with colored paper, stickers, and chalkboard markers/dry erase pens. I also really appreciate how easily the chalkboard markers work on it (although dry erase works well too in a pinch). Easy to use, easy to wipe off, but they still dry quickly and neatly.
Here’s how to make this calendar yourself:
Step 1: Make a grid with the chalkboard marker and ruler.
Step 2: Add days of the week (we’ve used vinyl letters sometimes for this as well).
Step 3: Slide a large piece of card stock paper cut down to size into the back and secure on the edges with tiny bits of Glue Dots. You can write the month on that paper if you’d like and coordinate colors for seasons or any other design you’d like.
Step 4: Use paper scraps or post-it notes + washi tape to write grocery lists, or other reminders. Then you can just pull it off and take the list with you when it’s time to head to the store (I really hate having to make multiple lists!).
Chalkboard markers go on so smooth, dry easily, and are so easy to erase- usually just with a finger! Because of that, it’s really easy to change things around on the calendar. I really need a flexible calendar, things are always moving around in our home.
Here’s a little video of how it all comes together:
It’s really fun for the kids! They can decorate, add their activities and events. We have our calendar close to the kitchen table so we can chat about the upcoming schedule over meals.
Do you use a household calendar as well?