DIY Chalkboard Calendar

This easy DIY Chalkboard Calendar will have you on time and organized. Perfect for the busy family on the go!

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We almost always get a calendar from someone for Christmas (usually it has cats on it, my husband is rather fond of them), but this year, no calendar.  I have my own personal planner, but with school about to start, I thought we might need something for everyone to keep organized and on track. However, I didn’t want to buy a calendar in August although come to think of it, I’m guessing it would be pretty cheap. Oh well.

Anyways, I decided to make one instead.  It is fun and cute, and it was very easy to complete.  All my crafts are easy, have you noticed?  Probably it is because I am lazy and only mildly crafty…

I actually bought most of my supplies at Michael’s because I basically decided on the spur of the moment that I needed to make this calendar, and I am all about the instant gratification.  Even waiting two days for the Prime shipping is too long. Teleport that chiz to me ahora! However,  I have included the Amazon links to some of the supplies for your shopping convenience (and also because they are ahem affiliate links ahem ahem). I’m drinking wine while I write this post, just FYI.




This easy DIY Chalkboard Calendar will have you on time and organized. Perfect for the busy family on the go!


The first thing I did was paint the frame.  I chose a very chalky finish in an obnoxious teal, and I used two coats to get a nice even color.  My daughter told me the teal color made the frame quirky and eccentric, but in another color, it might be a bit ostentatious. Yeah, she totally talks like that. All the time.


This easy DIY Chalkboard Calendar will have you on time and organized. Perfect for the busy family on the go!


While the frame was drying, I moved onto the corkboard.  My original thought was to buy a chalkboard and frame it which would have been a little easier I suppose, but I wasn’t finding any boards that were the right size or weren’t already framed.  Then I remembered this little post by my blogger buddy at CCHC blog, she made a family command center using cork and chalkboard paint.  My little aha! light popped on, and I found a roll of corkboard for just a few bucks regular priced,  and it was on sale too!


This easy DIY Chalkboard Calendar will have you on time and organized. Perfect for the busy family on the go!


I used four sturdy coffee cups to hold it flat while I painted.  According to the bottle instructions: I did one coat with horizontal brushstrokes, waited an hour, and then the second coat with vertical brushstrokes.  Then you have to wait 24 hours for it to set or cure before you can start writing on it, but when it was dry to the touch, I went ahead and glued to the frame, trimming off the excess with my scissors.


This easy DIY Chalkboard Calendar will have you on time and organized. Perfect for the busy family on the go!


The last step was to lightly rub the board with a thin layer of chalk to “condition” it.  I guess I did this step right?? I just rubbed chalk all over it then washed it off with a damp cloth. It seemed to work fine, so either I did it correctly or it is an unnecessary step.  I’ll let you be the judge of that one.

I bought the damp erase chalk markers to draw my calendar, and I used a paint scraper for my straight edge to draw the grid.  Hey, I couldn’t find a ruler, sometimes you gotta improvise. I am considering painting the grid on so I don’t have to redraw each month (or erase extremely carefully), but I am nervous about attempting straight lines with a paint brush. I do not have a steady hand.

Make yourself a fun and quirky chalkboard calendar with this simple DIY


Easy as that!

What do you think? Quirky and eclectic?


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  • Reply Anne Marie @ CCHC August 18, 2016 at 6:51 am

    This is fantastic. I love the frame so very much. It’s making me look at my command center and think it need a little sprucing! HA!

    • Reply darabre@gmail.com August 18, 2016 at 7:26 pm

      I love your command center! I am trying to find a spot to make one.

  • Reply halfa1000miles August 18, 2016 at 7:53 am

    You make cute things! Why aren’t you my neighbor?

    Whenever I make something in a poppy color, I call it whimsical 🙂

    • Reply darabre@gmail.com August 18, 2016 at 7:25 pm

      Oooh maybe whimsical is the word she called it…

      I am a very unsocial neighbor, and we don’t mow our grass enough 😉

  • Reply Rachel @ Tidy&Teal August 19, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    Really cute! I want to test out chalkboard paint and do some projects with it soon. Thanks for the tips!

    – – Rachel @ Tidy&Teal

    • Reply darabre@gmail.com August 19, 2016 at 6:51 pm

      Thanks! It was pretty simple to use, and it worked really well on the cork.

  • Reply Barrie Bismark November 10, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    This is really cute! And seems pretty easy to do! Thanks for the great idea!

    • Reply darabre@gmail.com November 13, 2016 at 10:08 pm

      Yeah, it wasn’t hard at all! And it looks a little nicer than the kitten calendar that was hanging up previously 😀

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