DIY Dry Erase Calendar

The weather recently has been insane. FREEZING. Gross. Silver lining being that it is ideal ‘let’s-stay-inside-all-day-and-do-crafts’ weather. Which is exactly what I did last weekend.

In the interest of full disclosure I should tell you that this is not some original idea that I had. I actually saw it on a few sites (Pinterest, Wanelo, Craft Gawker…).

I liked it instantly because 1. it looks real cool and 2. its SUPER CHEAP to make. What other reasons do you need, right?

Here’s what you’ll need:

-paint swatches (FREE at hardware stores…boom)
-glue
-some fun paper (wrapping paper can work well)
-a frame (Michael’s has some amazing sales)

Got these guys for free at Home Depot

Got these guys for free at Home Depot

I got the paint swatches in order…they are numbered on the top…so I just grabbed a sequence in order. (HINT: grab extras in case you mess up!).

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Ok so I cut off the top and bottom squares and used the middle ones for the calendar days. I kept the bottom ones though and used them as the days of the week. I had an 11×14 frame…so I had to cut the swatches. I measured them at 1 and 5 8ths (aka 2 lines past 1.52 inches).  I lined the back of my frame with cool wrapping paper for the background.

Glue'em Down

 

Once you cut’em down to size, line them up and glue them down. I cut the very bottom squares that I had saved in half and used them as day of the week markers. I have a bunch of scrap booking materials so I used some stickers I have to write Month. NOTE: the glue makes the card-boardish paint swatches curl a little…so I actually put something heavy on it until it was dry to flatten it.

All Done!

All Done!

 

Once its all dry, I used a silver sharpie to write the days of the week. Then I just put it in the frame ($9.99 at Michael’s). You use the dry erase markers on the glass and BOOM you’re done! Super simple and easy. And you never have to buy a calendar again!

You can alter this project by not using paint swatches and simply making your own fancy/awesome looking white board.

 

Happy Crafting!

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DIY Ink Coasters

As you know by now, this girl loves a good craft. On one of my many journeys through the depths of the Pinterest universe I can across this guy. (you have to scroll a bit to get to the ink coaster post).

This craft adventure appealed to me on many levels. First, I love coasters. I think they’re great. Second, the colors looked super cool.

 

It occurs to me as I’m writing this that I didn’t take any ‘during’ photos of this project…just final shots. Oh well…I’ll paint you a word picture lol.

 

These are actually pretty simple to make. But you do need to prepare a bit first.

Things you’ll need:

-Ceramic tiles (not found at many craft stores…check Home Depot around .15)
-Alcohol ink (try Adirondack!)
-Alcohol
-Aerosol finisher
-Paintbrush
-Pads for the bottoms (felt or cork work)

Instructions:

1.Start by coating your tile with regular alcohol. (which works the same as the ‘blending solution’ at the craft store and costs way less. Make it a thin layer.

2.Now start dripping little spots of ink onto your tile. Allow the ink to slide around a bit before adding your next color. Keep adding more color, until you have covered your tile completely.

The great thing about this project is that you can essentially start over if you don’t like it or you make a mistake. You can use a paper towel to dab any extra ink or just wash the whole tile clean in the sink. (which I absolutely did…twice).

3.”Once your surface has dried to the touch, take your coaster to a well ventilated area, and spray it with a coat of aerosol finisher to seal the colors. I find that the colors REALLY pop out after this step.” This is a quote from the blog I used.

I did NOT find this to be the case. What happened when C and I sprayed our tiles was that the colors ran a little. My ink blots were a little sharper BEFORE we sprayed them. I think maybe they needed to dry longer?

4. Once your coasters are dry, add felt or cork parches to the bottoms and use away!

 

My notes on this:

I will totally do this project again. I will definitely wait longer before spraying them with the finisher. Also, we gave them a few coats of the spray, but they really do need a bit more. I will probably just brush on some modge podge before really using them to give the designs a little more protection.