Yesterday, while perusing some of my favorite blogs, I found this great DIY calendar idea from Design Mom. It got me thinking about a project I had put on the back burner for a while and it also reminded me that I have yet to purchase a 2011 calendar and here it is March! So I took my back burner idea involving paint chips and combined it with a DIY calendar and created my own mash up: a DIY Paint Chip Calendar.
Supplies: paint chips, glue, white paper…I used a Crayola floor pad.
I chose the floor pad because the top is hooked together with a strip of gluey stuff, making it easy to tear off each calendar page as the month ended while still holding the rest of the calendar together. The pad had 30 pieces of paper on it which I didn’t need, so I tore the pad in half. I just bent it backwards and it ripped quite nicely.
I also asked Lainey to make sure that no same colors were next to each other, so she laid out each row before she actually started gluing. I think she did a great job! Here is the calendar with all of the paint chips glued on.
We plan on doing different colors of paint chips for each month of the year.
Tips for a DIY Paint-Chip Calendar:
1. When getting paint chips, ask if there is a limit to how many you can take. Although the chips are free and there for the taking, I thought it was the polite to ask anyway. I got these paint chips at Wal-Mart because I happened to be there. I didn’t think they would want me to take over 300 (enough for the year), so I asked for 30, and they said yes. When cutting the chips, I realized that I could have cut 2 out of each paint chip, so I could have just asked for 15, or I could have taken 15 of another color for April’s calendar. Incidentally, I will be picking up paint chips for the next little while so that I have enough for the rest of the year.
2. A glue stick worked great for us, but you might like a heavier glue. The very corners are not quite flat, but they were good enough for what I wanted.
3. Make sure that you look at a calendar while laying out the squares. Although we put 32 squares on the calendar, it didn’t work out as to how the days and dates fall in the month. March 31 will have to be white.
4. Make sure you have a writing utensil that will work on the paint chips…nothing that will smear. I have a thin Sharpie, so that is what I am using to write on the calendar.
5. Whoever glues the paint chips on gets to wear a project girl, or boy, badge. This will ensure that they do their very best work.
Check out these other fun paint chip ideas:
Bookmarks by Jessica at How About Orange
(I love these colors and have thinking about them in my kitchen and dining room…
do you think blue cabinets are totally crazy?)
Wall art by Jennifer at Fave Crafts
( I LOVE this!)
Notebooks by Randi for Whimsy Love
(fun gift idea)