With 3 of us working in the office and 4 more gals contributing remotely, the blog calendar was getting a bit out of control. So, for today’s edition of “Transformed,” we enlisted Claire’s help in creating a colorful, functional dry-erase calendar to keep us all organized. Take it away, Claire!

Hi again! Claire here, with a delightfully simple DIY project that can be personalized for your needs. When Camille asked me to create a changeable calendar for organizing the blog, I was thrilled; dry erase calendars are common, but cute ones are rather rare! Since Chanel’s office is full of vivid color, I knew the calendar was going to need to stand out. I started with the simplest supplies…

And transformed them into this!

Washi tape makes easy, eye catching divider lines.

A cork border is perfect for pinning notes & reminders.

Materials for the calendar:
  • dry erase board (I used a 4’x3′)
  • washi tape (we ordered from this great source!)
  • paint
  • paint/sponge brush
  • scissors
  • cork
  • sharpie pens
  • ruler
  • your imagination!
  1. I began by sketching a small-to-scale drawing of the board to plan before creating the full-sized version. This allows you to play around with layouts and ideas.
  2. Since we didn’t need a full box for Saturday/Sunday, I divided one in half to save space.
  3. Use patterned tapes as the dividing lines to add texture and interest to the board. A cork border is a great extra for tacking up notes (we used the peel-and-stick cork.)
  4. Stencil the days of the week with paint and brush so they are permanent and uniform.
  5. Use washi tape to create a cool header with space for the month. We cut the tape to different lengths to create a circular shape.
  6. Feel free to add personal touches, and voila! your own changeable dry erase calendar!

 

17 comments
  1. 1
    Rebecca | August 9, 2011 at 8:24 am

    LOVE this idea! You are so right, often these are not so pretty, love this!

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    Jewel @ eatdrinkshoplove | August 9, 2011 at 8:41 am

    I love this idea!

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    {éclat} event design | August 9, 2011 at 10:23 am

    So creative!!

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    Kacie | August 9, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Brilliant! That looks fun and easy. It’s just me working on my blog, a second foodie blog in the works and my photography business. I might need that just to keep my stuff straight!

    Kacie
    A Collection of Passions

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    Desiree {CHIC COASTAL LIVING} | August 9, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    This is so necessary in my home right now! It’s not even funny! Love this idea!

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    Marianne {Style For Living} | August 9, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Such a great idea and so stylish at the same time! Love it.

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    Samantha Darr | August 9, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    This is absolutely brilliant! It shows style and personality. With a growing office myself, I’ve been shopping to find just the right board. With this idea, I can simply create the look I want.

    Thanks Ladies!

    Samantha Darr
    Soireebliss! Events

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    Camille Styles | August 10, 2011 at 10:07 am

    So glad you guys loved – Claire did such an amazing job on this project! Our office is definitely more organized…and more colorful, too! xo

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    Yasemin | August 29, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Great idea Claire! Following you now on Twitter and I shared this great advice to my twitter and linkedin peeps! Thanks!

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    Caroline | October 22, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    Omg! U r so creative! I’m an organization freak so to see this, it makes me want to make it for my self! I love this idea!

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    Angela | January 1, 2015 at 11:34 am

    This is very attractive and useful idea! I am trying to get organized at home and ready for something different in Sunday School for prayer requests. THANKS

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    Chloe | July 2, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    Such a brilliant idea! I should do this too! But where do you buy those big white boards?

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    Christy | July 14, 2015 at 1:24 am

    I LOVE THIS!! I seen you said you used a 3′ by 4′ calendar, but how big are the squares for the days?

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    Kayla Nicholson | July 31, 2015 at 8:27 am

    Love this! Ive been trying to figure out hot to style my blog calendar! Thanks for the help!

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    Comfort | September 11, 2015 at 9:38 am

    Stealing it -what kind of paint did you use ?

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