DIY Dry Erase Calendar

Life is busy and there's always something to keep track of. Try making this DIY dry erase calendar to add some order to your days. It's great for laying out craft projects, home schooling plans, toddler activities and much more. Just grab a frame, some paint swatches or post it notes for a pop of color and a dry erase marker, and let's get to planning.

DIY Dry Erase Calendar
Image Credit: Kalia Silva-Phillips

Things You'll Need

  • Picture frame

  • Dry erase marker and eraser

  • Paint swatches or post-it notes in the color(s) of your choice

  • Scissors or cutting board

  • Tape or glue dots

DIY Dry Erase Calendar
Image Credit: Kalia

Step 1: Prep Frame

Remove the back from your frame and flip over the existing print. This will give you a clean white slate to create your calendar on. Another option would be to cut a white poster board to the size of your frame and apply it to the backing.

DIY Dry Erase Calendar
Image Credit: Kalia Silva-Phillips
DIY Dry Erase Calendar
Image Credit: Kalia

Step 2: Sort Color Swatches

Select the color scheme for your calendar and sort the swatches before you begin. I went from light to dark tones for the calendar days. For the names of the days of the week, I selected a middle tone for each color so you could see the contrast of each row.

DIY Dry Erase Calendar
Image Credit: Kalia

Step 3: Cut Pieces

In this tutorial, I'll be creating a monthly calendar for all seven days of the week. The measurements all depend on the size of your frame, and the frame I'm using is 20" x 16".

Start with a few test swatches. I took several swatches I was not going to use and cut them based on the measurements I took for my frame to make sure they fit properly, leaving a bit of space between each swatch. Then I cut the rest of the pieces.

DIY Dry Erase Calendar
Image Credit: Kalia

I cut the weekday boxes about 1 inch wider than the weekend boxes, however they are all the same height.

DIY Dry Erase Calendar
Image Credit: Kalia
DIY Dry Erase Calendar
Image Credit: Kalia

Step 4: Assemble the Swatches

First, leave about one inch of space at the top to write the name of the month. Then create a horizontal row with seven 1-inch tall rectangular color swatches to write the names of the days of the week. Next, fill in the rest of the calendar with 5 rows of the taller color swatches.

DIY Dry Erase Calendar
Image Credit: Kalia

Now that all the pieces are on, align them and secure them in place with tape or glue dots.

DIY Dry Erase Calendar
Image Credit: Kalia
DIY Dry Erase Calendar
Image Credit: Kalia

Step 5: Insert Into Frame

Turn over the completed calendar and insert it into the frame. Then secure it in place with the backing.

DIY Dry Erase Calendar
Image Credit: Kalia
DIY Dry Erase Calendar
Image Credit: Kalia

Using a dry erase marker, write in your month, days of the week and date numbers.

DIY Dry Erase Calendar
Image Credit: Kalia

Plan away!

DIY Dry Erase Calendar
Image Credit: Kalia
DIY Dry Erase Calendar
Image Credit: Kalia Silva-Phillips