During the summer, there's nothing I enjoy more than laying outside, taking in the summer rays. But this summer, thanks to my most-visited website: Pinterest, I've been inspired to be a little crafty and make something useful. Because what's more chic than creating something both beautiful and useful that costs less than the actual thing? (Okay, maybe a lot of things, but let's just run with this and call it "crafty chic.")

Here is something that is customizable, reusable, and can cost under $5: a paint sample calendar.

Paint Sample Calendar DIY | Chicisms

Paint Sample Calendar DIY | Chicisms

What You'll Need: 

  • A Frame (I got this one from Ikea for $4. The size is 13.5 x 17.5 but feel free to go bigger if you'd like more space. 16 x 20 is another great size -- you can find that sized frames here or check out this simple one from JoAnn on sale for $7.99, and this 2-pack from Target.)
  • Paint Samples  in colors of your choosing (free from your nearest paint or hardware store.)
  • Poster Board for the background (or a simple sheet of paper) - I chose white
  • Glue
  • Straight Edge, ruler and a pencil if you're a perfectionist like me

Paint Sample Calendar | Chicisms

What To Do:

  1. Take your chosen paint sample colors and trim them to the size you want. Keep in mind you'll need 7 colors to comfortably fit from left to right and that the labels for the days of the week will be smaller than the calendar days. I chose to keep the paint sample names within my little squares because I thought it'd add a nice touch, but it's totally up to you.
  2. Trim your poster board to the size of the frame and glue your paint samples to it, however you desire. I chose an ombre look for specific days of the week. A single color ombre or mixed colors look great too!
  3. Place your finished calendar inside the frame and use your dry erase marker to label the days and dates.
  4. Enjoy your fun (and one-of-a-kind) calendar!

Spend more time crafting and revamp your bulletin board or make a gift bow with wrapping paper.

Happy crafting!

XX, Leila