Crafty Chic: Paint Sample Calendar

//Crafty Chic: Paint Sample Calendar

Crafty Chic: Paint Sample Calendar

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

By | 2017-04-17T15:28:22+00:00 July 22nd, 2012|Categories: Crafty Chic|Tags: , , |69 Comments


  1. Elease Stice July 30, 2012 at 10:51 PM - Reply

    How funny! I seriously did this exact project about a month ago- I can’t believe how similar our posts are. Great minds think alike! I love the different colors you picked! too cute! xo

    • Leila July 31, 2012 at 12:17 PM - Reply

      Thank you! I just took a look at your blog and it’s so cute – I love it! I also love your color choice for your calendar!
      Have a great day!

      • Annemarie August 6, 2012 at 10:25 PM - Reply

        absolutely love this! so clever and well put together…

  2. 7 Easy Calendar Ideas August 8, 2012 at 10:05 PM - Reply

    […] This is a customizable design and it’s easy and fun to make. The supplies required are a frame, paint samples in the colors of your choice, a poster board for the background and glue. Start by trimming the chosen colors to the size you want. The labels for the days of the week should preferably be smaller than the calendar days. Then trim the poster board to fit the frame. Next, glue the paint samples to the poster board place it inside the frame.{found on chicisms}. […]

  3. 7 Easy DIY Calendar Ideas August 8, 2012 at 11:56 PM - Reply

    […] This is a customizable design and it’s easy and fun to make. The supplies required are a frame, paint samples in the colors of your choice, a poster board for the background and glue. Start by trimming the chosen colors to the size you want. The labels for the days of the week should preferably be smaller than the calendar days. Then trim the poster board to fit the frame. Next, glue the paint samples to the poster board place it inside the frame.{found on chicisms}. […]

  4. Kate August 10, 2012 at 12:50 PM - Reply

    Brilliant idea! I want to make this for my interior designer friend – great for her office!! :)

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  6. tena August 14, 2012 at 10:34 PM - Reply

    holy crap, this is brilliant!!!! gorgeous, lovely, and creative (i wouldn’t have thought of this…)

  7. Lanny Lou August 26, 2012 at 3:39 PM - Reply

    Thanks so so much for doing this and sharing ! On my way to the store tomorrow after work :)

  8. Amanda September 4, 2012 at 5:26 PM - Reply

    i bought my frame at ikea too but it seems that the frames glass has marks on it like shown in the first picture you posted.. i was wondering did you buy a seperate glass or something?

    • Leila September 4, 2012 at 5:51 PM - Reply

      Hi Amanda! Those marks seen in the first picture of the frame is actually from the plastic that the frame was wrapped in. There shouldn’t be any actual marks on the glass of the frame itself.

  9. Shaina September 4, 2012 at 8:12 PM - Reply

    Got this idea from you and made it my own… mine are bright rainbow colors… check it out…

    Or if that doesnt work click on this….

    thanks for the inspiration! I am taking this to a pinterest party I was invited to on Thursday!!! :)

  10. Dove September 6, 2012 at 5:16 PM - Reply

    I tried this out! Next time I’ll use a paper slicer (a-la elementary school teacher style) to get even little squares.
    I decided to use metallic autumn colors ^-^

  11. Kasha September 11, 2012 at 1:22 PM - Reply

    BRILLIANT! You have inspired me and made me feel like a dummy all at the same time!lol!! I’ve been looking for something ‘crafty’, yet simple for my boys to have a ‘chore board’ and THIS IS IT! Thanks so much for sharing! I can’t wait to get started AND….it just so happens that our local Walmart has picture frames on sale right now for $3!!! Now I know what tomorrow’s to-do list consists of!! 8-)

  12. Melissa @ Best Friends For Frosting September 16, 2012 at 3:32 PM - Reply

    I LOVE this idea!

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  14. carrie September 21, 2012 at 4:02 AM - Reply

    this is such a cute idea, but i must say, that i tried it with a frame from target, and my dry erase marks won’t rub off now. does it have to be glass, because i’m pretty sure mine isn’t? is there a remover trick that you recommend?

    • Leila September 21, 2012 at 7:25 PM - Reply

      Hi Carrie! Try a little rubbing alcohol to erase the dry erase marks. Let me know if that works! Have a great day!

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  16. Audrey September 29, 2012 at 7:23 AM - Reply

    I love this!

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  18. Rachel October 11, 2012 at 1:52 PM - Reply

    What size did you make your dates?

    • Leila October 11, 2012 at 7:42 PM - Reply

      Hi Rachel! The sizes for my dates are 2 in by 1 3/4 in.

      • Annalyn January 11, 2014 at 5:49 PM - Reply

        If I got the 16 x 20 frame, what size of the dates would be perfect ?

        • Leila January 11, 2014 at 5:59 PM - Reply

          Hi Annalyn!

          For the size frame I used (13.5 x 17.5) I cut my squares to 2 in x 1.75 in. Since your frame is bigger, 2.5 or 3 in x 2 in may be a good size. It really depends on how much space you want between each date square and how big you’d like the square to be. Try playing around with sizes and laying them out so you can see what you like better. Hope that was helpful! Have fun with the calendar!

          xx, Leila

          • Annalyn January 11, 2014 at 7:04 PM

            Thank you Leila! I’ll send a picture of the calendar when I’m done! :)

          • Leila January 11, 2014 at 9:05 PM

            Can’t wait to see it!

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  22. Jen November 17, 2012 at 3:52 AM - Reply

    This is so brilliant! I have a frame lying around that I don’t know what to do with… Definitely doing this.

  23. brielle November 18, 2012 at 1:53 PM - Reply

    where can i find a picture frame that is 13.5 x 17.5 besides at ikea ?

    • Leila November 18, 2012 at 8:48 PM - Reply

      You could try Target, Wal-Mart, or your local craft store! You don’t absolutely need those specific dimensions; feel free to choose a little larger of a frame for larger space to write notes in! A large calendar frame would go great in the kitchen!

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  29. Lexi March 31, 2013 at 3:40 PM - Reply

    Hi! I think this is a great idea, but I’m confused. When you write with the dry erase markers, do you write on the glass? I saw above something about the marks being on the plastic? Also, on whichever surface you d write on, how easy is it to get off? And what do you use to get it off? Excuse me if I sound stupid

    • Leila March 31, 2013 at 3:54 PM - Reply

      Hi Lexi! The frame that I used actually had plastic instead of glass, so I wrote on plastic. However, using dry erase marker on both plastic and glass is fine! It’s simple to remove marks from both plastic and glass, though glass may be a little bit easier. Usually I just use a slightly damp paper towel to clean the plastic. If it’s too difficult, I’ll use a little bit of rubbing alcohol. And no worries, you don’t sound stupid!

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  31. MS.FASHLY May 22, 2013 at 12:21 PM - Reply

    Love this idea, glad I came across it :-) Thanks!

  32. Sarah Garvey June 22, 2013 at 6:35 PM - Reply

    Did you use a thick foam poster board or regular posterboard?

    • Leila June 23, 2013 at 4:58 PM - Reply

      Hi Sarah! I used a regular poster board; it’ll work perfectly as you don’t want something too thick. Even a large sheet of paper will work great!

  33. Lacey July 9, 2013 at 11:21 PM - Reply

    I love this craft and will be making one soon! Your color scheme is similar to what I would like to create and I’m wondering what a couple of the color swatches in the bottom row of the board are called (I can’t read the names): the rosy color fourth from the right (to the right of Tangerine Dream) and the teal/green color in the bottom right corner. Thanks!

    • Leila July 10, 2013 at 3:10 PM - Reply

      Hi Lacey!
      So glad you love the craft! It was fun to make and I hope you have a great time creating yours too! The fourth color from the right is called “Italiano Rose” and the green color in the bottom right corner is called “Cabana Green.” Hope that helped!

      • Lacey July 10, 2013 at 8:18 PM - Reply

        Thanks for the help, Leila! If I had a blog, I’d link the finished project.

        • kylie April 1, 2015 at 12:41 PM - Reply

          my frame is 11 by 14 what should my paint chip sizes be

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