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 beautiful and useful that costs less than the actual thing? (Okay, maybe a lot of things, but let's call this "crafty chic.")
So here's something that is customizable, reusable, and can cost under $5: a paint sample calendar.
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 you choose (free from your nearest paint or hardware store.)
- poster board for the background - I chose white
- a straight edge, ruler and a pencil if you're a perfectionist like me
What to do:
- Take your chosen 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!
- 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!
- Place your finished calendar inside the frame and use your dry erase marker to label the days and dates.
- Enjoy your cute (and one-of-a-kind) calendar!