My New Year Productivity

With every new year comes new resolutions (or as I like to call them, failed resolutions from previous years πŸ˜‰ ) and one of mine was to keep myself creative with every chance that showed itself.

I’m sure some of you have heard about a little site called Pinterest. Β I personally have umpteen boards on it but have yet to complete a single project — well, as of this past week, anyway. Β While I do have several yarn-related resolutions, this particular blog isn’t about them, but I am so proud of myself I felt this project was share-worthy.

First is something I think everyone has seen — the paint chip calendar. Β Aside from the time I stood in front of the paint section deciding what colors I wanted to use, making this took me less than 5 minutes.


I purposefully made it as half a month so that I would have more room for the activities of each day without sacrificing a huge portion of wall to have 31 days displayed at once. Β  If you want to make your own, you can change the size of your ‘days’ as well as how many there are and how they are laid out. Β 

I used:

  • 18 Paint Samples (free)
  • An unused picture frame *with glass* (mine is approx. 18″x15″, priced anywhere from $5-$35 retail, and I recommend glass for the ease of use with dry-erase markers)
  • 2-pack Dry Erase Markers, fine-tip ($3)

Cut your paint samples to the desired sizes and affix them to a paper that fills the entire frame (I used the backside of the product photo that came with my frame), replace the backing, and viola, new (reusable) calendar! Β I love this project so much because it is entirely customizable. Β You can pick a frame that goes with your decor, paint samples to match your walls, and it isn’t too much of a pain to switch-out the samples for holidays (you can bet my December is going to be red and green – instant and virtually effortless decor with added points for functionality).

The only thing I would do differently is get more markers – originally I didn’t think I would need an assortment of colors since the entire calendar is color, but once it was finished I wished I had more to decorate the ‘month’ space.

Are you making a calendar? Β I’d love to see!



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