As I write this post, I have 90 boards on Pinterest, with 1908 items and 193 pins I ‘liked’. There are so many cool DIY projects among those pins that I would love to try, if I only had time…
Well, the monthly DIY dry erase calendar you can download at the end of this post, is one of those pins that inspired me, and I actually loved seeing it come to life.
Although we are living in a digital era and everyone’s calendar is available on their smartphone, all those notifications, reminders, snoozing alarms etc. are sometimes just overwhelming. I knew I needed a simple, clear and structured solution to oversee all family schedules and events for the month (including the upcoming high holiday season!).
While browsing my Pinterest feed not long ago, I came across this pin – that was the “Aha!” Moment.
We did have a plain dry erase board hanging on the wall before, but it was just blank, with our Wi-Fi password on it, some grocery items we needed, and to-do lists, but it just wasn’t organized enough to help our family stay on top of all tasks and upcoming events we needed to be aware of.
That’s when I sat down to design my own poster to be framed, including an area for our Wi-Fi password (which is usually the first question from new guests and friends visiting our home these days!), our groceries, and daily/weekly reminders we need to pay attention to.
All you need for this DIY calendar is:
- A frame: choose a frame for your dry erase board with a glass or acrylic front. I used an IKEA Ribba frame sized 70*50 cm (19 ¾ x 27 ½ “)
- Print the poster: print the file at your local print shop according to your frame size (any print shop can scale the PDF to your desired size)
- Frame it: frame the DIY calendar and you are done. It’s really that simple.
- Dry Erase Markers: I recommend fine point markers to keep the writing thin and clear.
My top 3 reasons for using this monthly DIY calendar:
- Daily Reminder: It’s in a central area in the house that I pass by several times a day and it reminds me of the upcoming events for this month only – which leads me to the next point:
- Less is More: It includes only the most important info for my family without any individual work related reminders or events, unless they are relevant to the whole family.
- Being on the Same Page: Even if something is added by a family member and he forgot to tell me, I won’t miss it since it’s on the one main board we all check daily
Free printable versions available:
- ENGLISH: standard international calendar, starting on Monday, including grocery list, miscellaneous notes and the Wi-Fi password.
- HEBREW: starting on Sunday, right-to-left, including grocery list, miscellaneous and Wi-Fi password.
- HEBREWISH: bilingual, Hebrew-English Calendar, left-to-right, starting on Monday, including grocery list, miscellaneous notes and Wi-Fi password.