I wanted a life-sized calendar on our wall that I could walk by and see.
And me being me, I wanted to make it. I could choose the font and the look. I could add little sections to it for goal setting.
Here’s how I made it. I also included the calendar pages I designed if you’d like a copy.
1. Buy a picture frame.
I chose the RIBBA 61 x 91 cm frame from IKEA, in white. I knew that I wanted a large calendar with lots of room to write each day.
2. Paint your frame (*optional).
I wanted a gold frame, so I used Krylon metallic gold and it worked great. Choose whatever colour what want, just make sure that you follow the instructions on the can. I found that the paint scratched off easily when I only had two coats.
3. Create your calendar pages.
I made my calendar pages in Google Doc by creating tables. To save the document in high resolution (so it doesn’t become fuzzy and distorted when printed at a larger size), my husband did some work with them in Photoshop (I’m not sure exactly what he did). If you’d like to use the calendar pages that I created, feel free.
4. Print your calendar pages.
I printed my calendar at Staples. If you choose Engineering Prints, there’s an option to order a print in 18 x 24 ” or 24″ x 36″. I ordered the 24″ x 36″ size and it fit perfectly inside the IKEA frame I chose. I didn’t have to trim the paper at all.
Upload your document from home and pick it up the same day.
On a side note, I would suggest just printing one page at first to see if it will fit your frame and you’re happy with the quality of the print. At $4 a page, you want to make sure everything looks great before printing another 12 copies.
5. Place calendar pages in frame.
This is how I layered everything inside. From first to last:
- Calendar pages. I wanted to have the paper first so I could write on the calendar with pencil / pen.
- Then Plexiglass. I didn’t want the paper to buckle in the middle and I thought it would provide a stronger, flat surface for writing on.
- Matting. A little something to help press along the edges to keep the pages in. (I had no idea if this whole paper calendar in a frame idea would work).
- Backing that came with the frame.
6. Hang your calendar!
I chose to put up our calendar a bit higher on the wall, out of reach of little hands in our house.
I’m excited to see how we use it. I have a few ideas but we’ll see what happens!
I hope this project might inspire a little calendar making of your own! If you give it a try, show me how it turns out! You can tag me @verylainie on Instagram.