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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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I placed my frame down a blanket when I put the pages in   (I was worried about scratching the paint again if I laid it down on a table top.)

This is how I layered everything inside.  From first to last:

  1. Calendar pages. I wanted to have the paper first so I could write on the calendar with pencil / pen.
  2. 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.
  3. 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).
  4. Backing that came with the frame.

Voila!

 

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.

 


 

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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.