Wednesday, August 31, 2011

HUGE Wall Calendar tutorial

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So I decided we need a calendar in our house!!  Anice big one that everyone can write on so we know where everyone is and what they have going on.  I saw this idea somewhere and I am sure I made it bigger than the original one.  But it is perfect.  I decided to show you how I did it.  

This is what you will need:
  • dry erase vinyl (I found mine on ebay)
  • painters tape (I used 1 1/2 inch)
  • a way to cut the vinyl (I used my cutting mat, ruler and rotary cutter) 
  • a tape measure
  • cricuit
  • vinyl for year and days
  • vinyl to decorate (optional)
  • a day!  really it took me about 6 hrs to do it all
First off you cut your vinyl.  I did mine 8X8.  I said I wanted it BIG!  You could do this any size.

So now you need to do is make a straight line with your painters tape.  I used the measuring tape to measure down from the ceiling.  Then I put the first square on.  After that you use the tape to line up the space for the next square.  
You continue doing this until you get all 35 squares on.  
The rectangle at the top is for the month.  it was 5X18 
  *note... I moved the month rectangle up after the first picture.  I decided I needed to leave more space for the days.  So it was 3 inches from the top of the calendar squares.*

I used my cricut to cut out the days of the week and the year on regular vinyl. I used a 12X24 mat for this. You could use any color for this, but I picked black so I can add decoration for all the holidays.  
I added the house the skulls and the spider so I wasn't wasting my vinyl.  
Side note... I used my gypsy.  I love that thing!!  I feel like I waste less using it since I have control over where everything cuts and I can see it all before cutting.  

I had my baby (I know she is 4 but she is STILL my baby) stand by it so you could see how big it really is.  Isn't it AWESOME?!?!?!

Here is the year and the cute font I used for the days.  I choose one that was kinda cuties and funky so that it didn't matter if I got them on perfectly straight!  I don't do perfect.  LOL!  

 I added a nice fall tree, I will use this till I take it down for Christmas.  

Here it is all done.  I wrote the month and the days with a dry erase marker.  And we are good to go.  I am going to go in search of a cute wall basket tonight to hang by the side.  I want to be able to keep the markers close so they are easy to access.   

I am super excited about this and I can't wait to see it fill up.  I think this will really help organize things in our house!  
Happy birthday to me!  *since I spent my whole birthday making this.  

Still Sane,
Mama V


Boise Wiebers said...

I love my "More Time Moms" calendar. It has nice big squares... but not as big as yours. LOL.

- 7 kids and still kind of sane

saskia said...

please come make mine now, how neat! I have no idea what those cutting things are! I agree with boise, 7 kids and still kind of sane!

Sharon Haynie said...

Too cute Vilate! I'm coming over to see!!!!

Kim said...

I love It! That is such a great idea!

Betsy Grant said...

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Rachael said...

I adore this V!!! Great job. I wish I took more time to do things like this. LOVE IT

Healthy Educator said...

this is a fantastic idea. you calendar turned out great!