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DIY watercolor perpetual calendar you can use year after year

Amy is a stay-at-home mommy to her 1-year-old daughter, Hailey Mae. She is a lover of all things domestic and blogs about her cooking, crafting, and parenting adventures on her personal blog, The Artful Blogger.

Make a pretty reusable calendar out of a picture frame and everyday paint supplies

You'll never have to worry about buying a new calendar when you DIY your own perpetual calendar. With some watercolor and a nice picture frame, you can make a dry erase calendar that will last the whole year through, and for years to come.

Make a pretty reusable calendar out of a picture frame and everyday paint supplies
Image: Amy Vowles/SheKnows

This project requires a few simple supplies, but everything except the paper punch can easily be found at Target. If you would rather not invest in a paper punch, the circles can still be traced and cut out by hand.

Make a pretty reusable calendar out of a picture frame and everyday paint supplies
Image: Amy Vowles/SheKnows

Grab a few sheets of watercolor paper (you will need 3-4) and paint the paper with different colors until the entire page is filled.

Make a pretty reusable calendar out of a picture frame and everyday paint supplies
Image: Amy Vowles/SheKnows

Let the paint dry, then use a 2-inch circle paper punch to punch out the circles for the calendar. You will need 35 circles total.

Make a pretty reusable calendar out of a picture frame and everyday paint supplies
Image: Amy Vowles/SheKnows

Cut out a piece of white poster board that is the size of the picture frame. I used the back of the frame as a template.

Make a pretty reusable calendar out of a picture frame and everyday paint supplies
Image: Amy Vowles/SheKnows

Lay out the circles to figure out how they should be spaced out. You will need 5 rows of 7 circles each.

Make a pretty reusable calendar out of a picture frame and everyday paint supplies
Image: Amy Vowles/SheKnows

Use double-sided tape on the back of each circle to secure it in place. You can also use glue, but I preferred the no dry time and ease of using double-sided tape.

Make a pretty reusable calendar out of a picture frame and everyday paint supplies
Image: Amy Vowles/SheKnows

Keep adding circles until you have filled the entire piece of poster board with 35 circles.

Make a pretty reusable calendar out of a picture frame and everyday paint supplies
Image: Amy Vowles/SheKnows

Put the poster board with the circles inside the frame, then use a dry erase marker to number off the days of the month in each of the circles.

Make a pretty reusable calendar out of a picture frame and everyday paint supplies
Image: Amy Vowles/SheKnows

Now your new dry erase calendar is ready to use and reuse month after month.

How to make a perpetual watercolor calendar

Supplies:

  • Picture frame
  • Watercolor paint
  • Paint brush
  • Watercolor paper
  • Poster board
  • Scissors
  • Paper punch
  • Double-sided tape or glue
  • Dry erase marker

Directions:

  1. Paint 3-4 sheets of watercolor paper with the watercolor paint and let it dry.
  2. Cut out 35 circles from the paper using the paper punch.
  3. Cut a piece of poster board that fits inside the picture frame.
  4. Lay out the circles on the poster board so that there are 5 rows of 7 circles across.
  5. Use the double-sided tape or glue to stick the circles to the poster board.
  6. Put the poster board inside the frame, then number the days of the month on the glass using a dry erase marker.

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