Pretty Wall Calendar in Blush Pink
It has been a long week for me this week. Nothing really wrong just everything seems to be a little bit of a harder climb than usual.
Our basement is like most other basements too dark and its cold. When we purchased our home it was bare concrete and we have built a laundry room, storage room and craft room ourselves. The plan was to spoil myself with a beautiful wall calendar as a personal reward. As usual Leanna has champagne taste on a beer budget, so my dream calendar was several hundred dollars, aak.
So now this DIY pretty wall calendar is the first post about my craft room.
I went and found a Ikea picture frame (they are my favorite frames) but it wasn’t large enough so I put it in the stash and chose to recycle this one instead. This picture originally cost me $3.00 at the thrift store. This was my very first silhouette project and hung in our bedroom until Christmas.
For this calendar I am working on the back side of the good morning gorgeous picture, I painted it with three coats of blush chalk paint letting every layer dry. Paint the back ground of your calendar with any pretty pastel colour you like.
Make the Columns
You can use vinyl or ribbon to mark your columns if you have it available, but I used some pretty washi tape to make the columns. I started by measuring in 3/4″ in from each end to accommodate the frame. Then measure the width between those two marks and divide by 7. On this frame each column ended up 3 7/8 inches.
With a ruler and a pencil, mark each column top and bottom. Eyeball this mark to the center of the washi tape. Starting at the top attach the washi tape and pull it down to the bottom securing both ends. Make sure to press the washi tape down very well, the brand I have is not very adhesive.
After the washi tape is attached, working on the back side of the calendar attach a regular piece of adhesive tape along the entire width of the frame. This provides more adhesion for the washi tape.
Add the Days of the Week Column Headings
For the headings you can buy letter stickers, I used vinyl and my silhouette. The columns on this calendar are 3 7/8 inches, Thursday is the widest word so the lettering was made to fit five letters within the 3 7/8″. Use the squares on the silhouette designer graph as a guide. I was not very concerned about the height but wanted the letters to be less than 2″ high. For this calendar the font is Cooper Black and text size is 92.
As the words are various widths cut them into individual words, weed the excess vinyl, cover each word with transfer paper and remove the paper backing from the transfer paper. Here is a tutorial from Silhouette.
Make a pencil mark 4″ inches from the top of the calendar. Using a ruler as a guide keep the bottom of the letters straight and even. Individually center each word between the washa tape strips. Attach the vinyl by rubbing it and carefully pull away the transfer paper. Repeat the process with the next word.
The clipart for the stickers is courtesy of Angie Makes. You can use them for personal use for free or online with the proper credit given. I have some oval labels so I printed the flowers out on those. Unfortunately I neglected to notice the black lettering so I needed to print out two sheets.
There are two reasons for the pretty stickers. One is to make the calendar prettier and more feminine. The stickers also help hold the washa tape down and covered any blemishes from the paper backing on the original artwork.
These pictures are taken in the living room upstairs as there is still insufficient light downstairs for good photos. This calendar and the desk will be going down stairs right away though. I am dreaming of having my work space all in one area to save time getting and putting away supplies and to corral the mess in one area.
The calendar is to remind me of the weekly things that come every week. I will attach the activities using pretty post it notes. You can use wipe off pens on the calendar if you like but I prefer the stickies.
The desk and chair in the picture are both DIY projects and I will be posting the tutorials next week.
In case your wondering my entire craft room is not blush pink, but is being done in soft pastels.