What’s not to love about a magnetic dry erase calendar? I have had the picture frame glass dry erase calendar in my house for about a year now. I originally saw it on Nannygoat who saw a similar one on Make it and Love It. I decided I wanted to change out the fabric and so I also upgraded it a little by adding a piece of galvanized sheet metal behind it so it is also magnetic, similar to my magnetic photo frame. I have an addiction with multi purpose things I think. So I absolutely love that it is magnetic, a calendar, and dry erase board.
Galvanized Sheet Metal
Old Large Picture Frame
Spray Paint (if you want to change the color of the frame)
Hot Glue Gun
Permanent Marker Ruler
1. You can get a piece of galvanized sheet metal cut at your local HVAC shop or you can purchase a roll of it at your local Home Depot or Lowes and cut it with tin snips.
2. Hot glue the fabric around the metal. Make sure you go with a lighter colored fabric that isn’t too busy. It will be hard to read if you use a crazy patterned or bright fabric.
3. Next measure out your frame and decide how large each square will be for your calendar. With a permanent marker draw the grid lines. The drawn lines will be on the back of the glass. If you don’t use vinyl for the days of the week then write the name on the front of the glass and then flip it over and trace over the words on the back of the glass. Then erase the words from the front of the glass. That way you have the calendar grid and the days of the week written on the wrong side of the glass.
4. Put your frame back together. There is no need to add the cardboard backing if you have a thicker metal. However, if you get the stuff on the roll (which is in the roofing section), which is thinner, then replace the cardboard so it gives it more stability.
Just like with the magnetic photo frame you have to purchase heavier duty magnets in order to hold it in place since you are going through a piece of glass before you get to the magnetic metal.
I plan on making numbered magnets so I don’t have to rewrite the days every month. I also want to make cute ones for birthday parties, doctor appointments, etc. I will show you those soon.
But for now the Chalk-Ink markers work great to write on the glass. Then you use glass cleaner to wipe it clean every month.