After setting my 2018 resolutions, I spent far too long trying to find a monthly family calendar that would suit our needs. The minimalist in me knew that a white-board like option would be best (much to the despair of my sentimental side – ‘but in the future how will we remember what we did on April 14th, 2018?!), but I was disappointed with how utilitarian the options were. Pinterest is a beautiful thing for that exact conundrum. There are some amazing DIY options out there, but unfortunately they were all a bit too complicated, or required tools that I do not own. I wanted something that was both easy on time and expense, and that would blend into our homes aesthetic – so to the drawing board I went. Honestly, with my follow-through, I very likely could have sabotaged my resolution with this decision to DIY, but thankfully, here I am with a finished project in hand and a good handle on what our month looks like. Here are the four easy steps that I took to create this DIY Acrylic Monthly Calendar…
Design and Print Paper Calendar
Design (or use my version) a calendar that measures 11″x11″ from edge to edge. Print at home (if you have the capability) or at a print/office store. I printed mined at Office Max on 11″x17″ card stock.
Measure and Mark Placement for Screw Posts
*Note – Do not remove protective film from either front or back of acrylic sheets until noted.* Measure 1/4″ down and 1/4″ in from edges of sheet and position the top side of a screwpost (the one without the screw slot). Press down and twist screw post so that it leaves a ring indent on the protective film. This is a nice way to get an exact measurement of where you want to drill your hole. Mark the middle of the indented circle with a dot. Repeat for all four corners, on one sheet of acrylic only.
*Note – Since acrylic can crack, you will want to first drill your holes with a smaller sized bit (I suggest either 3/32 or 7/64), and then re-drill them with the appropriate sized bit (3/16).* Position one sheet of acrylic on top of your scrap wood (it doesn’t have to be big – mine was about 6″x6″ and 1″ thick), press firmly with your hand to hold still, and drill through your marked corner with the smaller bit. Repeat on all four corners.
Once all four corners on one sheet have a small hole drilled, place that drilled-sheet on top of the non-drilled sheet and secure two of the sides with large binder clips. Use the already drilled holes as your guide for where to drill. This step allows your holes to be perfectly aligned with each other. Once each sheet has four small holes drilled, remove the binder clips.
On one sheet of acrylic, re-drill all four corners with the larger (3/16) bit. Repeat binder-clipping the two sheets together, and re-drill the second sheet of acrylic with the larger bit (again, using the holes from the first sheet to guide you).
Remove one side of protective film from each sheet of acrylic (these will be the ‘inner sides’) Place your paper calendar between these two sides (I used a tape on the back of the calendar to make sure that it was aligned straight). Push the top of the screw post through the hole, and screw in the back-post. Repeat for all four corners, and then remove the rest of the remaining protective film. Glue a wall hook or magnets to the back if you want to hang it, or just lay it up against your wall.
Fill-in your calendar, notice the shockingly low amount of scheduled massages, and call your favorite spa to remedy that 😉 (okay, I guess there are five steps).