paint chip calendar

A few weeks ago, I saw this paint chip calendar on my friend David’s blog Cheltenham Road and knew I had to make one!

It combines two things that I love…stylishness and organization. And the fact that it utilizes paint chips? Even better.

I mostly followed David’s tutorial with just a few modifications. That’s the beauty of this project…it’s totally customizable.

Since I planned for this calendar to hang in my office, I chose paint chips that would coordinate with the room and with the pin board that hangs on the adjacent wall.

Here’s my version.

materials needed: poster frame, fabric, hot glue gun, 35 paint chips, paper trimmer, corner rounder, fabric glue, foam brush

1) Purchase a poster frame (mine came from Target…$9.99).

2) Remove the edges from the frame.

3) Cover the cardboard insert with fabric using hot glue to secure it on the back, pulling tightly to keep the fabric smooth.

4) Trim the paint chips with a paper trimmer (I chose to leave the paint color names but cut off the brand).

These BH&G paint chips came from Wal-Mart. I left the section with the pre-scored holes…you’ll see why in a minute…

5) Round the corners of the paint chips (this isn’t necessary but gives it a nice finished look).

6) Arrange paint chips on the board

I punched out the pre-scored holes because I thought that would be the perfect place to write the date.

7) Adhere the paint chips with fabric glue. USE it sparingly and apply lightly with a foam brush or the chips will bubble!

8) Print the days of the week onto card stock. The font I used is Ecuyer DAX in 32 pt. Click here for the free download.

Adhere with a tiny bit of fabric glue.

9) Use a dry erase marker to fill in the calendar.

10) Hang it up and admire your new stylishly thrifty calendar.

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Liz Marie BlogChic on a Shoestring Decorating

108 Responses to paint chip calendar

  1. Rasonda July 20, 2012 at 3:21 pm #

    SO cute!!! I am pinning away!

  2. Team Craftwell July 20, 2012 at 3:25 pm #

    Love your version! It’s more elegant!

    Team Craftwell

  3. Mel July 20, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

    Such great colours and functional, which is always a bonus.

  4. Kaitlyn July 20, 2012 at 5:31 pm #

    Oh my goodness – this is such a cute idea!! Definitely needing to replace my boring calendar 🙂

  5. Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage July 20, 2012 at 8:31 pm #

    Thia is fabulous! I always find the little boxes on calenders to be way to small. I think I need to put this project on my to-do list!

  6. david July 20, 2012 at 9:32 pm #

    That looks awesome! And you’re tutorial is waaaaay better than mine. I really like the holes in the center too. Genius!

  7. Kris July 20, 2012 at 10:15 pm #

    Love this!!!!!

  8. Katy July 20, 2012 at 11:38 pm #

    Very cute! I’m forever seeing paint chip projects and while they’re adorable I’m always left wondering where the paint chips come from? Are they bought or just taken from the painting section in walmart? 🙂 I can’t imagaine there would be paint chips left there with all the cute projects!

  9. Diane J./Ohio July 21, 2012 at 1:53 am #

    Love this idea! Will definitely be making one. I have an unused frame just waiting to be transformed!!!

  10. Jann Olson July 21, 2012 at 4:30 am #

    Love this idea! Saving it for when we finsih my craft room. Just happened to notice that your birthday is the same day as my anniversary. Good day for sure!

  11. Gina July 21, 2012 at 10:33 am #

    That is so cute!!

  12. Jamie K July 21, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

    You are such a smartie!! Love it!!!

  13. Betsy C. July 21, 2012 at 7:26 pm #

    I love paint chips. I’m obsessed with collecting them, even when I don’t have anything to paint. (is there a diagnosis for this in the DSM?) Great calendar!

    • Maple & Magnolia July 24, 2012 at 12:20 am #

      I know! There’s just something about them…so pretty and colorful and FREE! 😉

      • Amber January 22, 2015 at 7:11 pm #

        I am wondering if you used a plastic or glass poster frame. If it is plastic, how well does it clean?

        • Maple & Magnolia January 22, 2015 at 11:22 pm #

          Hi Amber, it is plastic. Cleans great with dry erase cleaner!

  14. Carol T July 22, 2012 at 10:24 pm #

    I like that you made your paint chips balanced and uniformed. Helps this slightly OCD girl not feel crazy looking at it. I think I may do this for the the family calendar but first I will have to find a wall.

    • Maple & Magnolia July 24, 2012 at 12:18 am #

      I feel ya…OCD here too! 🙂

  15. Linda@Coastal Charm July 23, 2012 at 3:30 am #

    So darn cute and thrifty at the same time…how can you go wrong? Come by on Monday and grab my featured button for your blog. Yes…you have been featured at Nifty Thrifty Tuesday.


    • Maple & Magnolia July 24, 2012 at 12:18 am #

      Thanks, Linda! 🙂

  16. Liza July 23, 2012 at 3:58 am #

    I REALLY LOVE THIS!!! I’ve always wanted one of those dry erase boards that can be purchased at Walmart, or some other department store, but they’re never big enough/are always too expensive/never what I want! I’m definitely going to have to make one these for myself sometime. 😛

    Thank you for sharing. 🙂

    • Maple & Magnolia July 24, 2012 at 12:17 am #

      That’s what I love about this one. I write really big, so the paint chip rectangles give me plenty of room to write! 🙂

  17. Erin July 23, 2012 at 1:50 pm #

    Ha! The kids have been “collecting” paint chips the last couple of days(we have to update a bathroom, painting involved of course) and now they have a project they can do with them! Thanks for all of the inspiration!!

    • Maple & Magnolia July 24, 2012 at 12:17 am #

      Perfect project for kids! Have fun!

  18. Stacey@ A Sort Of Fairytale August 2, 2012 at 3:03 am #

    this is so fantastic…dying to make one, and i need a calendar soooo bad!! your’s turned out wonderful!

  19. Zoe August 8, 2012 at 4:11 am #

    Looks good! Do you know what size poster board/frame you used?

    • Maple & Magnolia August 10, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

      Hi Zoe, it’s 22 by 34. It was the largest size at Target (they had a couple options). Hope that helps!

  20. Megan August 12, 2012 at 2:50 pm #

    I love this! I also love the colors you chose. They would fit right on at my house. Could you please tell me what they are? Thanks!

  21. Carrie August 12, 2012 at 11:54 pm #

    I love this calendar and made one of my own! Only problem is when trying to erase the dry erase marker from the surface, some of the writing will not come off. Any suggestions on how to clean the surface and is it better to use wet erase markers? FYI I did buy the exact same poster board from Target.

    • Maple & Magnolia August 13, 2012 at 2:15 pm #

      Carrie, The marker and eraser I use are expo brand. I haven’t had any trouble with the ink not coming off. Expo does make a dry erase spray to clean with. Maybe that will help?

    • Connie Rohrer August 13, 2012 at 7:04 pm #

      My suggestion would be to use a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser from the household cleaning dept. of your local store. I have even switched to using these in my kindergarten classroom because they eliminate the stains and shadowing.

    • Maeve Henihan September 5, 2012 at 9:11 am #

      Eucalyptus oil on a rag usually takes off markers, even permanent ones when they’re accidentally used on whiteboards.

    • Aran September 27, 2012 at 3:23 pm #

      A lot of plexi comes with a clear plastic protective film on it. That might be on it, and that’s why the marker isn’t coming off.

    • Krystal_Q March 28, 2013 at 9:00 pm #

      I had the same exact problem, and I had to use nail polish remover to get it off.

    • Sherry April 12, 2013 at 3:10 am #

      Rewrite over the top of the written material with your dry erase marker and then wipe it off right away.

  22. kait August 24, 2012 at 11:00 pm #

    Here is my version, I have to get a white or silver marker, since my paintchips are dark, but those are the colors of my dorm so..
    Thanks for the great tutorial! (:

  23. JHouseTawk August 31, 2012 at 5:07 pm #

    I’m making one of these tonight!!! 🙂 Thanks for inspiring..

  24. Kristi September 12, 2012 at 3:46 am #

    LOVE This. I collect paint chips (OK, used to) and have used them as decor in my grey cubicle.

    What a great use for them.

    Thanks for posting.

  25. roamingrooms September 13, 2012 at 10:15 am #

    Wow, yours is so stylish and the rounded corners make it so much more elegant. I’ll definitely be giving this a try, thanks for the inspiration!

  26. Deanna U September 14, 2012 at 12:10 am #

    I love this and I might just have to make one!

  27. Anna September 14, 2012 at 1:43 pm #

    LOVE this idea! Can you share what kind of fabric you used? And the name of the fabric glue. Thank you! You have some great ideas!

  28. Caleigh Kincaid September 15, 2012 at 11:24 pm #

    What did you use to round the corners of the paint chips? I love this idea, just want to make sure I get something to round them right!

    • Kira G November 8, 2012 at 10:27 pm #

      You can get the corner rounder punch at almost any craft store in the scrap booking section.

  29. The Go To Mum September 16, 2012 at 8:06 pm #

    What a wonderful idea, I will have to try this, love how you can choose what colours to use to co-ordinate with your rooms colours too!

  30. Priti September 20, 2012 at 8:30 am #

    WOW, this is so cute and easy DIY…why did’t I think about it. Will try out on card of different shapes and colors. Hope it looks good as yours. Thanks for sharing this. 🙂

    • enoveltybuff September 20, 2012 at 8:05 pm #

      Thank you for this idea.I am impressed with how economical it is to make and how current and smart it looks.

  31. Mary Kate September 21, 2012 at 7:43 pm #

    I love this idea! It would be perfect for my kitchen…in shades of RED of course! Thanks so much for sharing!

  32. Robin September 25, 2012 at 1:36 am #

    I saw this project a few days ago and just finished my own version. I followed your tutorial only I used rubber cement to glue everything in place. My frame came from the thrift store and had to hang horizontal so I had to trim my paint chips quite a bit to fit in 5 weeks, and even then I realized that some months I might need a few extra days. Luckily the frame is plenty wide so I wrote in an extra day in the notes area. I would recommend anyone else doing this project add a 6th week if they have the space.I used the dots I punched out as the area for the days of the week and to label the notes area. I also arranged the paint chip colors at random and I didn’t round the corners since I didn’t see anything to help me with that at the store. In the end I only spent about $20 on this, and I’m sure we’ll have it for years!

    • Maple & Magnolia September 25, 2012 at 11:24 am #

      Robin, that turned out super cute! Love the fun colors. Rubber Cement is a great idea too. 🙂

  33. Aran September 27, 2012 at 3:21 pm #

    This is fantastic. I shared it on my blog, and now to make one myself.

  34. Jolene October 2, 2012 at 2:10 pm #

    LOVE your version! In fact, I loved it so much that I started mine last night. I really struggled with aligning the paint samples. I don’t know how yours looks so perfect. I can’t wait to finish it up and hang it today!

  35. Kimberly Marlow October 7, 2012 at 8:54 pm #

    I collect these paint chips all the time…I just love all the colors. I have used them a few times in different projects but this one is Awesome..I love it…I might have to make this for Christmas for someone…maybe even one for myself.. 🙂

  36. Keaton October 10, 2012 at 3:41 pm #

    What a great idea! I love it because there’s SO many different ways you can make it! Literally as many as all the colors in the world lol!

    Keaton’s Kind Creations

  37. Kristy October 11, 2012 at 8:31 pm #

    I loved this from the minute I pinned it! I finally got around to making one of my own. 🙂

    Thanks for the great idea!!

    • Maple & Magnolia October 12, 2012 at 1:20 am #

      Kristy, I LOVE how yours turned out! The colors are so soothing and I like the sideways orientation too! Awesome. 🙂

      • Kristy October 12, 2012 at 2:13 am #

        Thanks so much!! I wouldn’t mind it being a bit bigger, like yours, but I can always redo it in the future if I need more room to write. 🙂

  38. hema October 15, 2012 at 12:13 pm #

    I like this very much what an amazing idea your thought is fantastic

    • Scott December 12, 2012 at 4:46 am #

      Do you think this would work with a 16″ x 20″ frame? Attempting to make this for my girlfriend for Christmas, I’m way out of my comfort zone and it’s awesome!

      • Maple & Magnolia December 12, 2012 at 2:24 pm #

        This is the sweetest idea EVER. Yes, you can customize it to 16×20…no problem. You will just need to use smaller paint chips since you are working with a smaller surface area. If you have larger paint chips, just cut them down with a paper trimmer. Just play around with the layout and don’t forget that you can orient it as a landscape instead of a portrait and it may be a better fit. Please email me if you have any other questions…I’m happy to help. 🙂

  39. Karen December 31, 2012 at 6:45 pm #

    I love this! Any suggestions as to the kind of fabric that works best for this project?

  40. Chunti02 January 6, 2013 at 10:04 am #

    I am hoping this is exactly what my daughter needs to start getting her organized and on the road to a perfect wedding. I will be sharing this idea with her. We can make it in her wedding colors.

  41. Crystal February 12, 2013 at 1:53 am #

    What size did you make your paint chips? I’m using the same size poster frame!
    Thanks in advance!

  42. Scarlet Paolicchi March 24, 2013 at 5:20 pm #

    What a great idea! I love the pastel colors in your version. Anything that I can keep reusing I love, so I’ll definitely be trying this in the future! I think an ombre effect could be really cool…

    I’ve added this page to my StumbleUpon. 🙂

  43. Inspire Me Heather April 3, 2013 at 1:55 pm #

    I love your calendar, what a great idea! I’ve got this linked to my DIY paint chip projects too today, for inspiration!

  44. GreTee August 10, 2013 at 10:31 pm #

    I love Pinterest. Love the tutorial. Just finished one day with BHG paint chips, but without the rounded corners. I will have to make the rounded corners on my next one, because I really love the look. Thanks for sharing.

  45. Donne Milano October 30, 2013 at 10:54 am #

    Amazing idea! I love it!

  46. Elaine (BreatheEatLive) November 2, 2013 at 4:29 am #

    Wow, that is absolutely ingenious! So simple, and not to mention, inexpensive to make! You are the queen of DIY & craft making (to me at least)! Can’t wait to dive into your blog and see what other great ideas you have!

  47. Rebekah Baier February 8, 2014 at 4:10 am #

    Found your tutorial on Pinterest – love love love this idea! My daughter and I made one the other night. Linked to your tutorial from my blog – thank you!

  48. Baby March 6, 2014 at 10:34 am #

    Oh, that is one of the most practical calendars that I’ve seen and stylish to top it off. I need to make one of these!

  49. Judy March 11, 2014 at 9:17 pm #

    I am not sure that the stores where all these paint chips are coming from intended for them to be used or appreciate them being taken for your craft projects. Just saying

    • Maple & Magnolia March 12, 2014 at 1:00 pm #

      Hi Judy, The paint manufacturer sent me these to use for this purpose. I don’t understand why busy bodies can’t mind their own business. Just Saying.

  50. Glenna @ My Paper Craze March 14, 2014 at 3:15 am #

    Love this! I’m going to have to make one for my craft room. Great idea!

  51. Eileen July 20, 2014 at 3:03 am #

    I wanted to wish you a happy birthday. Our birthdays are on the same day. Enjoy your birthday. I am going to make the chip calendar for my birthday. I love how l can customize it to my decor.

  52. Lisa December 2, 2014 at 3:12 am #

    Love, love, love this! I’m making one for my sister and she would love your color selection. Can I get a list of the colors?

  53. Robyn Petrik March 6, 2015 at 10:01 pm #

    I love this idea! I can already picture a couple of small changes I would make to make it my own. Thanks for sharing!


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