I saw this project on Pinterest and just HAD to try it out for myself. There were a few variations but I decided to go for a dark to light gradient from the bottom left up to the top right, using varying blues to match my living room decor.
For a considerably impressive looking item in the home, there are just a few short instructions to make this project! Here are the instructions:
1 – Go to your local hardware store and gather multiple paint chips of the same family, in order. Make sure you have at least 35 “boxes” worth if you are going to do five rows of seven, as pictured.
2 – I cut my paint chips into 1″x2″ rectangles with rounded corners- but others I saw online simply included the whole paint chip, color name on the front and all! It’s up to you, of course, and what paint chips you have access to. (You can see below that the ones I had only had four colors per card so I chose to cut them up…)
3 – Purchase a frame from a store, find one at a yard sale, or re-purpose one that you already have. Just make sure it’s big enough for your potential calendar! (I bought a 11″x14″ frame and but then ended up with this 14″x18″). I got this one on sale from K-Mart for $18.74 (originally $24.99)!
4 – Glue or tape (I taped), the squares on a piece of paper (I used the back-side of the one that came in the frame!). hehe
5 – Don’t forget a place to write the month, and some tabs for the days of the week! I used a Sharpie and wrote on the paint chips so the days are permanent.
6 – Put the frame back together and get some dry-erase markers and you’re all set!
You’re sure to get plenty of compliments. Google “paint chip calendar” for more examples of colors, color arrangements, etc. Some people randomized their colors, others did each full row a separate color, or I also saw one that was a gradient of colors (full rows) from bottom to top. Let your creativity fly and enjoy having a calendar you can use forever that is as personable as they come! Happy crafting!