Paint Chip Calendar and Memo Board DIY Project

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I am trying to be more organized for this school year, so I recently make this Paint Chip Calendar and Memo Board to help the whole family stay on track.

Paint chip calendar.I found the inspiration on Pinterest, from this post from DIY Ready, and changed it up by adding a memo board area at the bottom, so we can maintain a running shopping and chore list. The original post used a picture frame as the base, but I used a Kludd glass message board that I bought at Ikea years ago and found sitting in my closet.

A paint chip calendar with scissors.

The materials for the project are pretty basic and inexpensive:

  • Glass message board or picture frame
  • 35 Paint Chips
  • 2 pieces of colored card stock
  • glue dots
  • poster board
  • scissors
  • ruler

I got a bunch of paint chips from Lowes in all different colors, and arranged them in 7 color groups with five different shades of each color.

A group of paint chip swatches on a table.

I arranged the colors in a column from lightest to darkest.  Then I cut a piece of poster board the same size as the glass.  I wanted to hang the board vertically, so the calendar is at the top and I had room for memo boards underneath. After doing a little bit of math I decided that cutting the paint chips to 1 3/4 of an inch wide would let me fit all seven days on the calendar.

A table with color swatches and a ruler suitable for a paint chip calendar.

This also meant that most of labels for the paint colors were cut off too, and on the final calendar there are only a few paint chips with a few characters on them. My rotary trimmer made this very easy, because I was able to measure the paint chips as I trimmed them.

A paint chip calendar showcasing a variety of color palettes on a white surface.

Then I drew lines on the poster board and laid down the paint chips in straight rows and columns.  I added two pieces of cardstock at the bottom to use for a shopping list and chore list.

A colorful calendar with sticky notes hanging on a wall.

The whole project came together quickly and easily.  The only hard part was making sure I was measuring correctly and being precise about laying out straight lines – attention to detail is not my always strong point!

A colorful paint chip calendar.


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