Easy DIY chalkboard calendar!

It’s the tenth of the month, that means it’s time for our monthly hop featuring 10 of our favorite creative blog buddies’ projects.  The theme this month is something we’ve been fans of for a loooong time: CHALKBOARDS!!  We pulled inspiration from two of our amazingly talented bloggers girlfriends to create this chalkboard calendar.  I love the size of it, it’s 2′ tall so the date shows up nice and big plus there is a lot of room at the bottom to fill in the month.  It’d be fun to write in daily special occasions too since it’s a chalkboard and you can erase the event the next day.

Very easy chalkboard calendar tutorial with FREE numbers to print!!

Before we get to the chalkboard calendar tutorial, we’d love to have you check out all our buddies’ projects and pin this cute collage below for easy reference.  You won’t regret it, all these chalkboard projects rock!

10 DIY chalkboard ideas!!

To see each fantastic Chalkboard Project up close, join the Blog Hop!
1 • Lolly Jane sharing a Chalkboard Calender
2 • Thirty Handmade Days with an Anniversary Idea + Collection of Printable Chalkboard Tags
3 • Six Sisters Stuff sharing a Cheap and Easy Kids Chalkboard Table
4 • Landee See Landee Do sharing a Hexagon Chalkboard
5 • Little Miss Momma sharing a Jumbo Chalkboard Tutorial
6 • Or So She Says sharing a Vintage Ruler-Framed Chalkboard Sign
7 • Eighteen25 sharing a Super Simple XL Chalkboard
8 • Capturing Joy sharing a Kids Chalkboard Wall Art
9 • Simply Kierste sharing her Chalkboard Binder Labels
10 • Your Homebased Mom sharing a Chalkboard Party Backdrop

We mentioned earlier we took bits and pieces from two awesome girls.  We originally spied this clipboard chalkboard on Jilly’s IG account.  Love the simplicity of it.  Then I got to see it in person and loved it even more; her house is just darling.  After I mentally noted the clipboard, I saw the most brilliant trick: mouse traps for clips.  Smart, right?  That tip belongs to cute Kristen from Ella Claire.  Her house is stinkin’ adorable that I want to live in it!  So we combined two great ideas to make one big idea: this chalkboard calendar.  And we even have free numbers for you!

Very easy chalkboard calendar tutorial with FREE numbers to print!!

First up, gather your supplies.

  • 2 mouse traps (4/$1 at Dollar Tree)
  • black, gray, yellow paint
  • DecoArt chalkboard clear coat
  • wood
  • foam brushes
  • hot glue gun

Directions to make cute chalkboard calendar!

Directions:

  • Remove  mouse trap hardware (full tute on Ella Claire).
  • Paint wood gray.
  • Paint traps yellow.
  • Paint hardware black.
  • Follow clear chalkboard coating directions on bottle.
  • After dry, rub chalk over the whole board then wipe off and you’re ready to use.
  • Print numbers HERE {would appreciate a pin as a thank you (; }
  • Put hardware back together when traps are dry.
  • Hot glue traps to board.
  • Clip numbers (the date) and display.

Directions to make cute chalkboard calendar!

Kristi experimented with a chalkboard paint pen to make a wreath underneath the letters, (how cute would that be for Christmas??) but we thought the industrial look with the cutesy look didn’t quite go so we rubbed it off and just chalked the month:

Chalkboard calendar tutorial!! Includes free printable numbers!!

It’ll be fun to fill it in with special occasions like the kids’ birthdays, our anniversary, etc.  I know my kids will be excited to change it out frequently!  Visit all our chalkboard ideas including our popular HOW TO CHALKBOARD ANY SURFACE IN ANY COLOR.  The most affordable trick in the book (;

How to chalkboard any surface in any color #chalkboard #diy

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  1. 1

    You two are the cleverest ever – love the calendar idea and the use of mousetraps was brilliant!
    Leigh Anne@YourHomebasedMom recently posted..Chalkboard Party BackdropMy Profile

  2. 2

    I love this! Using the mouse traps is genius!
    Bethany recently posted..{Back to School Week: Helpful Advice for First Year Teachers}My Profile

  3. 3

    I’m OBSESSED with this!!! Love it so so so so so so much!!
    Mique recently posted..Anniversary Idea + Collection of Printable Chalkboard TagsMy Profile

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    Sandee

    THE CUTEST!!!!!!!! I should have come over and made myself one!!!!!! Def copyin this. Thanks sisters!

  5. 5

    So stinking cute girls! LOVE this!!!

  6. 6

    Love those mousetraps!!! So so cute you LollyJane girls! Love it!
    Landee recently posted..Hexagon ChalkboardMy Profile

  7. 7

    Oh!!! This is so CUTE!! I think I need to take this Home with me, of course when your Not looking ;)
    xoxo
    Angelina-JoJo and Eloise recently posted..Girls Tea Party-StaycationMy Profile

  8. 8

    Aren’t you so clever? Mouse traps–love it! Love the calendar!!
    Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke recently posted..Kids Chalkboard Art Wall~How to turn a textured wall into a smooth wallMy Profile

  9. 9

    So creative! I love how you took what is normally something I’d NEVER want anything to do with and made it into the coolest calendar around!
    Amy W recently posted..Friday FindsMy Profile

  10. 10

    i love everything about this.
    jamie@eighteen25 recently posted..Super Simple XL ChalkboardMy Profile

  11. 11

    I really, really, LOVE this! I think I’m going to have to come up with my own version. . .
    Thanks for the inspiration!
    -breida
    breida @ breidawithab.com recently posted..Once More to the Studs {Farmhouse Bathroom Renovation} DURINGMy Profile

  12. 12

    Wow, I don’t know what is blowing my mind more: your clever use of mousetraps in this project or the chalkboard clear coat. Holy awesome-sauce! Had fun joining you ladies for the blog hop this round, representing Or So She Says! Happy weekend to you.
    Lauren @ The Thinking Closet recently posted..It Was Almost a Craft Fail….My Profile

  13. 13

    This is just beyond adorable!!! I love that you used mouse traps on it! Pinning! Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof
    Jenna recently posted..Give Me the Goods Features #20My Profile

  14. 14

    Clever ladies! Need to make one…soon!
    Susan @SugarBeans recently posted..Doll Makin’ {gift}My Profile

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    MJ

    I’m doing this project this week with my kids in preparation for Back 2 school! Love it and THANK YOU for the download.

  16. 16

    Your calendar is so cool looking! I love the mousetraps!
    There’s just something so fun about chalkboards. Those colourful ones make me happy!
    Kathryn@Blessed Life Atop a Cake Stand recently posted..And Life ChangedMy Profile

  17. 17

    Oh, how cute! Love it! :-)
    Anja recently posted..Craft Challenge Double Feature: Outdoor Mobile & Garden Gnome SignMy Profile

  18. 18

    Super cute idea! I’d love it if you’d link up to The DIY’ers! http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-diyers-and-weekend.html
    Home Coming recently posted..We got our rug!!My Profile

  19. 19

    I LOVE this so much! And your blog… how have I not come across it before?! I need to get off from pinterest and back into just blog hopping I guess! Thanks for sharing!
    Lindsey recently posted..our craft roomMy Profile

  20. 20

    This is so great…the mouse traps are borderline genius! I will be making something similar. The other ideas are fun too
    deonna recently posted..30 Tips for being a happy Police WifeMy Profile

  21. 21

    I saw your deer and calendar on Tater Tots & Jello. I love the calendar – what a cool idea with the mousetraps!
    Ginnie recently posted..Peek into My Home: BedroomMy Profile

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