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.

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!

Download the numbers here:

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!


  • 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.

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:

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

Click here for past projects! 🙂

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  1. This is so great…the mouse traps are borderline genius! I will be making something similar. The other ideas are fun too

  2. 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!

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

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

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