- Use painters tape to block off all except for the bottom 6” of the metal sheet. Spray with primer and allow to dry. Paint over dried primer with the chalkboard paint and allow to dry.
- Use a word processing program to type out the month names and days for your calendar. Print on a test page first to test for size, then print them out onto solid or lightly patterned paper.
- Cut out the month names and mat with assorted papers. (This is a great way to use scraps!) Use the hole punch to cut the days into circle shapes. Ink the edges of the days, months and mats with the black ink. Run the month names through the Xyron 9" creative Stataion with the Permanent Adhesive cartridge, then attach them to the mats. I also made a decorative strip to divide the calendar from the chalkboard on my calendar. I attached a strip of decorative paper to a black mat using the Xyron 9" creative Station with permanent adhesive cartridge. The dividing lines between the days were just small strips of a black paper.
- Run all of the month names, days, decorative pieces, strips and special date shapes through the Xyron 9" creative Station with the Magnet/Laminate cartridge. Trim the edges of the small strips with pinking shears. Trim around the edges of all of the other pieces with scissors or a paper trimmer (you can use the trimmer found in your Xyron 9" Creative station).
- Use the drill to make two holes in the upper right and left hand corners of the metal sheet. The holes should be large enough to fit grommets. Set the grommets into the holes using a grommet setter.
- Use the Crop-A-Dile to punch a hole in the decorative strip. To add the flower, run a brad through all layers and through the hole in the strip before splaying the brad on the wrong side of the strip. This way you can change the flower for different holidays or whenever you want a new color accent.
- Add the pieces to the calendar. Remove dates and replace with special shapes for holidays and birthdays. Extra months, dates and other pieces can be stored on the back side of the calendar.
- Hang the calendar from a piece of ribbon run through the grommets and tied in a bow.
Other Products Used
- 12x18” Metal sheet
- Solid or Lightly Patterned Papers for Numbers and Titles
- Assorted Patterned Papers for Mats for Months and for Accents
- Assorted Chipboard or Paper Shapes to use to mark Special dates and Holidays.
- Drill, Grommets and Setter
- 1.5-2 Yards of Ribbon
- Flowers and Large Brad
- 1” Circle Hole Punch
- Black Ink
- Paper Trimmer and Scissors
- Chalkboard Paint
- Paint Brush/Painter’s Tape