If you love the functionality of chalkboard paint, but aren’t willing to commit to an entire wall, chalkboard contact paper is an inexpensive and versatile alternative. Just peel off the backing, or use sticky tack, to adhere it to the wall.
Over at Momtastic.com, the contact paper was cut into squares and cleverly arranged as a calendar. It’s a perfect solution to keep your schedule in sight.
Have a busy family you’re trying to keep tabs on? Use the contact paper to create a message center. Trace a silhouette of each family member to give everyone a personalized place to exchange messages, weekly activities and to-do lists.
You can also cut out simple shapes and mount them in your child’s room. They’ll do double-duty as wall decor and a creativity station.
+ DIY: Chalkboard Wall Calendar tutorial at Momtastic.com
+ Chalkboard Contact Paper $13.99 USD at Amazon.com [affiliate link]
Having a calendar always open in front of you with your to-do list helps you better manage your time. Because we are talking about things to do, you need a method to easy reassign your priorities. This is why I like the idea of mixing a chalkboard with post-it paper.
People wither keep nearby a weekly or monthly calendar. You could write on a post-it the things that can be reallocated to another day since moving a post-it is easy. Write in chalk what you must do by a specific date. At the end of the month or week, plan the next one.
Using chalkboard wall decals or art work allows you to reuse the same support over and over. I particularly like this DIY weekly calendar featured on Ohdeedoh last year (top picture).
Scribble on Everything makes a weekly chalkboard decal set that is available in 2 sizes. It comes with a pack of dustless chalk and an extra space for taking notes.
Ferm Living makes a perpetual monthly Calendar Wall Sticker set. Their set comes with post-it. The day numbers are written on the stickers. Instead of moving around the day number, you could write what day it is. The mural measures 39 inch (100 cm) in width.
+ DIY Weekly Calendar on Ohdeedoh
+ Weekly chalkboard decal set by Scribble on Everything – small $36, large $65 USD
+ Ferm Living’s Calendar Wall Sticker $125 USD
Calendars have come a long way in recent years. Gorgeous illustrations, typography and innovative printing techniques have elevated this ho-hum household necessity to affordable, alternative artwork.
Practical yet stylish, they also make a wonderful gifting option for recipients you may have overlooked. The recipient is sure to think of you with each new month!
Just don’t wait until the new year to start your search: the great ones will be long gone. Here are five faves that have me wishing for more months in the year.
+ For the kitchen: Avril Loreti bold and graphic 2011 calendar tea towel, $27 USD
+ For a kid’s room: Paper Source 3D zoo calendar, $24.95
+ For a pocket or purse: Inkello letterpress matchbook calendar, $7.95
+ For the office: Eco-friendly desktop calendar by Modern Motive $20
+ For the living room: Gold foil and grey letterpress calendar by Seesaw Letterpress, $32