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Monday, August 31, 2009

My $3 Frame Makeover!

From this...
To this!!

This was a super fun and quick project that I made last week. I saw one of these at Jo-Ann's one day...and of course...I couldn't afford it...so I wanted to try to make one myself. So... I did with a $3 picture frame that I bought at a yard sale. Now it is a dry-erase calendarAll I used to make this... is a good frame with glass {not plexi-glass}...a permanent marker...ruler...and my Cricut to cut the {Month} {days of the week}{and the circles}. I drew the squares...and placed the vinyl on the opposite side of the glass than the side you will be writing on ...so they won't come off with all of the erasing. If you have a Cricut...I used the mirror feature...then your letter will stick on the back of the glass...but you will be able to read it from the front. I hope that made sense...I'm not really great about describing things...but hopefully you get the idea. Don't worry...if your squares aren't perfect. As you can tell mine aren't but it still looks ok. Also...don't be afraid of the perm. marker...if you make a mistake...use a wet paper towel and wipe...or you can spray hairspray on a paper towel and and wipe and it will come right off.
Remember to place everything backwards...on the opposite side of the glass.

Now it is a very functional...hand calendar to write on!!
If you felt like it...you could use that extra piece of cardboard that came with the frame...and put fabric or scrapbook paper on it to give it a more personalized look!

Hmmm...wouldn't this make a great affordable Christmas gift????

Ok...I screwed up...Roadkill Rescue is supposed to be for items that you spent $0 dollars on...oops!! I linked up... then read the fine details...How dumb do I feel. :)Sorry...I guess it would be $0 if you already had the frame. :) Anyways check their other awesome Roadkill Rescue's that linked up at Infarrantly Creative!! :)

HaVe FuN!!

42 comments:

  1. Wow! I really love this! And I am totally going to be making these for Christmas gifts. I have three sisters with busy families that would love this!!!
    Thanks for the idea and tutorial....
    **what do you use for the vinyl in your cricut? Some special cricut product or just sticky vinyl and where does it come from?

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  2. Oh my goodness!! What a wonderful idea! I think I need one!:)
    Hugs,
    Sariah

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  3. I have always wanted one of those dry erase calendars but have been to "thrifty" (translated: cheap) to buy one. I think I will borrow your great idea. Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Very cute idea! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. Hi Jen...I bought my vinyl from Sign Warehouse.com. I use it all the time...so it's cheaper that way.

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  6. Very cute! My only problem with these is that I need somewhere to put next month's stuff too! Love it though, great job!

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  7. Stacie - you're creative a genius! I love it!

    Roeshel

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  8. What a great idea...and SOOOO simple!

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  9. Did you see the one I posted last week? Love it! http://bethcrabtreehunter.blogspot.com/2009/08/personalized-erasable-calendar.html

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  10. I love this! You are so clever!

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  11. Oh my gosh! I absolutely LOVE that idea, and will be trying it out! Thanks for posting!
    Cheers!

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  12. I just made one a couple of weeks ago with a 2 week calendar (http://n8swife.blogspot.com/2009/08/couple-of-new-things.html) so I can have more writing space on a smaller calendar! I love it. Thanks for all of the great ideas!

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  13. Hi there! I'm loving your blog! C'mon over and check mine out, I think you'd like it too. :)

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  14. What a great idea, I am going to have to make one of these!! Thanks for the inspiration...
    Janell

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  15. THANK YOU for posting this! DH and I were talking (again) today about how we need a 1- or 2-week calendar for DS to start learning on. I was going to try poster board, but ugh... This is much better!

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  16. Awesome idea! i love that it doesn't have to vinyl lettering or dry erase! I am featuring this on somedaycrafts.blogspot.com Grab my "featured" button.

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  17. dang..i just way to much on one at office depot and it's not even half as cute!

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  19. Great Idea! My kids love dry erase for their rooms. Lots of math problems...i.e. doodling going on!

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  20. Great calendar! Better than a blackboard. That would make great gifts. Jackie

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  21. You are awesome! I was trying to post a list of "craft to do's" on my blog and I realized all of the ones I was listing were from your blog! I'm so glad I came across it!

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  22. I bought a frame for this exact thing at goodwill! I'm afraid of straight lines! ha! Maybe I'll attempt it this weekend!

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  23. What a great idea and so functional and fun! Now I have to find the wall space!!

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  24. Oooooh... SO cute! Can't wait to copy this one!!! Thanks for sharing!
    ~Whitney

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  25. CUUUTE! You know how we said to forget the B-day gifts, well forget it he, he I want you to make me this lol! so cute!

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  26. Hello Stacie - love your calendar make-over! And hey, $3 is almost free! It really turned out great.
    Thank you for sharing!

    Blessings,
    Marie
    http://emmacallsmemama.com

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  27. BRILLIANT idea!! Three bucks is a steal. I want a calendar like that! :)

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  28. This is really beautiful! I wouldn't of thought to use pre-made lettering :)

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  29. I'm going to link to this on Dollar Store Crafts soon! Great idea!

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  30. I stumbled onto your blog and I love it! I check here all the time for cute ideas! Thanks

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  31. Thanks for the great idea. I elaborated and came up with this:
    http://stone2fox.blogspot.com/2009/09/problem-solved.html

    Love your blog.
    Thanks again
    Bonnie

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  32. Loved this idea,Thank you so much for sharing it with all of us!
    hugs

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  33. what size frame did you end up using? I bought an 11x14 and I don't think it's big enough.

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  34. That's really beautiful and such a great idea. I may need to "borrow" it! Thanks!

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  35. Thanks for a great post! So creative! I have linked to it from my site. Hope that's ok. http://womanonamission1968.blogspot.com/2009/10/join-me-on-my-journey-to-set-up-our.html

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  36. Hi Chelsea...The frame size is about 19x23 and the glass size is 16x20.

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  37. So, I don't have a cricut :( I know that I can order my personalized vinyl online, I am just not sure what size to buy to make the calendar. I was thinking 2" for "Month" and 1" for the "S, M, T..." does that sound about right? Would you suggest just a ton of letter "o" for the circles? If so, what size, 1"? Sorry that I am asking so many questions, I just really want to make this. Thanks!

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  38. I think this would also be really cute using colored posterboard I.stead of the cardbord along with scrapbook paper for maybe the lettering and such :) will absolutely be trying this though!!! :) I bought two dry earase calenders just to be able to keep up with everything going on!!!

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