Dry Erase Sticky Note Calendar Tutorial



Hello Ucreate readers, thanks so much for having me! 

I’m Steph, founder/managing editor of Modern Parents Messy Kids and mom to a 2 year old son and 13 month old daughter.  I started MPMK as a resource for helping parents to engage their kids, organize their life, and add a little style to their home.  In my former life I was a Doctor of Audiology and worked with pediatric patients, now I spend my days racking my brain and scouring the internet for simple ways to connect with my kids.  I gravitate towards anything that’s accessible to all parents (including the crafting-impaired), fosters development, and has a bit of a modern edge. Today I’ve got a super simple project you can get done in 5 minutes flat.  It’s nothing too fancy but you’ll use it everyday.  Hang it in the kitchen or home office and I guarantee you’ll get more stuff done (not to mention a few compliments on your creativity).

You’ll only need three simple items:

a stack of colorful sticky notes, a marker, and a shadow box.  I got my shadow box from Ikea (it measures 19.5″ square) but, as I’m sure you all know,  they can be found at any local craft store.  
Start by labeling your top row of sticky notes.  I used the headings: Now, This Week, This Month, Whenever, and Someday because I liked how they covered all my bases.  A nice variation would be to make a calendar for weekly activities or meal planning.  (P.S. If you’re wondering about the title of this post, the inspiration for the project was a sticky note to-do list I spied on pinterest.  I loved the look but wasn’t a fan of how much paper would be wasted by actually using it long term – so I put the sticky notes behind glass and opted to use a dry-erase marker.)
Next layout your sticky notes in a grid.  I used the backing that came with the frame as my background but you could also go with some colored poster board.  Also, I just eye-balled it… if the idea of that makes you a little twitchy, feel free to use a ruler for perfect spacing. 
Once you have the layout the way you like it, I would recommend using some glue to reinforce everything.

That’s it (five minutes was probably and over-estimate).  Just hang it on the wall and feel the weight being lifted off your shoulders as you instantly morph into a more organized, and all-around better, person.  Also, don’t forget to store a small dry erase marker on top for easy access.



Thanks again to Kari for having me!  I hope you’ll all take a moment to stop by MPMK to say hi and check out our new Make & Play Vault.  You can also connect with us on facebook, twitter and pinterest.

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  1. says

    Great idea for a family calendar. In preparation for back to school, I have been in organization-craze mode! Just last week, I created this central command center: http://www.sasinteriors.net/2011/08/my-new-central-command-center/ and then made this personalized dry erase calendar: http://www.sasinteriors.net/2011/08/diy-personalized-dry-erase-calendar/. I’m going to share your calendar on my facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/sasinteriors.

    Great job!
    xo Jenna, SAS Interiors

  2. says

    That is the most clever thing I have ever seen and I can’t wait to try it!!! At first I thought, what a waste of sticky notes but then when you said you just use dry erase marker, needless to say genius!!! Thanks for the idea!!

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