Need To Stay Organized This School Year…..And Later too?

Yes, yes, I know what you all are thinking…….terrible blogger, this one. But, I won’t bore you with excuses. I’ll just get on to the cute new craft I have to show you all! 
Okie dokie, so I love, love, LOVE those cute framed wall calendars you can write on with dry erase……BUT I don’t think the tiny squares are big enough to write things in (legibly)…, I still don’t have one in “ma maison” (a little French thrown in to sound more sophisticated). 
Well, the desire to have days planned out came up again once summer started and the kiddos always want to know: “mommmmmmmm, when are we going to the beach?” “mommmmmmm, what day is movie day again?” “mommmmmmm, when can we go to the library this week?” AND, now that school is starting soon (10 days to be exact…..not that I’m counting or anything), I need to be even more organized!!
Soooooooo, I thought that having a weekly calendar around would be a great help to keep track of the family’s fun activities as well as appointments and such. I also though to myself: “Self, wouldn’t it be nice to think up a way to do this without using vinyl……so anyone can whip up one of these awesome organizational tools up without needing to run to your friendly neighborhood vinyl expert (like me). 
Well, you all know I like things on the cheap……so of course I went out and found this sensational old frame to fix up for a few buck-a-roos. There was some very questionable deposits left all over it……so it took longer than usual, but was SO worth it in the end! I need to remind you all in these situations…….don’t forget the primer!!!! More and more these days, you can even find primer that matches the color you choose to use.  So it only took one coat of primer and one coat of paint.
I designed this so it can be printed out onto super cute paper and put into the frame of your choice. Mine is 11 x 14, so if you use the design for larger than an 8 x 10 frame, you will need to set your printer up to print onto 2 separate pages and tape them together. I just wouldn’t use paper with glitter on it since, sadly the ink won’t stick to those parts. I designed 3 sizes ( 8 x 10, 11 x 14, & 12 x 12) so you can pick what best suits your needs.

Then, you trim it down to size and tape the pages together in the middle and…….easy peasy, you have your new weekly calendar!!! It’s great since you can periodically change the paper to match your decor!!

Have fun!!

About Emily Mcdonald

Emily McDonald is the owner of Not So Idle Hands and lives in Colorado with her hot hubby and 3 cute daughters. When she's not battling ADHD, Fibro, or Migraines she loves to be downstairs playing with all her pretty crafty things making fun stuff. She also runs an awesome Etsy Shop by the same name where she gets to sell shiny supplies to make pretty stuff {check it out!}.


  1. Very cute idea! I still use my monthly calendar that we made a few years back, but this is a great way to plan out an entire week in detail. I even thought of getting some some magnet pieces to add to the back of the frame, that way you could put the whole thing up on your refrigerator. It’s good to see you blogging again! I’ve missed you!

  2. I’ve missed you too! You are one of my favs…and I love the calendar :):)

  3. Glad that you are back. I found your blog a couple of months ago and had to go through all of it. You have a lot of super cute ideas. Also thank you for sharing your adoption story. Your girls are adorable.

  4. You know, if you wanted to use sparkly paper, you could print out your weekly grid on overhead or plastic paper, then slip whatever paper your little heart desires behind it :)

  5. What an adorable idea! Thanks so much :)


  1. […] can download one of these to use and put it in a frame and write on it with dry erase like I did here. The ones here are sized to fit in an 8×10 frame. Then, as you do each chore, draw a line […]

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