Oh my goodness, it has been wayyyy too long since I did a fun little project! This is probably one of my favorite projects! I purchased this $4 contact paper at Dollarama before I knew what I was going to do with it and it was 100% an impulse buy (can you say future hoarder?!?!) BUT I am sooo happy with how it all turned out!
WHAT YOU NEED
- Chalkboard Contact Paper
- I found an amazing set with contact paper, chalk, and a microfibre eraser at Dollarama for only $4!!! You can find something similar on Amazon
- Painters Tape
- About $4 at Walmart, a hardware store, really anywhere or Amazon
- Measuring Tape
First things first, find an empty wall you need to cover. I had this wall in my office that was always screaming at me with it’s emptiness… and for some reason I have always wanted a life-sized calendar (don’t ask me why, I can’t give you a reason) but this was a match made in heaven.
Now you have to figure out what size of calendar you can make with the contact paper
you have. I looked at the square footage and calculated how I could make 35 squares without wasting much paper. I ended up being able to make 8″ X 8″ squares with just a little paper left to make Day of the week and the Month labels.
The contact paper that I got have a grid on the back which made cutting the paper SUPER easy.
The next part is a little hard to explain, but I will do my best. I started the first row of the calendar at about 6′ high. I make a mark at 6′ at either side of the wall and then stretched painters tape horizontally from one side to the other.
I aligned the the top of a square with the bottom of the painters tape and I smoothed it onto the wall with my library card from top to bottom. I then added painters tape vertically on the right side of the square. I repeated this until I had 7 squares in the row…. maybe the picture to the left explains it better.
I then aligned the next horizontal painters tape line with the bottom of the row of squares.
Repeat until you have 5 rows of 7 squares. The nice thing about using the painters tape is that you get spaces between the squares that are the same all around :).
You can put the day of the week labels about the top row now, or after you peel off the painters tape (which is super satisfying… and when the tape )
Now is the time you get to decorate your calendar! I love that it is chalk board because you can change it up super easy each month! And Voila! you have a calendar that is larger than life.