How to Make a Chalkboard Calendar

Hey guys!  I am so motivated to get my life, family, home, etc. organized this year.  I always feel like I’m forgetting appointments, dates, my mind 😉  So, I came up with a cute Chalkboard Days of the Week Calendar that will hopefully get my world organized but, if all else fails, at least it will be cute hanging on the wall!

DIY-Chalkboard-CalendarThere it is!  I’m in LOVE, it was so easy to build and only cost me about $20!


To start, I bought a sheet of 2’x4′ chalkboard at Home Depot for about $10 and left it as-is!

measurementsNext, I purchased 3 2×3’s and cut 2 pieces at 52 13/16″ and 2 at 19 1/4″.

kreg-jigI used my Kreg Jig to attach the 2×3’s to make the frame.  I drilled 2 – 1 1/2″pocket holes in both ends of each of the short 2×3 pieces.

pocket-holesEasy enough?  You can see in the picture above that I marked where I drilled my pocket holes.

frameI attached the frame using 2 1/2″ pocket hole screws.

measurments-for-dividersFor the day dividers, I purchased 1 1×2 @ 8 ft. and cut 6 pieces at 19 1/4″ long.

pocket-holes-in-dividersI then drilled 1 – 3/4″ pocket hole at the end of each 1×2 on the skinny side.

frame-with-dividersI attached them with 1 1/4″ pocket hole screws and wood glue and then it was time to stain!  ** I attached my dividers about 6.5″ apart from divider to divider.  Try that and then eyeball it to make sure they are all equally spaced. **

Rustoleum_Dark_WalnutUsing a foam brush, I applied one coat of Rust-Oleum Dark Walnut stain to the entire frame.

Ryobi-Corner-Cat-SanderTo get the distressed look on the wood that we like, I ran my Ryobi Corner Cat Sander all over the frame with 80-grit sand paper.

Ryobi-18v-Stapler-500x750Once the stain dried, I used my Ryobi Cordless Airstrike Stapler to attach the chalkboard to the frame.  This baby is a life saver for backing pieces like this.  I no longer have to worry about my nails pushing through AND it uses the same 18-Volt battery as the rest of our Ryobi tools!!

suppliesTo finish this cutie off, I purchased those “L” brackets for about $.50 each and purchased screws to fit.  I bought flat heads because I liked the look.  I used saw tooth hangers and anchors to attach the piece to the wall.

add-hardwareI like to use my 12-Volt drill to do attach small pieces like this.




That was IT!  NOT-EVEN-KIDDING!  How easy was that 🙂  Hopefully this is just the motivation I need to kick my booty in organization gear for the new year!


  1. Amy M on April 20, 2016 at 6:53 am

    Can I pay for you to make me one? I love this! But I don’t have time to make one. 🙁

  2. Roy Hanson on December 4, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    Why 52 13/16ths for the top and bottom? Isn’t that to long for a 2×4 chalkboard?

  3. Carri K on January 17, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    Whoah! Full chalkboard pieces already ready? Where in Home Depot do we find those morsels of goodness??

    • Shanty2Chic on January 17, 2014 at 10:04 pm

      Lol Carri! They are with the 2×4 mdf boards:)

      • Carri K on January 17, 2014 at 10:13 pm

        Wonder if Lowe’s will have them? Bismarck, ND doesn’t have a Home Depot. 🙁

  4. Charity Thomas on January 17, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    Love this project! Awesome plan and idea!

  5. RuBoken on January 17, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    I just made this project but my piece of chalkboard was only 44 inches and it do not fit. I will have to disassemble the pieces and shorten the long pieces. Make sure to measure the chalkboard piece first.

    Anyway, still a super simple project and I made it with my 4 year old daughter. Great father daughter project. It is her chore schedule and she is just excited to use it

    Thanks for sharing your plans.

    • Shanty2Chic on January 17, 2014 at 7:45 pm

      Awesome!! Love that:). Yes, always measure as you go. I’m sorry your fit was off!

  6. Jennifer @ Brass & Whatnots on January 17, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Wow. Great project! At first glance, I thought this was going to be an old door!

  7. Linda Crandall on January 17, 2014 at 1:42 pm

    That’s an awesome chalk board you guys! Great work as usual – Linda @ Hell I Live Here

  8. Ashley Dodson on January 17, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    Super Cute! Where did you get the piece of chalkboard?

  9. Karen Moerke on January 17, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    Did you cut these at 9.25 or 19.25? 9.25 seems pretty small and you would have had to cut the chalkboard if that is the correct measurement. 19.25 would work though for not cutting the chalkboard.

    • Shanty2Chic on January 17, 2014 at 1:00 pm

      Oh shoot! Yes it is 19 1/4″ sorry for the typos. I will fix ASAP! Thanks!

  10. Sarah Kane on January 17, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    LOVE! So easy and you can even flip it the long way for a narrower wall! 🙂 Did you purchase the chalkboard at Home Depot? Thanks!

    • Shanty2Chic on January 17, 2014 at 12:40 pm

      Thank you Sarah! I did get it at Home Depot:)

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