back to school
In just a few short weeks the OFFICIAL start to Fall will be here. That means school starting, less vacation, and yeah… less sunshine (at least in Oregon). I don’t know about you, but I needed a small update to my calendar and work area. That’s what inspired my Calendar Work Station.
For this creation I wanted to use ALL materials I already had at my home. Some leftover plywood from building our chicken coop, old jars, rubber bands, and some spray paint that was almost gone; all this went into creating this project. Technically this calendar work station cost me nothing, but if I really calculated the original cost for all the needed items: under $15. This is a very relaxed and easy to recreate DIY. Hopefully very little stress. Here’s how I made it:
- 13 inches wide by 30 inches high piece of plywood
- Two small shelf brackets
- Some wood that will have a final measure of 11 inches long by 6 inches wide
- Mini document clips
- Four large rubberbands
- 3 small canning jars with bands and lids
- E6000 adhesive
- Contact paper
- Painter’s tape
- Small amounts of primer + paint spray paint
- Cut your wood. We had some leftover wood pieces that I started with, but you can always go to Lowes and they’ll cut a couple sizes for you.
- Print out the Weekday Letters printout. Place the letters under the contact paper, then trace with a pen.
- Cut out the letters with a sharp X-acto knife. From here you can decide if you’d like your calendar to start with Sunday or Monday. Just move the S’s around to where you need them. I chose to go with Monday – Sunday, so both S’s were at the end of the letters.
- Peel the paper off the sticky contact paper and apply it to the plywood. Press down the contact paper very well, to hopefully prevent bleeding when painting.
- Tape off the rest of the plywood to prep for the spray paint. I used a paper bag and painters tape to create a couple of lines to spray gold on the board.
- Spray the letters and lines of the board. I chose black for the letters and gold for the lines. Let dry, then peel off tape/contact paper.
- Optional: Spray paint the shelf boards, shelf brackets, and jar bands. Let dry.
- Screw the shelf brackets onto the bottom of the shelf boards.
- Prep the jar lids for hanging under the shelf. Use E6000 to adhere the jar lids to the jar bands. Let dry.
- Evenly arrange the glued jar lids on the bottom of the shelf. Screw them into the shelf.
- Center and screw the prepped shelf onto the bottom section of your plywood board.
- Print out the calendar and notes (trim as needed). On the calendar, number the days of the month you are currently in.
- Space out the the four large rubber bands on the plywood board and place the calendar + notes. Secure with the mini document clips.
- Fill your jars and screw them under the shelf.
- Add some goodies to the shelf.
- Hang, enjoy.
Also, let your little kiddo help you decorate your shelf… and you may have a fun shark added to the work station. Hee.
Happy organized Fall!
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama
Milk crates are sort of storage’s dirty little secret: They hold a lot, they stack, they’re inexpensive, but they’re shamefully unattractive. Until now! Jenny Drinkard, a 25-year-old design student in Atlanta, had the genius idea to create a la carte add-ons to make Ye Olde Milk Crate even more of a storage powerhouse (with good looks, too): drawers, shelves, hooks, casters, wooden legs, corkboards…you name it.
Dorm rooms, kids’ rooms, even kitchen desks and mudrooms are about to get an upgrade.
Crates, $20, all add-ons sold separately. Available at Quirky and select Target stores beginning July 1.
–Joanna Linberg, Assistant Editor