One day I was browsing through Pinterest, when a picture of a paint swatch calendar caught my attention. Although I never actually ended up looking at the blog to see how it was done, I winged it and came out with this guy instead!
What You’ll Need:
- Paper cutter (scissors work fine but the cutter speeds up the process)
- X-acto knife (if you don’t have the paper cutter)
- Ruler, pencil, scrap paper (for calculating measurements)
- Paint swatches of your favorite colors
You’ll be cutting the swatches into 35- 2” x 2” squares, plus 7- 1” x 2” rectangles, so make sure you get enough!
- Rubber cement or glue stick
- A 16’ x 20” frame
- 1 piece of poster board (I stuck with a neutral – very light beige – it’ll be your calendar’s background)
- Acrylic paint for the frame
- First I ended up painting my frame. I chose a dark espresso brown that would blend with the swatch colors. This is the frame before it was painted.
- Paint swatches - I ended up getting my colors at a local Wal-Mart (the Glidden paint brand). These swatches were on the large size, and when I got them I knew I could get two squares out of each one. I kept my color scheme rather neutral, and settled with three shades of three different colors – beige, pink, and blue.
- I cut off each of the color names first, which let me know exactly how much of the remaining swatch I was dealing with. It was over 4 inches, so I proceeded to measure out the first 2 inches, slice it, and then another 2 inches, and slice it. Then I picked up those pieces, turned them, and cut them.
- Lay out your colors in whatever pattern you choose. I stuck with a repeated fading look, and spaced each swatch ¼” .
- After this was finished I realized I still had some extra swatches, and decided to make seven 2” x 1” rectangles where I could write the days of the week. This is completely optional, but it was real quick and makes for a nice addition to the calendar.
- To make the background of the calendar, use the frame’s glass to trace. Cut it out.
- Before we can go ahead and glue on the swatches, we have to do some math to make sure the calendar will be centered:
o Your frame is 20” wide
o There will be seven columns of 2” x 2” swatches, altogether 14”.
o There will be six gaps that are each ¼”. .25 * 6 = 1.5”
o So lengthwise, you will be using (14 + 1.5) = 15.5” of space.
o 20” – 15.5” = 4.5”
o 4.5” / 2 = 2.25”, the amount of space that will be on either end of the frame. Lightly mark two lines, both 2.25” from the sides of the paper
- The last bit will tell us how much space for the top and bottom of the frame:
o Your frame is 16” high
o There will be five columns of 2” x 2” swatches, altogether 10”
o There will be four gaps that are each ¼”. .25 * 4 = 1”
o If you choose to add the swatch for the days of the week, I gave a ½” gap between that and the 2” x 2” swatch. Add that to the 1” height, and you get an additional 1.5”.
o Height-wise, the calendar will take up 10 + 1 + 1.5 = 12.5” of space.
o 16 – 12.5 = 3.5” of leftover space.
- You want more space at the top of the calendar to write the month. With your pencil, lightly mark a line that’s 2.5” from the top, and another that is 1” from the bottom.
- Now you’ll be able to see you have a faint (centered!) border for your calendar. Using rubber cement or glue stick, begin to lay each swatch just how you had it on your draft. Make sure the gaps are ¼“ on the sides of the swatches, and you’ll start seeing your calendar take form.
- After you’ve glued everything down on the poster board and the pieces are dry, dust it off (I’m static-y lately so I was cleaning it for a while!!) I Windex-ed the glass probably three times before I mounted it, and voila! The only thing that’s left is to expo that calendar up and put it to use!
Paint Swatch Calendar
|Now it's an official calendar!|
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