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Back to School Chalkboard Calendar

Jul 28, 2016 By Kim Byers
Back to School Chalkboard Calendar

It’s back to school season folks! I know we don’t want to think about it, but it’s time to get organized and ready for that first big day back at school! Hi! I’m Kim Byers of The Celebration Shoppe. Let’s get crafty and make the perfect study spot with our Cricut Explore!

I love for my kiddos to have a designated space that is all their own for homework (and that crazy amount of paper they bring home!). I know that when I’m organized I’m more productive, and kids are the same way. To plan the space I ran over to my local Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store to see what they had to help us organize.

Chalkboard Calendar

I found this great caddy. It’s all wood and white… my favorite color right now… and the best part is that it spins! I chose it for all the pencils, scissors, paint brushes, etc. that we’re sure to need.

For paper organization, I picked up the black and white stripe box. I have to hide all the paper. Just seeing it out on the desk gives me hives. {wink} If you’re looking for more of a girly vibe, they have lovely black and pink boxes too.

Chalkboard Calendar

Every desk needs a little personal touch, but nothing that is going to take up too much space. I grabbed these letters, ABC, and spray painted them gold with Krylon spray paint. I love how they turned out and it just so happens that my kids’ initials are AB and CB. {grin}

Finally I pulled out my favorite craft tool, my Cricut Explore Air, and made a chalkboard calendar to go above the desk. When school starts it seems like we’re thrown into organized chaos. A great calendar is the only thing that keeps me sane and my family in the right place at the right time.

Chalkboard Calendar

Let’s get crafty and let me show you how easy it is to make one!

You’ll need a few supplies from JoAnn to make this vinyl chalkboard wall calendar:
Cricut Explore Air
Cricut Explore Standard Mat (12×12 or 12×24)
Cricut Weeding Tool
Cricut Design Space Project
Cricut Chalkboard Vinyl
Cricut Gold Glitter Vinyl
• Chalk pen, fine point (available in-stores)

For the letters, you’ll need:
Metal letters
Krylon Gold Spray Paint
Drop cloth

Chalkboard Calendar

Easy How To Steps For Making the Vinyl Calendar:
1. Measure & Resize – first determine how big you want your calendar. I chose to make mine rather large because we tend to have a lot going on. Open my Cricut Design Space file and resize the calendar to fit your space.

2. Cut & Weed – Load Cricut Chalkboard Vinyl into your machine, cut and weed out excess design.

3. Apply Transfer Tape – lining edges up to show straight guide lines apply transfer tape to the calendar and pull away.

4. Apply to Wall – using a ruler, apply calendar to wall and pull transfer tape away.

5. Repeat – repeat process with gold glitter vinyl for month and apple. (Tip: I save the months on the vinyl backing so that I can use them over and over.)

Easy How To Steps For Making the Letters:
1. Lay letters on drop cloth.

2. Spray paint (in a well ventilated area) each letter from all angles. I suggest two to three light coats until covered so you don’t have drips.

Cricut has a million ways you can create and personalize your back to school this year, from notebook labels to backpack embellishments to bookmarks. Make sure you hop over to Jo-Ann for all your Cricut supplies!

Looking for more Cricut ideas, try browsing Cricut Design Space!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate with Jo-Ann!

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