Acrylic top layer from a generic poster frame White paint pen Seafoam green frosting paint Small screws
Gridded cutting mat Straight edge for cutting and inking Blade knife Tape to hold down the sheet Drill with small bit Windex to clean the acrylic Q-tips to touch up the lines
How we made our Family Calendar and Command Center
First, align the acrylic sheet to the canvas frame and mark where to cut. We aligned one corner so we only needed to make one long cut.
Using a utility knife, we trimmed off the excess acrylic. Read our blog for best way to cut this.
After cutting it, clean the acrylic sheet with a window cleaner.
Next we moved to drawing the grid on the acrylic sheet. Place the sheet against the gridded cutting board and mark where your calendar boxes and lines should go. We used a liquid chalk pen and drew the lines on the back of the sheet so they won’t be erased.
We decided on a monthly calendar on the left and a weekly chart for daily reminders or menu planning in the center and an open area for notes on the right.
After drawing the lines, we removed the excess chalk with Q-tips to ensure neat lines.
Then, we sprayed the side of the acrylic sheet we just inked with frosted glass. This was to give the sheet a slight opaque finish to obscure the painting and make the calendar clear.
Once dry, line up the sheet with the painted side down on top of the art canvas. Make pilot holes and fasten with small screws.
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