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Perpetual Family Calendar

Create a calendar you can change every month and customize it with your family's favorite holidays and events.

Perpetual Family Calendar

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

Few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Scissors
  • Paintbrush Hammer
  • Drill or awl


  • 3 4-in.×4-ft. Baby's Breath wall bases (#63426)
  • ½-in.×2ft.×4-ft. birch plywood (#6200)
  • 1 quart Valspar Chalkboard specialty enamel black paint (#203261)
  • 1.5-ounce 17×1-in. galvanized/uncoated wire brad nails (#90496)

Valspar paint:

  • Twist of Lime, #CI 235
  • Vivid Blue, #4006-10C
  • Du Jour, #7002-6
  • Golden Promise, #3003-1C
  • Market Flower, #1005-3C
  • Roasted Pumpkin, #2005-3A

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Project Resources


Step 1

Have a Lowe's associate cut the plywood into two 2-foot squares. You'll need one per calendar. Pick a main color (we used Twist of Lime) and paint the board's front.

Step 2

Using scissors, cut two strips of wall base into 3-inch-square tiles; you'll get 16 per strip for a total of 32. Trace and cut seven 3-inch circles out of the remaining strip.

Step 3

Mark a spot in the center of each tile, 1-2 inch from the top, for a nail hole to hang them. Use an awl or drill to punch a hole on the mark.

Step 4

Paint the tiles with two coats of paint. Then use paint or a permanent marker to write numbers on each tile. Use the special event stencils to trace holiday designs on the circles.

Step 5

Create a template with kraft paper and mark where nails and chalkboard paint should go. Then hammer in the nails and remove the paper. Tape off a rectangle at the top with painter's tape and apply two coats of chalkboard paint.

Step 6


When the chalkboard paint has dried for 24 hours, write the month in chalk and arrange the tiles on the board.