Magnetic Perpetual Calendar

My friend Bridget’s bridal shower was quickly approaching, and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get crafty for her gift. The big quesion was what to make.

My sister has had this wooden perpetual calendar on her kitchen wall for forever. I always thought it was a cute idea, especially for a couple just starting their lives together; a way to mark holidays and special events as a new family. I decided to make my own magnetic version for Bridget.

Calendar BaseI covered a 12″ x 12″ piece of steel sheet metal with a red and black rose pattern fabric and put it in a sleek modern black frame. I then printed out the months, weekdays and numbers in a bold font on a cream stock with a slight canvas texture, and affixed each to magnets. A few “blanks” were rubber stamped and colored to mark birthdays, holidays and special events. All the magnet pieces were sprayed with a somewhat glossy top coat for added protection and sheen. The backside of the calendar is entirely magnetic to hold all the pieces not being used that month.

Putting this calendar together was a learning experience. I’d never made anything like it, and I was very nervous about how it would turn out. Everything came together very nicely and I think it looks beautiful (and Bridget agreed!). This was how I had it set up for her gift (can you guess when Bridget’s wedding day is?):

Finished Calendar

I did forget (or lost, not sure which) the sheet with July, August and September printed on it. So I do still owe her three months. :s

I’m hoping to make more of these and have them become part of my regular crafting repertoire.

(Apologies for the less-than-stellar photography. The short timeframe left little opportunity for good photos.)