Thursday, May 5, 2011

Thrifty Thursday – Perpetual Chalkboard Calendar

You may realized that today is not a $3 Thursday.  I didn’t want to share more cards so I thought I would share this thrifty calendar.  It is made a few items that cost under $3 so close enough for me….

This was my original idea for the earth day revamp contest but I’m sort of glad that I finished it after the fact so I have it in my home now.


I made a perpetual calendar with metal flashing, game pieces and some scrabble tiles all in a framed vintage chalkboard.


I used a frame I picked up at the Goodwill outlet.  I think it was just over $2.  I don’t remember for certain as it was priced by the pound.


I had a vintage chalkboard with a thin, plain frame.  I did have to cut it down a little bit to fit the frame but I made sure to keep the cool horse graphic on it.  I’m assuming it is a horse of some sort.  I can’t read any name or anything else that might lead to the reason for the horse. 


I attached a scrabble tile holder above the calendar and picked up all the tiles needed for each month.


I used four pieces of metal flashing for a magnetic surface for the calendar.  The letters are vinyl scrapbook stickers.


The number pieces are from a game I picked up at the thrift store.  I had to cut the pieces in half to get just one number.  I sometimes look at games to see what type of game pieces they have.  They can sometime make fun additions to crafts.


   Although there is chalk and some space to write I think I might add some Post its to the board to jot notes down.  It is sitting by by front door so would be easy to pick up notes on my way out.  Well, easy if I remember to pick them up.


I  like my new calendar and love that the numbers are magnetic so I only need to witch the numbers around and the scrabble tiles to each new month.


Vintage chalkboard           ~ $2, I don’t remember exact cost

Vintage frame                 ~ $2, paid by the pound.

Metal Flashing                 $.22* each, used four

Scrabble tiles and holder              $3 with lots left for other projects

Number game pieces              $1.50 with lots left over

Scrapbook letters                               craft supply

Magnets           ~ $2 – I used about three rolls

Foam tape        craft supply


Total cost    ~ $12**

I paid by the piece for the metal flashing.  They are 5 x 7 and I found them sold in a pack of 100 at Home Depot but asked and was able to buy part of the package by the piece.  Maybe it pays to look hopeless in a home improvement store…. :) 

** I have lots of the Scrabble game and other game left for other projects.

At first I thought I wanted a more eclectic look with various numbers but in the end I decided I like the streamline look of these.  I can always add other numbers if I decide later.  I’m thinking dominoes, mailbox numbers and bingo numbers for start.  The options really are endless.

I’m debating whether I should put this in my Etsy store as it would be a great addition to the store but I just can’t make myself list it…yet. 

Maybe one day.

This weekend there should be lots of garage sales and I’ll be on the lookout for more vintage chalkboards.

What thrifty finds have you found lately?


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  1. What a great idea! I love it. And it is so fun. thank you for joining TTF. I hope you have a wonderful Mother' Day!

  2. Love the scrabble tile detail for the months!

    Thanks for linking to Creative Juice. Hope to see you back again this week...

  3. Hi June! I just thought I would drop by to let you know that I am featuring this post for this weeks TTF party! I will have the link up this evening. I hope you are having a wonderful day!


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