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How to: DIY paint sample calendar



I am always looking for new ways to stay organized, and while on Pinterest I found a really cool way to keep track of different events. I love arts and crafts, especially if they are easy, and I thought a paint sample calendar was something perfect to hang in my dorm room. It is inexpensive (costing around $6) and easy to make. The project took me a couple of hours and I was very pleased with the results.

Make sure that when you are picking out a frame, the front is made of plastic, not glass. If it is glass, the finished product may be too heavy to hang on the wall with command strips. You can find paint strip samples in any hardware store or at Walmart. When picking out colors, keep in mind that there needs to be at least six squares on the strip. Five are for the weeks of the month and one is to write the day of the week.


  • A Frame (something thin and lightweight, but also has a plastic front and is at least 15×11)
  • Rubber Cement (I recommend rubber cement because it will not cause rippling in the paint strip samples)
  • 7 Paint Strip Samples
  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Scrapbook Paper


  1. Cut the scrapbook paper to fit inside the picture frame (depending on how big your frame is, you may need more than two sheets of paper). Glue it to either the cardboard that comes with the frame or another piece of paper.
  2. Cut the bottom or top square off of each paint sample (this will be used for writing the day of the week).
  3. Glue the paint samples to the scrapbook paper. Make sure there are seven strips each with five attached squares and the one extra square that was cut off. If the paper you chose has a glitter texture, you may want to add tape to the back of the samples for extra support.
  4. Once the strips have been evenly spaced apart and glued, let them dry before placing the plastic front on the frame. You may want to place some books of something heavy on top to make sure no air is trapped under the strips.
  5. Optional – To add a space for the month, feel free to cut scrapbook paper and glue it on the top space of the scrapbook paper.
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