I’m sharing three free printable wall calendars along with everything you need to know to turn them into a reusable dry erase calendar.
I’m a huge fan of a good reusable wall calendar. I’ve made and shared several DIY reusable calendars over the years including this upcycled calendar I used for many years.
But as much as I loved those DIY calendars, I knew I could simplify the whole process so that it was much faster and easier for other people to make their own.
Free Printable Wall Calendars
After considering a few ideas, I came up with the perfect solution – printable wall calendars that can easily be framed to become dry erase calendars.
This is a great way to get a forever calendar that never has to be replaced but looks a million times cuter than the generic dry erase calendars from an office supply store.
So I got to work designing my dream wall calendar.
I designed a monthly calendar that can be reused month after month.
There is space at the top to circle the current month, room along the sides for a to-do list and other notes, and plenty of space to add reminders, appointments, and tasks to each day.
Each month, you can fill in the dates and add all of your tasks and plans. Once framed, this calendar works exactly like a dry erase calendar that can be written on, erased, and rewritten on over and over.
I designed three different printable monthly calendars and I absolutely love how they turned out.
There are two different watercolor calendars. Both have a clean and modern design with an artistic edge. One calendar is made of beautiful dark blue watercolor blocks while the other has lighter blue watercolor blocks.
And I also created a clean, simple black and white version for those who prefer a more modern look.
I’m adding these to the library of free printables that is freely available to all of my email subscribers.
Each of the three designs is available in 4 different dimensions to fit all different size frames and planners. Each design includes high quality jpg files in the following dimensions:
- 2:3 ratio works for sizes: 8″x12″, 10″x15″, 12″x18″, 16″x24″, 20″x30″, 24″x36″
- 3:5 ration works for sizes: 6″x8″, 9″x12″, 12″x16″, 15″x20″, 18″x24″
- 4:5 ratio works for sizes: 8″x10″, 11″x14″, 12″x15″, 16″x20″
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And if you like these printable calendars, I also recently created a matching set of free printable meal planners that you might want to check out.
How to Make a Printable Calendar into a Dry Erase Calendar
Now that you have your calendars, let’s talk about how to get your calendars printed, framed, and ready to use.
Did you know that you can turn any blank calendar into a reusable dry erase calendar by popping it in a frame? It’s such a smart way to get a gorgeous calendar that you can reuse year after year.
Each of these calendars could be printed out on regular copy paper to use in a planner, but they really shine when you have them printed nice and big and make them into a beautiful reusable wall calendar.
I framed the dark blue calendar to use in my home office. These would also be great printed nice and large for a family command center, a homeschooling space, or a meeting room. Basically anywhere you have a lot to keep track of.
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Printing Your Calendar
When it comes to printing your calendar, you have a few different options.
Of course, you can always print your calendar on your home computer, but if you are going to print it in a larger size, you will need to have it printed at a print shop.
Engineering Prints or Blueprints
The cheapest way to get anything printed in a larger size is to have it printed as an engineering print or blueprint. These are printed on very thin paper and come in either black and white or full color prints. Blueprints come in sizes ranging from 18″x24″ to 36″x48″.
I had all three calendars printed at Staples in the 18″x24″ size.
They printed the black and white and light blue calendars as blueprints no problem for less than $5 each, but they weren’t able to print the dark blue calendar as a blueprint because it would have used too much ink.
The quality of the design of both blueprint calendars was great and the images were crisp, but the paper is extremely thin and wrinkles very easily. If you do print your calendars as engineering prints, be extra careful with them and frame them as soon as possible to protect them from damage.
Another option is to print your calendar as a poster print. When Staples told me they couldn’t print my dark blue calendar as a blueprint, I had it printed as a poster instead. The poster is a bit more expensive, but the difference in quality is immediately apparent. The paper was much thicker and more durable than the blueprints.
You can also have posters printed at other copy and print shops as well as many photo shops. I have had several posters printed at Walgreens and CVS in the past and they often have sales going.
Note: I had each these calendars printed as an 18″x24″ print so I can vouch for the quality up to that size. They would probably print well in sizes much larger as well, but I cannot guarantee those results.
Framing your Calendar
You’ll need a good frame to turn your printed calendar into a reusable dry erase calendar.
If you are near an IKEA, they always have great prices on large frames and there are also lots of nice options at Michaels and Hobby Lobby, especially when they have a sale going on. I bought this wood frame from Target for my own calendar.
Writing on your Calendar
Most of us are pretty familiar with dry erase markers – you write with them just like any other marker and them wipe them away to erase them.
Chalk markers are similar, but once they dry, they don’t wipe away if rubbed. Instead, chalk markers can be erased with a damp paper towel. This is nice because it keeps your calendar from getting smudged whenever you write on it throughout the month.
Chalk markers come in classic chalk white, but you can also get them in a range of other colors.
White chalk markers look beautiful against the dark blue watercolor calendar. And I also like the subtle white against the light blue, although a black dry erase marker would also work well.
And that’s it! It really is crazy how easy it is to create your own dry erase calendar in any size.
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