Chalkboard Vinyl Calendar Tutorial

My friend Kassy has the most amazing calendar/message/magnetic center in her front entry hallway.
After seeing it, I just knew I had to have one!

My mom made this clock a few years ago...the clock mechanism stopped working, and she couldn't find a big enough one to fit, so she gave it to me!
I have been looking for the right size mechanism for over a year now...and the clock
just looks so sad up on our wall- broken!

 I decided to re-purpose it  into our new calendar/message board! 

I hacked away at the clock machine on the mom heavy glued that beast on. Then I grabbed a random tool from our tool box and pried the numbers off...which was a lot easier said than done.

Sorry for the terrible pictures... it was late at night and I didn't realize the kiddos had played with my camera settings. =) 

After getting all the numbers off, I decided to take the frame off and sand the back piece. Thankfully, I scored a nice hand sander for a few bucks at a garage sale last weekend! 

I filled in the hole with wood filler, sanded like crazy, painted it a pretty blue, and reattached the frame. The picture doesn't do it justice... 

I cut the chalkboard vinyl with my Silhouette SD, and eyeballed the placement.

I got some awesome Chalk Ink markers - so I made a holder for them out of a mason jar and pipe clamp. 

I really want to add something else here, but not sure what... any ideas??

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I will be linking this up to some of the blogs found here.


  1. Emily, this is awesome! you're so crafty!

  2. Love this. Just one question, can you erase the chalkboard ink? I have never worked with it and wasn't sure about this.

  3. love this so easy to use perfect for busy lives come see what I shared at

  4. SO pretty!! Would LOVE it if you would share this project at my turquoise lovin' party going on right now!!

  5. Lovin this!! Don't think i could make something this great!! doesn't even look handmade!

    i would love it if you would share this on my link party , Serenity Saturday over at


  6. That looks so awesome! I need to make one. If I find a frame maybe I could by the vinyl from you. Love your blog by the way!

  7. Love your idea! I am going to share your link on my blog. Thank you for a wonderful tutorial!