I put a photo of this up on Facebook earlier this evening and a lot of people liked it, so here’s how it’s done…
First, go visit a paint shop. The big warehouses are good, because they’re less likely to question why on earth you’re stuffing 35 paint chips into your pockets, and you can spend a while deciding what you want. I used Taubman’s paint chips, which have two shades on one card. Choose three colours – one for Sunday (I used yellow), one for Saturday (purple), and a blend for the weekdays (green-blue). You’ll need 5 different shades for each day. It’s pretty easy to pick which ones go together, as they’re organised like this in the store already! Don’t choose colours right next to each other though – every second or third column looks better.
Once you’ve got your paint chips home, it’s time to bring out the cutting implements. I used both a guillotine and a pair of scissors, but you know… whatever you’ve got. Straight cuts are nice. Cut your chips into slightly off square rectangles that are 1.5×1.4 inches (38x35mm). I chose to leave the colour names on, but you could cut them off if you choose. Line them up nicely from light to dark in a 7×5 grid and get ready to stick ‘em down!
I used long strips of double sided tape to stick my chips to the piece of paper. Don’t worry too much about the corners or getting them stuck on permanently – they will be behind glass, after all, and they shouldn’t need too much adhesive! Keep in mind that the frame will overlap the edge of the glass slightly, so you need to leave maybe 3mm at the edges of the paper. This has the added bonus of centering your grid. Stick down Sunday’s column first, then across the bottom row. Now you can just stick the rest in using these as a guide. I found that because my chips weren’t all perfectly cut, I had some trouble with needing to overlap at times. To solve this, I stuck every second chip on (think chess board) and then popped the rest on over the top – it creates a nice pattern without destroying the grid.
Now, the tricky part! Put your piece of paper with the chips on it into the frame, facing the glass. Put the back on the frame. Still with me? Okay, good.
Grab a fine liner whiteboard marker and number those squares! Check a real calendar to make sure you put the number 1 on the right day. You may also wish to write the name of the month in a blank square, and fill in any important stuff like birthdays. If you make a mistake – just wipe it right off! And next month you can wipe it clean and start over! Isn’t this fun?!