Framed Dry Erase Calendar


Looking for a way to get your family a bit more organized? This dry erase calendar is one of the most popular projects we’ve shared on Somewhat Simple!


  • Glass frame
  • Sharpie marker
  • Ruler
  • Vinyl stickers if you have them (If you dont have them, just write the labels yourself with the marker.)

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  1. Flip the glass to the backside and begin measuring and drawing lines. It is important to draw the lines on the back of the glass so you don’t have to worry about the lines coming off the more you use this calendar. I was worried about this part, wondering if one slip of my hand would make a line not straight and ruin the entire glass, but I was pleasantly surprised at how easy the marker comes off with a little Windex and paper towel. I changed my mind on the spacing of each area and had to erase that “permanent marker” several times!!!
  2. After the lines were drawn, I applied my vinyl stickers, also to the backside of the glass. (If you are cutting your vinyl, you will need to cut it backwards so it looks right from the front.)

When all of that is done, your calendar is finished! Simply use a dry erase marker to write and rewrite your family’s happenings!

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One cute variation I saw was done on a 12×12 frame so you can change the background of you calendar with scrapbook paper to match the seasons of the year! This idea is a lot of fun, so make one and get creative with it!

IKEA has the frame I used for this tutorial for only $5, but it has plexiglass instead of regular glass, so  watch out, the permanent marker is not as easy to rub off of the plexiglass!

This post originally published on Somewhat Simple in December 2009

Wife, mom of 5, and creator of Somewhat Simple, Stephanie has a passion to create and inspire. She is an Orange County transplant who is now enjoying life in Phoenix, AZ. She enjoys traveling, shopping, organizing, cooking and creating simple projects for her home and family.
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  1. michelle says

    Hi Steph. where can i get those cut out words? this is so cool. i want to do it!!



  2. Elizabeth Hooker says

    Like many others before me I would love to buy the vinyl letters! Do you have any available? Thanks I just love your idea.

  3. Tanya Fritz says

    I had a question about your vinyl lettering. I love your window calendar and I am working on my own version. I was wondering if I could order a set, but request a few changes…

    I would like to replace Goals with Responsibilities
    I would like to replace Grocery List with Let’s Focus on
    I would like to replace Notes with Quote of the Week
    I would like to replace Don’t Forget with Dinner (slightly smaller if possible)

    Is this something you would be interested/able to do? If so could you give me a quote? Thank you!

  4. Sonam says

    Where do you get the glass from? and cut to your specifications? Thank you, I have been wanting to do this for a very long time.

  5. Kelli D says

    What is the size of the glass/plexiglass in the frame you are using? It looks pretty big. Just wondering. Thanks!

  6. Jenn Williamson says

    Hi, I’d love to order a set of the vinyl letters! Can you email me with ordering info? Thanks!

  7. Roberta Campbell says


    I would live to make this. Can you email me how to purchase a set of the vinyl letters?

  8. Stacy says

    Hi! I really love this idea and I tried to look up a website to make the vinyl lettering but I couldnt find any that looked nice enough. Can you please email me about how to purchase the vinyl letters?

  9. Kim barret says

    Love re-purposing a fame in this manner. Make task making fun for everyone.

  10. says

    I would also love for you to send me the information on the lettering if you still have it available!! I was also wondering if I could share a link to this page on my blog when I make my calendar?
    Thanks so much for taking time to answer all of us!!!!

  11. Allison says

    Hello! I would love to make this calendar for my family. Thanks for the great idea! If you are still selling the letting I am very interested in buying some. Thanks again!

  12. James says

    Digging the calendar and its prefect for our family. Just like everyone else, how can I get my hands on the lettering? Even better if you sell the calendar as a whole I would sooo buy it! Thanks!

  13. Sarah says

    Been looking for a dry erase calendar since beginning of this year. LOVE this one! So talented!Just wondering if you’re selling vinyl letters or selling calendars as a whole? Please let me know! Thanks so much!

  14. Rachel says

    Hi, really love this idea and would like to make one for our chaotic family with the hope this will help our overall organization! Is there a possibility of purchasing the lettering? If there is would really like to purchase! Please let me know…thanks 😉

  15. Margrét Sigurpálsdóttir says

    Hi! Such a wonderful idea, I have already started making my own frame! Can you tell me where I can purchase vinyl stickers like these? I have tried finding sone online but none are as pretty as the ones you had :)