Create a colorful chalkboard calendar for kids using these fun free printables. Print on colored paper for a bright and bold calendar!
Hello! I’m back today with another calendar tutorial. Over the past few days I’ve been sharing fun ways to use my calendar printables as well as introducing new free calendar printables to the collection. Today I’m sharing a new set of calendar printables designed to be used with colored cardstock. They are perfect to use for a chalkboard calendar for kids!
This calendar set is in English and looks awesome when printed on colored cardstock. This is a great way to save on colored ink without losing out on color! I printed my calendar using Astrobrights paper and love how bright and bold the calendar came out.
Since the calendar pieces were so electric in the neon Astrobright colors, I decided to use them with a chalkboard so the background would be black. You could also use a black foam board for a similar vibe. The Chalkboard I used is by a U Brands chalkboard and measures 17″ x 23″. I decided to paint the frame purple but it did prove more difficult than I expected. It took several coats of paint but I’m happy with the fun purple border.
Below is the tutorial for setting up this specific calendar. There are dozens of ways you can use my free calendar printables. This set comes in English but I have sets in other languages including Spanish, French, Italian, and Hawaiian as well. You can read all about my DIY Children’s Calendar or check out the Calendar ideas page to see different ways you can use the printables.
How to Make a Chalkboard Calendar for Kids
- Free printables – located in my Free Resource Library
- Chalkboard Calendar printables in English
- Custom header printable
- Chalkboard – painting the frame is optional! You could also use a black foam board.
- Astrobrights Colored Cardstock
- Laminator and Thermal Laminating Pouches
- Paper Trimmer
- Velcro 3/8″ Thin Clear Fasteners
- Command Spring Clips in Black
Step by Step Tutorial
Step One: Download and print the calendar printables from my Resource Library. I used the Chalkboard calendar set and used the Custom Header file to make a customized header for the top of the calendar.
Step Two: Laminate the pages for extra durability and cut out all of the pieces. I used my laminator but you can also use self-laminating sheets. For this set of printables, I decided to leave a small boarder around each piece when I cut them out. It helps them pop on a black background!
Step Three: Create the a perpetual calendar using fasteners. I printed the calendar page on a bright pinkish-red piece of paper and printed the numbers on blue paper. After laminating both sheets of paper and cutting everything out using my paper trimmer, I was ready to assemble the calendar.
Start by covering each square on the calendar with a thin fastener (the rough side). Cover 31 of them with a coordinating fastener (the soft side) and then stick the number on top. Press the numbers down and hold for a few seconds. When you lift up the number cards, the soft fastener will stay stuck to the back of the cards.
Step Four: Create the thermometer using fasteners and an arrow. The thermometer is created in a similar way using the thin clear fasteners. An arrow marks how hot or cold it is each day.
Step Five: Assemble the chalkboard using tape and clips! Start by arranging your board until you are happy with the layout. Next, tape down any pieces that do not need to change each day. I just put loops of tape on the back that would be easy to peel up if I ever changed my mind on the layout.
Use the black Command clips to hold pieces that need to change each day including the day of the week, month, year, and large weather card.
I love the way the black clips look on the black chalkboard. The clips are also a great size for kids and not to strong that they will hurt tiny fingers. The calendar is complete and ready to be used daily!!
This calendar was a lot of fun to create and I really like the new printables that can be printed on colored cardstock. The printables are so bright and bold! Be sure to check out all of my calendar ideas if you are looking to create a calendar for kids!
Download the Calendar Files
Download the free calendar files from my Resource Library! Visit my Resource Library to download the free calendar printables. There is a entire section of my Library dedicated to my calendar printables. You’ll find the main calendar in five languages, calendar pages for 2021, bunnies plus additional bunny clothing and more!
Download calendar extras from my Etsy shop! Visit my Etsy shop to shop calendar extras like Holiday Cards, Daily Activity Cards, Preschool Learning Cards, Fun National Day Cards and more!