Tools and Materials
Custom or ready-made frame with 15-by-18-inch opening
Hanging hardware and wall-protecting bumpers
3 1/2-by-1 1/2-inch metal label holder
1/2-inch-deep aluminum U-channeling, designed for 1/4-inch plywood
5-minute, two-part epoxy
Grafix Double Tack Mounting Film or other double-sided adhesive
Two 36-tile sheets of 2-inch ceramic white tiles
Water-slide transfer paper
Saw with thin metal-cutting blade
Clear-coat spray paint (if using an inkjet printer)
Bowl of water
Soft cloth or rag
Templates for dates: 1 to 16 and 17 to 31, days, months, and holidays
1. Prepare the frame: Add hanging hardware and wall-protecting bumpers. Center a label-holder on the bottom front of the frame and attach.
2. Cut 6 lengths of aluminum U-channeling to fit the width of your frame. Sand and buff the channeling with steel wool to smooth the surface and edges.
3. With a pencil, mark where to glue the channeling into the inside of the frame, starting with one length of channeling aligned with the bottom of the frame, and spacing the rest evenly between the bottom and top of the frame.
4. Mix epoxy and use it to glue channeling into the frame, with the "track" of the channeling facing the top of the frame. Be sure to use epoxy immediately after mixing.
5. Create month labels: Print the template for the months on white paper. Lay template on one side of double-sided adhesive, and use a brayer to smooth out bubbles. Remove backing from adhesive and mount on chip board; bray again to smooth out bubbles.
6. Insert current month into label holder on front of frame.
7. Print template for days of the week on white paper. Lay template on one side of double-sided adhesive, and use a brayer to smooth out bubbles. Cut out each individual day with a mat knife. Peel away adhesive backing and adhere to the calendar along the top of the frame, using 1/2-inch masking tape as a guide to keep the labels aligned. Adhere "Sunday" first; repeat for other days.
1. Cut tile away from mesh sheets. Wearing work gloves, scrape off excess glue on tiles with a razor-blade scraper.
2. Print templates for date numbers (1 to 16, 17 to 31) and holidays on water-slide transfer paper. If using an inkjet printer, seal the ink with a light coat of clear-coat spray and allow to dry. Cut out individual numbers and holidays. (Note: Cut within the square guidelines around each number, so the black edge is removed.)
3. Following directions for the water-slide decal paper, put a number in a bowl of water for one minute. When the backing starts to peel away from the film, carefully slide the printed film off the backing underwater. Position the printed film on one tile; use a soft rag to wipe away excess water. Repeat for the rest of the dates and holidays.
4. Place completed tiles in tracks created by aluminum channeling, arranging according to how they fall in the current month.
Waterslide decal paper can be purchased at decalpaper.com. The aluminum channeling, epoxy, steel wool, hanging hardware and bumpers, hack saw, and tiles can be found at hardware stores. The Grafix Double Tack Mounting Film can be purchased at dickblick.com. The metal label holders can be purchased at woodworkingparts.com. The 15-by-18-inch custom frame can be purchased at framesbymail.com.