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Project

Reusable Tile Calendar

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
  • Chip board
  • Two 36-tile sheets of 2-inch ceramic white tiles
  • Water-slide transfer paper
  • Home printer
  • Saw with thin metal-cutting blade
  • Steel wool
  • Pencil
  • Brayer
  • Mat knife
  • Work gloves
  • Razor-blade scraper
  • Clear-coat spray paint (if using an inkjet printer)
  • Bowl of water
  • Soft cloth or rag
  • Templates for date 1 to 16
  • Template for dates 17 to 31
  • Days of the week Template
  • Months Template
  • Holidays Template

Steps

  1. Step 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. Step 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. Step 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. Step 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. Step 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. Step 6

    Insert current month into label holder on front of frame.

  7. Step 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.

  8. Step 8

    Cut tile away from mesh sheets. Wearing work gloves, scrape off excess glue on tiles with a razor-blade scraper.

  9. Step 9

    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.)

  10. Step 10

    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.

  11. Step 11

    Place completed tiles in tracks created by aluminum channeling, arranging according to how they fall in the current month.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, January 2008

Reviews (22)

  • Chelles 11 Jan, 2009

    I'm just getting started in working with polymer clay. I'm thinking about trying to make tiles out of it so I can add more whenever I need to. Figure it would also save some $$$ that way. As for the thing about Martha not coming up with half of these ideas, she's given credit to her staff who she has said comes up with a lot of the ideas used on the show.

  • cameragirl7 31 Dec, 2008

    I love this project. Martha and Krisitn interacting had me in stitches, too.

  • Kathye22 26 Dec, 2008

    Although I think this is really cute - its' VERY expensive to make. By the time I had to order everything online from several different websites, and go to several stores to gather up all the other materials, it turned out to be an expensive project.

  • pelican66 26 Dec, 2008

    why not get colored tiles to match recipient's kitchen or wall? add extra tiles so recipient can add their own personalization of birthdays, anniversaries?

  • proudmamaof3 18 Sep, 2008

    I have a small engraving business and this would be another great way to use my equipment to make christmas gifts. I'm so excited to make one. Thanks for the idea

  • cydfarrell 31 Jul, 2008

    I'll make one of these for several friends and family. For those that have children, I'm going to put blank tiles for days preceding or ending the month. It will look more like a traditional calendar. I had no idea there was water-slide paper so that you can make your own decals!

  • andeande 30 Jul, 2008

    great idea!

  • luv2craftnstamp 30 Jul, 2008

    You could also use stamps and permanent ink to make the numbers and holidays. It would be easier to do. ;)

  • Shivi 30 Jul, 2008

    5 bucks Martha doesn't even come up with half these ideas

  • RubyEdge 29 Jul, 2008

    Oh I can't wait to try this out! I thinking I will customize it a little to match my kitchen a little better (honey wood frame creme or blue tiles) and I think I'll decorate a small basket to hang under it for the tiles that aren't currently being used. Thanks again Martha for the idea!

  • mthayer2 17 Mar, 2008

    After a long search I finally found the u-channel in the hardware aisle at Lowe's. I believe it's also called aluminum channel or trim.

  • mthayer2 17 Feb, 2008

    I got a hold of frames by mail and found that Martha used model 884 (2" satin black). If you search the website for 884 it comes right up.

  • mthayer2 17 Feb, 2008

    I'm having trouble locating the u-channeling, anyone know where I can find it? I've already checked my local Lowe's store and did not have any luck.

  • Lamberth 11 Feb, 2008

    This will be great holiday present, and eleven months to make several of them. Thanks!

  • snicker-doodle 5 Feb, 2008

    Loved the perpptual calendar idea...I have seen it before, however this designs sleek and clean look works in most home decor. My husband and I will create this one for our home. Using ceramic tiles in the design makes it possible to personalize it for each individuals needs. Thanks for the great idea!!!

  • dakema 5 Feb, 2008

    I absolutely love this idea. My son's girlfriend has a Thomas Kincaid perpetual calendar that I have so admired. However I love the thought that I will be able to personalize this calendar with my own pictures of family for birthdays, anniversaries, etc, as well as pictures and names for the holidays. Again thank you so much for all your terrific ideas.

  • babieruthiee 5 Feb, 2008

    where can I find the wooden calendar that was shown as a sample for the one that was made? I love it. babieruthiee@hughes.net

  • Cherrytree21 4 Feb, 2008

    I love this idea.
    The only problem is I am from Canada. Does anyone know wgere i can get templates for Canadian holidays??
    Thank-you

  • marthaguy 4 Feb, 2008

    I love this idea. I'm going to modify it slightly to increase the size of the overall calendar to hang on my pantry door. Excellent inspiration!

  • bmer 4 Feb, 2008

    Will just any frame do? I'm concerned that the u-channel may not "fit". Which frame did you use for the calendar you made for the show? bmer

  • welchalynn 4 Feb, 2008

    wow i love this.... you can put pictures on the tiles or on candles or on soap this is sooooo cool.!!! I love this show I love Marhta !!!!

  • marylynnr 4 Feb, 2008

    Is it possible for you to give us an interactive document for the "holidays" page...so that we could add our own pictures for birthdays and holidays? I know I could ultimately figure it out myself, but MS creators do everything so beautifully!!!!
    Mary-Lynn