For years I used a large dry erase calendar for monthly family planning. It worked really well for everyone to be able to see what was in store for the month ahead. (I’ve since switched to digital but that is a story for another day)
While I was looking into doing a little calendar refresh I came across the cutest colorful date magnets. Not only could I skip writing every single date each and every month, but they added a fun pop of color I didn’t know I needed. Long story short, they were out of stock…. for ever. So I decided to make my own. I shared a quick video on my Instagram account that I recommend watching because I didn’t really take pictures during the process (smh). Once you’ve watched come back here for more details so you can make these DIY Date Magnets at your own pace.
You’ll need a few supplies to make your DIY Date Magnets. I had some on hand and found the rest on Amazon.
- 1/2″ Round Glass Cabochons
- 1/2″ Hole Punch
- 10x2mm Disc Magnets
- Colored Paper – I used a color wheel that I had on hand from Sherwin Williams but you could use any assortment of paper. I would recommend card stock or something with more weight to it. I’d also advise against using the palest shades of any color as it will appear almost white when finished.
- Adhesive – I used Mod Podge to attach the paper and E6000 to attach the magnets. Both I had on hand but you could use anything that dries clear.
- Numbers – I’ll get to that in the details below.
Once you have your supplies, you’ll need to decide a numbering method. I made reverse-cut numbers from vinyl and applied them directly to the glass. If you don’t have a vinyl cutting machine you could print the numbers directly onto your colored paper or purchased some number stickers to apply to the paper.
When you have the selected a numbering method, use the 1/2″ hole punch to cut an assortment of colored paper. Now you can simply glue them to the flat side of the glass cabochon and wait for them to dry clear (up to 24 hours depending on adhesive). Once dry, glue the a magnet onto the back side of the paper. Be careful to keep your magnets spread out during this step as they like to snap back together!
That’s it! It’s a pretty simple craft project that can be made to match your own personal home color palette. Interested in our new digital calendar system? Check back soon for a full blog post.