How To Make Your Own Chalkboard Daily To-Do List
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I love the ability to have a to-do list that is reusable. I’ll be the first to admit I’m kind of a hippy when it comes to being able to reuse, reduce and recycle things that I already have. Making (and using) my own chalkboard daily to-do list saves me from having to use up all the little scraps of paper I have laying around all the time.
I had an old frame with broken glass hanging for a couple of years now. It’s been an eyesore for quite a while now, even though I cannot remember how it even ended up broken in the first place. But, I knew that there had to be a better use for it.
As I was sitting at my desk, looking at all the scraps of paper with notes written all over them, I decided I needed something more permanent but still usable for my daily tasks.
The “scrap of paper” management style isn’t efficient anyhow.
It was while looking at the stacks of notes that I thought of that broken frame. How cool would it be to merge the two problems into one grand solution?
I’ve had dry erase boards in the past. However, I have issues with using those also. For one, after using it for some time it becomes almost impossible to erase the marker. I have one that I’ve been using as a family calendar in my command center, and it’s slightly blue tinged from overuse. (That’s the next problem that I will be tackling.)
I also hate that the markers dry up on me a lot more than I think they should. They make all kinds of neat colored markers, but a lot don’t show up well. City Spouse wrote an appointment down once in a yellow dry erase marker. No one but him even saw it until it was time to erase the calendar for the next month. That appointment was rescheduled at a cost of $35 (missed appointment fee at the doctor’s office) all because of a light colored marker!
I discovered chalkboard contact paper!!
You have probably seen chalkboard paint on the market for some time. I have tried it before and while it works very well for certain applications when regular old-school chalk is the primary tool for writing on it, my chalkboard markers seemed to “stain” the paint.
The chalkboard contact paper seems to not have the same negative effect using the chalkboard markers.
So to get started, gather up (or order) all the tools that I used.
Disassemble frame as if you were going to add pictures.
Remove mat and/or the included stock photo. This is your template for your cardboard.
Carefully cut cardboard (or foam) to the size of the included photo.
Roll out chalkboard contact paper and cut to completely cover your cut cardboard. Leave at least 1 1/2″ all the way around so that you can wrap around the edges.
Working slowly and rubbing out all air bubbles, cover the face of the cardboard template with contact paper.
Once the surface area is complete, flip over to wrap edges with the 1 1/2″ allowance left over. Start at corners, folding down into a right triangle to cover. Repeat with other corners. Now fold each side up around the edge to the back, pressing down to smooth out all air bubbles.
Once covered, return chalkboard covered cardboard to frame and secure without the glass.
Now just use your chalkboard markers to write out your title and categories for the day.
I have the title Daily To-Do, followed by my theme for the day, my top 3 most important tasks to complete, a section for an inspirational quote (which is usually the one I share via Facebook daily), and some random things that I don’t want to forget about, like errands that need run or phone calls I need to make, etc.
Some other ways that you can reduce your use of paper in your home or office:
Instead of printing hard copies of your documents, save them to your hard drive or email them to yourself to save paper.
Make your printer environmentally friendly. Change your printer settings to make double-sided pages. Use small point fonts when possible and use the “fast draft” setting when possible to save ink.
Pay your bills via e-billing programs when possible to save paper.
Reuse envelopes with metal clasps and reuse file folders by sticking a new label over the previous one.