February 9th, 2021 | Published in DIY
I like wall calendars. I know there are electronic day planners out there that have great features like reminders, schedule sharing, customized views and a lot more. Yet I like it that I always have a month outlook right in front of me on the wall in my home office. Of course, people with busy lives may find this format too limiting, but if you have just a few appointments, due dates and special events here and there, a wall calendar is a great way to keep your life organized.
One thing that I really miss in paper calendars though is that there is no visual clue as to where you are on any given day. You really have to mentally put yourself together every time you look at the grid to remind yourself of today’s date. I once even tried to check off days as they went by, but quickly gave up as it looked downright ugly. On a psychological level, it was like crossing out your own life day after day!
Then one day it dawned on me: if there was some kind of a sliding frame that you could move up and down on the calendar to indicate the current week, that would solve the problem! I started googling around for ready made products like that, but to my surprise there were none. Nor could I find any DIY projects for making one myself. Upon some pondering, an idea started to form. It did take me some time to pick up the right materials, but once everything was prepared I just got down to implementing it, and after 30 minutes of work here is what I ended up with.
Not too bad for a $5 DIY project! Maybe not so pretty, but it does the job, for me anyway. Now just follow along, and you will get one like this for yourself in no time. Here is what you will need.
- Utility knife
As for materials, you just need a piece of plastic that is slightly wider than your wall calendar. For myself, I picked a legal size plastic folder that ran at about $5 at the local Staples store.
Using scissors, I cut out a strip of plastic from the inside of the folder that was to become the sliding frame. I didn’t even have to sacrifice the original product as it is still usable for its intended purpose.
Then I trimmed the plastic strip to size. Notice that it overlaps the week view by about 1/4″ on each side.
Using a utility knife, I made two horizontal cuts along the edges of the plastic strip and ran the month sheet through the opening.
The slider was almost complete, but I wanted to make it even more functional and placed a day slider on top of the week frame. For that purpose I used a spare Fellowes® file pocket, although it could be any piece of cardboard.
Cut a rectangular piece out of it, marked it up, cut, folded, glued — and voilà!
That was all there was to it! Now you should be able to replicate this project if you like the idea, and of course feel free to ask questions or share your thoughts.