In my annual flurry of organization around January 1st, I realized I didn’t have a calendar in our office anywhere. I wanted something small that wouldn’t take up too much space, and this DIY desk calendar was born!
It combines two of my favorite things–watercolor and ombré–and I think it’ll make a pretty little addition to any desk:
- Gold rub-on transfers (letters & numbers–I found mine at Target)
- 1 sheet of patterned paper
- Small, white wooden box
- 3 small C-hooks
- White eyelet gift tags
- Modge podge
- Sponge brush
- Watercolors & brush
- Measuring tape
First, measure the interior of your box (mine was 5 5/8” x 3 5/8”–you won’t need the lid). Then, measure and draw a corresponding rectangle on the back of the patterned paper and cut it out.
With the sponge brush, add a layer of modge podge to the bottom of the box and the back of the paper. Place the paper on the bottom of the box, and smooth out any wrinkles/bubbles (a credit card works great for this!). Let dry for 15 minutes.
Dip the paintbrush into the water and wet the first color, ensuring you have a decent amount of pigment on the brush. Make a large stripe across the bottom of the first tag (remember: do a few practice ones first). Rinse the brush, wipe lightly, and paint another stripe above and adjacent to the first using only water. Repeat these steps until you reach halfway up the card. The color should be darkest at the bottom and gradually lighten until it matches the white of the tag.