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Here you will find important instructions and tips for our reusable wall calendars!
- Test any marker you plan to use on your calendar in an inconspicuous area to ensure it erases cleanly and completely!
- We are not responsible for and cannot issue refunds for damage caused by the markers you choose to use.
- Some colors and brands of chalk, dry erase and/or wet erase markers may leave a little bit of “ghosting” (residual color) on the calendar surface after they are erased. So TEST any marker(s) on a small & inconspicuous area on the front of your calendar before writing all over it.
- Note that the back of your calendar is not coated with matte lamination and is not erasable. Marker testing should occur on the front of your calendar in a small, inconspicuous area.
- Wait for any marker ink to dry completely before attempting to erase it off to reduce the possibility of ghosting.
- To clean your calendar, wipe it gently with a damp cloth and then dry it immediately with a dry cloth. Do not use a magic eraser, scrub pad or anything else that is abrasive on your calendar as it could damage the matte lamination.
- Traditional ballpoint or ink pens will not write well on the smooth, matte laminated surface and are not erasable.
What to Use to Write On Your Erasable Wall Calendar
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I Recommend White Chalk Markers
I personally think white ink shows up beautifully on every single color of our rainbow wall calendar and our navy calendar, so I recommend using white chalk markers. No matter what white chalk marker you choose to use, be sure to test any marker you want to use to write on your calendar in an inconspicuous area on the front of your calendar to confirm it erases cleanly!
I have tested several chalk markers since creating our wall calendar. This is my favorite white chalk marker and is the one we recommend. It's perfect for writing directly on your reusable calendar AND for writing on glass or plexiglass if you choose to frame your calendars. It wipes off cleanly with a damp paper towel. I recommend wiping it off with a damp paper towel and then immediately drying your calendar with a dry paper towel.
Be Cautious With Dry Erase or Wet Erase Markers
If you want to use wet or dry erase markers to write on your calendar, be sure to test them on an inconspicuous area first. I have tested several and have found that some dry erase and wet erase markers leave a little bit of “ghosting” (residual color) on the surface after they are erased. So TEST any markers before using them all over your calendar! Be sure to wait for any marker ink to dry completely before attempting to erase it off to reduce the possibility of ghosting. Note that even “dry” erase markers will need to be wiped away with a damp cloth. Remember to immediately dry your calendar with a dry cloth after cleaning it.
How to Arrange Your Wall Calendar
The possibilities are endless depending on how much wall space you have and what your preferences are. Hang all 12 at a time, 4 at a time, 3 at a time (perfect for businesses who are focused on quarterly goals), or even 1 at a time. No matter what arrangement you choose, your Kaleidoscope Living Giant Wall Calendar will double as art. Scroll through the images below to see some fun options!
And below are even more arrangement ideas that we have seen from our amazing customers!
How to Hang Your Wall Calendar
There are so many different ways to hang your wall calendars! The short video below shows you 5 options that we love. It will play after a brief ad. And you can learn more about each option below the video :)
Make DIY Magnetic Poster Hangers
I have had so many people ask how the calendars are hanging in my home office. The answer is that we made 6-foot-long magnetic poster hangers for them. You can find the tutorial below.
Want a creative and fun way to hang art, posters, or our wall calendars? Learn how to make these oversized magnetic poster hangers! This is a beginner-friendly DIY project and it's such a great way to display anything that you want to be able to change out or rearrange whenever you feel like it (like all the different masterpieces your kids paint for you)! Just click the button below for the tutorial.
Hang Them Directly On Your Wall Without Frames
If you want to hang your calendar directly on your wall, you can do that! I chose a thick, beautiful paper to have our calendar printed on so that it would look stunning even when hung directly on a wall! How you choose to hang them on your walls is up to you. Thumb tacks, push pins, picture hanging Command strips, etc. I've included some cute options for hanging them without putting holes in the calendar pages themselves below. Note: I do not recommend poster dots. They sound like a great idea and are very strong, but I wasn't able to get them off the calendars without damaging the paper OR off my walls without taking some of the paint with them :(
If you are only going to hang 1 to 4 months at a time, I love the idea of hanging them in 16 x 20-inch frames. The same erasable chalk markers work great on glass or plexiglass!
You can find some of my favorite frame options listed below.
- These affordable IKEA frames (seen below)
- These super inexpensive magnetic poster hangers are another great option
- I also love this even less expensive option from Target
- This is a great price for a set of 4 acrylic frames
Adding Appointments/Deadlines/Birthdays to Your Calendar
I have found that I like dating my calendar with chalk markers and then using post-it notes to add appointments, etc. to my calendar with. This is largely because I can use different color post-it notes to signify different things and can write on them with any pen I have handy at the moment. I also love that I can move them around if things get rescheduled or changed!
Note that each square of the calendar is about 2 x 2 inches, so I like using these 1 1/2″ x 2″ sticky notes. They fit perfectly without covering the dates I have written in :) Sometimes I cut them in half to create smaller notes. I have learned the hard way that not all sticky notes are created equally. The name brand Post-it notes are worth the extra money–they stick well! Some less expensive options I have purchased fall off easily.
I have also discovered these transparent sticky notes, which I love! The white chalk markers I love write beautifully on them as well and they allow the colors of the wall calendar to shine through.
Another option is to use solid color washi tape. I love this option when adding things like vacation or summer camp dates that stretch across many days. Washi tape should easily peel off without damaging your calendar, but again…TEST it first in an inconspicuous area of your calendar since the strength of washi tape varies from brand to brand.
If you have any questions, please drop them below or email us at email@example.com. And please share photos of your wall calendar in action! Share on social media and tag @tasha.kaleidoscope and/or @kaleidoscope_living. We can't wait to see!
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