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Waka Waka Waka

Pacman chomps his way through the month on this magnetic calendar.  The dots are numbered with the dates; ghost, fruit and power pellets can be used to mark special occasions, birthdays, deadlines or other dates that you may need to remember throughout the month.  This is a perpetual calendar so once all the dots are removed, you can move onto the next level, I mean month and reset the dots.

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Step 1: READY!

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What you will need:
  • A piece of sheet metal
  • Yellow and white craft foam
  • Magnets (I used a thin magnet sheet and larger circles that I got from a dollar store)
  • Polymer clay
  • Black and blue paint (or instead of blue paint, blue model striping tape)
  • Metal primer and varnish
  • Paint brushes
  • Hole punch
  • Scissors
  • Pencil and ruler
  • Glue

Step 2: Preparing the Sheet Metal

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  • Cut your sheet of metal to the size that you want, mine was ~17.5 cm X 20 cm.
  • You can either bend over the edges or grind them smooth after cutting.
  • To bend the sheet so that it can stand up, mark a line along the width of the metal about 4-5 cm from the bottom
  • Line up the mark on the edge of a something straight and solid (eg. a table edge) and bend the bottom edge back more than 90 degrees.  This should enable it to stand on it's own and slanting back a bit.

Step 3: Painting the Metal Sheet

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I applied a metal primer first on the sheet metal before painting it with a glossy black acrylic paint.  Adding a coat of varnish once the paint has dried is a good idea since moving the magnets on the calendar would likely scratch the paint over time.
I love your ruler! (the Instructable is also good)
ChrysN (author)  fifipoodlebum2 years ago
giike33 years ago
Nic3 it must have 55 diffrent school uses
wwhitt3 years ago
WHere did you buy the sheet metal amd magnet sheet
ChrysN (author)  wwhitt3 years ago
The magnets you can get a craft store and dollar stores. The sheet metal may also be found in craft/hobby stores or hardware stores or online.
wwhitt ChrysN3 years ago
Thanks did you only use magnets from the sheet and how much would you estimate the parts cost? I can't wait to make it this weekend
ChrysN (author)  wwhitt3 years ago
They clay is a couple of dollars for each colour or just use white and paint it. The craft foam you can get a 100 pack for a dollar at a dollar store, magnets a couple of dollars the metal will cost a bit more so I would estimate it to be about $20 dollars or so.
wwhitt ChrysN3 years ago
Thanks. I'm gonna head down to home depot this Saturday to get the metal
Anything that combines Pacman and Sculpey gets 5 stars from me. Excellent,
ChrysN (author)  The Papier Boy4 years ago
I like this!
I think I might make one
poofrabbit4 years ago
WOW! This is so cool, I plan to make one. Thanks for the fantastic idea!!
Great idea and congrats on being a finalist.
ChrysN (author)  cdawisconsin4 years ago
I love this Instructable!

And check it out...both our projects were posted on this site : )

ChrysN (author)  annahowardshaw4 years ago
master52364 years ago
whats the size for sheet metal?
ChrysN (author)  master52364 years ago
It was about 18x20cm.
musick_084 years ago
This was a great idea! I'm gonna make a mario bros. one ;)
ChrysN (author)  musick_084 years ago
When I put the blue horizontal stripes on mine, I thought it looked more like a platform game. I'm sure a Mario version would look great.
GEESE GIRL4 years ago
so cool i luv pacman my brother lost my pacman game for ds so i have not played in a while
Amazing! I would have never thought of this! :D
ChrysN (author)  star_above_the_clouds4 years ago
mg0930mg4 years ago
Very cool.
ChrysN (author)  mg0930mg4 years ago

Great idea! Love the video!

The arcade music brings me waaay back! :)
Creativeman4 years ago
Good job always...couldn't resist, reminded me of a board I made back in the 80's when I was addicted to MsPacMan!
ChrysN (author)  Creativeman4 years ago
That looks great!
Dumchicken4 years ago
booooooooya!!!! tis are tey awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
Your name is truly apt
CrLz4 years ago
Awesomness- sweet idea and great look!
butterbeans4 years ago
awesome job!
LEGODUDE884 years ago
This looks great! Thanks for posting it!
yokozuna4 years ago
Mustn't divide by sevens! AHHHHH!!!! :) (nice job).
Totally cute! Love the font on the day of the week letters!
NachoMahma4 years ago
. Wokka wokka wokka!
capricorn4 years ago
M'lady this it lovely, thanks for sharing.

Two thumbs up :)
mikeasaurus4 years ago
Nice work! An awesome homage to a classic!