Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
Large sheet of felt (4x4 is the size I used)
Several small sheets of felt of various colors
Stick-on foam letters
Screw or nail
Step 2: Create Your Calendar Grid
Second, calculate how much space you will need to spell out "Wednesday" using your foam letters.
Measure 8 equal columns of your calculated width and mark them with permanent marker.
Next, divide your first seven columns into 3 sections. These will represent morning, afternoon, and evening. Make sure you have enough space in the sections to fit in all your activities. If your children get up very early, you might want to add a fourth section so the first one can be "before breakfast".
Step 3: Add Your Lettering
In the month column, using puff paint or foam letters, write out the months of the year.
Note: Below the months you could also add a section for seasons. I thought about it after I finished the calendar and haven't bothered to add it. Right now, the space below the months are being used as a "holding space" for inactive events.
Step 4: Create Your Activities
Church - 1
Nanny - 4
Library - 1
Phonograms - 4
Writing - 2
Math - 2
Music - 1
Art - 1
Dance - 1
Spanish - 1
Homegroup - 1
Swimming - 1
Afterwards, I made sketches of how I would depict each event.
We then created visual icons using felt, marker, and puff paint. We also created a two stars; one to mark the day of the week and one to mark the month of the year.
Step 5: Hanging Your Calendar
Flip your calendar over and fold the extra felt at the top around the dowel rod to the back and mark where it needs to be glued. Remove the dowel rod and glue the felt over, leaving space at the top for the dowel rod to fit through. Place heavy objects on top (taking measures to prevent seeping glue from causing problems) and leave until dry.
While the calendar is drying, drill two vertical holes through the end of the dowel rod to fit the string through for hanging.
Once the calendar is dry, thread your string through one end of the dowel rod and knot it at the bottom. Insert your dowel rod through the space at the top of the calendar. Thread your string through the hole at the other end and knot. Trim your string.
Hang your calendar on the wall using a screw or nail.
Step 6: Additional Events
So far, we've made additional icons for grandparents visiting and for a special trip. I will soon be making a pumpkin to indicate Halloween.