STEP 1: GET MY FREE DESIGN FILES
Upload my DIY Whiteboard Calendar SVG files into Cricut Design Space. If you’re not sure how to upload an SVG file to Cricut Design Space, watch this helpful video training series I made. If you’re on an iPhone or iPad, here’s how to download and upload SVG files to the Cricut Design Space app.
Here’s what the DIY Whiteboard Calendar SVG will look like in Design Space. Before you do anything, click on the design on your screen to select it. You should see a blue box around it. Now, zoom out to 50% to see the entire design on the screen and check the dimensions at the top, they should match mine.
STEP 2: CUT THE DESIGN
Once uploaded into Design Space you will first select “UnGroup” in the layers panel on the right.
Once ungrouped you can customize the DIY Whiteboard Calendar by adding your last name or whatever you like in place of “The Makers”.
I used the “Hey Lover” font from FontBundles.net for this project. You can purchase and download that or use any font you like for the ‘topper’.
If you’re not sure how to upload a font to Cricut Design Space, watch this helpful video I made that shows you how.
To add a different name, simply select the layer on the right that says “The Makers” and hit delete. Then add your own in its place.
In order to print all of the days and months on the same magnetic sheet (which you want to do) I broke them up into four separate groups during the design process. These will now need to be grouped together in Design Space. This is really easy! Click on the first “Group” you see on the right. This will highlight (grey out) everything underneath as you see here.
Then click “Flatten”.
TIP: If “Flatten” is greyed out at the bottom of your screen and you have more than one Cricut Machine you may not have switched machines before hitting “Make It”…I know because this happened to me :). It’s an easy fix! There’s a dropdown menu up at the top right of the screen just to the left of the “Make It” button. Click on that and switch to the Maker or Explore and you are all set!
We will do this three more times to cover all of the days and months. So click on the next “Group” in the panel and you will see it will highlight everything underneath.
and click “Flatten”.
Then select the next “Group”…
And “Flatten” again.
And one more time, select “Group”
Now, click “Make It” in the upper right-hand side of the screen.
Then click “OK” at the top since we will use a larger mat (12×24) to cut the vinyl.
Now click “Continue” (notice all the days and months are on one mat so they will all print out on one magnetic sheet).
Load one 8.5″ x 11″ printable magnetic sheet into your printer feeder tray.
Here’s what they look like:
Make sure to follow your printer directions to print on the correct side. And click “Send to Printer”.
Next is the “Print Setup” page.
First, make sure you choose your printer from the top dropdown box.
Next click the toggle next to “Add Bleed” to turn it off...
…and click “Print”.
You should hear your printer fire up and print now.
TIP: Before you remove the printable magnetic sheet from the printer make sure to give it time to dry so the ink doesn’t smudge. This won’t take long, it’s just a good idea so you don’t have to do it over. Once it’s dry, place the magnetic sheet on a StandardGrip Mat as shown on the screen above to cut.
Once the magnetic sheet prints, you will see this screen. Click on “Browse All Materials”.
In the search bar type “mag” and select “Printable Magnetic Sheet” and click “Done”.
And I always choose “More” under Pressure for my cuts.
Then load your mat with the magnetic sheet into your machine by pressing the blinking up/down arrow, then click the “C” button when it starts blinking. When the cut is complete, carefully remove your “day and month magnets” from the mat.
Now onto the vinyl cuts. On the left notice mat two is now in queue.
Click on the arrow on the upper right to reveal the materials list so you can change materials.
Select Premium Vinyl.
Again choose “More” pressure in the dropdown box.
The first piece of vinyl should measure at least 7.5″ x 18.5″ (this is why we need the 12″ x24″ mat). Once you place the vinyl on the mat, use the Cricut Brayer to smooth out all the bubbles.
Now load the mat into your machine by pressing the blinking up/down button. Once loaded, hit the “C” button to cut.
Once the cut is done, unload the mat and peel off the vinyl.
Now apply your second piece of vinyl to the large StandardGrip Mat. This piece needs to measure at least 12″ x 16″. Make sure to use the brayer again to smooth out the bubbles before loading the mat. Once the cut is done, remove the mat and peel off the vinyl.
Here’s what all your cut pieces should look like:
The print and cut magnet pieces should pop out very easily.
Now weed everything and apply transfer paper. You will see that I like to bend my transfer tape with both sides up into a “taco” shape and then apply it to the vinyl from the center out.
Then use the scraper to smooth out any bubbles.
STEP 3: PUT IT ALL TOGETHER
First, grab a measuring tape and mark the top center of your DIY Whiteboard. My whiteboard measured 17″ x 23″. The inside measurement across the top was 21″, so I used the dry erase marker to mark the center at 10.5″.
Now carefully peel back the transfer tape from the top part of the design.
Make sure it is centered and slowly apply it to the top of the DIY Whiteboard Calendar.
Now peel off the transfer tape being careful not to pull up the vinyl…take your time.
Next, use the dry erase marker and ruler to draw a line along the left side. This will help you line up the calendar portion of the design.
Align the left side of the calendar on the line…
Carefully place the vinyl on the DIY Whiteboard and slowly press it in place from left to right using your hand to smooth it down along the way.
Now peel back the transfer tape. Again, take your time to avoid pulling up any of the vinyl.
TIP: After pulling up the left side of the transfer tape use scissors to cut it in half lengthwise and peel back the top half first, then the bottom half. It’s easier to keep everything where it should be when you do it this way.
Now mark the spot on the right where you will place the notes and menu portion of the design.
Press that in place and peel off the transfer tape.
Now put all of your magnets in place. I started my week on Monday, but you can choose Sunday if you like. That’s the best part, you can set up your DIY Whiteboard Calendar however you like!
Use the dry erase marker to add the dates, notes, and menu and you’re all set!
STEP 4: SHOW IT OFF
So fun, right? This DIY Whiteboard Calendar is great for keeping the family up to date and organized.
You can even glue one of my paper flowers onto a magnet and use that to add a pop of color! If you don’t know how to make paper flowers, check out my blog for super simple step-by-step instructions and videos.
These also make great gifts!