DIY Center Station – Free Printables

DIY Center Station
I decided in the new year that I should probably get a little more organized in my home.  Making a center station for our family activities seemed to be a priority.  It is nice to be able to see everyone’s schedules in one place and put the mail in one place.  When I searched for free printable dry erase boards, I didn’t really like my options, so I made some.
Free Printable Dry Erase Calendars
Black and White Dry Erase Calendar
To print click on the picture

 

DIY Center Station
To print click on the picture
I printed the black and white one out and laminated it so that I could use it as a dry erase board.  I tacked it to the cork board where I put our mail holder that I made out of an old cereal box and tacked the dry erase markers and eraser down as well.  And wa-la, that’s our center station.  I like using different color dry erase markers to mark each family member’s activities so that I know who is doing what which day.  Keeps our lives organized, all in one place!

Another thing I wanted to add to my center station was to add this Notes Shopping List and To Do List station.  It goes right under the black and white calendar from above.

If you don’t have a laminate machine you could always put this in an old picture frame.  Those work great too.
One organizing project down…many more to go!

 

Make Your Own Dividers

I wanted to do this project I created called a “Family Birthday Binder”.  I decided that it would be a good idea to make a binder where I could keep a folder on each family member and stock up on birthday cards.  It is much easier to plan things in advance.

The budget was tight, but I was so determined to get this project done.  I had already spent the planned amount for crafting for the week and I wasn’t sure how the next couple weeks would go, so I decided that I would try to do this project free.

I needed dividers and I needed folders, but I didn’t want to spend any money…so…I made my own out of things I already had!

Here’s what you will need:

  • 1 pencil
  • 1 three ring binder
  • 1 three ring hole punch (any hole punch will do but you will have to measure the distance if you use just a single hole punch. So you might want to grab a ruler too if you just have a single.)
  • 12 X 12 paper
  • scissors
  • old dividers to trace
  • stick glue
  • clear tape
  • a printer (or you can just write on them with a marker if you don’t have a printer)
  • paper for the printer (if you decide to print out labels or make your own)

 

First I picked the paper I wanted to use

 

Dividers 1

 

Next I found my old dividers
 Dividers 2
Then I traced them on each paper.  I decided to trace on the back of the paper so I had to flip the divider to trace it the right way.
 Dividers 4
After tracing them all I cut them out of course.
Dividers 5
Then added tape to the edge of each side making sure to erase the pencil marks on the back first.
Dividers 6
Dividers 7
Finally I made labels for the tabs and put them through the hole puncher and into my binder they went. (I ran out of Avery labels so I just made my own and cut them out and glued them on with stick glue.)
 Dividers 8
Have fun making your own dividers! 🙂