$10 DIY Refrigerator Command Center

Well school is right around the corner not only for the kids but this gal too! I’ll be back to school for the fall semester and I’m looking forward to it. It’s one of my favorite times of the year because I know fall will be here soon along with all my favorite holidays!

Last week I updated my planner and as I was making my inserts, I noticed I don’t have a calendar in my home. I used the calendar on my computer to finish the planner inserts and I realized,  I really need to get a calendar! We’re always checking our phones or asking each other what the date is. So I decided I’m going to make a command center on the refrigerator wall. It’s the perfect spot for all the family to see.

I started thinking about how I wanted to make the calendar and decided on a dry erase board. That would be easiest and we can wipe everything off each month and start over.  I started shopping online and I found a few I liked at and  They were priced at about $15.00 to $20.00 for a medium-sized board. We were out school supply shopping on Monday at Wal-Mart and look what I found…


Right in the school supply aisles were these dry erase calendars for $6.88! They are a good size too. I thought this is perfect. It comes with a dry erase marker and holder on top. The bottom note part is magnetic and you can use the little square cork magnet for small notes, etc. I picked one up and headed to the craft aisle to look for some magnets or magnetic strips for the back to hold it to the refrigerator. I found this 18 pack of magnetic tape strips for $.97. Any magnets will do just make sure they have an adhesive side so you can add it to the back of your board.



When I got home I took the calendar out of the packaging and added some magnetic strips to the back like so.



I flipped it over and added my dates and it was ready to go on the refrigerator.

For fun, I added a dry erase menu for weekly dinner planning. Here’s how you can make one for yourself.


black picture frame (I picked up one from the Dollar Tree)

leftover magnetic strips

Menu Template



If you have any metal hangers on the back you’ll want to remove those so you don’t scratch your refrigerator. These metal hangers were tapped to the inside so I just removed the tape and the metal pieces slid right out.




Next, remove the back and clean your glass inside and out if you have smudges or dirt. Once you’re done cleaning, put your glass back in and add your menu insert. You can now add the back and close your frame. Add one magnetic strip to the top and the bottom like so and your dry erase menu is ready to hang.





Be sure to check out your Wal-Mart for these dry-erase calendars if you’re needing one. Great price point and great for family organization! I hope you enjoyed my organizational diy and thanks for reading.

~The Dimestore Gypsy



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