Need something to keep you occupied while you watch the Tournament of Roses Parade? Well, here you go – the perfect New Year’s Day project: A framed calendar.
This is nice to have all year round. Several years ago I got a little calendar in a frame as a Christmas gift. I loved it! It was the perfect size for my crowded desk, and I enjoyed changing it to a new design each month. As that year drew to a close, I looked all over for a replacement but couldn’t find one. So I decided to make one of my own, and I’ve made one every year since.
First, get a cute frame that goes with the room where you want the calendar. Fairly neutral colors are best so that it blends with the design for each month.
Next, print off little calendar grids for each month. These are fairly easy to find online. Just search for “printable 2014 calendar,” and you should be able to find a set that will work for you. Choose the size of your calendar grid based on the size of your frame. Remember to leave room for decorations.
Then comes the fun part. Collect a variety of papers, stamps, and stickers for each month. Lay them out first to make sure you like the frame, papers, and decorations together. Once you are happy with all twelve designs, go ahead and cut your papers to the size of you frame. Glue the calendar grids to the papers for the correct month and add the stickers or other embellishments.
If your stickers pop out at all, just put the glass for your frame behind the sheet each month instead of in front as usual. The glass is really not needed to protect the calendar as it is with a photograph, but if you put it behind the calendar sheet, the frame still has the right thickness to fit properly and the glass will be there if you ever need it later. Personally, I like doing it this way because three dimensional designs add interest to the calendar.
Finally, store your calendar sheets in a safe place where you can get to them each month, put January’s sheet in the frame, and ring in the New Year!