If you are like many other people, you enjoy the convenience of hanging a calendar on the wall. While most phones and computers have a digital calendar feature, many people enjoy the convenience of referring to a wall calendar on a regular basis, for keeping up with the family’s commitments and more. However, with each passing year, you may toss your old calendar into the trash or recycling bin and buy a new one. Rather than purchase a store-bought calendar, however, you can easily save the planet’s resources by creating your own calendar. There are several fun, creative ways to create a custom calendar.
Recycle Gift Wrap
One option to consider is to recycle old gift wrap. Many people make an effort to save gift bags and wrapping paper with the goal of reusing it at a later date. If you are included in this group, you may have a great collection of gift wrap available that is suitable for every month of the year. You can use the gift wrap as-is for your calendar images, or you can get creative by using the gift wrap in combination with miscellaneous items like buttons, family photos and more. Since most gift wrap is a plain, with hue on the back, you can easily use the plain side of each artistic page you create for your month’s date grid.
Use the Kids’ Artwork from School
Another fun idea is to use the kids’ artwork from school. Whether your kids are in preschool or considerably older, you no doubt have accumulated a collection of their artwork over the years. Rather than store this artwork away in a box, why not compile it into a calendar? At the end of the year, you can store the entire calendar with the kids’ artwork compilation away. Parents and kids alike will love seeing their artwork hung on the wall throughout the year.
Recycle Last Year’s Calendar
A low-key way to make your own calendar with ease is to recycle last year’s calendar. You can use the same images and binding on the existing calendar. Then, simply create new grids for each month on your computer. Be sure to use recycled paper to enjoy a truly eco-friendly calendar.
Use Greeting Cards
If you are one of the many people who enjoy hanging onto greeting cards, you can turn your greeting cards into a meaningful calendar that you will cherish throughout the year. You can take the exterior images of the greeting cards alone or combine the exterior images along with interior greeting messages to create a calendar that you will love looking at each year.
Nobody wants to go through the expense of buying a new calendar each year. Creating your own calendar, using one of these great ideas, enables you to make a meaningful calendar using recycled materials. You can use one of these ideas to make a full calendar or you can use a different idea for each calendar page!
It was almost as good as dream comes true for Tara when she got an offer as a full-time writer three years ago. Tara loves to share her passion on anything to do with DIY art and craft. She has recently started making some videos on how to make your own calendar. When Tara is not writing you will most probably find her at her local yoga studio coaching fellow yogis.