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5 ways to repurpose a calendar

Frame calendar pages, or wrapping paper or fabric, and hang them on the wall or turn them into charming serving trays.
Frame calendar pages, or wrapping paper or fabric, and hang them on the wall or turn them into charming serving trays. Tribune

It happens year after year. You spend 12 months filling in birthdays, appointments and other reminders. You cross off the days of the week until you get to the weekend. And the days, weeks and months just fly by.

And then Jan. 1 hits and your trusted calendar hits the garbage. What a shame! So many pretty pictures with such a dismal fate.

After buying a fancy calendar from a premium paper store last year, I refused to succumb to my usual habits. I vowed to find ways to reuse the gorgeous art housed within these pages – and I did. Here are five ways to repurpose a calendar.

1. Gallery wall

You can frame a year’s worth of pictures, or only one. All you need are frames (mat is optional). Use only one type of frame for a uniform look. See a tutorial at the Creativity Exchange blog at www.thecreativityexchange.com/2014/09/diy-framed-calendar-prints.html.

You can also frame your pictures – or some particularly lovely or seasonal wrapping paper or fabric remnant – and use the framed items as serving trays.

2. Flower vases

In addition to your calendar, save used cans from a fate in the recycling bin by repurposing them into vases or containers to hold knickknacks. This is best for calendars with thin paper rather than heavy cardstock. Simply use an acrylic sealer like Mod Podge to adhere the paper to the can. After it dries, distress the paper with sandpaper and apply a light coat of a water-based dark stain. See a tutorial at the blog Fishtail Cottage at fishtailcottage.blogspot.com/2013/07/rusty-cans.html.

3. Greeting cards

Impress others with your craft skills by sending them homemade greeting cards. Use a plain, blank greeting card as a template and cut a rectangle the same size as the card from a calendar picture. Then use a glue stick to adhere the picture to the card. All that’s left is writing a note.

4. Gift wrap

Calendars make adorable gift wrap for small gifts. And with 12 months to choose from, any occasion should be right at your fingertips. Make your packages even more special with pretty ribbons and bows.

5. Bookmarks and gift tags

Put your hole punch to good use by making your own bookmarks and gift tags. Just cut the shape you want, round out the corners and thread a ribbon through a punched hole in the tag.

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