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Last year's desk calendar makes a great recipe holder or stand for pictures. Sure hope you haven't thrown them away! They stand up on their own and mine has rests on the bottom that hold the card or picture. If yours doesn't, simply glue a small dowel stick the length of the frame to the bottom and spray paint any color, a craft stick would do or get inventive.
For a child's picture frame, use Legos for the picture rest, or any toy they like and won't miss! Buttons for the sewer, a crochet hook for the crotchetier. Lay a piece of glass over the picture cut to fit your frame or use decorative clips to hold the picture.
By latrtatr from Loup City, NE
I have tons of monthly planners I get as gifts and I don't throw any of them away. I just have redone one for January of this year from the planner that was from January of last year. You just mark out the days of the week with your favorite color of fingernail polish. You could white it out, but I like the style of fingernail polish and how it looks.
Then you look on a new calendar and find out what day the 1st starts on.
Write that day over the 1st of the month. Then in order write the rest of the days of the week. You will find it is in perfect order. If you don't have a monthly planner, just use a spiral notebook that fits and put the numbers 1 thru 31 on there.
There are plenty of ways to keep organized. I just love doing it in a colorful way! Plus the blue is kind of my way for rooting for a better outcome next year for the Dallas Cowboys who I love! Blessings.
By Robyn 
When companies offer various type calendars this time of year, take one and use as a work pad for craft projects. Tear off the sheet when you've finished a messy project and toss in the trash.
Editor's Note: They also have last years desk calendars at deeply discounted prices at office supply stores.
Last year's calendar makes a great chore chart or reward chart for young kids. For example, to motivate a child for potty training, let them put a sticker or draw a star in one of the boxes each time they use the toilet. When they have filled up a month's worth of boxes, they get a prize. The prize could be time with the parent playing a game, a special item they want, staying up late to read an extra bed time story or whatever will work for that child. The calendar could be used to encourage any behavior that you are trying to encourage in your children. It also makes a fine chore chart for older children.
By Ruth from Westminster, Ca
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Here are questions related to Uses for Old Calendars.
Where can you get old calendars? I would like to buy some but have no idea where to get them!
By Linda Lou Whitfield F. 05/17/2011
What kind of old calendars are you talking about? I have about 2 dozen small size 2011 and several large (regular wall size) that are Relay for Life 2011 Calendars. If this is what you want, respond and we can "talk". Whatever you are willing to pay , monies would be donated to Relay for Life!
I have some beautiful pictures from my last year's calendar. I hate to throw them out. Does anyone have ideas for their use? The pictures are 12 inches by 13 inches. I read that someone on this site talked about making envelopes. Any idea how to do this?
Thank you for any ideas.
By Sheila from Ont. Canada
By joanie massey 01/14/2010
Carefully take an envelope apart that will fit on the pic and use for a pattern.
Are there any organizations that can use old calendars? I have lots of old calendars with lovely pictures and am wondering if there are any organizations out there that can use them for craft projects?
Linda from Tacoma, WA
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I can't afford to buy real good pictures for my walls so I use the calendar pictures instead. At the end of the year, I choose the ones I like, and get them laminated, use the doublesided picture-hanging tape, and hang them. This is really good with scenic pictures or offbeat ones. My friends in NZ send me a calendar each year, hung on the wall they're good for the homesickness blues! And you change them as and when you want.
Let the kids make puzzles from their favorite calendar pictures. Paste them onto an empty cereal box, let dry, then cut them into puzzle pieces. Lots of fun.
By COOKIEPOMYou can cut a off calendar picture then glue it to cardstock or sturdy paper and laminate it to use as placemats. At an art center I belong to, we keep old calenders to paint off of, maybe you could donate them to an art center near you if they are interested.
Do you have any ideas? Feel free to post them below!
By MotherShip 05/01/2011
Our high school had tons of leftovers from a fundraiser. I suggested that they give the calendars to the pre school where each student can take one home and practice writing their numbers.