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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.
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I love the "Plan Ahead To Reuse Calendars".
Here's the link to find what years are the same:
I personally use them to make sturdy, reusable pattern pieces of purses, hats, etc. for sewing.
I used an old Thomas Kinkade calendar to decorate the inside of an unfinished tray. I painted the tray cut the pictures and glued them onto the tray.Then I had a piece of glass cut the exact size to place inside. I completed the tray with hot gluing florals onto one side of the handle. The bed tray turned out exceptionally lovely .
It was given as a gift and she loved it.!
Love all of the ideas here and have done a bunch of these myself - ONLY have one thing to mention about putting them on wood and selling them, just be sure they are not COPYWRITED! It can get you in a lot of trouble if they are, like a law suit.
My late mother always bought beautiful art calendars for her desk at home. She never threw them out, and after she died I found a bunch of them. I use them, without cutting them up, as mini-scrapbooks for recipes I clip out, comic strips I want to save, news stories I want to read again, anything that can be stuck down to a page. As I fill the pages, I enjoy her art again, and I'll see a calendar entry and remeber something about that day, or that event, and I remember once again what a wonderful life she had!
When my son was growing up, I wanted to keep track of everything he did, but almost gave up since I always failed to have time or forgot to record each incident. The calendar saved my day! I decided to jot down things he did on the day's square. I'd also record news: who was elected president, the deaths of famous people, info about our vacations, hit songs, when family members were born, got married, and died, sport events he played in with scores, etc. This was so convenient, since the calendar was always there and I never had to look for it. At years end, I just tossed it in the cedar chest. I now have a 'journal' for each year of my son's life. It's so much fun to look back and remember what he did on what day, along with all the major events of that year. It's a time capsule of memories.
I often use old calendars as wrapping papers for my gift. Kids especially love vibrant and colorful ones.
I'd find boxes of suitable size to use as dry trash cans that I put under the desk or work area, then use large calendars to wrap around it. That way, i never buy trash can, reuses my boxes and my old calendar pages beautifully.
I also uses other calendar without pictures to write things or as my children's art supplies for drawing, pasting etc on the empty back page of calendars.
Make or find a frame you like, attach a cardboard backing leave the top opened. You can change the picture according to seasons, or favorites. I also use some of mine perpetually according to repeat years. I really like the ideas presented on this topic!
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.
I use a monthly business calendar for paying my bills. I pay all my Jan bills and write down each bill and the amount on the Jan page. I divided the page into half and use the calendar for 2 years worth of bill paying records. I write down the passwords and account numbers I may need on a blank page. It works out well as I pay all our bills on the first of each month via my computer but I also want my own visible record.
Years ago I used the beautiful pictures on bulletin boards when I volunteered at a local hospital.
Had a large collection of different subjects that covered the holidays, seasons, and other topics such as mountains, seashore, flowers, pets, family etc.
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.
Phenomenal waste of time! New ones are $1 .
You know something, Robyn? You are not really saving any money by doing this. Of course you knew that. What you are doing is engaging in a little hobby/craft project which brings you pleasure. This is a good thing. We don't need to be highly productive every moment in order to live a well rounded life. A little casual creativity here and there fits in rather nicely.
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. By Syd
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.
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.
Want some inexpensive picture frames for your decor, but don't want the expense? Save your calendars and select florals, scenes, etc. to accommodate your living decor.
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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
Yes you can make or just cut the page the size of an envelope. Tape it together to mail anything. You can also make a fire place cover with them. Make a frame with 2x2 lumber then wrap the frame with any kind of paper, like brown paper for shipping & etc. Use lot of good tape then cut the pictures as small as you want them. I use hot glue to glue pictures to paper. You can use both sides of the frame for pictures, good luck.
I used an old window...it was stained dark brown when I got it. I painted one thinned coat of white craft paint over the wood, put my calendar pictures behind it and hung it on my wall.
I use old calendar pictures to make paper beads, and also use them for origami projects.
You can make placemats for the dining table. Use some clear plastic contact paper for it.
Try this http://www.ivyj ds/envelope.html
Every year I take last years calendar and make envelopes
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
We use old calendars as puzzles in our special education classroom.
We laminate them and then cut them up for the kids.
Perhaps you could donate them to a school for that purpose.
They would be great for decoupage or scrap booking projects. A lot of vocational high schools offer those classes maybe they could use them.
Try your local nursing home/assisted living facility to see if they do crafts. I use mine to make envelopes.
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Where can you get old calendars? I would like to buy some but have no idea where to get them!
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!