Decorate with Old Calendars

Before you toss out those old calendars, check out these creative uses and ideas for recycling calendars into beautiful art for the home and other fun projects.

Gallery Wall Art

Get creative with your old calendars with easy upcycle projects like turning calendar images into a gallery wall. The possibilities are endless for laying out a gallery wall, and it's as simple as trimming the art to fit in a mat and frame.

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Framed Small Calendars

For smaller calendars, an easy trick for framing is to cut a small square (4x4-inch) in the center of a mat, attach the art to the back of the mat, and frame. The combination of the larger white mat mixed with a smaller composition of art creates a modern and beautiful look. This type of framing is a great way to put even the smallest of calendars to good use.

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Pretty Note Cards

Turn plain note cards into something extraordinary by cutting your calendar design 1/4-inch smaller than the front of a note card. Use double-sided tape to firmly adhere the design to the card. Another fun option is to create your own note cards by cutting the design to fit the size of an envelope. Finish the cards by attaching white cardstock with double-sided tape to the backside of the calendar design.

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Whimsical Gift Bows

Calendars are traditionally vibrant in color and thick like cardstock, which is a perfect combination for creating colorful gift bows. We used a free printable bow template from Ash and Crafts (found here), which makes this project so easy.

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Gift Tags

Use a standard gift tag to make a template to create your own gift tags using different parts of the calendar design. For a whimsical tag, use the month and days of the calendar rather than the image.

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Creative Gift Wrap

Slip your old calendar into your stash of gift wrap to have it on hand as a creative alternative to wrap a small gift.

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1 Comment

  1. I have a drawer filled with old calendars and handmade cards I love too much to throw away. Now, I will look at both with new eyes and see potential. Thank you for these great ideas!

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