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December 14 – Aly Dosdall


“One of my go-to gifts to make for the holidays is a simple desk calendar.  I’ve made them for my husband, parents, extended family, neighbors, and friends.  This year I made this simple flag desk calendar so I thought I would share with you how to make one.  They’re super easy!

Here’s what you need:

  • Seven 6 x 6 inch sheets of black chipboard (white or natural color would work fine as well)
  • Patterned paper scraps (small patterns work the best)
  • Alpha stickers (you’ll need numbers for the cover)
  • Baker’s twine or ribbon
  • Binding tool and wire (or hole punch and binder rings)
  • Printable calendar pages (download here – 2012 Calendar Page1 & Page2)

Here’s what to do:

  1. Cut all the chipboard sheets in half—you’ll need thirteen 3 x 6 inch pieces.
  2. Trim your calendar pages following the guides.  Write the month on the back.
  3. Trim your paper scraps into flag and pennant shapes (varying the lengths and widths adds interest).  Add three to the top left edge of each chipboard piece.
  4. Adhere a calendar page to the bottom of each chipboard piece.  Add alpha stickers along the right edge for each month.
  5. To create your cover add three flag/pennant shapes to the top left (make these longer than the others), and the year to the bottom right using number stickers.
  6. Bind your calendar pages with a binding tool and wire, or a hole punch and binder rings.  Most office supply or copy stores will bind pages for a minimal fee.
  7. Secure your calendar using baker’s twine or ribbon.

I hope this gift idea inspires you.  I wish you all a very wonderful holiday season filled with joy, loved ones, and lots of crafty time!