Monday, January 02, 2012

Make Your Own 2012 Wall Calendar for FREE

Happy New Year! With the start of the New Year comes the desire to get organized. At least, I feel that way. One way that I keep on track is to have a large wall calendar hanging in our kitchen. Each of us gets our own color of pen so that I can keep everyone's activities straight. Although I have the strange ability to retain all sorts of meaningless minutia in my brain, I somehow always forget my husband's schedule unless I write it down. Go figure.

About a year ago, our family started a tradition of making a large wall calendar each month. I supplied the calendar, and the girls supplied the artwork. While we did take a break from it during the craziness of our cross-country move, it is something that we have started back up again, and we'll be doing it throughout 2012. This week I had to make a new calendar for 2012. The girls have yet to create their artwork for me, but I thought in the meantime that I might share the calendar with others who are interested in doing it too. Want a calendar?

Click here to download my FREE 2012 Calendar PDF.

This PDF is designed so that each monthly calendar will print on several sheets of letter-sized paper. You will need to trim and glue/tape these pages together to form each calendar. For this project, you will need:
  • Printer
  • Paper
  • Paper trimmer or scissors
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Packaging Tape (optional)

Assembly Instructions:

Print the pages that correspond to the month you would like to print. You will need 4 sheets of paper for each month. A higher-quality paper will give you a better finished product. For the purposes of these instructions, each printed sheet will be given a letter. The letters are assigned as follows:

Using your paper trimmer (or scissors), trim 1/4 inch off the right side of A and C. Trim 1/4 inch off the bottom of A and B.

Draw a thin line of glue along the top edge of C and place A over it. Draw a thin line of glue over the top edge of D and place B over it. Be careful to line up the calendar gridlines. When gluing BD, compare it to how AC lines up along with it. Depending on how precisely your printer feeds the paper, you may or may not need to trim the edges of where the papers meet.

Now you should have tall rectangles AC and BD.  Draw a thin line of glue along the left edge of BD and place right edge of AC over it. Again, pay careful attention to align the calendar and the wording correctly.

You should now have an assembled calendar. For extra stability, affix some tape along the seams on the back side.

You can either hang the calendar as-is OR add another two sheets (or more) to the top and let your kids decorate them. For my purposes, I usually give each of my girls a sheet of paper and have her decorate it BEFORE we connect it to the calendar. That way, if they don't like their creations, they can try again on another sheet of paper. Remember, if you want the seams to line up with the existing calendar, you’ll need to trim off 1/4 of the right side of the left sheet of the decorative pages.
Tape the decorative pages to the calendar in the same fashion as explained above.

To make your calendar more durable, affix pieces of wide packaging tape to the areas where you intend to use tape to hang your calendar. This will prevent your calendar from ripping in the event that it falls off the wall.

Place rings of tape onto the corners and sides of your calendar. Press firmly to the wall.

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