Gettin' Crafty: one for the new year

He's up all year long
He's up all year long

For all those who give pom-pom critters for birthdays, feel an urge to stick googly eyes on everything or just occasionally get a twitch to fold some origami, we bring you "Gettin' Crafty" where we feature a craft you can easily make with minimal supplies and limited finances. If you simply cannot bear another naked baby in a giant pea shoot, or the weimaraner in the top hat or Dilbert cartoons staring at you for another year, we have the cure. It's a new take on a calendar, and we think you'll like it.

Gettin' Crafty: one for the new year

Supplies

  • Canvas (you can get cheap ones for about five bucks at craft stores)
  • Paper
  • Metal brads
  • Whatever materials you want to decorate with (paints, stencils, glitter, photos etc.)

    Instructions

    1. Decide what size you want your calendar to be, I went with a 4 ¼" x 5 ½" (also known as half a sheet of printer paper). Lay out where you want the calendar to be on the canvas.

    2. Decorate accordingly. Remember, this isn't like a regular calendar where if you don't like the picture you just have to wait a month to switch it. No siree. You will have to look at this image for the entire year. As a result of this pressure, I started over three times. It's a big decision -- really more like art than a calendar.

    Gettin' Crafty: one for the new year

    3. Once your canvas is decorated, it's time to make the calendar. Make twelve 7 x 5 grids, and number them for each month in 2011. You can make this easier just by printing off free month-by-month calendars online.

    4. Stack all 12 months together, a poke a hole through the top corners in each one.

    5. Poke two holes where you want the top corners of the calendar to be on your canvas.

    6. Line up the months' holes with the canvas' holes, and fasten together with a metal brad. Switch the calendar month by month by simply tearing away the piece of paper.

    7. For the name of the month, you can label each piece of paper, or make a label at the top that you change out each month.

    Something I will gladly look at all year
    Something I will gladly look at all year

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