Making your own calendar is a fun craft project for kids as well as adults. Your calendar can be as simple or professional-looking as you want, made with plain paper and glue, or with online templates and computer programs. A calendar can be a special personal gift for your parents, teachers, and friends, whether it’s for a holiday or any moment of the year. Use one of the following methods to start creating your own calendar today!
1. Take one sheet of A4 size white or colored cardboard. Cardboard is stronger than paper and will make your calendar last longer. Use a ruler to draw seven vertical columns and five horizontal rows. Do this on twelve separate pieces of cardboard, one for each month.
- Make sure all rows and columns are evenly spaced and that there are no crooked lines.
- Use a pencil first, then you can overwrite the pencil with a permanent marker once you’re sure that all the lines are straight and evenly spaced.
2. Write down the names of the months. At the top of each sheet of cardboard, write the name of one of the twelve months of the year. January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, and December. Write in large letters with colored pens, pencils or markers.
- Make sure the month is spelled correctly and starts with a capital letter.
- Write down the names of the days of the week. At the top of each vertical column, fill in the names of the days of the week, Monday to Sunday.
3. Fill in the date. Fill in the date of each month, write the number at the top right of each box. Use last year’s calendar to find the start of the current year’s day. For example, if the last day of December is Wednesday, then the first day of January is Thursday.
- Make sure you write down the exact number of days for each month, as different months have different numbers of days.
- To remember how many days are in each month, use this rhyme: Thirty days in September, April, June and November. The remaining thirty-one days, except for February, which has twenty-eight days, and twenty-nine days in every leap year.
4. Decorate your calendar. Decorate every page of your calendar any way you like. Use colored pens, pencils, markers and crayons. Use stickers, beads, and glossy glue. Use your imagination! For advanced create calendar or album use photobook album software as well.
5. Mark important dates. Mark all the important dates of the year on your calendar. Days like your birthday, Christmas, first day of school, etc. An interesting way to do this is to cut out the images relating to each special day and paste them on the exact date.
- For example, if your sister’s birthday is May 6, cut out a photo of her face and paste it on that date.
- Use a Christmas tree to mark December 25, a cartoon witch or ghost for Halloween and a fluffy bunny to mark Easter.
6. Hang up your calendar. Make two holes on each sheet of cardboard, making sure all the holes are aligned. Take a long piece of string, twine or wool and tie each end through the pair of holes as a hanger for your calendar. More choices for photo calendar software for better result.
- Hang the calendar on hooks or nails in your room, kitchen, classroom, or anywhere you like!
- Don’t forget to put an “X” every day that goes by!