This is the time of the year when I start thinking about calendars. Yes, I have my Happy Planner and my Petals + Bloom planners but I like to have several calendars around my house. I don't know why. I just want to keep up with the days I guess -- the whole thing behind calendars really.
I digress. If you recall from last year, I did a DIY perpetual calendar. The kiddo changes the date on the calendar every morning. I like it but it's my living room calendar. I decided this year I wanted to make a calendar for my desk (not to be confused with my kitchen calendar or bedroom wall calendar).
So after watching a ton of YouTube videos and reading a lot of blogs, I settled on a simple desk calendar that just requires a few pieces of paper and a printable mini calendar.
Making the base of my calendar was the easy part. I took a piece of black cardstock (110lb weight for durability) and cut it in half so that I had 2 - 4 1/2" X 11" pieces of paper. I folded my paper in half so that it would stand on its own.
The hardest part of the craft was finding a calendar that cut correctly. You want all of your months to be the same size around. You'd be amazed at how difficult that was for me to do. I found my mini calendar on Etsy. I just printed it out, cut it down and stapled them together.
Once I found the right calendar and cut it down to size, I stapled the corners. I wanted the pages to be secure so I did a full on staple on each side.
You next step is to get a backing for the calendar and a matte for the calendar base. You can match your colors to the holiday season or to the person's (or your if it's for you) desk. I choose pretty color palettes instead of all holiday-ish. But, if you are giving them in your holiday cards, feel free to attach a big ole year on the bottom.
Mentioning the bottom, you will want to finish your mini calendar with some embellishments. I used a ribbon on most of mine and I used this cute stamp from my stash. You can add the year in sticker letters or markers. You can write a sentiment if you don't have a stamp or you can just leave it blank.