Repurposing projects are my favorites. Not only do you get to create new things, but you get to use up things that you would normally just throw away. Take calendars for instance. I have calendars hanging in my kitchen and office and of course, they’re no good after the year passes, right? Well, what if I told you that those otherwise useless calendars could be made into wonderful new things? Basically anything that you can make with any type of paper can be made by repurposing last year’s calendar or calendars from several years ago if you have them on hand.
What’s even better about these calendar repurposing projects is that even if you don’t have a calendar on hand, you can make these. Just go to your local Goodwill or other thrift store. I promise you that there will be calendars there from years past that you can pick up for just pennies. I found several at a bookstore sale on clearance (they were on clearance because they were old calendars) and only paid 25 cents each. And, if you love repurposing, this is a really cheap way to go. If you love repurposing as much as I do, you should really check out these 15 ways that you can upcycle empty Pringles cans.
Turning trash to treasure is an obsession for me. Seriously, I have recycling bins that hold plastic bottles, tin cans and so many other trash items just so I can grab them before they head out to the dump. I want to be able to turn that trash into wonderful new treasure! And that’s why I am excited about all of these ideas for turning calendars into wonderful new things. Many of these are so simple and if you have a few basic craft supplies on hand, they won’t cost you anything to make. And then of course, there’s the thrill of the upcycle. I just can’t get enough! If you can’t get enough upcycling, be sure to take a look at these 25 plastic soda bottle upcycling crafts, too.
So, if you have old calendars on hand and you love upcycling, you’re going to love these DIY project ideas. From gift boxes and bags to bookmarks and more, there is something that you can make with those calendars that’s fun and creative and I can’t wait to hear what you have DIYed!
1. Creative Calendar Bookmarks
Those old calendars are perfect for creating bookmarks. Just cut away the section of the calendar that you want to turn into a bookmark and glue it onto cardstock. This is really such a simple project and it’s one that kids will love doing. This would be the perfect snowy or rainy day project. Once they finish with their bookmark, they can use it to mark their place in their favorite book.
2. Decorative Recycled Calendar Boxes
I love these little decorative boxes that you can make from those old calendars. You just cut and tape the calendar pages together to create them. With the holiday season coming up, these would be perfect for little gift boxes. Just add in some tissue paper to hold your jewelry or other small gift and you don’t even need to warp them if you use holiday themed calendar pages.
3. DIY Paper Bow
Turn those old calendar pages into beautiful bows that you can use to decorate any gift. You need scrapbook paper for this but calendar pages are the same weight so they will work perfectly. There’s a bit of cutting and folding involved but overall, this is a really easy project and if you have several calendars to upcycle, you can create a number of bows to decorate all of your gifts the entire year.
4. DIY Upcycled Calendar Coasters
I love coasters. I mean, you can just never have too many, right? And, they’re the perfect gift for holidays and weddings. So, if you have an old calendar that you need to repurpose, you can turn it into gorgeous coasters with just some ceramic tiles and Mod Podge. Just cut your pages the same size as your tiles and glue them on with Mod Podge. These are so easy and turn out so gorgeous.
5. DIY Jigsaw Puzzle
You can turn old calendars and any old image actually into a lovely DIY jigsaw puzzle. This one is a bit detailed but it’s so much fun to make and to put together when it’s finished. Once you have the template for your jigsaw pieces, the rest is a breeze. How much fun would it be to create your own puzzles? And, you can give these away as gifts to anyone who loves the joy of putting puzzles together.
6. Upcycled Tin Can And Calendar Vases
Turn empty tin cans and those old useless calendars into gorgeous vases, pencil holders or anything else with just a bit of time. This project won’t cost you anything since it’s made with all upcycled materials! You just cut the calendar pages to size and hold them onto your empty cans with Mod Podge. You may need to do a couple of coats to make sure that the pictures stay in place.
7. DIY Decoupage Furniture
Imagine turning old furniture into something new and beautiful with just an outdated calendar. You can! From tables and chairs to just about anything else, you can use those calendar pages to decoupage furniture throughout your house and give it a wonderful new look. This is a fairly easy and super cheap way to get new to you furnishings throughout the house.
8. DIY Upcycled Calendar Wall Art
You can also turn old calendar pages or covers into beautiful wall art. This one doesn’t even take much time and you don’t need anything but your calendars and some corrugated cardboard. If you have that on hand, you’re all set. Just attach your calendar pages to the cardboard and hang it up. You can also do frames if you prefer that over gallery type artwork.
9. Easy DIY Drink Tags
Those old calendar pages would be perfect for creating these DIY drink tags, which are really useful during parties and outdoor get-togethers. You just cut circles from your pages and then another circle inside that one to fit around your glass stem. Then add the names of your guests and no one will ever lose their drink again. You can also theme these by using summer calendar pages for cookouts and holiday pages for Christmas dinner.
10. DIY Upcycled Calendar Page Envelopes
I love having pretty envelopes on hand but I never remember to buy them when I go out. With these DIY upcycled calendar page envelopes, you never have to worry about that again. You can turn those pages into beautiful envelopes that are perfect for any letter or card that you need to send. With just a bit of cutting and folding, you will have gorgeous DIY envelopes that are perfect for any occasion.
11. DIY Upcycled Calendar Gift Bag
Something else that I often forget to buy is gift bags. I just never have enough of those on hand and find myself running out after one every time I give a gift. Well, you can turn your old calendars into really decorative gift bags and never worry about those gifts again. I love this idea because although gift bags aren’t really expensive, they’re just not personalized enough for me. I can turn calendar pages into beautifully customized bags that are perfect for everyone on my gift list!
12. DIY Goody Bags
Turn those old calendars into these adorable DIY goody bags that you can use for trick-or-treaters or parties. There is a bit of sewing required for these, but it’s not at all difficult and when you’re finished, you have these lovely goody bags that are perfect for all of your goody bag occasions. Fill them with candy, raisins, cookies or anything else you want when they’re done.
13. Easy DIY Japanese Kokeshi Dolls
These Japanese Kokeshi dolls require heavy paper, which your calendar has. Use those pages to create these adorable little dolls that you can then use for décor or to give to a special little girl in your life. These are so simple to make and they’re the perfect rainy day project for kids. You make them by wrapping your calendar pages around an empty toilet paper roll and then adding a foam ball which is decorated for the face.