Perpetual Calendar

by Deb Felts

Count down the days to summer or school with this calendar.

Supplies

  • Small Wooden Tray or plaques
  • 12 Wooden Sign Boards (around 2" - 3")
  • 12 Wooden Picket Fence Shapes
  • Patterned Paper (several sheets of coordinating designs)
  • Acrylic Paint in two contrasting colors
  • Metallic Silver Paper
  • Mono Multi Glue (or other strong liquid adhesive)
  • Stamps (Calendar plus decorative)
  • Inks including White pigment
  • Sanding block (or thick emery board)
  • Word Window Punch
  • Paper Crimper
  • Basic Grey Magnetic Snaps
  • Crop-a-dile
  • Misc. Other Supplies (Wire, wire snips and/or pliers, two small nails or cup hooks, Spica Glitter Pen, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Ribbon, Buttons)

Step-by-Step

  1. Step 1

    For the frame:
    Prepare wood frame by lightly sanding with fine grit sandpaper or a crumpled piece of thin brown paper bag.

    Base coat the frame with acrylic paint (here I used Deco Art Americana Teal Green). When the first coat is completely dry (patience!), sand lightly with the crumpled paper bag, then apply a top coat (Delta Tomato Spice).

    Allow to dry thoroughly, then sand with fine grit sandpaper to achieve the look you desire.

    Tip: Don’t worry about total coverage, as this coat serves as a primer and on the finished project, the raw wood will peek through in spots. Avoid the areas where your paper will be attached. Glue will adhere better to raw wood, and this saves you time, effort, and money!

  2. Trim your papers to fit inside the frame and glue them in place.

    Stamp an image, color, adhere, and embellish as you wish.

  3. Step 2

    For the Month Tiles:
    Measure the width of the picket pieces.

    Cut a small square of paper for an eraser, adhere it to the wood, and sand the edges with a sanding block or emery board.

    Sponge the edges lightly with ink. Repeat for remaining 11 picket pieces.

  4. Step 3

    Cut several long lengths of colored card stock the same width as above.

    Score approximately ¼" from each long edge.

    Lightly sponge with coordinating ink along the edges and the folds.

  5. Step 4

    Trim to the appropriate length to meet at the eraser’s edge and leave the tapered end of the picket exposed.

    Simulate where the paint ends on the sharpened end of a pencil by punching one end several times with the edge of the Word Window Punch.

    Prepare 12 of these.

  6. Step 5

    Stamp each month's name toward the left end of the card stock, first with white craft ink (I blotted mine afterward) and then again with black dye ink.

    Adhere these to the picket pieces and sand the edges. Add a strip of crimped silver metallic paper to cover the seam between the pencil and eraser.

  7. Step 6

    Color in the "lead" tip with a silver Copic Spica glitter pen.

    Repeat with remaining month tiles.

  8. Step 7

    For the number tiles:
    Cut patterned paper (avoid too busy a pattern) to fit both front and back of the sign board pieces. Adhere to wood and sand edges.

    Use the Stamp-a-ma-jig to stamp the numbers, one each of 0-9, two 1s and two 2s, leaving room at the top for a hole for hanging.

  9. Stamp decorative images on the backs of a few tiles if desired. Use the Crop-a-dile to punch holes.

  10. Step 8

    Finishing touches: Tap a tiny hole in each top corner of the frame. Insert wire into one corner from back to front and twist the end using pliers. Wind the remaining end loosely around a pencil or wooden spoon as shown.

    Insert remaining wire end in the opposite corner in a similar fashion. Add a button-trimmed bow or other embellishment.

    Arrange two number tiles side by side and mark holes for hangers. Be sure the tile openings will fit over the nail heads of the hangers you intend to use! Attach nails or cup holders.

  11. Attach positive polarity magnets to the back of one month tile as shown.

  12. Step 9

    To easily line up the negative polarity magnets on the frame, allow them to attract to their positive counterparts on the tile, remove their adhesive backing, and gently align and press the month tile into place.

    Remove that tile, and repeat the process to attach the rest of the positive polarity magnets to the backs of the remaining tiles.

  13. Step 10

    Enjoy your calendar!

Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

Wow this is great!
Sarah Martina  |  Fri Aug 14, 2009 at 7:31 PM
this is so fabulous Deb!!
AJ  |  Fri Aug 14, 2009 at 7:40 PM
Deb,

Your tutorial and project rocked! You go girl!
Hugs and smiles
beate  |  Sat Aug 15, 2009 at 2:05 AM
Absolutely brilliant, Deb!!!! This is an amazing tutorial!
loretta lock  |  Sat Aug 15, 2009 at 3:55 AM
OHHH!! What a wonderful idea for teacher gifts!!
Starla  |  Sat Aug 15, 2009 at 7:26 AM
oh deb! This is fabulous! Very well done, my friend. I am so going to use this tute!!
Holly (Toy)  |  Sat Aug 15, 2009 at 4:16 PM
Oh, Deb, this is stunning!
Cathy  |  Sun Aug 16, 2009 at 1:08 PM
Thanks so much for this tutorial! This would make a great Christmas countdown!
Robyn  |  Tue Aug 18, 2009 at 2:43 AM
Fantastic tutorial, Deb! Thank you!!
elliesmom  |  Sun Aug 30, 2009 at 3:54 AM
This is just a super project, Deb! Thanks for the wonderful tutorial!
Julie - justwritedesigns  |  Tue Sep 1, 2009 at 7:19 PM

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