I love calendars. A lot. When I came across this project late last year, I knew I had to recreate it for myself. I think it’s sad that calendars are only bought/given around Christmas, haphazardly wrapped and thrown under the tree just to add to the stack of gifts. Then they are thrown away at the end of every year. Such a waste.
This is not your average calendar. Or your average gift, if you happen to make one for someone very lucky. Here’s how it works. There is an index card for each day of the year and each day you note something special that happened. Along with making this calendar for my co-worker who just had a baby, I also made one for myself. And I love it. I note little things every day (or every few days) and it is so fun looking back through the months. It reminds me that something worth remembering happens every day. Don’t overlook these little moments.
You will need:
- Square-shaped box (I’d say no bigger than a 6″-7″ square)
- 366 index cards, cut to fit into your box (leap year, duh)
- 12 divider cards (one for each month)
- Date/Year stamp
- Stamp pad
- Using a paper cutter, cut all your index cards in one uniform shape. This size will vary. Just make sure they fit into your box with a little wiggle room (not too much).
- Cut your monthly divider cards as well, making them a quarter of an inch taller than your date cards.
- Stamp all your cards. Feel free to do it in groups. I spaced it out over a week’s time, 3-4 months an evening. Lay out the cards to dry completely, overnight if you can.
- That’s it!
Ways to make this calendar special…
- Decorate the box like we did. I actually can’t take credit, Shelton did it all. He’s so crafty and I love him.
- Embellish the month cards, or use pictures or even post cards!
This is a project that takes some dedication, but it’s so worth it. I pinky swear.