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Make Your Own Ridiculously Easy Perpetual Calendar

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This year is almost gone and I’m still trying to get organized. UGH!!! Where does the time go? One fun idea I had for our messy office is this DIY perpetual calendar. It’s super easy, and it combines two of my favorite things: scrapbook paper and stamps.  Hands up, who doesn’t need a perpetual calendar in their office?

See how to make a farmhouse styled perpetual calendar using scrapbook paper and stamps

I wanted to give the calendar a farmhouse feel so I picked up some hessian and weathered wood scrapbook paper. But you can use any design that suits your décor. First, figure out how big you want your calendar to be. Ours is 20 cm  wide x 14 cm high  (7 7/8″ x 5 1/2″), so I cut strips that are 4.5 cm x 12 cm (1 6/8″ x 4 6/8″).

See how to make a farmhouse style perpetual desk calendar using scrapbook paper and stamps

I chose to use the weather wood strips for the days of the week and the months of the year and the hessian for the days of the month. I divided the strips into four piles of 7 and 12 (weather wood) and 4, 10 (hessian). Stamp the days of the week on the first pile, the months on the second pile, the first digit of the day of the month (0,1,2,3) on the third pile and finally the day’s second digit (0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9) on the last pile of strips.

See how to make a farmhouse style perpetual desk calendar using scrapbook paper and stamps

My stamping tends to be a bit wonking sometimes, so I used a ruler to make sure everthing lined up nicely 😉

See how to make a farmhouse style perpetual desk calendar using scrapbook paper and stamps

To make the scrapbook paper a bit more durable I applied a hard varnish to both sides of the strips. If I remember correctly I did three coats on each side. Don’t worry if the paper curls, it will flatten out. And you can always bend it slightly afterwards. The varnish protects the paper from messy crafty hands and it makes the scrapbook paper more solid.

For the stand of the perpetual calendar I just used a piece of chipboard that’s double the height of the calendar. Chipboard is just a really fancy way of saying “thick cardboard” 😉  I scored along the halfway mark and then bent the board over to form an “A-frame”. I thought it would be a nice idea to write little notes or messages on the calendar so the chipboard got a few coats of blackboard paint. Drill holes along the top of the A-frame and then add the scrapbook strips using metal rings. Just make sure the holes are big enough to allow the strips to flip over easily.

See how to make a farmhouse style perpetual desk calendar using scrapbook paper and stamps

I had to trim the bottom of the strips after I added them to the A-frame. Apparently my cutting skills are as wonky as my stamping skills 😀

See how to make a farmhouse styled perpetual calendar using scrapbook paper and stamps

So that’s one little bit of organising done. Well kinda. Now to tackle the rest of the chaotic madness in our office. Oh well, tomorrow is another day 😉

See how to make a farmhouse styled perpetual calendar using scrapbook paper and stamps. It's ridiculously easy

Pinny please?

So what do you think? Are desk calendars still a thing or do you just use your phone? Until next time, happy crafting.

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  • Posted: November 22, 2017 20:36

    Keri Roberts

    Michelle, this is too awesome!! What a creative way to make a perpetual calendar. It looks great!!
    • Posted: November 23, 2017 04:50

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much my friend ❤️
  • Posted: November 15, 2017 16:17

    Deborah

    This is so so so great. I need to make one like yesterday!! GREAT JOB!!
    • Posted: November 16, 2017 03:57

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much Deborah ❤️
  • Posted: November 14, 2017 16:16

    nikki frank-hamilton

    Michelle, once again your creativity amazes me. This is so cool! I love the scrapbook papers that you've used and the stamps! Not only do I want one of these for myself, I think I'll make 2 of them. One for me and one to give as a Christmas Gift!! So cool. Love it.
    • Posted: November 15, 2017 05:46

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much Nikki ❤
  • Posted: November 13, 2017 18:44

    Claire

    This would definitely make a lovely gift love the wood look and the stamps you used are lovely.
    • Posted: November 14, 2017 09:37

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much Claire, I'm glad you like them 😉
  • Posted: November 13, 2017 14:56

    Michelle - Happy Heart Made

    Another brilliant idea Michelle...love it!! Fun tweet!! 💛
    • Posted: November 14, 2017 12:44

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much Michelle 💛
  • Posted: November 10, 2017 16:53

    Natalie

    I love this! I'm trying to get into the farmhouse theme more and more, and this is perfect!
    • Posted: November 18, 2017 06:55

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much Natalie
  • Posted: November 9, 2017 09:34

    Mia

    What a brilliant idea, Michelle!!!!!!!!!! Kisses, my friend.
    • Posted: November 9, 2017 14:57

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much Mia xoxoxoxoxox
  • Posted: November 9, 2017 03:14

    Florence @ VintageSouthernPicks

    Love the vintage look of that Michelle! I love scrapbook paper! They are all so varied from industrial to shabby chic. I love the calendar...it appeals to my rustic side. Good idea to add a bit of chalkboard...gosh this calendar has it all. I use my laptop to keep up with the days b/c I'm always sitting in front of it, y'know.
    • Posted: November 9, 2017 14:57

      acraftymix

      Sounds like me Florence although I've been trying really hard on weekends to keep all technology stuff switched off. Sometimes it just get a bit much and my laptop butt is spreading at an alarming rate 😀
  • Posted: November 9, 2017 02:44

    Marie

    I love desk calendars! I especially love the design you came up with. It will be perfect in my rustic-themed office ✨
    • Posted: November 9, 2017 14:57

      acraftymix

      Glad to here that Marie, thank you 😀
  • Posted: November 8, 2017 20:06

    Katrin

    I need one of these! I need calendars in front of me everywhere, haha. This is so cute and I love your stamps!!!
    • Posted: November 9, 2017 14:58

      acraftymix

      Aren't those stamps just gorgeous. I can't even remember where I bought them 😉
  • Posted: November 8, 2017 17:32

    Travel tips

    Wow that is really very beautiful. I love your craft work. Want to try to make one like yours 😬
    • Posted: November 9, 2017 15:00

      acraftymix

      Thanks you so much 😉
  • Posted: November 8, 2017 13:58

    acupofassamtea

    This is such a creative and fun idea. Love the rustic and vintage vibe.
    • Posted: November 10, 2017 15:17

      acraftymix

      Thank you 😊
  • Posted: November 8, 2017 12:16

    Candy Rachelle

    Wow!! This perpetual calendar looks awesome and unique. I really like the vintage look. You are so talented and creative. This is one of the best projects I have ever seen.
    • Posted: November 9, 2017 14:59

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much Candy, I really appreciate that
  • Posted: November 8, 2017 12:08

    Thena

    Wow, that is super cute and vintage looking, I really love it. This would be a great addition to a lot of home decor as well.
    • Posted: November 8, 2017 15:14

      acraftymix

      Thank you Thena
  • Posted: November 8, 2017 07:45

    Pooja Kawatra

    You are inspiring me so much to do these crafts which I have been thinking and somehow I am always in love with wood.
    • Posted: November 8, 2017 15:11

      acraftymix

      Ahhhhh Pooja, I'm real glad to hear that. Thank you
  • Posted: November 8, 2017 04:20

    Alaina Monster

    This is such an original DIY & so easy too. Would make such a great Christmas gift for someone
    • Posted: November 8, 2017 11:54

      acraftymix

      They would 😀 Thanks Alaina
  • Posted: November 7, 2017 23:45

    AnnMarie John

    This is such a fun idea! I would love to make it one of these days. I enjoy doing arts and crafts and this one's just perfect.
    • Posted: November 8, 2017 11:42

      acraftymix

      I'm glad you like it AnnMarie, thank you
  • Posted: November 7, 2017 16:59

    Preet

    This looks absolutely amazing, I like the way it turned out to be. ...Productive at unimportant things... - I like that quote. The Calendar looks chic yet modern.
    • Posted: November 8, 2017 15:14

      acraftymix

      Best quote ever and sooo me 🤣 Thanks for coming to say hi Preet, I really appreciate it
  • Posted: November 7, 2017 16:15

    Shubhada Bhide

    Oh this such a cool DIY Perpetual Desk Calendar. I love this very creative idea, this is perfect for my workplace. Would definitely check and try this DIY Desk Calendar!
    • Posted: November 8, 2017 11:54

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much Shubhada 😀
  • Posted: November 7, 2017 15:19

    Alicia Taylor

    I love this calendar! I would happily have it on my desk. I love the country look to it.
    • Posted: November 10, 2017 15:18

      acraftymix

      Thank you Alicia 😊
  • Posted: November 7, 2017 14:48

    Cia Black

    WHile I don't know if This would be useful for me, I use my phone and my PC calendar, I do know a few mums who would adore having this as an accent piece in their home.
    • Posted: November 8, 2017 11:53

      acraftymix

      I agree Cia with all the technology gidgets and gadgets calendars are becoming obsolete, but I'm old school and still love paper based things 😀
  • Posted: November 7, 2017 13:58

    Debbie-Dabble

    Michelle, Our sons do sound like they have much in common. Joey is an IT Specialist and always loved science and horror movies!! Thanks do much for stopping by!! Hugs, Deb
    • Posted: November 8, 2017 11:43

      acraftymix

      That sounds just like Calin Debbie, except he's studying to be a psychologist 😉
  • Posted: November 7, 2017 12:27

    Sue Tanya McHorgh

    Now this is a good idea. I love this little farmhouse calendar. I am going to get my tools ready and try to make a calendar too.
    • Posted: November 10, 2017 15:03

      acraftymix

      Cooooool, I'm glad you liked it Sue-Tanya. Let me know how your's turns out
  • Posted: November 7, 2017 09:56

    Julia - Vintage with Laces

    Your calendar looks beautiful, Michelle! Great choice of materials and colors. I'd probably forget to turn the page(s) but it's such a pretty decoration that it wouldn't matter at all. :) Your tweets made me laugh!
    • Posted: November 8, 2017 05:09

      acraftymix

      LOL Julia, I forgotten to turn the pages too 😉
  • Posted: November 7, 2017 06:53

    Samantha

    Your tweets always make me laugh or smile. I definitely relate to that second one! 😂 This is a cute idea and would make a great gift. I like how easily you can customize it to your decor or personality.
    • Posted: November 7, 2017 07:04

      acraftymix

      😂 that one is soooo me, LOL. Thanks so much Sam
  • Posted: November 7, 2017 05:40

    Katie

    This is amazing! I love the style. You could customize this to match a wide variety of decorating colors!
    • Posted: November 8, 2017 15:13

      acraftymix

      Right 🙂, thanks so much Katie
  • Posted: November 7, 2017 03:14

    Emily Terrell

    This is crazy cute. I love the simplicity and the fact that you can use and reuse over and over!
    • Posted: November 8, 2017 11:44

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much Emily
  • Posted: November 7, 2017 01:07

    Hey Sharonoox

    That's a cool DIY! I love the vintage and whimsical look of this calendar. It's so creative. I really like it!
    • Posted: November 8, 2017 15:12

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much Sharon 😀
  • Posted: November 6, 2017 18:25

    Ithfifi

    Another wonderful creation! I love how rustic this looks while all the while looking like it probably cost a bomb - you are a genius! I can't imagine you having a messy office at all but think of all the beautiful storage and desk accessory ideas you can play with! Also thank you so much for the comment you left me, you seriously made me smile from ear to ear! <3
    • Posted: November 7, 2017 07:06

      acraftymix

      LOL Ithi, my office looks like a crafty atom bomb went off inside it 🤣 And I meant every word of the comment. You're super talented, love your miniature nail art
  • Posted: November 6, 2017 17:58

    Katerina Konstantinou

    This is so beautiful! Exactly in my style! Great job. Of course I just twitted the procrastinator quote!
    • Posted: November 7, 2017 07:08

      acraftymix

      😊 Thank you Katerina - don't you just love that quote
  • Posted: November 6, 2017 16:35

    Linda at Mixed Kreations

    I love your calendar Michelle! So simple, and inexpensive. Yet super cute! Some of the best kind of projects. Great idea using the varnish to make them sturdier. Great gift idea! Everyone needs a calendar, and it can be used year after year.
    • Posted: November 7, 2017 07:07

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much Linda. Sometimes quick and easy is the best way to go 😊
  • Posted: November 6, 2017 15:50

    Mary

    Haha! Your tweets are hilarious! I think this is a very important thing. We need to have a calender otherwise how will we function. And it can be used any year so that is very smart! Beautifully done with lots of texture. Btw that is my daughter's B'day! ;)
    • Posted: November 6, 2017 16:04

      acraftymix

      OMW Mary really?? How's that for synchronicity. That's so awesome. I'm going to add another little chalk board note so I can remember 😉
  • Posted: November 6, 2017 15:00

    corinne & kirsty

    This is such a creative idea. I always rely on my phone for the date but it would be great to have something in the living room! This could also make a great gift!
    • Posted: November 6, 2017 16:06

      acraftymix

      Me too 😉 but sometimes I still want to see things on paper and this one was so much fun to make
  • Posted: November 6, 2017 14:58

    Maria

    I love the vintage look :) super cool diy! Looks really easy to do.
    • Posted: November 6, 2017 15:02

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much Maria and it is easy, as long as you can cut straight 😊 Something I clearly have to work on
  • Posted: November 6, 2017 13:54

    Tanvi Rastogi

    I like that this would make such a wonderful gift for everyone - no matter what age group. Practical, creative and hand made - it literally ticks all the must-haves for a gift. p.s. I love your tweets in this post. So witty!
    • Posted: November 6, 2017 14:47

      acraftymix

      Hello beautiful lady, thanks for that. I'm still trying to figure out how twitter works 🙂 It seems so fast and short

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