Acrylic Frame Calendars
Acrylic frame calendars are easily made with tools and supplies you
probably already have on hand. Add an inexpensive frame that
pick up from a local crafts or office supply store and you've got a
great project that can be given as a gift or kept to admire for an
entire year, or longer if you wish!
for this project:
- Paper Trimmer
- Calendar Template
- Acrylic Frame - either with magnets on the back or a
free-standing desk frame.
- Adhesive - double-sided tape would work best for this
- Letter Stamp
- Black ink
- Patterned Paper - cut to the size of the frame
- Several pieces of coordinating cardstock
- Small piece of white cardsock
going to add a little bit of adhesive to the back of the patterned
paper so it doesn't slip out of the frame.
how the frame looks
with the paper adhered to it. I decided to use a frame with
magnets on the back because I wanted something that would stick to my
memo board. These frames also come as a free-standing picture
frame that can sit on a desk or countertop.
We're going to stamp the Initial onto some white cardstock.
I chose a "C" because this is going to be my calendar. And
since it's my project I can do whatever I want!
can also chose to add an image instead of an initial. A
coordinating little swirly image would have been a nice alternative to
the letter "C" that I chose to use.
Very nice. A little off-center but I'm not going to stamp it
again. I say it gives it character.
we add some adhesive to the white cardstock.
the white cardstock down on the colored cardstock. Set it
aside for now... we'll come back to that in a few minutes.
up is our printed calendar. I've found that the templates
available at www.mycalendarmaker.com are great for all sorts of
projects and they print up really nicely.
So now we're going to cut the small calendar boxes out. Just
along the lines until you have all twelve months.
They should be the same width, but if not then trim them down so that
going to cut a piece of cardstock down so that it frames the calendar
pages. Grab your stapler - any stapler will do the trick - I
like this cute little guy.
a neat little trick... turn the stapler upside-down and staple the
papers so the open part of the staple is facing up. This
so much easier to tear off the months without destroying your beautiful
calendar in the process.
I like to add two staples, but you do what feel right.
we're going to glue both the calendar pages and the letter down to the
outside of the acrylic frame.
a good amount of tape to the back of the calendar. You want
to make sure that it doesn't fall off easily on its own.
another tip - don't use super-strength glue or adhesive on this because
you can always use the same frame for next year's calendar - which
you'll surely be doing because you love it so much!
add a good amount of tape to the back of the cardstock with your
initial (or image) on it.
stick the cardstock down on the top of the frame.
we're going to add a little bit of ribbon just to pretty it up.
Slide your ribbon into the acrylic frame - behind the front
the frame but in front of the patterned paper.
then tie a knot in your ribbon and cut off the extra bits with some
added a cute little belt-buckle embellishment, but you can just stick
with the ribbon if you don't have any embellishments... or if you just
don't like that type of thing.
now you have a beautiful calendar that you can hang up, look at every
day, and admire while congratulating yourself on your craftiness.