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36 Outstanding Old Calendar Craft Ideas

Updated on April 23, 2017
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Loraine loves arts and crafts and used to volunteer at an elementary art class. She loves sharing fun and kid-friendly craft tutorials.

The quality of the paper used for calendars makes it perfect for making beautiful old calendar crafts. And, since there are so many themes of calendar pictures, finding images and colors suitable for crafts is endless. You can recycle an old calendar and use the calendar pages to make anything from gift bags to butterflies.

Do you remember how you shopped around looking for the perfect calendar, knowing that you'd be looking at the pictures for the whole year? You bought the calendar with a theme that you loved, but now the year is over and you're thinking that you have to store or toss the old calendar.

Think again, because I've searched the web looking for the best calendar page crafts that I could find. I was extra fussy about which crafts to share here because I wanted to make sure that all the ideas using old calendar pages would include a nice picture, plus directions for making each craft.

While I was at it, I also included a few other paper crafts that I thought would work beautifully using calendar pages. I hope you find a project or two that you'll want to make.

I crafted the gift bags and boxes shown in the image above using directions from sites included in this article. You'll find them in the projects below.

1. Gift Bows

You'll have the prettiest gift bows ever, if you make your own. Find out how easy it is to make these gift bows by following the instructions at Craftster.

2. Coasters

Imagine all the beautiful coasters you'll be able to make with a calendar page. These would make great gifts. The instructions for this project are found at Pretty PRUDENT.

3. 3-D Paper Stars

Okay, so I'll admit that the pictured star isn't made using calendar pages, but I have made these stars using calendar pages and they are beautiful. After I made one side of the star, I glued a flat piece of paper on the back so I could hang them on the wall. I finished the star by running a thin line of glitter around the outside edges. I followed the tutorial at First Palette to make the stars.

4. Silhouette Heart

This project is another one that actually is shown as using magazine pages. But some calendar pages would be perfect for this art. Go to Pink Stripey Socks to see the instructions, but use calendar pages instead.

5. Flowers, Flowers, Flowers

Although the tutorial at Splish Splash Splatter uses magazine pages for making these flowers, I think the lighter weight paper calendars would be a great alternative paper to use. These flowers are very easy to make and the shapes cut for the petals can be whatever you wish. The kids will enjoy helping make these flowers.

6. Kokeshi Dolls

With all the beautiful calendar pictures available, making these outstanding Kokeshi dolls is a snap. You'll love seeing how many different looks you can achieve by following the instructions found at 365crafty.blogspot.

7. Birds Mobile

It wouldn't be difficult at all for me to find a place to hang this attractive mobile. The buzzmills site has the directions for this project.

8. Iris Fold Cross

Although this is an anytime of the year craft, I think is is especially appropriate during the Lenten and Easter season. Find the pattern and directions at Kids & Glitter.

9. Block Puzzle

I love this project of making a block puzzle for the little ones using a beautiful calendar picture. This great idea and the instructions can be found at Pink and Green Mama.

10. Kusudama

You'll learn how to make the kusudama flowers in the tutorial at the PlanetJune site. Check the next project to see how they can be used to make a hanging ball.

11. Calendar Coasters

12. Kusudama Ball

Imagine all the decorating you could do using these beautiful kusudama balls in your chosen colors. Find the tutorial for making this project at

13. Gift Bags

This is the easiest and quickest way to make gift bags that I've found. You'll have a great time making these gift me, it's hard to stop making them. You'll love the instructions found at Serendipity. Check the intro photo to see the ones I made.


This bookmark idea from is so easy that the kids can make them by themselves. A great way for them to make and give gifts.

15. Envelope

I really like this project because it gives us a beautiful way to use calendar pages. Find the instructions at Homespun Seasonal Living.

16. Paperweights

This would make such a great gift for anyone with an office or classroom. Check the great tutorial at MODGE PODGE ROCKS to see how easy these paperweights are to make.

17. Pages Pendant

The directions for making this book pages pendant, shown on the 3R's blog, can also be used to make a calendar page pendant. If you'd like to see what this would look like using calendar pages, check this page, Fab.

18. Napkin Rings

So simple and easy to make that you'll want to make some for every holiday and occasion. Find the directions at FAB MUMS.

19. Window Frame

Although there really aren't any specific directions at the Meadowbrook Farm site, I think it would be easy enough to do. Just cut matting for the glass size, center calendar picture on back of the matting, back picture with a piece of cardboard, use small nails or brads to attach to pane wood edges.

20. Picture Puzzles

You can easily make picture puzzles from calendar pages. Find puzzle patterns at Free Scroll Saw Patterns by Arpop. Glue the calendar page to piece of cardboard and let dry thoroughly. Use tracing paper to copy the puzzle pattern to the cardboard. Carefully cut the puzzle pieces. Coat the puzzle pieces with modge podge, if desired.

21. Little Boxes

Making these little boxes is so much fun once you get the hang of it. Follow the tutorial at Scissors and Spoons to make your own calendar page boxes.

22. Collapsible Box

These are collapsible boxes that I made, with calendar pages, using the instructions and patterns I found at Aunt Annie's Crafts. I really like the colorful calendar page boxes.

23. Origami Wreath Ornament

Imagine how beautiful this wreath ornament will be when you make it using calendar pages. Just follow the instructions at Domesticali and enjoy the fruits of your labors.

24. Sparkling Bird Ornaments

Make beautiful bird ornaments, using calendar pages, for your Christmas tree. Make them any time of year and hang them as a mobile or party decoration. Find the instructions for this project at Kids & Glitter.

25. Pin Wheels

This is another project that will work beautifully with calendar pages. Select a little heavier quality page for this project that you'll find at Neverland Nook.

26. Picture Box Lid

Dress up a plain container as simply as just adding a calendar image to the lid. This great idea comes to you from the thriftyfun site.

27. Matching Game

Using old calendars to make this matching game to keep little ones busy is a great idea, and the Bug, Boo, and Bean blog explains how this is done. I love the idea of using the religious calendars for this matching game.

28. Small Craft Bags

These small craft bags made using pages of a calendar are the perfect size for small craft show sales. The colorful pages give a festive look, besides being a very economical packaging. Find the instructions for making these bags at Etsy Treasure Chest .

29. Paper Reed Photo Frame

This is really a beautiful photo frame, and to think it was made using old calendar pages. I enjoy using calendar pages in crafts because of the vibrant colors. Find the tutorial for making this paper reed photo frame at illgetyoumypretties.

30. Desk Accessories

Find a great tutorial for making a lidded desk storage box, using a cereal box, at Office Desk Accessory Crafts.

31. Calendar Wall Art

I love the floating frames used to display beautiful calendar art pictures. Go to Tallgrass Design for the directions.

32. Calendar Butterflies

Believe me when I tell you that if you make one of these butterflies, you'll make more of them. The pattern and tutorial for these butterflies can be found at Best Calendar Page Butterfly.

33. Drink Tags

Cut down on the times your guests lose track of their drink by adding a drink tag with their name attached to the glass. This cute idea comes from the Sunset site.

34. New Art From an Old Calendar

35. Pillow Box

To find the instructions on how to make this calendar page pillow box, go to Crafty Journal.

36. Goody Bags

These little bags that remind me of sour cream pouches are so attractive. Make them for Halloween, Valentine's Day or Christmas treats. Or maybe even for a bridal shower, wedding or baby shower favors. Find the directions at BABYCCINO KIDS.

© 2013 Loraine Brummer

What Do You Do With Your Old Calendars? - or leave a comment.

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      Kara Skinner 4 months ago from Maine

      I love the practical ideas here like craft bags and bows and boxes. Those I could do over and over without cluttering up my house. The jigsaw puzzle is a good idea as well.

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      Louise Powles 10 months ago from Norfolk, England

      There's some really good ideas there. Shame I've always thrown my calenders away in the past now. I like the idea of the butterflies, that's lovely. Thanks for the great ideas!

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i like the pinwheel and bookmark ideas. Worth to recycle those calendars

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      beyondagarden 3 years ago

      Thank you for the mention. Great ideas!

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      So many fantastic ideas; love this. Giving it a tweet.

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      readty7 4 years ago

      Your bags with calendar pages are so beautiful and creative!

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      Cassandra Kuthy 4 years ago from Ohio

      The flowers are soooooo pretty

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      Virginia Allain 4 years ago from Central Florida

      I can't bear to throw out old calendars (and apparently my mom was that way too as I found quite a few at her house). Thanks for all the great ideas.

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      someone111 4 years ago

      Some fun ideas on here! I'll have to try some :)

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      RazzbarryBreeze 4 years ago

      Great ideas here. I've seen the Kusudama flowers before. Have an awesome day!

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      SheilaMilne 4 years ago from Kent, UK

      I've never done anything with old calendars and often feel so terrible throwing them out that I have quite a few hanging around. Now to make some gift bags....

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      HughSmulders LM 4 years ago

      It seems to me that hand-made stuff is always the best present ever. Thus, I try to make all my gifts by myself.

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      noner 4 years ago

      I have always cut them up and used them for collage bits in my art journals. Now I REALLY want to make a block puzzle!

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      seegreen 4 years ago

      I still have old calendars from 15 years ago, It takes me weeks to find the perfect one so I hate throwing them out. I always knew I would find something crafty to do with them and as a fan of paper crafts I've now got an awful lot of ideas to choose from. How clever!

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      cassieann 4 years ago

      I toss my old calendars - but not anymore. You have some great projects here. Thanks for sharing!

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      How clever You really put a lot of thought and talent to work on these projects. I am about to make some shopping bags from recycled bird seed sacks.

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      aleesya_aqilah 4 years ago

      ur lens look great..and creative!

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      dawnsnewbeginning 4 years ago

      Lots of great ideas here!