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Recycled Calendar and Cereal Box to Desk Accessories

Updated on January 16, 2017
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Loraine enjoys making crafts and sharing the projects she’s developed. Her crafts include pictured, step-by-step tutorials and templates.

Are you ready for a new look for your office? This office desk accessory craft gives you the opportunity to have that new look, inexpensively.

In this article I'll share with you a step by step tutorial to make a beautiful box to hold supplies, a covered date book and pencil holders all made using pages from a calendar.

I hate to throw away old calendars because of the beautiful pictures and because of the quality of the paper used in most calendars. I've used calendar pictures in art projects at school and I know how easy it is to get old calendars, by just letting parent know that the calendars are wanted.

It's amazing how many items can be made with one calendar. I'm including a photo of all the items I made using just one. The calendar I used to make the items shown in this article is from the 2012 LANG calendar featuring the art of Susan Winget.

1. Tutorials For Desk Accessories

Mark these measurements on the backside of the cereal box:1. From the bottom of the box, measure 9 3/4" for a cutting line.2. From the bottom of the box, measure 8 1/2" and mark with dotted line. This is a fold line.

Storage Box Tutorial

Make measurement marks on the back side of the cereal box.

1. Measure up 9" from the bottom of the cereal box with a solid (cutting) line.

2. Measure 1 1/2 " down from that mark with a dotted (folding) line.

Measure on the front side of the cereal box:Measure 5" from the bottom of the box. This is a cutting line.

Measurements for the sides of the cereal box:

1. Measure and mark 5" up from the bottom of the box.

2. Measure and mark with a dotted line, 3 1/4" up from the 5" line.

3. Measure and mark 1 1/2" up from the 3 1/4" line.

Cutting the box:1. Cut down on both sides of the front cereal box panel and across the 5" marked line.2. Cut across the back and side panels 9 3/4" from the bottom of the box.

Measure and mark the side panels 1 1/2" from the box and cut off at the line.

Fold along the 1 1/2" dotted line of the box lid being made. I used a stylus to groove the line to make it easier to fold.Cut a slit at the front corners of the lid flap.

Measure 1" in from the bottom of the side lid flap and make a mark, then draw a line from that mark to the corner of the box. Cut the corner off.

Fold the lid sides down and fold the side flaps under the front lid flap.

Glue the back side flaps under the front lid flap with craft glue or a glue stick.

Covering the box:Choose a Calendar pageFrom the bottom of the calendar picture, measure 5" up and cut.

Center and lay the top of the calendar picture over the lid of the box, with the bottom picture edge meeting the bottom of the front lid flap.Press around the top of the lid edges to crease well. Fold at the creases made. Make sharp fold lines.

Refer to the photo above and:Cut a slit from the side edges to the front edge of the lid.From the slit to the back of the lid, measure 1 1/2" from the lid towards the sides.Cut off the excess side paper and from the corner of the back lid edge as shown.

Apply glue to the back of the calendar picture and adhere to the lid top. Cut off, or fold under and glue, at the slanted end of the lid flap.Cut a piece of another calendar page or one of construction paper, the size of the back of the box, and glue to the box back.

Cover an Appointment Book

Use the photo as a guide:With the calendar picture side down, center your book on the calendar page. Firmly crease all around the book.Using the crease lines as a guide, make a slanted cut on either side of the book spine and make diagonal cuts across the book cover corners. Fold the spine cuts to the inside of the calendar page.

Fit your book inside the calender cover.

Apply glue from a glue stick to the calendar cover and adhere to one side of the book. Then glue the rest of the cover and finish adhering the cover to the book.


Covering Pencil Holders

Cut a calendar page the height of a clean and dry soup can. (or any can that has a flip top opening to avoid sharp edges.) Add glue from a glue stick to the entire piece and glue directly to the can, overlapping the back edges.

These will hold lots of pencils, pens or markers.

From One Calendar

From one calendar I covered two storage boxes, two pencil holders, an appointment book, two gift bags, and three smaller boxes. The sites for the patterns for the gift bags and smaller boxes will be included in an article that I'll be publishing soon. I'll put the address here when it is ready. Here is the Calendar Page Crafts page. So many great crafts using calendar pages!!

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© 2013 Loraine Brummer

Would you use desk accessories that someone made? - or leave a message.

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      I would use these in a heart beat. They are adorable. The possibilities are endless and I love that art gets to live anew.

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      EpicFarms 4 years ago

      Oh, absolutely! VERY nice lens (and awfully clever crafting ;o)

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      KyraB 4 years ago

      Yes most definitely and what a great idea!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      These look great and I love how you made that box from the Cheerios box. Genius!

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      AnnCharlotte 4 years ago

      How nice you've done what a good idea, now I know what my next project will be. Just have to find a nice calendar first. Thanks for the tip

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      PaigSr 4 years ago from State of Confussion

      Looks like something fun to do with the kids. Thanks for the ideas.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I would use those desk accessories for sure. They are so nice. I save calendars with nice pictures but then have trouble finding ideas for using them. You have some good ideas here.

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      What a clever project, I love when you recycled the cereal boxes and than used an old calendar as you decorative covering. Thumbs up! You did and outstanding job explaining how to do this, it is a project I am going to have to try soon.