21.11.18

DIY Desk Calendars

DIY Desk Calendars
Hi friends I hope you like these Apron shaped Handmade Desk Calendars! I have always wanted to make DIY calendars but December is always a busy time and I have never ever got around to it. This time when I got the gorgeous cute Apron dies from Crealies in my DT kit, I knew they were perfect to make Desk Calendars .
DIY Desk Calendars
I made the calendars in cheerful colors and feminine with lace, ribbons and flowers as these are going to be Christmas gifts for my daughter's teachers.
DIY Desk Calendars
The cute  mushroom was made with Crealies dies .
DIY Desk Calendars
Tutorial 
These Apron shaped calendars have 2 sides and it will look nice if you decorate both the sides since they will sit on a desk/table and you will be able to see both sides.
You can use just 2 layers on each side but if you want to make them nice and sturdy to gift to special people or to sell here is how you can do it:
Handmade Calendar
Make the  front layer with 4 apron shaped die cuts; from back to front: thick white cardstock,thick red foam [foam makes it  thick and sturdy without making it heavy],red cardstock and pattern paper.
DIY Calendar Tutorial
Make the back layer using 3 layers: thick white cardstock, red cardstock
and pattern paper. The pattern paper side will face the outer side.
The lace was hot glued on and the ribbons threaded through holes made in the front half of the calendar.
DIY Calendar Tutorial
Join the top of the 2 aprons using a strip of card stock measuring 1 ½  x  1 ¾ inches and scored at 3/4 inch and 1/8th inch after that. This will give you unequal widths on either side of the scored part but it doesnt matter. The scored central part is so as to separate the top parts just a little bit
DIY Calendar Tutorial
To connect the lower halves of the 2 Aprons... a  3 x 3 ¾ inch cardstock piece is scored on the shorter side every 3/4 inches and folded into a "W"
DIY Calendar Tutorial
Apply adhesive on the outer  3/4ths and stick to the apron pieces on the lower parts.
Optional : add an additional pattern paper on the inside of the calendar for a polished finish before you finish connecting the two halves.
I used a combination of tacky tape and liquid adhesive to stick the pieces.
DIY Calendar Tutorial
The W shaped connecting piece allows you to fold the calendar and  also to open it out to stand nicely.It's a mechanism I adapted from commercial desk calendars!
DIY Desk Calendars
The calendar itself was printed on thin paper, cut into squares and stuck on the top part to make a tear away calendar.

Handmade Foamiran flower
The flowers you see are foamiran flowers made with Crealies dies using this Tutorial:

I hope you liked this gifting idea and that the Tutorial will be helpful to you.
DIY Handmade Calendars
They are perfectly sized to use as desktop calendars and do look cute!! I have to make 7 more of these as my daughter has 10 teachers!
Handmade Calendars
Here are the wonderful products I used from Crealies:

Supplies : Papers : DCWV Botanical Stack
Dies : Crealies Dies:Cardzz no.10,Uno no.47,Set of 3 no.47,Duo Dies no.39,Duo Dies no.32A,On the Edge no.23,Partz no.18










26 comments:

  1. OMGOSH.. They are sooo PRETTY! I love the apron design and the pretty lace on the edging...they will make amazing gifts! Have a wonderful week!

    Theresa

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  2. Wow- this is so wonderful- I love this apron and the care you took to make it double sided! Wonderful!!!

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  3. These are gorgeous and very useful, I would live to try and will gave to hunt out some calender. Xxx

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  4. Those are so cute. I wondered if you printed your own calendars or purchased them somewhere. Now I know.

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  5. These are beautiful Sonia, I adore the bold colours and of course the lovely blooms you have made.

    B x

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  6. Ohhhhhhhh these are FABULOUS!! LOVING the added lace!!!!!!!!!!

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  7. Pretty and dainty desk calendar. The colors just pop up and the design is beautiful

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  8. They do make perfect desk calendars!! I absolutely love them!! The papers are perfect and the flowers and mushrooms are beautiful accents!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts

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  9. Very pretty desk calendar. The colors are sooo beautiful. Send me one hehe.

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  10. These are adorable Sonia. What a great little gift for the teachers. So feminine!

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  11. Wonderful idea & so pretty. Just finished taking my Pumpkin Chocolate Cheesecake out of the oven.
    Melissa
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

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  12. Such fantastic idea and gorgeous result!!! Thanks so much for sharing!LOVE very much the design of your apron calendar! So sweet and beautiful!

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  13. Absolutely wonderful Sonia, they will make the perfect gift..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

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  14. I absolutely LOVE these adorable apron calendars!! So unique!! I am sure they will be treasured!

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  15. This is lovely now I want the apron die !!

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  16. These are beautiful Sonia, I love the apron shape - they will make wonderful gifts.
    Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob
    x

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  17. You always come up with such wonderful ideas for your daughter's teacher presents. These are delightful and will make lovely gifts. Hugs Mrs A.

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  18. Fabulous apron calendars Sonia..Loz

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  19. Gorgeous!! Love the shape.

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  20. These are really pretty and fun! What a creative way to make a calendar! Thanks for sharing!

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  21. soo ADORABLE doc Sonia
    love what you have shown us here, the flowers looks like a real one
    I will remember your tutorial and make similar calendar
    thanks for sharing and I love always your tutorial
    hugs
    Monika

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  22. Beautiful shaped calendars Sonia....

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  23. these are so nice!

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