Recycle Your Old Calendars

July probably isn’t the best time to write about what to do with your used calendars, but I thought I’d throw it out there anyway. I have several calendars hanging around my house. At the end of the year, instead of throwing them out or putting them in the recycling bin, I save them to use in craft projects. Here are some of my ideas.

Wrapping Paper. If the calendar is large and you haven’t written any personal information on it, the individual pages can be used to wrap small gifts. Gently pull out the staples or stitches and cut each page apart. These colorful sheets are ideal for small packages.

Envelopes. Again, this is best with larger calendars (each picture page approximately 1 square foot). Cut apart each page. Trace around an envelope template, cut and fold. Use double-stick tape to secure the flaps. If you don’t have a template, you can find pretty much any size you need by doing a google search for ‘envelope template.’ Or you could make one yourself by gently taking apart an envelope and tracing it on cardstock or cardboard.

Kids’ Book. This is my favorite. Use the pictures to make a book for your kids. Cut out the pictures that you think would be of interest to your kids. (Animals, Cars, Nature, Cartoon Characters, Colors, Etc.) Paste the pictures in a blank notebook or on paper that has been stapled together. This could be a counting book with a different number of items on each page (one horse, two rabbits, etc.). You could make it a song book with each picture representing a song (lamb for Mary Had A Little Lamb, sun for You Are My Sunshine). If your kids are older, you could let them paste the pictures and make up a story to go with them.

Other Ideas. Calendar pages can be cut and used for cards or for a collage. Instead of cutting the pages apart, leave them large and they can be used as a table protector for kids’ art projects. Your kids can color in the calendar squares to make patterns or use them to practice counting.

Happy Crafting!

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