Good morning! Here we are again with the next handmade craft for my “12 Days of a Handmade Christmas” with a desktop calendar. Photo gifts make wonderful holiday presents for family members! I was online the other day finishing up a photo book for Bugaboo (we’ve been chronicling his first year with four books and I finally ordered the fourth, months 9-12!) and I saw all the different photo gifts you can make! I wanted to make a total of four desktop calendars to give as gifts this year. I knew it would be a bit pricey to order four…so I set out to make my own!
It was a bit time consuming to create the actual calendar pages – there is definitely a good reason to purchase these! While this was time consuming, once I made all the calendar pages it went together quickly, and more importantly I was able to make four desktop calendars for under $20! Since I am sharing the calendar printable pages with you, it will go much quicker for you! I wanted to keep my calendars professional looking since the family members these would be going to work in offices or law firms. You could definitely make these crazy fun depending on who you are giving them too!
- Printable calendar pages (located at the end of the post!)
- White card stock (that can go through your printer)
- Black tag board – I bought one sheet that measured 30″ x 42″
- Exacto Knife
- Photos! 13 4×6 photos total – which includes one for every month and a cover photo
- Photo adhesive squares or tape.
- Access to an office store like Office Max for spiral binding
STEP 1: Print off the calendar pages. I made two different styles of calendar pages – basic stripes in various colors and a floral/nature motif. I made these in photoshop using images I drew and free clip art I found online. The floral/nature motif calendar pages are available to print at the end of this post!) I printed each page to be 5.5″ x 9.75″.
STEP 2: Cut the tagboard. The tagboard is what allows your desktop calendar to stand. Using your exacto knife, cut one piece to measure 6.5″ x 10.75″ and cut the second piece to measure 9.5″ x 10.75″. The second piece includes the 3″ base that gets folded. To help fold this piece I perforated along the fold line using my exacto knife. The important thing is to not cut through the fold line completely but just enough to help the board fold more easily. The diagram below shows the tagboard dimensions.
STEP 3: Have your calendar spiral bound. I took my calendar up to Office Max to have it spiral bound. At our local store it cost just $4.50 and since I had a printing service coupon I only paid $3.50. Make sure you put the calendar in the correct order for them. The calendar pages are on top, followed by the larger tagboard, and ending with the smaller tagboard (See diagram above). They weren’t sure their machines could go through the tagboard, but they gave it a try and it worked fine, they just needed to do the tagboard separately.
STEP 4: Add your photos! I used photo adhesive squares to quickly attach the photos to each page. I had so much fun choosing photos of Bugaboo for each calendar and catered each calendar to the person it would be gifted too! I printed my photos through Shutterfly.
The calendars turned out great and were a nice (and more cost effective) alternative to buying them! Below are the calendar pages I created in photoshop. Feel free to print them and use them for your own desktop calendar!
Calendar Printable Pages. For personal use only. Each page was saved as a larger file so the images would be clear. I printed each calendar page 5.5″ x 9.75″.