Friday, January 6, 2012

Don't Throw Away Your Old Calendar- There Are So Many Uses !

Reduce-Reuse-Recycle!
Recycle your old Calender to make envelopes & cards for all occasions ! Last Year my lovely friend Kerrie and her lovely family gave us a calender for Christmas of Northern Beaches in Sydney, which I used through out the year. Now that 2011 is over, it was time to put up the new 2012 calender, what to do with it, what a waste to just throw it away ! Well the other day I was looking at the little photos on the back where they show you what's in the calender. Then I thought I will cut them all out to use for what, which I had no idea at the time, knowing I would come up with a brilliant idea.The day before while out shopping we saw my sons friend and his mum and wanted to give them our phone number to organise a play date, my pen wasn't working very well, but managed to scribble the number down.Well that event got me thinking I will use these to write our name & phone number and keep in my purse/bag to use in case we need to give our phone number out again, I could even add my blog address.Well that's the little cards taken care of, now what to do with the pages, I'll make envelopes which I did, I have a template of an envelope that I made some years ago by just gently pulling apart an old envelope and lying it flat, then you trace around it to make new ones, fold and either glue or use double sided tape. I made 11 envelopes from all the gorgeous photo's, then I realised I had strips of each page left over, what to do with them , perfect I will make cards.So I began by cutting some white card stock to size, its a sketch pad I bought a few years back. Then I cut the strips to size and I used double sided tape to stick them to the front of the white blank card. I made 9 cards, could of made 11 same as envelopes but pictures were of car parks that didn't look that attractive. So I have 9 cards which matching envelopes, 2 envelopes & 12  personal little cards (like little business cards) but so much nicer, all made from an old calender that most people just throw away. The cost  was about 80cents for the card (you could also use card from packaging which would be free)& double sided tape (I love double sided tape )...I'm very happy with the outcome :) Some other ideas are you could make, gift bags, wrap gifts, frame pictures, cover school books.What do you all do with your old calenders, is this some thing you would do in the future. I would love to hear your comments

7 comments:

  1. Wow! I wish I was as creative as you. I would never have thought of these ideas. Well done.

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  2. I use the little pictures and big pictures as a matching game for toddlers. I also had a bird calendar that I glued the large pictures to chipboard (cereal box) and cut them up to make 5-10 piece puzzles.

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  3. My calendars had beautiful animal pics. The nursing home is laminating them to use in therapy for dementia residents.

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  4. Donna Maree GermonJanuary 6, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    Sherrie, I use some of the picture ones to cover school books or scrap books for the kids. We also make bookmarks out of them.

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  5. Just in time! I didn't throw away my calenders yet.

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  6. great ideas! love that you're reusing a calendar- would never have thought to do that!

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