The only thing better than a perpetual calendar is a DIYed perpetual calendar -- because you can make it substantial, sturdy, and personalized to become a fixture in your home that is as practical as it is lovely. Today, we’re making an awesome one from a few wood cuts that you can pick up at your local craft store and some glitzy scrapbook paper.
13 Medium Wooden Rectangles
1 Large Wooden Plaque (large enough to fit three of the wooden rectangles side-by-side)
Shiny Gold Scrapbook Paper
Electric Drill & 5/32” Drill Bit
Acrylic Paints & Paintbrush
Mod Podge & Paintbrush
3 Screw Hooks
On the back of the shiny scrapbook paper, print out the outline of numbers 0 through 3 (for the first digit of each day of the month) and 0 through 9 (for the second digit for each day) and months JAN through DEC. Each number will be oriented horizontally and each month vertically. With that in mind, format each number and month to just smaller than the wooden rectangles, and make sure you’re printing them backwards. If it’s easier, feel free to use mine - you can download the PDF here. Carefully cut each number and letter out using scissors and a craft knife for any tricky curves. This may take a while, so just take your time, cutting them out as you watch TV or something.
Drill a hole big enough to slip over your screw hooks in the top center of each wooden rectangle.
Paint all the wooden pieces. If you want a tri-color effect like mine, paint 6 of the wooden rectangles one color for the months, the other 7 another color for the days, and the mounting plaque a third color. I went with a combination of jewel tones so that my gold letters would really pop.
Use a paint brush to apply Mod Podge to the back of each letter/number, and carefully affix each to the appropriate wooden rectangle. Use both sides of each wooden rectangle (i.e. JAN on one side and FEB on the other and so on)
Install the three screw hooks evenly spaced along the top edge of the mounting plaque. Pop today’s month and date on there, and enjoy...forever!
This project by Mandy Pellegrin for Whimseybox. You can find more of Mandy's work on her blog Fabric Paper Glue, in her Etsy shop and also on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.