Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Make a Fall Perpetual Calendar {tutorial}

My friend and I are the Creative Activities Girls for our MOPS group. It can be quite the task to find a craft that 70+ women will enjoy, all while staying within a TIGHT budget ~$1. Last week we made fall perpetual calendars. I think all the ladies liked it, and its something they can easily recreate for another season. And we stayed {I think} under budget.
Want to make your own?
SUPPLIES:
  • 2” x 2” x 8’ – I cut this board into 1 ½ “ pieces which creates the cubes you need for the top pieces.
  • 1” x 2” x 6’ – I cut this board into lengths of 3”. They do have this board in 4’ lengths. I lightly sanded the edges of all the wood. With these boards you will have plenty to make several sets, one for each season, gifts for teachers, Mother's Day, etc.
  • Scrapbook paper. I got a HUGE stack of fall themed paper on sale at Joann's for $10. Cut 12 squares into 1 1/4" pieces.
  • Numbers/Months. We used a Cricut to cut out all ours out of black cardstock. If you don't have access to a Cricut you could buy ready made number/months stickers from the scrapbook section at any craft store. Numbers you will need: Block A: 0,1,2,3,7,8
    Block B: 0,1,2,4,5,6 **Note: Six is interchangeable with nine
  • Paint, Mod Podge, Glue (optional)
What to do:
  • Glue or Mod Podge your numbers down to the squares. We used plain old glue sticks, made it quick and easy.
  • Paint the edges of your blocks. Your scrapbook paper will cover the bare spots on your cubes. If you feel better about painting your base block all the way, go for it. I'm just lazy and it will be covered by your cubes anyways, so I didn't see the point.
  • Mod Podge you scrapbook squares onto the cubes. Remember: Block A: 0,1,2,3,7,8
    Block B: 0,1,2,4,5,6
  • Mod Podge your months onto your base block.
  • Seal it all with a layer of Mod Podge (optional)
  • Display your super cute fall perpetual calendar!
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10 comments:

  1. This is so pretty! I love your paper choices!

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  2. I totally love this idea! I see Christmas presents written all over this project. I am thinking if you use chalkboard paint on the base you could write the months and make extra blocks with seasonal papers for the other months of the year too!

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  3. What a wonderful ideas, I agree with Amy, the paper is really beautiful, I would love to make this project for each season so I can rotate. This is also a wonderful gift idea for the holidays, thanks for sharing

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  4. Shouldn't one of the 0's be a 9?
    Cute craft!

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  5. I came from Someday Crafts: clever and cute idea!

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  6. The six and nine are interchangeable. I thought I had put that in that in the tutorial yesterday, but pregnancy brain must have struck again :) I added it

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  7. I WILL PUBLISH ONE IN OCTOBER FOR HALLOWEEN, HAHAHA, WHAT THE ODDS TO HAVE ALMOST THE SAME IDEA!

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  8. i've heard of the MOPS groups, but have never been to one. what an awesome project for $1!!!! hello. i should say that everyone should of loved it...it is super cute & creative.

    thanks for linking up to the FALL FESTIVAL!

    so nice to meet new people!

    kellie

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  9. That is so stinkin' cute! I really wanna go make one now!

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  10. This is awesome! I've had this on my to do list for a while now! Maybe this is just the inspiration I needed!!

    Thanks for linking up!

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