Monday, September 19, 2011

Make a Fall Perpetual Calendar {rewind}

I'm reposting this tutorial in case you missed it last year.  It is still one of the most viewed post on my blog.  It's almost October so I'm getting really excited to be able to have it on display again.  I need to make several more of these, so I can have one up all year long.

**Original post Sept. 2010**

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?
  • 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. RememberBlock 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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