It is almost time to throw out that 2010 wall calendar! But wait… Why not get creative with them first?
Last year for Valentine’s Day I made envelopes out of free calendars that I didn’t want. (Yes, I’ve been saving up this post idea since February!) To get started, all you need is a wall calendar, scissors or paper cutter and tape.
Start out by selecting your calendar page, removing it from the calendar and trimming it down to an approximate square size.
Then flip over the picture so the image you want to be the outside of the envelope is against the table. Grab two corners and fold them so they meet in the middle of the page.
Grab a third corner and fold that one so it meets the other two in the middle of your page. Secure the folded flaps with tape. Gift wrapping tape would be great since it doesn’t show up as much as regular tape. I just used what I had. Besides… it is an envelope…. not a piece of wall art!
Now to create the final flap of the envelope, fold the fourth corner so that it is near the bottom of the envelope and easily overlaps the other flaps.
Once your envelope is filled, simply secure it with tape or a sticker. If you plan to mail your envelope, I would highly recommend writing the address on a small square of plain white paper (not pictured) and taping or glueing that to the envelope so it is easier for the Post Office to process your mail.
I have also made cards (to go INSIDE my envelopes ) out of calendar images. Simply cut the calendar page down to the desired size, fold it in half and line the inside with regular paper to cover up the dates!
This is the time of year when free promotional calendars make their way into your home whether you want them to or not. Instead of instantly tossing them out, consider giving them a second life this year!
Do you have any calendar recycling ideas?