You might think that the humble calendar has had its day now that we have apps for it on our phones and laptops, but don’t forget that they have so much room for creativity!
I’ve always liked the idea of a wall calendar in the house, simply because it’s a point where everyone can congregate when trying to plan a dinner, weekend trip, shopping day, etc. If you’ve got your significant other plus a teenage son and daughter, everyone likely has their own schedule and trying to plan something is a nightmare via text (especially when certain people take an eternity to reply!). It’s best to get everyone in the same room, next to a calendar, and attempt to organise a family night.
However, do you want any old cheap calendar do you? No, you don’t! You want an organiser that has a bit of personality in it. After all, if you’re trying to make a wall calendar that competes with all the digital versions, then it takes something a little special.
Old photos of the family
A fun way to reminisce on times you’ve had with your family is to make a calendar full of memories! Each month could be a collage of fun times you’ve had along the way, from Christmases, holidays, birthdays, or silly moments that make everyone smile. Another idea could be that each month is dedicated to a different family member, both past and present. The best way to get one of these organised is probably to let a business stationery shop handle it, as they know how to make it look special.
Show some extra love for your pet
In a similar way to photos of family members, what’s one theme for a calendar that everyone – including your immediate family and even visitors to your house – will unanimously agree is fantastic? A calendar of your pet! Dog, cat, rabbit… whatever it is, who wouldn’t love to see a furry friend get a moment in the spotlight (well, more so than usual) with a different picture every each month!
Highlight the seasons and special occasions
One fun photography project you and your kids could do is to summarise each month with just one image. For example, December = Christmas tree, October = Halloween outfits, April = Easter eggs, etc. Some of the other months might be tricky, but this is where you can really think about what each month means for you! Plus, it’s a good way for your kids to try out photography and design skills.
Just like with my previous DIY paint chip calendar, seemingly useless items can be turned into a nifty little agenda! Search around your house for something with months of the year or numbers already printed, and see if you can fashion it into a calendar. You’ll only really need a hole punch, string, and glue to put it all together, but upcycling is so great to use up old things. Conversely, think about how to turn old calendars into fun DIY projects!
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