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3 Creative Things to Do with Last Year's Calendar - Sweet bunny

It is the time of year again when Chinese New Year is approaching, and we begin to spring clean our home in preparation for visiting our relatives and friends. Sorting out your stuff and purging outdated and unwanted items. Instead of trashing everything out, consider donating items in good condition, such as clothes. Recycle small electronics and laptops in e-waste bins, and my favourite word starts with the letter R, Reusing/ upcycling.

I have gathered calendars I had lying around at home and those I collected from friends and family. I decided to unleash my creative side and search for ways to upcycle last year’s calendars. Most of the calendars I received are made of quality prints on cardstock and other good-quality paper with a classic tabletop stand, which is ridge and stable.


Old Calendars pictures for handmade greeting cards and crafts - The images from calendars are primarily of excellent quality, be they glossy or matt. Some come with beautiful quotes; others with the seasons of the year. There are a wide variety of topics to choose from, which make excellent artwork for greeting cards, crafts such as notebooks, and coasters. The possibilities are endless. I don't have the dexterity to handle the scissors well, so I use my trusty paper trimmer to cut out the pictures I want in squares or rectangles. I snipped out all the images I liked and kept them in my tin box for future use.


Old Calendar as a tabletop photo stand- I love keeping Polaroid, Instax and HP Sprockets photo prints that I have taken from my friends and family. A way I display them is using the cardboard stand from the calendars, right after I gently rip out the pages, careful as you do so as the metal binder can go out of shape if excessive force is used, with a bit of blu-tack. I can interchange the photos I want to display without spending a dime on a stand or photo frame, and if the stand gets old, you can always recycle it.


Turning an old calendar into a scrapbook- A video by Momz recipe & more on YouTube inspired me to create my own scrapbook using an old calendar. The materials you require are drawing block papers, glue, and scissors. It is so simple that it is ingenious of her to come up with such a fantastic idea just by cutting off the base of the Calendar and wrapping up the calendar pages with paper. I really like my upcycle scrapbook. The rigid pages make it perfect for storing my paintings; I started to learn how to paint in November and didn’t have a proper place to keep my mini images; I didn’t want to display them either but kept them to see my progress in the craft, I didn’t want to spend too much on the hobby, so the upcycled scrapbook is the perfect keepsake.




An extra treat for some calendars is the sticker page, which you could use to mark days on leave or for appointment reminders. Most of the time, they are unused by their previous owners, so it feels incredible getting hold of them to use on my planners.


All the scarps, unwanted pages, and metal binder leftover from my craft are sent for recycling. I usually keep these for a trusted recycling company and ensure everything is in pristine condition without any glue or adhesive, which may hinder the recycling process.


I really enjoyed writing this piece on upcycling. The experience of turning something old into something new is refreshing and looking at my end products just brings me so much joy.

My Wedding Journey 3 - Save On Wedding Decor With DIY Crafts - Sweet Bunny

garden partition and lamp jar

Photo album display table d├ęcor I guess every wedding in Singapore has a table where the venue be it a hotel or country club provides you to display your photo album or memorabilia. There are many companies offering services for themed setups but if you are like me and would like to save a pretty penny, crafting is the way to go.

I have to say that I am a real nut when it comes to working on crafts; needless to say, I was yearning to create a few pieces for my wedding decoration a year before the actual day. My brain had its creative juices running and my hands were trembling to begin.

Pick simple to do yet stylish projects for your wedding – My youngest sister came across a beautiful picture of a glass jar lamp with a silhouette of a rabbit on Pinterest. I instantly fall in love with this simple yet elegant decorative item. I also came up with an idea to create a mini fence partition out of items bought from Daiso. Just adding fairy lights to these items, jazzes up any decorative set-up.

When choosing a project, I always kept in mind what I am capable of to avoid disappointments when my artwork is not up to standard and also not to waste money and materials. Yes as the saying goes if you never try you will never know but, I am on cost-saving mode at the moment.

Sourcing for cheap craft materialsI always felt that crafting materials need not be expensive, with a little creativity a simple Jar from Fariprice extra which cost $2.00 or items such as rice paper, decoupage glue and varnish from Daiso would work just as well. Also, look of for stuff you have lying around the house just could be made into something new.

Simple deco ideas and crafts I made.

Silhouette jar for wedding decoration – This project is very simple, what I did was print out the design using my HP top load printer on rice paper then stick the rice paper on to the jar using PVA glue/ White Glue. You may also use mod podge which is a better decoupage medium. Another method is printing out the silhouette on paper and using an art knife to cut it out and stick it inside the jar. Needless to say, I wasn’t very competent with the art knife so sticking my cutout outside the jar did the job for me. Lastly, use white paint and paint it on to the jar to give it an opaque feel.

print out on rice paper

Mini fence partition – In every display I always felt that having a backdrop is important, knowing that my hotel is rather dimly lit, I wanted to lighten up the place, while browsing in Daiso in a novena, I came across these adorable Mini fence partitions and instantaneously an idea struck me. I purchased tiny door hinges and some vines. Initially, I wanted to screw in the door hinges but my father advised me to glue them on instead as the wood was rather thin and screwing in the nails would warp the wood. I then wound and twine in the leafy wines into the partitions of the wooden frame alone with fairy lights. The structure can stand on its own, switch on the fairy light and wow la you have a dazzling backdrop.

Photo frames as tabletop signage
- Photo frames come in all sorts of designs and designs, they also make very good tabletop signatures for guest books, snacks and other gifts you would like to offer your guest. Just slip in the printout text into the frames instead of photographs, it is as simple yet as classy as that.

Photo Frame with quotes

Have fun crafting! I sure had fun doing my crafts a year before my wedding … Talk about being kiasu.

diy wedding album display