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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 the visitation of our relatives and friends. Sorting out your stuff and purging outdated and unwanted items. Instead of trashing everything out do consider donating items that are 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 that I had lying around at home and those that I collected from friends and family. I decided to unleash the creative side of me 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 paper tabletop stand, which is ridge and stable.


                                



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


                                             




Old Calendar as a tabletop photo stand- I love keeping Polaroid, Instax and HP Sprockets photo print out that I have taken of 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 little 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 very own scrapbook using an old calendar. The materials you require are drawing block papers, glue, scissors. It is so simple to do that it is ingenious of her to come up with such a fantastic idea just by cutting away the base of the calendar off 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 paintings, 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 you are on leave or for appointment reminders. Most of the time they are unused by their previous owners so it feels awesome getting hold of them to use on my planners.





                                         





All the scarps and unwanted pages and metal binder that I have 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.