Having at least one calendar in your home helps keep your life organised with space to write in doctors appointments and dance recitals. Sometimes, however, it is nice to have a calendar that serves only two simple purposes: decoration and keeping your days of the week straight. Make a wooden block calendar you can use year after year, then display it on a bookshelf or your mantel so you always know the date and day of the week.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- 7 1 1/2-inch wooden cubes
- Decorative scrapbook paper
- Paper slicer
- Découpage medium
- Foam brush
- Stamps for 0 through 9
- Letter stamps
- Stamp pad
Cut 42 1 1/2-inch squares of decorative scrapbook paper using the paper slicer. The quickest way to do this is to cut 1 1/2-inch strips, then cut the strips into 1 1/2-inch sections.
Coat the sides of the wooden cubes, one at a time, with découpage medium using a foam brush. Immediately place a square of paper on the side before moving on to the next.
Paint over the top of all sides of all cubes with more découpage medium once they are covered. Allow the cubes to dry completely.
Use the number stamps to stamp three of the cubes. Stamp 1, 2, 3, and 0 on four sides of one cube. Stamp 7, 8, 9, and 0 on four sides of another cube. On the third cube stamp 1 through 6, each number on a different side. With these three cubes, you can create any date from 01 to 31 using two cubes at a time.
Use the letter stamps to stamp out abbreviations for the days of the week (Mon,, Tues., etc.) on two more of the cubes. On the first cube stamp the abbreviations for Monday through Thursday, each on a different side. On the second cube stamp the abbreviations for the remaining days of the week, each on a different side.
Stamp the abbreviations for the months on the final two cubes. Stamp abbreviations for January through June on one block, each on a different side of one cube. Stamp the abbreviations for the remaining six months on the other.
Arrange the cubes in a visually pleasing manner on a shelf or mantle to display the date. For example, place the day of the week on top of the cubes for the month and date. So, on the bottom row you might have one cube for December, one for 2 and one for 5. The top cube might read Saturday, if Christmas were on a Saturday.
Tips and warnings
- Make extra cubes to work as fillers to give you even more arrangement possibilities.
- Use themed scrapbook papers to cover the sides of the cubes for the months. For example, Christmas-themed paper for December, Halloween paper for October, floral paper for spring months and so on.
- Make sure you keep in mind that you will need to be able to see the stamped numbers and letters on top of the paper you choose for covering the blocks. Opaque stamp pads in white, silver, gold and other colours are available if you want to cover the cubes in dark papers.
- Don't embellish the cubes with three-dimensional scrapbook embellishments because they need to lay flat, but you can dress them up with glitter if you like.
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