Calendar Theme Ideas

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Calendar Theme Ideas
Underwater photos make great calendar images. (Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

Calendars can be used to create one-of-a-kind gifts for people you love, advertise your business, or raise money for an organisation. They can be ordered through most printing companies, photo centres and online shops, and can be custom made with personal photos and your choice of design and layout. Calendars have the added benefit of being used all year long, which will remind the gift recipient or customer of you or your business each day throughout the year.


A calendar filled with recipes is one that many people will refer back to long after the calendar year has ended. If you decide on this theme, begin by choosing a theme for your recipes. Examples include finger foods, organic dishes, family recipes, deserts, comfort foods, or summer-inspired dishes. Once you have gathered all the recipes you'll be using, create each dish, spending extra time on making them as visually appealing as possible. Next, take a photo of each dish, using a solid-colour sheet as a backdrop. Finally, use a photo editing program to write the recipe for each dish along the side or bottom of the photo.


Great action shots can be taken during sporting events, and these photos can be used to make eye-catching calendars. If you decide on this theme, make sure to ask permission of your subjects before you use any photos in which they appear. You can get these photos by attending any local sporting events.


For a personal touch, consider making a calendar filled with images of artwork. For example, if the calendars are being made to raise money for a children's charity or school, ask those children to paint pictures for the calendar. Alternatively, you can ask friends and family you know with artistic abilities to paint pictures that fit a specific theme, such as nature or local monuments. If none of these options are available to you, consider asking a class of college art students to donate pieces of work for your calendar. If you decide on an art theme, send the artists a complimentary copy of the calendar, along with a thank you card.

Unusual Photos

A collection of unusual photos can be used to create a calendar that people will find intriguing and want to display in their homes or offices. You can create unusual photos by purchasing a disposable underwater camera and taking photos of people swimming, posing or performing tricks underwater. Some tricks to consider include handstands and flips. Another idea is to take photos of people jumping on a trampoline while posing in mid-air.

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