Re-purpose Your 2011 Wall Calendar

Don’t toss last year’s calendar just yet.  Here are several ways to re-use it:

Envelopes:  Using a template, create envelopes for your holiday gift thank you cards.

Vintage Airplane Calendar

Year-round gift tags: Using a shape punch, create tags from various dates on the calendar. 

Bookmarks:  Using the heavier card stock on the front and back of your calendar, make a collection of bookmarks to either stash by your reading pile or to give as gifts. 

Happy Birthday June Bug

Valentines:  I selected a bunch of roses from a gardening calendar, added the date  and created a valentine that also doubles as a bookmark.  Tie it to a bottle of champagne or tuck it into a book of poems.

Will you be My Valentine?

Father’s Day tag: Using the words “Father’s Day”, punch the number block, then tie around a bottle of BBQ sauce or Dad’s favorite brew.

Sealed with a Heart

Envelope seals/stickers: Use a variety of punches, or simply cut shapes free-hand, then turn them into stickers or envelope seals.  I used my Xyron® Create-a-sticker so they’ll be ready to go when I need them, but any adhesive will work.

Tools:  Creative Memories Tag Maker, Fiskars® paper cutter (or any straight edge), Xyron® 1.5″ create a sticker (or two-sided tape).

Supplies: ribbon, craft or paper glue


  1. Wow, your ideas never cease to impress me. So clever and simple! Love it :0)

  2. Mary Elizabeth Tait says:

    Wonderful ideas, Alys!! My Creative Memories customers will be all over this!

  3. These are great ideas! I have probably a dozen calendars stashed away just waiting to be re-purposed. Thanks for sharing!

    • You’re welcome. It’s fun coming up with ideas for things you already have and that would otherwise go into a recycle bin.

      Another idea for your books, if you decide to go the Etsy route, is to mat and frame some of the music sheets, or the pages that you thought were too fragile for envelopes. You could also Modge Podge some of those pages onto jars for pencils.


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