Tuesday, April 10, 2012

DIY Canvas Calendar

I intended to write this post yesterday and have it publish early this morning.  I also intended to write a post for yesterday.  Until some DINKUS drove a truck into some power lines.  Since he was uninjured, I feel no guilt in calling him a DINKUS.  He took out cable, internet and telephone for THE ENTIRE TOWN. Dinkus.

Twelve hours later, it came back on but by that time I was sleepy.  Without further whining, let's talk about this easy project.

I spotted this calendar in a Pottery Barn catalog last season.  When I went to find the picture of it online, I found that it's not available anymore and neither is the picture.  But, it looks a lot like the one I just finished, so we don't need their silly little picture, now do we?

I painted a 16" x 20" size canvas in a nice sandy color.  I took some brown ribbon and laid them across the canvas to start...

Four pieces of ribbon across, making five rows.  Then I added some ribbon going the other way...

Six pieces of ribbon going down, making seven columns.  I arranged them until I was happy with the evenness and then I used straight pins to keep them in place.

So far, so good.  I need to be able to hang this up so I trimmed the pins in the back using some sort of tool that can cut straight pins.  I don't know what it's called.  My son found it in the garage.  We find lots of things in the garage.

Once I had them trimmed to a nice size, I hot glued the ends to the back of the canvas to keep them in place.  You could do this from the front, but I didn't want to see globs of hot glue.

Alrighty then... we have something resembling a calendar.

I grabbed my seasonal pack of scrapbook paper that I got on ridiculous sale with coupon at Michael's a few months ago.  It has some papers that have the name of the month on them.

I used contact paper to cover it and then I used regular ol' scotch tape to attach it to the calendar.  This way, switching out the month is easy-shmeasy.

Look at the happy little bird.  He doesn't tweet though.  Not sure why.

I used the Silhouette to cut out some 1" x 1" squares and some numbers from cardstock and I mod podge'd both sides.  I taped those up too and the calendar was done.  I had the hubs show his skills and hang it up for me.

BOOM.  Now I know the date.  The great thing about this is that I can change out the date cards with the seasons too, so I can make them more festive when the occasion calls for it.  Love that!

The only thing I had to buy for this project was the canvas (50% off, thankyouverymuch) and the brown ribbon... everything else was on hand!

Thrifty Crafty Girl
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  1. Found you on blog hop and I love the way you make these projects do able to us less creative types, the pictures as you go along (not just a before & after shot) really are grand. Thanks for sharing the tips I want to do this calendar idea. Good luck with the towns people and the power outage haha. follow @ jaysactivitys@blogspot.com

  2. This is great! I've been wanting to put up a calendar in my desk/office area and this has given me all sorts of inspiration! Thanks!

  3. that is great. a lot of work, for me that is, but it sure turned out cute!

    barbara jean

  4. Thank you for visiting my blog and saying such nice things! I like your blog too and this is an excellent tutorial (which I also like very much!) You're pretty funny! I'm happily following you right back via GFC.

  5. I love this! I'm going to make one for my classroom next year!

  6. Very nice. We need one of these in the office.

  7. Very cute! I love your projects. Will you please make me one? ;-)

  8. I LOVE this....it's stuff like this that makes me have a bajillion calendars and other things in my house. I want to make it just because...even though I don't need another calendar! Thanks so much for linking up at Reasons To Skip The Housework!

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  9. This is such a lovely calendar! Great, that you can change the look with the season or a holiday.
    And yes, the garage, hehe, I recognize that so well. When I see some project, I automatically presume that hubbie will have all the needed tools in there ;) And I too, do not know all the exact tool names! Doesn't matter, does it?

  10. I love, love, LOVE this! Thanks for sharing it on Show Off Saturday!


  11. cute! Pinning this for future reference! This would be a great gift!

  12. I love the project, but you could always use scrapbooking brads instead of the pins. Then you won't have to cut the pins and use hot glue.

  13. I love the project, but you could possibly use scrapbooking brads instead of the pins, then you wouldn't have to cut the pins and use hot glue.


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