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Reuse your old calendars

By on May 27, 2012
reuse old calendars

You’ve probably replaced your old calendar with a new one. Did you throw last year’s calendar away? There are plenty of ways to reuse it. I’m fond of calendars that have recipes, so I can later pick my favorite pages and save them in a binder. Many have beautiful pictures that can be saved. Visit to see how you can make your old calendar good as new by saving it for an upcoming year whose dates match up.
How have you reused your old calendars?
Here are a few suggestions:



Cut the photos into puzzle pieces for young kids. No fancy scissor work required; simply cut them into squares. Add a cardboard or card stock backing to make them more sturdy.


Cut and laminate them with contact paper to make bookmarks.


One reader, I.C. from Georgia, shares: “I let my students pick pictures out of calendars as rewards for doing what they should. This works really well if the calendar has lots of kitten, puppy, sports or car pictures.”

Binder decorations:

Three-ring binders with images on the cover are quite a bit more costly than their plain counterparts. Students can slide a calendar picture into binders that have a clear pocket sleeve and switch them out on a regular basis throughout the upcoming year.

Gift tags and envelopes:

Cut calendar images to use as gift tags for special occasions. Punch a hole and attach it with ribbon or simply tape the tag to the gift. Another reader, Marie from New York, adds: “Visit for a template to make envelopes out of old calendars, or use any envelope you already have as a template to trace.”

Learning tools:

Cut the month names out and use them as flashcards for young children to learn each month of the year. You can create a matching game by cutting out the numbered squares. Preschoolers and kindergarteners can practice their numbers by writing in each square, too. Another reader, Diane from Iowa, shares: “I used old calendars with my students as story starters, or to help them generate ideas for descriptive essays about the people or the scenes. I’ve also cut out and used the numbers as a way of drawing for chores, turns, etc. Whoever got No. 1 got the first turn.”

School lockers:

Kids enjoy decorating their lockers and can use the calendar pictures in their own lockers or use them to decorate their friends’ lockers on birthdays.


They won’t work well for all paper-folding projects, but old calendars are great for making folded boxes or paper beads. Visit for a paper bead-making tutorial. Check your local library for origami books such as “Trash Origami: 25 Paper Folding Projects Reusing Everyday Materials” by Michael G. LaFosse and Richard L. Alexander.

photo by dougww

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