Tuesday, April 19, 2011

10 Ways to Reuse Old Calendars

Once again, let's think of some ways to reuse things in order to save a few cents.  Today it's old calendars.

1.  If you have a small gift, you could wrap it with the calendar pictures.  This might not work the best with the thicker calendars, but it works great for the thinner ones.

2.  Rip the pages out, crumple them up, and use them as packing material.

3.  If you have a calendar with pictures on it that you especially like, you could frame them and decorate with them.  My boys have Veggie Tales pictures in their bedroom from an old Veggie Tales calendar.

4.  The thicker ones could be cut in strips to make bookmarks.  I don't know about you, but my family never seems to have enough bookmarks.

5.  Make envelopes!  I found this tutorial on YouTube.  They actually had a whole bunch of tutorials to choose from, but this one made one of the more simpler styles of envelopes.

6.  You could cut the numbered squares out and use them in counting games for the kids.

7.  Along the lines of using them for learning, you could use the pictures as a story starter for you children.  Give them the picture and then have them write a story about what they see and can imagine happening in that picture.

8.  They make really fun place mats!  My kids love setting the table if they get to put out fun place mats, too.

9.  Make puzzles out of them!  I've never done this, but I've seen others do it.  They usually glue some sort of thin cardboard (cereal box cardboard would work well) to the back of the picture and then cut it up in fun and interesting shapes.

10.  They could also be used to make crafts such as homemade greeting cards, book covers, gift tags, simple children's books, etc.

Do you save your old calendars?  What do you do with them?

1 comment:

  1. I salvage the big 3-month calendars from my office and use them (unprinted side out) to wrap packages for mailing.