One of my favorite things to recycle are old calendars. If you think about it: they're full of vibrant color and beautiful photography... so why not take advantage??? I've made a lot of projects from these so here are just a few ideas of what you can do with an old calendar!
You can make stickers from your old calendars
There are many ways to turn your old calendars into stickers. The easiest way is to use a shape punch and then run the shape through a sticker machine. I made the circle stickers in the picture below using a circle punch and then I used my Xyron sticker machine to turn them into stickers. You don't need a sticker machine to make the stickers, but it's certainly fun to use and it's one of my favorite craft tools. If you don't have a sticker machine, you can easily turn them into stickers by using double-sided tape.
Another cute idea for making stickers is using layering to get a more dimensional look. I used punches for my daisy and butterfly stickers and simply combined two layers to give them a fuller look. These were super fun and easy to make and you can embellish them to your liking. If you don't have punches, you can always cut out shapes using scissors. I prefer punches for their ease of use and because they're quick, but you can also draw or print templates from cardstock and use those to trace and cut out shapes. I didn't run these through the sticker machine, I prefer double sided tape or pop dots to turn these into stickers. If you use pop dots, you get a very cool 3D effect.
You can make image transfers from your calendars
Calendars also make great image transfers because of their pigments and bright colors. Image transfers are so easy and rewarding to make you're going to want to make lots of them! You can use image transfers for decoupage, stickers, and for jewelry-making.
You can make paper beads from your calendars
Paper beads are another fun and rewarding project you can make from old calendars. You simply cut the calendar page into strips and roll the strips using either a toothpick or paper bead roller to form the bead. You adhere the end of the strip and then glaze the beads so that they're sealed. Paper beads can also be decorated and embellished.
You can use old calendars to make greeting cards and cool envelopes
You can cut out images from old calendars and make a decoupage greeting card or you can also fold a calendar page into an envelope for your letters and cards.
What are your ideas for recycling old calendars?
There are so many things you can do to recycle old calendars. These are just a few of the things you can make with them. I'm sure that as I continue creating that I'll find other creative ways to recycle old calendars. Feel free to share any ideas in the comments! I would love to see them!!! Happy Crafting!!!