It’s been hanging on the wall for a year now and it’s time to replace last year’s calendar with a new one. Maybe it’s just a throw-away from your insurance guy. But maybe it was a nice gift calendar you got from your sister. Whatever, it’s a shame to throw away all those pretty pictures. So here are a few ideas I’ve used for recycling (or, rather, re-using) calendars.
- Every year, I get a scenic Colorado calendar. The pictures are so gorgeous, I can’t bear to throw them away. So I bought some inexpensive wood frames a few years ago and I pick out the three best (or at least my favorite) photos and frame them for my office wall. It brightens up the space and keeps me inspired.
- I often get a nature calendar from the Sierra Club, of which I’m a member. So I save them and give them to our young relatives to use for school projects. Pictures of bears, mountain lions, eagles and even trout can come in handy for reports and collages. A friend gives me a travel calendar each year, and they use these pictures, too, for school reports. I mean, it’s not that easy to find a photo of Amalfi or Malaysia when you need one.
- If you don’t do it yourself, your scrapbooking friends will appreciate that wildflower calendar, as well as the ones featuring photos of kittens or other animals.
- Schools and preschools also like old calendars for art projects. Collect them from friends and take them a stack.
- Recycle calendar photos into homemade envelopes. Yes, they make gorgeous envelopes and you can see how to make them at Instructables.com.
- If you haven’t written on the “squares” you also can save a calendar for keeping organized at your desk. So what if dates don’t exactly match up month by month? Maybe April has the same day/date combinations this year as August did last year. Or, if you have old calendars in storage you just could not bear to throw away, they come back into sync. To find out which years match up (a 2009 calendar works for 2015 and so on) check out the me web site.
Whatever you do with your calendars, it’s always FREE – and that’s always a timely gift to yourself.