Every Christmas, we buy a new travel calendar, and every New Year, we have trouble parting with the old one. It seems like such a waste to throw away such pretty pictures, but I had over ten calendars stacked up, so it was time to do something with them! Here are five easy things I made — and you can make — to give your old travel calendar new life.
Use thicker paper to make bookmarks for yourself or a book lover. Protect them from damage by using laminating sheets. Hole-punch one end and loop through and tie a ribbon. Here, I used ribbon from my scrap box.
2. Decorative Room Divider
If you’re working from home but don’t have much of an office space and have to participate in virtual meetings, a room divider is helpful to have. Decorate one with your favorite pictures. Here, I attached my favorite pictures to a standing grid screen using binder clips (and double-sided tape).
3. Decoupage Home Decor
Use thinner paper to decorate plain objects around your home. Fasten and coat cut-outs with decoupage glue. Here, I decorated a white ceramic vase. You can also decoupage white ceramic tiles to make coasters. If you feel up to a bigger challenge, try decoupaging furniture.
4. Framed Wall Art
Trace the glass of a frame onto more of your favorite pictures. Be sure to capture all of your favorite parts. Cut out and insert the pictures into frames and hang them. If a hole is showing, fill it by sticking a scrap to the back of the picture.
5. Gift Tags & Greeting Cards
Punch a hole through and add a tie to cut-outs to make gift tags. Here, I used a tie from my scrap box. Open up and trace a card onto thicker paper, and cut out and fold the paper to make greeting cards. Stick white or light-colored paper to the inside for writing messages.
Other Things You Can Make with Your Travel Calendar
- Flash Cards
- Game Pieces
- Table Mats
- Another Calendar!
Do you have any other ideas? Have you tried any of these? How did it go?