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Subject: Calendars forever
Date Posted: 12/26/2008 12:29 PM ET
Member Since: 6/19/2007
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I just can't bear to throw out a calendar, especially if the pictures are something I really like.  Here's some stuff I do to reuse calendars:

  • cut  them up and use the pictures for home-made greeting cards,
  • save my favorite pictures to frame and use as inexpensive artwork,
  • use them to wrap and mail books for PBS

any other ideas for what to do with old calendars?

Date Posted: 12/26/2008 4:49 PM ET
Member Since: 5/29/2007
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You're so creative!  I shred anything that needs it, and recycle the rest.  I've no imagination.

Date Posted: 12/27/2008 9:57 AM ET
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Make envelopes with them. You can do the same with magazines. I made a post about how to do that in the green crafts thread.

Subject: Recycle calendar pages.
Date Posted: 1/6/2009 8:44 AM ET
Member Since: 6/20/2007
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I have pen pals all over the world who love to get a letter printed off my computer onto a calendar page - works well with pale colored pictures.  I pick a pretty font of a good readable size.  Sometimes I have to trim the calendar pages, but thats easy, I have even used 11/14 size calendar pages too. 

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Date Posted: 1/31/2009 8:35 PM ET
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Use the calendar pictures to make jigsaw puzzles for the kids.  Adjust the difficulty level as you cut the pieces.If you wanted to use them several times, cover with clear contac paper.

Date Posted: 2/1/2009 1:22 PM ET
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I let my students color on them, or if the pictures are really nice, like Mary Engelbreit, I'll frame them for wall art. 

Date Posted: 7/6/2009 11:44 PM ET
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I've cut out the numbers and used them to help a young one learn to count.

The lines can also be used to teach them to cut along straingt lines, or to turn corners when cutting.


Subject: The easiest
Date Posted: 10/24/2009 4:54 PM ET
Member Since: 3/16/2006
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 I had an inspirational calendar with beautiful pictures and quotes. I had stored it away for years until I found out what to do with it. I cut the pictures out and just slipped them into Photo Albulm Refill pages. They just so happened to be the right sizes. I just took and hung them on my wall. The neat thing was as the seasons changed I had a new picture to hang each month.

Date Posted: 3/2/2010 12:37 PM ET
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When I was in college, I used them as posters. But I've acquired too many for that...besides, I like to think I've progressed beyond dorm room chic.

Now I make them into envelopes and boxes (old gift cards make good boxes too!) I'm actually using my gift card boxes for favor boxes as my wedding, and the envelopes from calendars are going to be used with my thank you cards.

I like the jigsaw puzzle idea though. Pretty neat idea.