Ways to Recycle Old Calendars
Fridge magnets made pretty
If you are like me, you may have several calendars at any given time around your home; one in the office, one in the kitchen, one in each bedroom and even one in the workshop and/or garage. That is a heck of a lot of calendars to have at the end of each year when they are no longer useful. Ah, but that is before you recycle those old calendars into useful things.
I suppose you’re wondering what I could do with old calendars except tossing them into the trash and why would you want to? Well, the calendars I get are filled with beautiful scenes like the Grand Canyon, sunsets, mountain streams or cute kitties, bunnies and puppies. I can’t toss those out. It would kill me! Okay, maybe not kill me, but it sure would annoy me. Thus, I found a few ways to use them so I can still enjoy those lovely pictures a little longer. So, listen, because you might want to try this.
You remember those ancient things called phone books? Well, we actually still get a couple of them delivered to us every year. I don’t mind them too much. They are great in the compost pile, after all, but they always come with a refrigerator magnet stuck to the front of the book. These magnets are advertising for a law group and they are quite boring and rather ugly. That is until I cover them up with pretty calendar scenes.
I just cut the page to the size of the magnet and glue it on. Now I see nothing about useless lawyers and I can enjoy pretty flowers, a serene forest or a funny school of fish swimming in crystalline blue water.
Frame a photo
Some of those calendar photos are so lovely they ought to be framed, so why not do it? I have and now there are framed scenes of the Rocky Mountains, the Everglades and New England forests adorning my walls. Great thing about this is they are free and you can change them whenever the mood strikes with other calendar pages.
I don’t know about you, but I never have enough bookmarks. I have at any given moment 4-5 books which I’m reading and then there are cook books where I mark favorite recipes, and how-to books for future projects and well, you get the picture. I need loads of bookmarks. Yes, I know, how old fashioned to actually read something where you have to turn pages. I simply have not stepped into the 21st century when it comes to falling into a story and I make no apologies for it. Thus, my calendars once again get recycled into something useful. I just take a page and fold it half and then in half again. It make a nice sturdy bookmark and it’s rather pretty too. If it wears out, you can quickly replace it with another equally nice one.
I got into the habit of copying the music CDs I buy because my son has a tendency to take them and never return them. Now when he takes them, I have a back-up copy in its own protective case, so I never have to miss my music. Of course, the CDs are rather plain with no cover art. That is until I use my old calendars to make new CD cover art. I cut out a beautiful field of flowers and slip it into the CD. Instant pretty and now I can tell in a flash, which CD is which…once I remember the wild flowers are Sting, the puppies are the Beatles and the hoodoos of Bryce national park is LeeAnn Womack.
If you’ve been to Self Reliance Works before you’ll know I write stories. Well, I have put together collections of my short stories for my relations. I just placed them in plain binders and guess how I dressed them up. Yes, I glued on a calendar page to give it some personality. Any plain book, folder or binder can be prettied up this way. Cut the pages to size and glue in place.
While I don’t do the scrapbooking thing, I know a lot of people who do. Old calendars can be recycled and reused to decorate pages, frame photos, or to use as the pages themselves.
In a few month’s time, you’ll be exchanging 2013 calendars with those for 2014. Now you’ll know a few new/old ways to recycle them and possibly have fun doing it.
Glory Lennon is a frugal homemaker, avid gardener and accomplished writer on the web and for print media. When she’s not at the keyboard writing a story or an article about her favorite plant of the day for My Gardening Network, you can find her at Glory’s Garden.