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40 mins

Colorful, easy, quick and very low budget
Paint swatches are wonderful! You get them for free at the hardware store, and you can use them for craft projects, for example a colorful reminder of upcoming birthdays. Here's how I made mine:

Posted by Anke A. from Wernau, Baden-Württemberg, Germany • Published See Anke A.'s 15 projects »
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  • How to make a calendar. Paint Swatch Birthday Calendar - Step 1
    Step 1

    It’s easy as pie: use some large stamps (I used “Simply Sweet” foam stamps by Doodlebug Design) and black ink (Staz-On) and stamp the first three letters of the month on a card (I chose colors which resembled the mood/temperature of the months).

    If you don't have large stamps, you can use a sharpie ;)

  • How to make a calendar. Paint Swatch Birthday Calendar - Step 2
    Step 2

    Now attach a printed list of the days to the card. Use good glue, otherwise they might curl upwards after some month like mine did…
    Anyway, if you’d like to make such a calendar, I attached a free download for you as a PDF :)
    Print it (12 copies of page 1 or, to be correct, 7 copies of page one, 4 copies of page two, and 1 copy of page three) and cut it to the width of your paint swatches. Trim to get an equal height. Choose a nice place for your calendar and attach it to your wall or door.
    I always mark the current date with a little arrow (“Book Dart”), so I can see upcoming birthdays at a glance.

  • How to make a calendar. Paint Swatch Birthday Calendar - Step 3
    Step 3

    By the way, the icing on the cake is the cat on top of my door. I cut it from vintage wallpaper scraps. And it covers a dent in the wall *g*.

    I hope you like this little tutorial!

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