DIYdiy projects

diy wednesdays: perpetual calendar

by Grace Bonney

happy april! normally this would be an odd month to introduce a new calendar into your life, but this handy little guy is perpetual, which means “good anytime”, forever and always. we ran across something similar at a thrift store a while back and thought it would be an easy, and super customizable project that could be made using little more than an empty peanut can and some paper. we’ve provided some downloadable templates, but you could mix it up with all sorts of fun font and color combinations. In addition to the rotating strips for day of the week, month of the year, and date, we thought it would be fun to add an option for mood as well. this being april 1st and all…we had to go with “nutty”.

have fun!
derek & lauren

CLICK HERE for the full project instructions after the jump!

here’s what you’ll need:

-empty can of nuts (the template is for a 6.5 oz can that is 3.5” tall and has a 3” diameter.)
-print out of “calendar1” file on thick cardstock (we printed on two different colors for alternating stripes)
-print out of “calendar2” file on regular white paper
-x-acto knife and straight edge
-rubber cement
-double-stick tape

1. clean your empty can thoroughly. (you can also use an empty tin can, but the smooth cardboard surface of the mixed nuts can works great for adhering the paper calendar to.)

2. download and print both calendar pdf files.

3. carefully cut out calendar strips along dotted lines using your x-acto knife and straight edge. make sure to cut out the little rectangle on the the third strip- this is the window that will show the days of the month on your calendar.


4. adhere white calendar page to can using rubber cement. the gray area printed on the right hand side indicates the overlap. put a little rubber cement on the overlapping area to secure. don’t worry if you can see through the white paper- it will be covered by another layer of cardstock.


5. wrap printed cardstock strips around the can and secure each with a small piece of double-stick tape on the gray portion where the cardstock overlaps.

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