Monday, January 9, 2012

Crafty New Year!

So it's a new year and Borders isn't around for calendar shopping (they really were the best as far as calendars go. If you think it's the mall kiosk, you need to get over your obsession with lighthouses and that one specific breed of dog!).

Before you toss your 2011 calendar into the recycle bin, consider letting it live on in a different format. Reconstruct it in a new, minimal way.

  • old calendar
  • yarn and/or thin ribbon
  • small paper clips
  • 12" x 12" cardboard or foam core
  • piece of scrapbook paper
  • scissors
  • small piece of paper to use as a template
  • Sharpie
  • Any kind of glue plus hot glue
Essentially, we're cutting out one of each number, 1-31. During the year, one number will be showing at a time. Since this is a minimalized calendar to last all year, no need for the months' names or the days, either. Simply remember to flip one number every morning.

If you want all of the squares to be the same size, create a square template and trace it directly on the calendar, around the number. Think about what's on the back because that's the part that will be showing for most of the time. Mix it up according to the rules that you personally want to break. Circles? Some big and some small? Try it, betch.

Glue the scrapbook paper to the cardboard and allow to dry. Trim if needed.

Decide how many squares you want in a row. At first, I thought I'd use 7 but I reconsidered because I might think that the day of the week is implied upon first glance. So I did mine with 6 across, 5 down (I put 7 on the last one to include 31).

Tie the yarn or ribbon around the cardboard. If it's not tight enough, add glue to the back so it won't slip down. Add paperclips.

Attach each square in order with a paper clip, number side down.

Add a ribbon for hanging by hot gluing each end to the back. It helps to glue on top of the yarn to keep it in place.

  • Use teeny clothespins instead of paper clips.
  • Use a used itunes card or roller to push out any air bubbles when gluing the paper to the cardboard.
  • If your strings are still sagging, create small notches on each side of the cardboard and tie them tighter.
  • If you find it difficult to find a number with an interesting enough image on the back, find the interesting image first, then stamp, draw, or cut out the number yourself. You're not entirely helpless.
  • Make little bows or drape the ribbon on the sides.
  • When tracing your template, leave a strong border so you can see the number clearly.
  • Tell your gramma that just because you're an artist, that doesn't mean you like Thomas Kinkade.
  • If you use one month to cut out all 31 numbers, you'll get one image, scrambled.

p.s. If you live near San Jose, come to 2 Buck Tuesday at Kaleid Gallery, right across the street from San Jose State University on Tuesday, January 17th from 7:00pm - 10:00pm. Bring your old calendar and we'll  make one together!

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