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 Guest post by Lexie

I’ve tried all sorts of calendars. Dry erase boards are too messy, the paper kind you buy at the local grocery/book store don’t give enough room to write and those wallet/planner calendars are never where I need them when I need to jot an important something down. Then, genius struck! (Well, sorta).

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I came upon this neatest little article entitled ‘Customed Calendars’ in the Home section of the January 2010 edition of the Real Simple magazine. I was inspired!

I like the idea of making a calendar that is all my ownwhich is not only a peg board, but a place where I can quickly jot down the next doctor’s appt, etc…Functional and fabulous!

All That You’ll Need:

  • Ribbon (2 rolls of 15 feet will leave you with a little left over)
  • Tacks (I bought mine at Hobby Lobby but will look for some smaller ones for the future)
  • Scissors
  • Measuring Tape
  • Pen/Pencil
  • Cork Board (mine has a white wooden frame!)
  • White Paper (or any color of your choosing)

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1. Measure the length of one ribbon against the height of your board and then cut five more to match. These will be placed vertically on your calendar with a tack at each end, thus making the “seven days of the week”. They should be just long enough to fit the board, don’t give them much slack… we don’t want a sloppy looking work of art!

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2. Remember to measure ahead of time for a crisp display. For the size of my board and ribbon, each row needed to be three inches apart.

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3. Ta-da! You’re almost there!

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4. This project was impossible for me to do in one sitting with my four month old baby girl, so several ‘nap times’ later :), this was what I had. The whole endeavor took two weeks! But no worries, without interruptions this is a cinch.

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5. Six vertical and five horizontal rows of cute red and white checkered ribbon (I thought it was fitting for my Fall/Winter theme). Now, onto the tacks! You’ll need to secure the ribbon to place, but placing a tack at every ‘intersection’ would be too much. See how I did it instead? It works great!

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6. I’m planning on giving my calendar a fun new look every month (new ribbon, new paper) and I hope to get more creative with every try, but for now, I’m using white paper for my days of the month.

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7. After a while, I decided to cut my paper down so that I could see the cork board, you don’t have to but I just like the look of it.

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Voila!

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8. Finally, write your numbers, days of the week and month, then add a little flair!

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9. Don’t buy decorations, use what you have laying around! Its more affordable and lots more fun. I cut up an old Christmas card to frame my ‘December’ and picture of the Holy Family, as well. Actually, all of my decorations were from last year’s Christmas cards I had received from family and friends. I’m so glad I saved them!

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We can’t forget that Christmas is all about the celebration of Jesus Christ’s birth, the true reason for our holiday festivities. Do you see my 25th of December? =)

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And the angel said to the sheperds, “ Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which shall be to all the people; for today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you, who is Christ the Lord.” -The Gospel of Luke 2:10-11

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There it is! My little work of art. Tell us about yours!

*** BONUS POINTS***

To anyone who can tell us what the red heart on the 28th of my calendar stands for!

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