DIY Perpetual Calendar
This will be the only calendar you will ever need.
A perpetual calendar is a calendar that can be adjusted to show any combination of day, month and year. By leaving off the year, this calendar can be used indefinitely. For our calendar, we designed labels that can be printed on cardstock for a quick DIY that will last for years.
- cardstock (in any color that you like)
- thick wood board (cut to any size you like, but make sure it’s at least 1 ½ inches thick so it can stand on its side).
- nails or hooks
- drill and bit (if using hooks)
- paint and paintbrush
- hole puncher
- month and date label template
- hole reinforcements
- printer and computer
Paint the block of wood and let dry.
Prep the Labels
Download and print out the label templates. You will need a PDF program for the templates. Print two copies of the numbers 1-9. Cut out the months and the numbers. Set them in three stacks: months and numbers 0-9 (in two separate stacks).
Punch a hole in the middle top of each label.
Add hole reinforcements on both sides (front and back) of the hole.
Lay the labels across the block of wood to make sure you like the position. Mark the position of the holes with a pencil.
Remove the labels and drill a pilot hole. Screw the hooks into the wood.
Hang the Labels
Hang the month to the far left and the numbers in the last two hooks. As the days pass, switch out the numbers and, eventually, the month. For extra durability, the labels can be laminated.