DIY Perpetual Calendar

This will be the only calendar you will ever need. 

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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.

Perpetual Calendar Cover1

Perpetual Calendar Cover1

With a perpetual calender, you'll never have to buy a new calendar yearly.

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Debbie Wolfe

Supplies

Perpetual Calendar Supplies

Perpetual Calendar Supplies

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Debbie Wolfe

  • 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
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • month and date label template
  • hole reinforcements
  • printer and computer 

Paint

Perpetual Calendar Paint

Perpetual Calendar Paint

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Debbie Wolfe

Paint the block of wood and let dry. 

Prep the Labels

Perpetual Calendar Cut

Perpetual Calendar Cut

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Debbie Wolfe

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 Holes

Perpetual Calendar Punch Hole

Perpetual Calendar Punch Hole

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Debbie Wolfe

Punch a hole in the middle top of each label. 

Reinforce

Perpetual Calendar Reinforce

Perpetual Calendar Reinforce

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Debbie Wolfe

Add hole reinforcements on both sides (front and back) of the hole.

Drill

Perpetual Calendar Lineup

Perpetual Calendar Lineup

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Debbie Wolfe

Lay the labels across the block of wood to make sure you like the position. Mark the position of the holes with a pencil.

Perpetual Calendar Drill

Perpetual Calendar Drill

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Debbie Wolfe

Remove the labels and drill a pilot hole. Screw the hooks into the wood. 

Hang the Labels

Perpetual Calendar Cover2

Perpetual Calendar Cover2

With a perpetual calender, you'll never have to buy a new calendar yearly.

Photo by: Debbie Wolfe

Debbie Wolfe

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. 

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