I have a stack of old calendars sitting on a stool in my paper crafting studio, waiting for me to find alternate uses for them. Because the art on these calendars is copyrighted, you can’t really sell anything you make from the calendar art. That’s what is known as a derivative product, and is strictly no-no when it comes to copyright laws.
There are definitely other ways you can recycle the calendars, however. If you’ve been following some of my past posts, then you know that one of my favorite uses for old calendars is to cut them up for three-ring binders.
I also have an old calendar page that I had matted and framed that now hangs in my sewing room above a knick-knack shelf. I paid more for the frame, I’m sure, than I did for the calendar, but I’m enjoying it nonetheless!
My Aunt Doris in Germany uses old calendars to make wonderful photo albums as gifts. Some years ago, after she and my Uncle Herbert visited our family, she gave me a photo album like this as a remembrance.
Although the photo below shows how I used scrap paper with sock product tags, you could cut up calendars and use them exactly the same way. I attached crochet thread hangers to the tags, which can be used as scrapbooking embellishments or journaling spots.
As you can see, just one calendar page yields quite a few tags. I mount cutouts like these onto card stock, and then punch holes in them to make tags that become thank you giveaways for folks who purchase my products.
You’ll find many more ideas from others about how to upcycle, recycle or re-use old calendars in the following posts:
- Gift Bags from Old Calendars
- Recycled Calendar Coasters
- Spring Cleaning . . . Recycled Calendar Boxes
- Homemade Recycled Calendar Mod-Podge Puzzles
- The Everyday One-a-Day (…& how to recycle old calendars) (kusudama flowers)
- Craft: Recycle Last Year’s Calendar (envelopes)
- 10 Ways to Upcycle an Old Calendar
What do you do with your old calendars?
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