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I am always thinking of ways to reuse objects and items I have around the house. Recycling what you have is a great way get inspired as well as help with Earth. This project is easy, affordable and useful. Everyone needs a calendar. Whether its for scheduling your time or simply to know what day it is, my DIY desk calendar comes in handy.


  • CD case
  • paper
  • ruler
  • art materials of your choice

You can do this project any way you want. There are just three steps you need to follow. First, you need a clear CD case. Who doesn’t have one of these around the house? The traditional size works best. This will be the stand for the calendar.  All you need to do is open it and disconnect the front. Then turn it around and connect it again. This allows the case to stand up.

DIY Desk Calendar

Once you have that figured out, you need to choose your paper. Any kind will work. Just be aware of the space where it will go. You probably have 1/4 of an inch to work with so make sure the paper is not too thick. I would suggest card stock but if you only have regular computer paper, that will do just fine. Even watercolor paper would look great.

Now all you have to do is cut the paper to size, design it and slide it in the cd case. If you cut the paper to 4 5/8 x 4 5/8 you should be fine.  If you are using a computer program to design the calendar use 4.625 x 4.625 inches.

DIY Desk Calendar

Get creative with this project. You will be looking at the calendar everyday so it should reflect who you are and make you smile. It can be hand drawn, painted, a collage or digitally designed. Think outside the box and get to work!