cheap frugal when it comes to making school supplies. I am certainly not going to purchase a Pre-school/ Elementary Level Calendar for $20-$30 when I can make it for less than $10.
Me and the laminator are great friends. I found mine at Wal-Mart for something like $25.00. A quick online search tells me they may not be at that store anymore, but I found it on Amazon. If you don’t have a laminator, or can’t spring for one… you could use contact paper, or the self laminating sheets that they sell just about anywhere. Laminating the pieces, helps to make them durable, and a surface you can write one and re-use.
I have cute paper and stickers here at the house,for scrapbooking and card making, so I set out to make a calendar that could be used directly on walls, cupboards, doors, closet doors, picture windows…. where-ever you want to put it. Mine is on a door that leads to the Garage from my Kitchen. It is a perfect height for the kids to be able to add the days, and everything is stored right on the door. That means no lost pieces! It is also ready and easy to review with since it is right in our school area.
I used my paper cutter to cut equal sized squares of paper. You will need:
31 – 2×2 inch squares (numbers for days of the month)
12 – 5 1/2 by 1 1/2 inch strips (One for each Month)
7 – 3×1 inch strips (Days of the Week)
3 – 8 1/12 by 5 1/2 inch sheets ( for Date, Season, Weather)
4 – 8 by 1 1/4 inch strips (Seasons)
I wrote on everything with a sharpie and embellished the pieces with stickers, and then ran them all through the laminator. Make sure you leave spaces to cut out the squares and strips. (My Season pieces are left over from a calendar that was long dead, and that seems to be the part I saved.)
To attach it to the door. I have used a variety of methods. Plain scotch tape does just fine, but I do have to replace it on the numbers every few months. I have used little Velcro stickers, and those are great for the 3 large pieces, particularly the Weather and Date, since those are removed daily to be updated.
I write the date and weather in with an Expo Marker, and take it off with Expo spray. letting it sit a bit before you wipe helps it to come off cleanly. ( not sure how well you could write on the contact paper if you used it. so maybe making a few more month and some weather strips might be a better option.)
I found some cute die cut party shapes at the dollar store and laminated those too. They add in well when there are family birthdays. You could make Field trip, and holiday ones the same way.
I really think this project cost under $10, and I still had Laminating pouches left for other projects.
Hopefully it will inspire you to create a colorful, fun, and interactive calendar into your school days,