How to Recycle Your Old Calendar into Vibrant Stationery

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Are you a crafter that saves every bit of scrap of paper for a rainy day project? If you have an old calendar stuffed away in a desk drawer, now is the time to grab it and upcycle it into one-of-a-kind stationery.

Things You'll Need

  • Calendar
  • Envelope or envelope template
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Glue (or double sided tape)
  • Bone folder (optional)
  • Washi tape (optional)
Recycle your old calendars into envelopes for one-of-a-kind stationery.
Recycle your old calendars into envelopes for one-of-a-kind stationery. (Image: Susie Delaney)

Step 1

If your are using an envelope you already have as your template, carefully take it apart. You want it intact to trace, so try not to rip it on the edges.

Carefully take apart the envelope to use as a template.
Carefully take apart the envelope to use as a template. (Image: Susie Delaney)

Step 2

Lay your envelope template on the backside of the calendar and trace. Play with the positioning a bit to try to get the best parts of the photo in the center of your envelope.

Trace your envelope on the back of the calendar page.
Trace your envelope on the back of the calendar page. (Image: Susie Delaney)

Step 3

Cut out your envelope design using your template. Be careful to trace and cut accurately because if it is uneven the envelope won't lay flat or seal properly.

Cut out your envelope using your template.
Cut out your envelope using your template. (Image: Susie Delaney)

Step 4

Fold in the sides and bottom of the envelope, then crease the top. For this project a bone folder was used to make the creases sharp and even.

Fold all four sides of your envelope.
Fold all four sides of your envelope. (Image: Susie Delaney)

Step 5

Glue (or tape) the bottom flap over the two side flaps. Leave the top flap unglued.

Glue the envelope together.
Glue the envelope together. (Image: Susie Delaney)

Step 6

Your envelope is complete. Since this doesn't have the adhesive on the top flap you will need to glue or tape the top down when you have put your letter inside. For a finishing touch, add some glitter stickers or decorative washi tape.

Now, write a letter to someone you love!
Now, write a letter to someone you love! (Image: Susie Delaney)

Step 7

Tip: Don't waste those scraps! For those who really don't like to waste, or who never have gift tags around this is a perfect way to use the last bits of your calendar. Just trim your scrap pieces into a small tag and punch a hole for your ribbon. Easy!

Make gift tags from the scraps.
Make gift tags from the scraps. (Image: Susie Delaney)

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