Handmade Christmas: Custom Calendar

by Kelsey Norwood

in Crafts,Cricut

customized calendar

I just finished this fabulous calendar using the Designer’s Calendar Cricut cartridge (that I got on Black Friday!), and I’m thinking a customizeable calendar is a pretty great gift idea for this Christmas!

I bought a large white board at Walmart ($15), wrapped the edges in black electrical tape, and drew a calendar grid in permanent black marker. I used black vinyl for the days of the week and the numbers.

cricut designers calendar

For the numbers, I glued 31 glass rocks (the kind with one flat side) to decorative paper and hot glued a magnet to the back of each one. Then I put the vinyl letters on the surface of the rock.

I cut everything else out with the Cricut using a sheet of magnetic canvas.

I have been using my regular blade, but I’d like to get a deep cut blade. I have to set the multi cut function to 4 (so cut every design 4 times) and then I have to carefully tear the design away from the extra magnet because it doesn’t cut all the way through. It will be much easier with the deep cut blade…

I am loving having this huge calendar to keep track of everything we have going on. I love all the “events” in this cartridge, things like spring break, winter break, first day of school, play date, camp, game, practice, check up, anniversary, wedding, date, birthday, party, and lots more. It’s also nice to have the months and days of the week welded together in one word.

Happy planning!

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Adele Aston December 15, 2009 at 9:58 am

What a cute idea… I really want a cricut!! **sigh** That will have to wait I guess. I would love to get one of these for Christmas. Great idea!

2 Deborah December 15, 2009 at 11:26 am

I so agree! Very innovative Calendar. I too want a Cricut!

3 Caron December 15, 2009 at 2:41 pm

Cute, I love it!
I have a question. Do you have to buy a specific type of dry erase board for the magnets to stick to the front, or do you have something on the back? Just wondering.
Thanks!

4 Kelsey December 15, 2009 at 2:53 pm

Just make sure it’s a magnetic dry erase board. It should say on the packaging.

5 Kimberly December 15, 2009 at 6:09 pm

My husband said we needed a huge white board calendar. I thought we didn’t. Now that I see what you did using your cricut. I think I agree with my husband now, we TOTALLY need a big white board calendar…. so I can use my cricut…. and be more organized. Thanks for sharing!

6 Jennifer April 11, 2010 at 6:18 pm

Love love love this idea!! I am on a mission to make one and have a few questions.

Where did you find the really big flat glass stones? I have only seen the smaller ones at Michaels and they a don’t fit the number.

Also…where do you find magnetic canvas. I bought something called “Adhes-A-Mag” and it is basically a magnetic sheet. No one at Michaels knew what magnetic canvas was.

Did you lay the scrapbook paper on the adhesive side of the magnet and then use the cricuit?

Thanks so much…sorry for all the questions.

7 Kelsey April 11, 2010 at 9:12 pm

I got my stones at Roberts, a craft store in Utah (I don’t know where you’re from…). I think I’ve seen them also at JoAnn, and I’m surprised they don’t have them at Michaels. Anyway, I also bought the magnetic canvas at Roberts. I’ve seen the Adhes-A-Mag at Michaels and I’m pretty sure it’s the same thing.

And for the magnets, I do a trial run on a piece of scratch paper to see exactly how big my design is going to be, cut a piece of magnetic canvas to fit the design, put my paper on the top of the magnet, and cut out with the Cricut. Magnetic canvas is kind of expensive, so I wanted to get as much out of it as I could.

Let me know if you have more questions. Good luck!

8 Jennifer April 15, 2010 at 6:54 pm

Thank you so much! That helps a lot! Oh…I am from Georgia. We have a Michaels, Hobby Lobby, and Jo Ann’s. I will check JoAnns and see what I can find. Take care and I will let you know if I have more questions.

9 Nicole July 10, 2011 at 11:05 pm

Did you buy the magnetic material with the cute patterns already on it? I have some plain magnet sheets and considered using spray adhesive to put scrapbook paper on the magnet sheets.

10 Kelsey July 12, 2011 at 8:36 am

I bought adhesive magnetic sheets and then stuck the pretty paper on. Spray adhesive should work too!

11 Dori August 22, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Your calendar is such a great idea!! What did you use to draw the lines for the calendar?

12 Kelsey August 22, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Just a permanent black marker – works like a charm!

13 Dori August 25, 2011 at 7:48 pm

Does the permanent marker not come off when you erase things written with the dry erase marker (if you accidentally write over the permanent marker) ? Or are you just careful not to write over the permanent marker? Thanks for replying so quickly and for all your help!

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