This fall, we got our family pictures taken for the first time in about 6 years. Usually I just set up the tripod and we hope for the best. Well, I knew that wasn’t going to cut it with 4 kids. The results were beautiful! I’m so happy that we invested the money in getting some quality family photos. But, now I have all of these different shots that I don’t know what to do with. So I decided to create a DIY desk calendar to give as Christmas gifts for the grandparents and also for my husband to have at work. I love how they turned out and it’s such a great way to enjoy our photos all year long!
While I had the initial idea behind this little desk calendar, my husband was the one who made it all happen using his saw skills. I still have yet to conquer the circular saw. You could probably do this with a small hand saw as well, but the lines might not be as clean. Also, you will need a free calendar printable to create your photos. I used this one from Alice and Lois. Then, I just created 4X6 sized photos in Photoshop. I did a square photo or photo collage on the top with the calendar at the bottom. You just want to make sure it’s 4X6 and that you have about 1/2 in of white space at the bottom.
DIY Desk Calendar
Here’s everything you will need:
- Wooden Blocks – (I bought a pack of whittling blocks at Michaels and they were the perfect size)
- 4X6 photo calendar (I used this free printable)
- Circular Saw or Table Saw
- Wood Stain
Step One: To create the groove, measure a line down the center of your block of wood. If you have a table saw, this process will be much easier. But it is possible with a smaller circular saw. In order to ensure that the block would not shift while sawing, you can nail down some boards around it to create a tight fitting clamp effect that doesn’t get in the way of the saw.
Step Two: Set the blade depth to 3/8 of an inch and cut straight along the line. If your saw blade isn’t very thick, you will have to make a second pass with the saw to create a groove of about 3/16 inch in width.
Step Three: Using fine sandpaper, sand down the groove and the rest of the surface of the wood block. You can give the edges a more rounded look if you want.
The stack of all 12 calendar photos should fit perfectly in the groove.
Even though they aren’t 100% perfect, it still works well!
Step Four: Stain the wood if desired. After everything was totally dry, I sanded down the edges to give it a little more of a rustic effect.
I just love how this simple desk calendar turned out and I can’t wait to create them every year from here on out!
You could team up with siblings and create calendar photos of all the grandkids for a great Grandparent gift. Or just make one for yourself of your family.
I hope you will ring in the new year with this little DIY desk calendar!
For another easy way to display photos, check out my copper wire photo holders!