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Photo Desk Calendars make great gifts for parents, grandparents and loved ones. If you want to add some personalization to your desk either at home or the office, this modern wooden desk calendar is the perfect addition to your space!
How To Make A Desk Calendar
We recently got some family photos taken, 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.
Materials Neded For 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
Directions for How To Make A Photo Desk Calendar
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.
Even though they aren’t 100% perfect, it still works well!
For the photo template, 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.
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!