How to Repurpose Old Calendars into Bookmarks

How to Repurpose Old Calendars into Bookmarks |

Don’t toss out last year’s calendars. Repurpose those dated calendars into bookmarks.

Book lovers know you can never have too many bookmarks. (I lose them all the time!) So why not easily create your own bookmarks from that calendar you were going to throw in the trash?

Besides keeping unnecessary waste out of the landfill, you may also be helping yourself keep that New Year’s resolution of reading more this year. A pretty bookmark may be all the incentive you need to crack open a few more books.

Get ready to turn those pages (and not lose your spot) by making your own bookmarks from old calendars.

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Every year, my mom buys me a couple of wall calendars for Christmas. And every year in January, my eco-conscious heart hates to toss out the old ones, even if I am putting them in the recycle bin.

This isn’t my first old calendar redo. In the past I’ve made envelopes from old calendars (and wrote about it for Organic Authority.) I’ve also framed the images from old calendars for easy wall art. But this year I wanted to come up with a new way to repurpose old calendars.

When researching ideas to repurpose old calendars, I found these gift tags from Real Simple. They looked like bookmarks to me at first and they inspired me to try to create bookmarks from my old calendars.

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Want to make your own bookmarks from old calendars? Here’s what you’ll need.

Supplies you’ll need:
– Old calendar
– Poster board or thick paper
– Bookmark (to trace)
– Mod Podge
– Paintbrush
– Single-hole puncher
– Twine or ribbon
– Pen
– Scissors

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This is a great project for a chilly afternoon. Grab a mug of coffee and get to crafting.

Step 1: Trace the outline of the bookmark
With a pen, trace the outline of the bookmark you’re using as a stencil on the calendar image of your choice. Here I’m tracing the outline of a coffee cup from a coffee-themed calendar.

Step 2: Cut out the bookmark
Next, cut out the bookmark. Then, grab poster board or a thick paper. Here I have a small piece of white poster board.

(Tip: The calendar image itself is too flimsy to simply use as your bookmark. That’s why you’ll also need poster board or a thick paper. You’ll be adhering the calendar paper to the poster board, so it’s more firm. I also used the front and back covers of the calendar for this because they’re made of thicker stock.)

Step 3: Paint on the Mod Podge
Paint a thin layer of Mod Podge onto the back of your bookmark cutout. Working quickly, paste the bookmark cutout onto the piece of poster board (or thick paper.) Smooth it from the inside out to get rid of air bubbles.

Step 4: Add another layer of Mod Podge
Paint on another thin layer of Mod Podge over the top of your bookmark. This will seal it all together.

Step 5: Let it dry
Now, let the bookmark dry completely. It will probably take about 10 minutes.

Step 6: Cut out the bookmark
Cut out the bookmark. Now it will feel like a real bookmark. It’s much sturdier than the first time you cut it out from the calendar.

Step 7: Punch a hole
Using a single-hole puncher, punch out a hole at the top center of your bookmark.

Step 8: Thread ribbon through
Finally, thread a small piece of ribbon or twine through the hole. I like to loop the twine in half, stick the folded end through the hole, thread the folded end through the newly-made loop and pull to secure it. You can then knot the bottom two ends.

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I’m still in awe of how well these bookmarks turned out. During a few days off work after the holidays, I went on a bookmark-making binge and made almost 60 of them. You can get a lot of bookmarks out of one calendar. I’ve given away a few to friends and now I’m thinking about selling them in my family’s antique booth.

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These bookmarks make great gifts for the bookworms in your life. Even better, if you’re buying books for friends and family, stick these handmade bookmarks into the pages for a special addition to the gift.

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Before & After: Wooden Bench Makeover

Before & After: Wooden Bench Makeover |

Before you hunker down for the winter, we still have a few nights left to enjoy the fall weather.

I finished making over a wooden bench for my porch just in time. Cast off on the side of the road, this sad wooden bench was destined for the trash.

See how I refurbished the bench—with a bit of sanding and a paint job—and gave it new life on my front porch.

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Abandoned in front of a house with a “free” sign taped to its front, this sweet little bench sat waiting for me to scoop it up.

Its maroon paint was chipped and worn, but more in a neglected way than in the farmhouse style that’s so popular today.

Despite its shabby paint and scratched up surface, the bench was sturdy. No broken legs or wobbly parts. It just needed a little TLC and a fresh paint job.

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Fixing this bench started with a lot of sanding. And more sanding. And taking a break when my hands hurt from all the sanding. And more sanding.

The boards that made up the seat of the bench were so scratched and worn that I would have had to sand them away completely for the scratches to fully disappear. So, I cheated and flipped them over so the scratched side faced down.

After all of the sanding, I slicked on two coats of a modern gray paint. (The paint was leftover from another project, so it didn’t cost me a dime.)

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This sweet little bench now lives on my front porch. It fits perfectly into a nook on the small porch, just as if it was meant to go there. Besides the practicality of adding seating, the bench also makes the spot feel much cozier. It invites you to take a seat and relax.

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Sometimes it doesn’t take much—just a coat of paint—to transform a piece of furniture. Whether you’re an old pro at redoing furniture or you’ve never done it before, I want to invite you to pick up that paintbrush.

If you’re working on a cheap dresser you found at a garage sale or an old end table that you don’t like any more, what’s the worst that can happen? If you don’t like the new paint color, just paint it again.

It’s pretty rewarding to give something new life, especially if you really enjoy it once the project is complete. Happy painting!

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Repurpose Project: Crate Turned Bookshelf


Not too many of us have four foot tall old shipping crates just hanging around to repurpose. I’m just guessing here, anyway. But lucky me, I find all kinds of treasures in my grandparents’ house and garage. Like this shipping crate. It was originally used to ship fragile items from Columbia Lighting, according to a stamp on its side.

My grandpa (I call him Poppy) added a couple of shelves for me and voilà. Turned on its side, this shipping crate makes a fun narrow bookshelf.


This is one sturdy shelf. It’s so heavy; I could barely lift it to try it out in different spots around my house before selecting the perfect location. And, it’s almost as tall as me!


I love the perfectly imperfect parts about this shelf. “This side up” is handwritten in marker on one side. It also has several stamps from the lighting company where it originated. And all of the wear and tear, adds charm. After all, it’s a shipping crate. It should have some wear!

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The narrow width of this shelf works great in my tiny home. It’s exactly what I needed. What do you think?


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