A book of days is an calendar without a year or days of the weeks. It marks the days of every month and helps you track important dates. Create customized calendars like these as memorable and economical gifts to give.
Many, many moons ago I crafted handmade calendars for our extended families. Each was custom made and included photos of the previous year as well as birthdates and anniversaries.
I really enjoyed the process of making them. Eventually, though, I wanted to retire my calendar tradition so I went out with a bang by creating a Book of Days. It’s a calendar of sorts, but one that does not include the days of the week.
Instead, a Book of Days is a great place to record special dates to remember. By adding bits of colored paper, photographs, and mementos, you can personalize and make it more special. And since it’s undated, it never goes out of style. So to speak.
How to Create a Book of Days
This is a super easy gift to make for your family members or to help the kids make for the grandparents. If you do a lot of paper crafts, chances are you already own the necessary tools and supplies to make it. If you don’t, none of these are very expensive to purchase. If you make several books as gifts, you’ll save by buying in bulk.
You’ll need the following supplies:
- large art paper – I used Canson textured paper
- colored papers and other scrapbook embellishments
- glue or other adhesive
- a bone folder to make crisp creases in the paper
- all twelve months printed on long strips of card stock (Download this file to make it easy!)
How to assemble a book of days:
- Cut a long strip of art paper, 11 inches high.
- Fold it accordion style, so that there are 7 spaces. Make creases crisp with bone folder.
- Your 7 spaces on each side will allow for a cover, the 12 months, and a back. Decorate as desired.
- Tie closed with colorful ribbon.
See? That was easy, wasn’t it? Be sure to personalize your calendar with little pictures and bits of memorabilia to make it truly a keepsake.
DIY on a Dime
This is part of the DIY on a Dime: Great Gifts series. For more easy and frugal gift ideas, check out the list.