How to Make a Paper Box Perpetual Calendar

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January is almost here.  And, with January comes the need for a new calendar.  But, what if you had a Perpetual Calendar…. or another words a “Forever Calendar”?  If you did you wouldn’t need to change your calendar every year.   You would simply change the date everyday by rotating the numbers and the month.  Well, with that being said…. today I’m going to show you how to make a Paper Box Perpetual Calendar.  The craft is an easy one, but oh so useful.  So, let’s get started.

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How to Make a Paper Box Perpetual Calendar



 

Materials Needed

Paper

Printer

Scissors

Glue

Popsicle Sticks

Paint (optional)

Laminating or Cereal Box Cardboard (optional)

 

Click on the following templates to make larger and print.

Template 1



Perpetual Calendar Template 1



 

Template 2



Perpetual Calendar Template 2



 

Template 3



Perpetual Calendar Template 3



 

Step 1



Print out templates.



Print out templates.  I laminated them…. but no need to do this.  This is optional.  You can alternatively paste them to cereal box cardboard if you want to make them sturdier.


Step 2



Cut all of templates out.



Cut all of templates out.

 

Step 3



Fold on dotted lines.



Fold on dotted lines.

 

Step 4



Glue tabs together.



Glue tabs together…. box will come together.



From a different view



From a different view… you can see how box is going to fold together.



See how it is coming together.



See how it is coming together.



you have a cube.



After you fold and paste final side in… you have a cube.

 

Step 5



The month templates work the same way



The month templates work the same way… cut out… fold on dotted lines.



Glue tabs together.



Glue tabs together.



Fold and paste sides in



Fold and paste sides in and you have a rectangle shape.

 

Step 6



See how many Popsicle sticks you will need to use so that 2 blocks will fit on it.



To make the stand… I used Popsicle sticks… Mine are bigger than normal so you might need to use more than me.  See how many Popsicle sticks you will need to use so that 2 blocks will fit on it.  Then line them side to side.

 

Step 7



Glue pieces vertically



Glue pieces vertically (up and down direction) to keep them in place.

 

Step 8



Glue 3 or 4 sticks at the top.



Glue 3 or 4 sticks at the top.

 

Step 9



Glue about 10 Popsicle sticks on opposite side of the sticks you added in the last step.



Turn over.  Glue about 10 Popsicle sticks on opposite side of the sticks you added in the last step.

 

Step 10



Repeat steps 6 and 7 to make a back for stand.



Repeat steps 6 and 7 to make a back for stand.

 

Step 11



Glue backing to the stack of Popsicle sticks.



Glue backing to the stack of Popsicle sticks.

 

Step 12



Glue enough Popsicle sticks so that the month block can be pushed out to the front



Glue enough Popsicle sticks so that the month block can be pushed out to the front… like this.

 

Step 13



It looks nice when you paint it.



It looks nice when you paint it.

 

Step 14



The blocks can be placed like this



The blocks can be placed like this to display the date.



a calendar you never have to get rid of.



Change the date everyday… a calendar you never have to get rid of.  How did your perpetual calendar turn out?  Where are you going to display your calendar?  Let me know in the comments below.  I’d love to hear about it.

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7 Comments

  1. CHELSEA

    03.25.2012

    TO COOL. ONE QUESTION THOUGH, HOW DID YOU MAKE THE PAPER SHINY? BUT OTHER THAN THAT IS VERY EAZY. GRATE JOB

  2. admin

    03.29.2012

    Glad you liked it. I laminated the sheets of paper before I started folding them up…this isn’t required…I just wanted to make sure that the calendar lasted a long time.

  3. Kim

    08.08.2012

    why is there no number 9? Am I missing something?

  4. CB

    08.09.2012

    Where is your number 9?? : / Fabulous, green idea!!

  5. admin

    08.09.2012

    Hi there. Thanks for your comment. It actually isn’t a mistake. There is no time where you would ever use both a 6 and a 9 because the dates only go from 01 – 31 for a given month. Let me know if you need anything. Thanks.

  6. CB

    08.10.2012

    Wasn’t accusing you of a mistake, just needed a bit of help with the nines. I get it now.

  7. Grace

    09.07.2012

    how many sticks did you use?

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