DIY photo calendar gift idea + a GIVEAWAY!


The 2016 version is now available here!

this is a great gift idea! use the free printables, and pictures, and you have a DIY photo calendar

***Before I start telling you about today’s project, I want to make sure you know there’s an amazing giveaway at the bottom of this post – you could win a new Microsoft Surface 2 tablet! Scroll all the way to the bottom to enter.***

Great gifts can be hard to come up with, especially when you’re on a budget. This DIY framed photo calendar is super inexpensive – the whole thing only costs about $5 – and even better, it’s crazy easy to put together (free printables!). Since you decide which photos to include, you can tailor the calendar to whomever you’re making it for, ensuring it’s a gift they’ll absolutely love. This calendar would be PERFECT for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, or for grandparents or even yourself! It looks great sitting on a desk or hung up on a wall – it’s just a pretty piece of decor with a clean, classic feel.

this is a great gift idea! use the free printables, and pictures, and you have a DIY photo calendar

I created free printable PDF calendar pages, which are formatted to print on your home printer to keep costs down. There’s just a small amount of color on each page, so they won’t use up all your colored ink. All you have to do is print out a year’s worth of calendar pages, add photos, and tie everything up together with an inexpensive 8×10 frame for a gorgeous gift in under an hour.

this is a great gift idea! use the free printables, and pictures, and you have a DIY photo calendar

The calendar pages look great with color photos, black and white photos…

this is a great gift idea! use the free printables, and pictures, and you have a DIY photo calendar

…photos of people, pictures of objects or landscapes…

this is a great gift idea! use the free printables, and pictures, and you have a DIY photo calendar

…or just about anything. Here’s how easy this DIY photo calendar gift is to put together.

First, download and print out the months you’d like. You can download months May-Dec in 2014 by clicking here. You can download the entire year of 2015 by clicking here.

Make sure when you print that the scale is set to 100%. When your pages print out, the large box should be exactly 8×10 inches. As you can see below, there are two boxes on each page. Trim off the portion outside of the large box, and carefully trim away the portion inside the small box, which is your photo window.

this is a great gift idea! use the free printables, and pictures, and you have a DIY photo calendar

Use washi or masking tape to tape a photo behind the photo window. I used 4×6 prints for this. The actual dimensions of the photo window are 4.5 inches wide by 2.5 inches tall, meaning about 3/4 of an inch on all sides of the photo will not show through the window, so keep that in mind when you’re choosing which photos to use. Place your completed calendar pages in an 8×10 frame, and you’re done! The recipient can simply switch out the pages each month.

this is a great gift idea! use the free printables, and pictures, and you have a DIY photo calendar

Now how about a gift for yourself? My friend Carrian over at Oh, Sweet Basil is celebrating her birthday with a slew of incredible giveaways – like a Kitchenaid, a new grill, and, you know, ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS. Today she’s giving away this brand new Microsoft Surface 2 Tablet:

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And we’re all lucky enough to join in! Just use the rafflecopter widget above to enter. And hop on over to Oh, Sweet Basil to find out about all the other amazing stuff up for grabs!

 

Comments

  1. 2

    Jill C says

    Hi! Just found your blog today via Clean Mama. Curious as to what frame you used? So simple and so easy! Love! Thanks!

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      autumn says

      Hi Jill! The frame was one I got years and years ago from Target for just a few dollars – but I think IKEA sells one that’s pretty similar!

  2. 4

    Isabel A. says

    I would love to win that tablet because it looks great and the one i have usually is in the hands of my two daughters.

  3. 5

    Brenda Melahn says

    I would love the Surface because I’ve been wanting a “tablet” but unsure about not having a keyboard and this looks like the perfect compromise!! Great for my sewing, cooking, and crafting projects!!

  4. 6

    Brenda Melahn says

    The Pinterest link for “Oh Sweet Basil” does not work, but I found her as “Sweet Basil” on Pinterest and was already following her. Just FYI

  5. 8

    Christie says

    My family would love having this tablet! I think I will be making one of these for my grandma. She loves getting new pictures of her grandbabies.

  6. 9

    Ellen Barth says

    I would love to have an up to date tablet to use on a daily basis. Sharing one laptop between 2 people is hard!

  7. 11

    Kristi Andres says

    thanks for this opportunity. I have been making your easy tee lately. it’s the perfect fit for me! 🙂

  8. 13

    says

    I’ve been waffling over tablet choices for a while now – if I were to win one, that save me from having to pick – ha!

    • 18

      autumn says

      My frame is super old – at least 10 years. I got it at Target way back when but obviously they don’t have any like it anymore. I think IKEA might have one that’s similar. Good luck!

  9. 20

    says

    Love the idea of a framed photo calendar! I’ve made photo calendars before but this would be something new to try for my photo calendar 2015 🙂

  10. 21

    says

    Hi Autumn,

    I really like your project, it’s clean and minimal and your calendar is very well balanced.

    Is it possible for you to provide the same calendar style for 2016? I’s like to use it for Xmas gift this year.

    Best

  11. 22

    Prarthana says

    Hi!! I absolutely love your calendar and would like to make it for this year’s Mother’s Day. Yours is the only calendar I liked on Pinterest! Any possibility that you have the template for January till April 2016? Thanks so so much!!

    Prarthana

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    Mary Clark says

    Is it possible to get the calendars for 2016 or in an editable format so I can change them to any given year?? Just found this on pinterest and it would make a perfect Christmas Present.

  13. 24

    Stephanie Coppel says

    Hi! Love love love this idea, any chance you will make this for 2016? Would love to make these as holiday gifts. Thank you!!

  14. 25

    Tammy says

    Is there any way you could post a 2016 calendar or the image files so that I could edit this to make a 2016 version? I absolutely love the idea and want to make this for my parents for the 2016 year! 🙁

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    Katie says

    Hi there! Will you be posting 2016 dates any time soon? I think this gift would be great for my Mom for Christmas!

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