Thursday, 16 October 2014

Milk Carton Perpetual Calendars

I'm still on my milk carton binge. Today's printable project is ideal as a stocking filler. The calendar system is fun and easy - just pop the date blocks onto the "shelves". There's storage for the unneeded blocks in the bottom drawer and on the shelves behind "today's date".

Choose from blue, green or red. Four sheet of A4 paper per calendar. Here are your free printables:
MilkCartonCalendarBlue1of4.pdf 
MilkCartonCalendarBlue2of4.pdf 
MilkCartonCalendarBlue3of4.pdf 
MilkCartonCalendarBlue4of4.pdf 

MilkCartonCalendarBlue1of4.svg
MilkCartonCalendarBlue2of4.svg
MilkCartonCalendarBlue3of4.svg
MilkCartonCalendarBlue4of4.svg

MilkCartonCalendarGreen1of4.pdf
MilkCartonCalendarGreen2of4.pdf
MilkCartonCalendarGreen3of4.pdf
MilkCartonCalendarGreen4of4.pdf

MilkCartonCalendarGreen1of4.svg
MilkCartonCalendarGreen2of4.svg
MilkCartonCalendarGreen3of4.svg
MilkCartonCalendarGreen4of4.svg

MilkCartonCalendarRed1of4.pdf
MilkCartonCalendarRed2of4.pdf
MilkCartonCalendarRed3of4.pdf
MilkCartonCalendarRed4of4.pdf

MilkCartonCalendarRed1of4.svg
MilkCartonCalendarRed2of4.svg
MilkCartonCalendarRed3of4.svg
MilkCartonCalendarRed4of4.svg

I don't have time to do a tutorial for you, but I'll talk you through the making-up:

Milk Carton Perpetual Calendar

1 Print out the pattern templates. Cut them out by hand or digital cutter. Score the folds and then crease them.
2 Make up the milk carton "frame" - it is sideless. Don't squeeze the top together until the "shelves" are in place.
3 Fold the wraps - the casings that make up the shelf unit. Stack them one on top of the other, joining them with d/s tape. The green panels go at the sides. You now have a four-tiered shelf unit. Apply tape to the base and sides and carefully slide it into the milk carton casing. Smooth the sides down.
4 You can now squeeze the top of the milk carton together.Seal it shut with d/s tape. Tie a piece of baker's twine through the top holes  and make a bow.
5 Make up the drawer. A mini brad is the drawer-pull. Slip the drawer into the bottom shelf.
6 Make up all the date blocks. Select your calendar date and slip it onto the front of the shelves. Store the remaining blocks in the drawer and behind the blocks of "today's date".

Have fun making your Milk Carton Perpetual Calendars - a cheerful alternative to digital date-keepers. Hope 2015 is a happy and creative year for you.