DIY – Calendar Makeover

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My daughter likes the old school style daily calendar, while I use the tear off sheets for scribbling random notes.  These wall calendars are usually free, and the daily chinese horoscope and quotes makes a pretty interesting read from time to time.  But the auspicious “Gong Xi Fa Cai” red frame is starting to look dated after Chinese New Year, as if I am still leaving behind some CNY decoration in the house, long after the festive celebration is over.

So I updated it with a few simple items:
1) a very thick A4 cardboard wrapped with patterned paper as backing,
2) grey felt to cover the red metal frame, which I retain part of, as a tearing guide.
3) large white clip for design.

Here are some step-by-step photos that I took along the way :
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(above) Original calendar design, I used a simple S-hook to hang it on the wall.  Not so nice.
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(above) Dismantle the calendar to separate the three components : calendar + screw and bolt + metal frame.
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(above) For brand new calendar, there is no need for this step.  But I have used this calendar for a few months, a big gap is left from the torn out section, so I cut the frame to retain just the front panel to use it as a tearing guide for the remaining months.
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(above) Align the grey felt over the metal tearing guide and poke a small hole on the felt over the calendar’s larger punch hole and slowly push the screw through the felt, metal sheet, and calendar.
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(above) The hole on the felt cannot be too big or the screw will simply go through it instead of binding the felt onto the calendar.
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(above) Mark the two spots on the thick cardboard where the calendar will be mounted on.  Poke a small hole and wrap the cardboard with decorative paper, make a small hole where the spots were marked earlier.  Push the screw through, and finally fasten with bolt.
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(above) How the calendar looks after completion.

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