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Paper Boxes from your 2014 Calendar

Wondering what else you can do with last year’s XL wall calendar? You can make some seriously simple paper boxes, OR you can make a milk carton. Which is not as simple, but is so cute and fun, and actually not that hard.

Here’s what you do:

Draw out the template. If you want the sides to be 1 inch, draw an extra inch all the way around.

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Cut out the box. You can get fancy with the outer edges which will become the top sides of the box. The cutting is something that a kiddo could do if you want them to join in the fun.

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Tape the corners of the box with a pretty piece of matching washi tape. 

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Voile! You’re done! You just made a cute little tray that can be used for all your little trinkets. If you measure carefully and make a plan, you could make several that all fit together for the inside of a drawer to organize little bits of precious things.

 

Now, for the slightly more advanced version: a Milk Carton.

First, cut out the template pattern (print from here). Just make it sized to fit the paper you want. I have a 13×19 Epson printer, so I printed this as big as I could on that. You can also take it to you local copy shop and have them blow it up, or just make a sweet little tiny version on 8.5×11 paper.

Next, cut out your paper from the template. To keep track of the scoring lines for the next step, I cut tiny little slits in the template so I’d have something to line up my ruler.

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Score all of the dotted lines by running the BACK side of your exacto blade along the edge to be folded. That way you won’t run the risk of cutting clear through.

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Then pre-fold all of the pieces before you glue, so you won’t be wrestling that pesky top gable fold while you have glue on your fingers.  Milk-Carton-1canoe2-side

The best glue to use is probably a glue stick, but mine were all dried up, so I had to use elmers. Just run the glue where the dotted lines are and hold in place for a few seconds.

Now you can use your milk carton for party favors, or just decoration. Personally, I’d load it up with malted milk balls, but that’s just me.

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What to do with last year’s XL calendar?

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So it’s 2015 and hopefully, you’ve already got your refill for our XL calendar hanger. Now what should you do with all of the pages from 2014?  We print our calendars on super heavy luxury paper. It’s study and cuts like a dream, so it’s perfect for crafty projects.

Like I do every new year, I woke up this first day of 2015 with a mighty craving for cute organizing tools. No better way to start the new year than with a fresh and tidy desk, right? Right.  This will last approximately 15 seconds into my first day back at the office, but a girl can dream.

These pages are so big  (20×30 inches) that really the up-cycling and crafting opportunities are boundless! But I thought it might be fun to make new file folders for my “new” desk.

It’s so easy, that if you have the supplies on hand, it literally takes about 2 minutes to crank out your first folder. And you could make 12 or 13 folders out of the whole calendar if you want to.

Supplies:

  • 2014 XL calendar pages
  • Xacto knife, or sharp scissors
  • Old standard file folder
  • Pen or pencil to trace

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Steps:

1) Unfold and trace the old folder on top of one of the calendar pages.

2) Cut out the folder with an Xacto blade or scissors

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3) Fold the old file folder in half, and using the Xacto, lighly score the newly cut sheet in the middle so it will fold nicely.

4) Fold.

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5) Make millions more! You will miraculously become organized for the whole rest of the year.

Happy 2015!!!