Flip-Clock Inspired Desk Calendar

It’s a new year which for many of us means it’s time for a new calendar! This DIY desktop daytimer (say that 5 times fast!) takes its styling from the flip-clock beauties of yesteryear, adding a retro touch to the modern workspace.  It’s a perpetual desk calendar too which means make it once, and you’ll be able to keep tabs on the day year after year. Get the how-to below!

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Materials:

  • Unfinished Wood Block Calendar
  • Acrylic Black Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Wood Grain Contact Paper
  • Printable Template: Download the 3-part PDF HERE, HERE & HERE
  • 1″ White Vinyl Number Stickers
  • 1/4″ White Vinyl Alphabet Stickers
  • Scissors
  • Pencil

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Paint the wooden cubes and rectangular blocks completely black with acrylic paint.

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Once the black paint is completely dry center the 1″ white number stickers on each face of the cubes. Cube #1 will have numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. Cube #2 will have numbers: 0, 1, 2, 3, 7, 8.

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Once the cube numbers are on, add the month names using the 1/4″ vinyl letters to the skinny rectangles. There are 12 sides so one for each month!

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Print out the 3-part template on computer paper, and tape the three sheets together. The template shown in the images is the original template so it’ll look a little different than yours!

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Cut out the template and lay it out on the backside of the contact paper roll. Trace the template onto the contact paper.

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Cut out the shape in contact paper and fold inward along all the dotted lines.

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Tear off the left “arm” and the middle portion of the contact paper backing. Center the calendar “house” on the middle rectangle as shown above.

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Fold the left “arm” in and around the left side of the “house.” Press down firmly to adhere the contact paper. Next, peel off the backing on the right “arm” and do the same wrapping the contact paper around the right side of the “house.”

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Next peel off the contact paper backing on the top “flap” and fold over the top of the “house” around to the underside, and down the inside back. Press firmly to adhere.

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Last but not least, peel the backing off the bottom flap and fold up along the inside back. Place the blocks inside, set to the current month and day, and you’re in business!

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