Upcycle: Calendar to Gift Bag


The year ends and that cute calendar hanging on the wall gets dumped (hopefully in the recycling bin). What if you could take 5-10 mins and give it a facelift? How about upcycling it!

I am not one to lavishly wrap gifts. I think it’s a nice touch, but seems to waste paper for something that doesn’t last so long. <Enter upcycled calendar gift bag>

Follow these simple steps to create the cutest gift bags:

Step 1: Gather your supplies

 You’ll need an old calendar, twine/ribbon, scissors, single-hole punch & glue stick.

Step 2: Remove the center staples and cut along the fold

Look at those 12 beautiful pictures!

Step 3: Choose two pictures

You need to choose pictures that are similarly aligned.

Pictures focused either right or left of center so you don’t cut off the best part.

Step 4: Stack pictures on top of each other

Step 5: Flip the pictures over and fold down the top about 1/2"

You’ve already created the top of your bag…you’re on a roll!

Step 6: Fold pictures along the left or right side (depending on what part of the picture you like the least) about 1/3 of the calendar page

This fold creates the side of the bag.

Step 7: Fold the flap you just made in half

Step 8: Fold the other side of the pages about a 1/2"

Step 9: Fold the bottoms up about 1"-1 1/2"

Yay! You’re done with all the folding!

Step 10: Separate the pages

Step 11: Place glue on the small flap of one side

Time to glue, glue, glue!

Step 12: Tuck the small flap into the side the the larger flap on the other page

Make sure to tuck the flap in all the way to make the side of the bag.

Step 13: Repeat with the other side

Ta-da! The sides are now complete!

Well look at that 🙂

Step 15: Make 4 cuts at the bottom corners up to the folds you previously made

Check out those cuts.

Step 16: Glue all the folds down to create the bottom

Step 17: Flip the bag over and press down to secure the bottom

Admire your work so far...

Step 18: Cute two equal pieces of twine or ribbon

Step 19: Hole punch two holes & thread your handles

Step 20: Enjoy!

Let’s watch a video…shall we?


13 responses »

  1. Pingback: Creative Uses For Old Calendars – Calendar Upcycling | One Day at a Time

  2. Pingback: DIY Craft fair display – some links, photos and tutorials | Re-Creations Project

  3. What a great idea! i went to work right away and made one myself. I love to recycle old wall calendars and am excited about this.

  4. Pingback: 10 Ways to reuse old calendars - Boston Living on the Cheap

  5. Pingback: 4 Brilliant DIY Calendar Repurposing Ideas : Reuse Old Calendars - Sad To Happy Project

  6. I see a lot of crafters use glue sticks but I’d think that wouldn’t be strong enough for a project like this. I love hot glue sticks, but don’t like the lumps from using them since that glue doesn’t really dry smooth.
    Are Elmer’s glue sticks a strong enough adhesive for this project?

    • I made this a zillion years ago, but it worked just fine. I think it really depends on what you are going to use the bags for and how heavy the item is. The calendar was also pretty thick and sturdy on it’s own.

  7. Pingback: 6 DIY Ways To Reuse Old Calendars - Easy Art And Craft Ideas

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s