Though the snow is coming down in great, big, white, fluffy flakes, my mind is already on the garden. I know spring will come sooner than expected and any gardener knows that spring is the busy season! With garden planning on my mind, I decided to come up with a better version of my planting calendar that I’ve been using for the past few years. I typically just use one of those free calendars that come in the mail and jot down when seeds are planted, when the first blooms appear, etc. The problem with those paper calendars is that they die a quick death anywhere near garden soil, sand, water and sun.
The solution? A little backbone! Join me today as I show you how to make a prettier, hardier garden calendar!
First things first, you need something tough, strong, square (or rectangular) and wooden. I chose to pick up an as-is cabinet door at IKEA for $1. You could check there, or visit your local lumberyard for some scrap wood. Basically, you are looking for a piece of wood several inches wider than your calendar.
You will also need:
- Darice Calendar Base
- Scrapbooking Paper (I used a Martha Stewart collection – similar)
- Mod Podge
- Applicator Brush
- Pretty Pens
Take your scrapbooking paper and line it up with the sides of the piece of wood. Measure and trim where needed.
I decided to use a couple different coordinating papers on the wood, but feel free to use one or several. Just make sure you are liberal with the Mod Podge at any seems and corners, without leaving clumps of the adhesive in any spots. Once the background paper dries, you can then attach your calendar base. There is a little plastic tab at the back of the calendar. Simply hot glue that plastic to the wooden base and allow it to fully dry.
To further customize the calendar, I cut out the shape of the “header” where the name of the month was, in coordinating scrapbook paper. Then simply stamp, write or add vinyl lettering to finish off the titling.
When it is all said and done, this calendar is tougher than my old shaggy ones and feels right at home in my girly garden shed. Now it is time to start sowing those seeds! Let’s break out the swiss chard and spinach! Hail the poppy seed and sunflower starters! Let’s get growing!
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Hey y’all! I’m Amy Renea, a freelance photographer and writer based out of Hershey, PA. I spend my days chasing children and chickens around the back yard, sipping on dandelion tea and munching on sweet potato chips. Come visit the Nest for All Seasons to learn more about my food, photography, DIY designs and modern garden living! www.anestforallseasons.com