Ok, where the heck did June go?! I can’t believe it’s already the middle of the month. So you can probably guess that Father’s Day has TOTALLY snuck up on me. Luckily, I had a quick and relatively easy DIY last minute gift idea in my back pocket.
I spotted these mini wood calendars on Pinterest about a month ago. Loved the look, did not necessarily love the price tag. Plus, I thought to myself, “I can totally put together something like that in Photoshop!” So I did.
Here’s how you can make your own last minute gift custom mini photo calendar:
- White Cardstock
- Paper Trimmer
- Tacky Glue
- Mini Photo Calendar Templates
- Mini Easel (found this one in the Target dollar spot!)
- 4- Mini Binder Clips
- Paper Board (I used a piece from a box of fruit snacks!)
Using my mini photo calendar template, make your monthly calendars. I made the months and dates editable so that no matter what month of the year you make this gift, you can change the dates to work for you! Once you have each month saved as a JPEG, use my standard 8.5″ x 11″ template to print them out with cut lines. Step one will take the longest, but it’s so worth it!
Using your paper trimmer, cut along the lines. If like me, you’re a perfectionist, you can use a scissors to perfect the edges.
Take your paper board and trace around one of the mini calendar pieces. Cut out with a scissors. This will help keep the calendar sturdy.
Place your calendars in order with the paper board on back. Line up the edges and secure with the mini binder clips on either end.
Place a nice, thick line of tacky glue along the top edge. Once you’ve got the glue in place, put 2 more mini binder clips on the top edge. This will keep the pieces of the calendar nice and tight while the tacky glue dries.
Let the tacky glue dry for 1-2 hours before removing the mini binder clips. Once dry, place the calendar on the easel and you’re done!
After making this last minute gift for my husband for Father’s Day, I am totally using it again for many more gifts to come! As long as you have some basic Photoshop knowledge (can edit text and know how to use a clipping mask), you can easily make this for yourself as well. Make sure you download your free printable Mini Photo Calendar Templates below: