I know calendars (and clocks and address books) are quickly becoming computer-centric tools, but I like the old-school charm of this desk calendar. Make it once, and you can use it forever – just move the numbers to their correct location each month, and change the nameplate!


  • Picture frame, 11″x14″ or 16″x20″, see below
  • Sheet of foam board or 1/2″-thick cork
  • Ruler
  • Craft knife
  • Piece of woven fabric, about 24″x30″
  • Spray adhesive
  • Masking tape
  • Scissors
  • 42 large buttons, 3/4″ to 1″ in diameter
  • 42 flat-head thumb tacks
  • 5 sheets card stock, for numbers and nameplates
  • Downloadable name/number template
  • 3/4″ circle punch, optional
  • E-6000, or similarly strong glue
  • Water-soluble fabric marker
  • Fine-point Sharpie
  • 2 squares of wool or acrylic felt
  • 1 sheet of Friendly Felt, or lightweight chipboard
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • 2 sets Velcro dots plus 22 “loop” style dots (the softer half of a Velcro pair)
  • Greeting card envelope

Note: All dimensions given here are approximate, so you have some flexibility with the button size you use. Here’s how I recommend choosing your picture frame: lay your buttons out in six rows, with seven buttons in each row. Leave a small amount of space between them. Now, measure now much space this arrangement takes up, and then choose a frame that fits.