A couple posts back, I gave a tutorial on how to make a homemade pocket chart. Today, I’ve revamped it, making it a pocket calendar. At this point, I know you’re just dying to find out how I did it. Right? Right? Ahem.

Anyway, this is what you’ll need:

Supplies needed

  •  1 piece 2’x3′ foam core–I chose black because it makes all the colors stand out more; you can go elsewhere to buy one of those larger sheets and you can alter step one as listed below
  • clear packing tape–don’t use the kind with fiberglass in it
  • scissors
  • 2 regular page protector sheets that fit an 8.5″x11″ sheet of paper
  • about 6 trading card protector sheets (these come in a 10-pk at Dollar Tree)
  • 1 bulletin board calendar poster, complete with the days of the week listed
  • 1 bulletin board month card–this is used for sizing purposes, since most of the month cards on the market are the same size; if you don’t have a set that are all the same size, choose the largest one, since the month pocket is not adjustable
  • 1 set bulletin board number/special day cards–you may have to trim these a bit to fit the trading card pockets; you could use a straight-edge scrapbooking trimmer, and just taking off the perforation nubs should do the trick. The only downside to this calendar is that the numbers cannot be laminated and still fit into the pockets 😦

Directions:

Taped calendar board

Taped calendar board

 

Directions:

Taped calendar board

Taped calendar board

1. Center your calendar board on the foam core at the very bottom of the board. Putting it at the bottom will ensure that there is room at the top for the month pocket. If you are using a larger sheet of foam core, just center it how you like, but make sure there is room for the month pocket. Tape down the calendar on all four sides.

Notebook page protectors cut in half

Fitting the half sheets to the month card

Tape the pocket around the seam

The taped month pocket

2. Next, take the notebook page protectors and cut them in half length-wise, as seen above. Discard the halves with the notebook holes (or you can save them to make a pocket for the date cards in the same way as this if you are using a larger board). Slip the longest month card you have into one of the halves, then slip the other half onto the other end. Where the two halves overlap, tape the outside of the seam. Remove the month card, then tape the inside seam–this helps with the stability.

The taped month pocket at the top of the calendar

3. Center the month pocket above the calendar, making sure the days of the week are not obscured, then tape the bottom of the pocket to the board. Next, tape the left and right sides. Whatever you do, resist the urge to tape the top of the pocket; if you do this, then there isn’t a pocket. ;)

Trading card sheet being measured over the calendar squares

4. Next, take a trading card sheet and lay it over the squares of the calendar, making sure the top of the sheet is pointing upward and the holes of the sheet are on the left. Pick up the scissors, and cut across the sheet where the second line from  the bottom square is. This is why you want to make sure you’re cutting across the bottom of the sheet:

Ummm, yeah

Repeat this step with the rest of the sheet. It doesn’t matter if the top of the cut-off row is still attached to the bottom of the next row–I simply used this as extra stability to tape the pocket strips to the board, like so:

The first taped strip

I taped each strip to the board, starting at Sunday through Tuesday all the way down to the bottom of the board, then Wednesday through Friday and down. When taping, make sure the tape doesn’t cover the tops of the pockets, or there won’t be any pockets to use.

The tricky part: Saturday

5. For Saturday, you will need 2 strips from a trading card sheet, about 5 pockets total. VERY CAREFULLY cut along the dotted seam between 2 pockets to make individual pockets. Try not to cut into the next pocket over. Once you have 5 pockets, start at the first week and tape down the pockets, working your way down.

The finished calendar

This is what the finished calendar looks like, without the date cards inside the pockets. Ain’t mine purty? :D You can use the other halves of the notebook sheets to make a bag or pocket for the date cards, but I haven’t quite gotten that far yet with mine.

Calendar with dates

Here is my finished calendar with the dates. I did cheat a little, because I haven’t trimmed off the perforation nubs from my numbers and I simply inserted the numbers into the larger pockets right behind the actual pockets; these larger, secondary pockets are great for those “special day” cards, like “Assembly today”, or a holiday, or “Field Trip”, or “Test Day”…that kind of thing, and you just put the number card in its appropriate pocket. And no, your eyes are not deceiving you, there is one number that is different (and for those of you who haven’t noticed, I am not going to tell you which one!! ;) ). I used these number cards last school year when dd1 was doing kindergarten work, and somehow that number came up missing. For these photo purposes I had to switch. :)

Anyway, if you decide to follow these instructions, please feel free to email me your pics, or post them on your blog with a link back to my blog here at Homegrown and Homespun, so that everyone can see!

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