Chic on the Cheap: Calendar Art

Repurposing little things that may have been destined for the trash is a great way to add oomph to your home for little or no money. Repurposing things that were cheap in the first place? Even better. Here is a great chance to upcycle something that is literally “so last year.”

One of my cheap-o habits is to buy my calendar for the year a few days into the actual year. Once the ball drops, calendars suddenly go at least 50% off. The discount matters more because I love looking for really artistic, high quality (read: expensive) calendars. While in use, a high quality calendar will look more like art on the walls then the utilitarian planning device that they are. And after the year is done? I frame my favorite image or two as an actual art piece.

This calendar of old national park illustrations is really huge and on high quality paper, and all of the images are beautiful. I paid $7.50 for it on clearance, and now that the particular calendar year is long gone it’s like I’m getting a dozen art prints for less than a dollar a piece. What makes this particular calendar extra compelling is that it’s from the year The Husband and I met, so each month’s image brings back memories. If you have an old calendar from a great year, why not display some of the images and relive those happy months every time you look at your wall?

P.S. If you have a uniquely sized calendar like mine, stay tuned for an upcoming “Chic on the Cheap” on how to do frame awkwardly sized prints yourself.

5 Responses to Chic on the Cheap: Calendar Art

  1. Great idea! I used to do that with old Georgia O’Keefe calendars when I thought it was fun to say, “What, mom? WHAT does it look like?”

  2. Love this. I love waiting til just after the New Year to buy cute agenda books on sale. So much fun!
    Thank you so much for your sweet comment on Design*Sponge and on my blog re: dresser revamp! I appreciate it sooooo much! Cheers ;)

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