When I was in NYC a couple weeks ago, I came across an amazing book store in Grand Central Station that had a huge collection of beautiful 2015 wall calendars. I spent more than two hours looking through all of the gorgeous calendars because I just could not believe the quality of the paper and vibrant colors. These were not your typical high gloss- cheaply made calendars, which brought us to today’s post for DIY framed calendar prints.
**updated on 10/1/15– I have updated this post here with the 2016 calendar information. the 2015’s in this post have sold out**
I went straight to this large Travel the World calendar from Rifle Paper Co. ($26.00) (I’m obsessed with everything Rifle does!):
All of the pages in this Rifle calendar are thick print quality and the colors are just as bright and wonderful as a print. Each month is a whimsical illustration of cities throughout the world:
The minute I saw this calendar, I pretty much lunged for it because I knew I had to frame it for my daughter because we always talk about our travel bucket list. The best part is that several of these cities in the calendar on her list (Paris is number one on both of our lists).
So over the weekend, we framed them and got them up on her wall in her room:
My girl and I are so excited with how fun this wall turned out! I hope that one day, she’ll get to check all of those places off of her bucket list.
Framing the art work in a calendar as prints is super easy and inexpensive to do.
I used (9) 11x 14 chrome frames (I spray painted them with Rustoleum gold) from Hobby Lobby that I picked up at 50% for $6.00 each. I also had mats cut the same size and brought the calendar with me so we could measure how much width I would have for the mats. This particular calendar really didn’t need the mats because there was a border and the art extended beyond the border.
*****Update– I have received a lot of emails asking for more information about the mats that I had cut (10″ x 12″). Yes, having mats custom cut can be very expensive but I was able to use a 40% off coupon at Hobby Lobby for all of them, which helped keep the price down. I also know that Aaron’s Framing and Michaels run sales on framing/mats.
I tore out each month out of the calendar from the spiral binder:
Next, I used double-sided tape all the way around the backside of my mat, right at the inside edges. I then centered the mat over the art and pressed down to attach.
I then cut the excess paper around the mats and then placed all of the prints in the frames. I spaced the prints about an an inch and half apart:
This whole project cost me about $100.00, which is such a great deal for such a beautiful (and fun) print collection. If you haven’t had the chance to see all of the fun DIY projects that we did for my daughter’s room a few months ago, you can check out that post here.
By the way, I took notes of all the calendars in the store that were fabulous and perfect for framing and after I did this post, I shared a round-up of my other favorites (pictured below) and you can find that post here.
I’m hoping that you guys will see something in the group that inspires you to frame!
***10/1/15 this post has been updated here with the 2016 calendar information. The 2015 full size calendar is sold out***
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