Saturday, March 28, 2015

Perpetual Calendar Blocks Tutorial

Here's how to make a Perpetual Calendar Blocks similar to the one I made below and posted a while back HERE.

These are the separate pieces that make up the calendar.

The paper I used is a heavy-weight paper, Strathmore 300 Series Bristol 100lb. (270 g/m²).

Here are the templates I've drawn showing the measurements that I used (sorry, I don't have them in centimetres too):

BLOCKS or CUBES - for the dates
These are 2" blocks.  Create 2 of them.  One block is for the numbers 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. The other block is for the numbers 0, 1, 2, 6, 7 and 8.  The number 6 also serves as the number 9.

Printable Template in PDF - 2-Inch Block/Cube

Cut, score and fold as per template.

Apply adhesive to the 1/2-inch flaps and adhere to create your block.

4-SIDED BARS - for the months
Create 3 of these 4-sided bars giving you 12 sides for the 12 months of the year.

Printable template in PDF - 4-Sided Bar

Cut, score and fold as per template.  Apply adhesive to the 1/2-inch flap and the side flaps.  Adhere to create a 4-side bar as shown.


Printable template in PDF - Display Case

Cut, score and fold as per template.

Adhere the two side top flaps to the back of the centre panel as shown.

Optional:  Round the corners as shown--I used a Martha Stewart Corner Rounder punch.

These are required so the blocks and bars can be displayed at an upward tilted angle.

Printable template in PDF - Bottom and Back Platforms for Display Case

Cut, score, fold as per template and adhere as shown.
bottom platform

back platform

You now have all the pieces made up for your calendar--still undecorated though.  At this point, decorate the pieces with your designer/patterned papers, numbers, months, etc. as desired--I won't be decorating my pieces here...hee hee.

This is just to show you where all the pieces will fit AFTER you've decorated your pieces.

The back platform will go here.  Adhere in place.

The bottom platform will go here.  Adhere in place.

The three 4-sided bars with the months on them are to be placed on top of the bottom platform.
The two blocks/cubes with the dates on them are to be placed on top of the bars.

And there you have it!  Happy crafting!


Sandra said...

Wow Norma! This is so beautiful!!! What a great idea!I might have to try this ;)
I wish you a lovely weekend!
Smiles & Hugs, Sandra

Jane said...

Wow this is amazing, thanks for sharing such a detailed tut too x

Cinzia C. said...

Thank you very much Norma!!!!
This is fabulous, I'm going to make one soon!!
hugs, cinzia

Jay said...

Wow, this is a fantastic tutorial Norma, thank you for taking the time to create such a wonderful tutorial!!! Your so kind to share so many wonderful ideas with us. I have finally made your simple roses and used them on LHOSM card for tomorrows challenge, I hope you pop by to take a peek! Thank you for making that brilliant tutorial/s too! Cuddles Jay (Jane) xxx

mgoll88 said...

Your Calendar looks fantastic, thanks a lot for teh tutorial


Leanne said...

Love this. Thanks for sharing.

Jacee said...

Another stunning piece of work Norma, and what a great tut!
hugs Jacee
Simply Paper Card Design

Nancy said...

Thank you so much for posting this tutorial!

loz said...

Fabulous project Norma. Thanks for the wonderful tutorial..Loz

Judi said...

Oh how wonderful of you to do a tutorial on this. I showed it to my 8 year old granddaughter the other day and she really wants to make one, so now we have all the measurements etc., which will make it a LOT easier. Guess what I'll be doing in the Easter holidays? lol.

Thanks again for sharing!


鄧淑如 said...

Thank you very much for sharing, good tutorial!

scraptist said...

I made one from your PDF. I love this file. Thanks. I couldn't figure out how to add a picture here but you can see it at

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