D.I.Y. Instagram Calendar

2012 calendar diyAs you know, I've made it my New Year's goal to complete 52 crafts projects in 2012. Just simple and fun projects to use for my home, get organized, to wear and sometimes to give as gifts. Even though it's not quite yet the new year, I decided to go ahead and get rolling! As part of my mother's Christmas present I decided to make her a calendar for 2012 that featured a different picture of my dog for each month (she's just about as crazy for my dog as I am!). I used instagram photos c/o Postal Pix.

Calendar diy suppliesSupplies needed: 12 subject images (I used instagram pictures of my dog), plain poster board, a mini calendar (or you can create your own calendar pages), scissors, glue, yarn and decorative paper for the cover (I used silver glitter craft paper).

Pug calendar steps1. Cut out all your pieces. Trim the calendar pages to the size you need. Cut out 13 square pieces of poser board, big enough to fit your calendar or picture images with a slight boarder. 2. Glue down all your pieces. This step includes gluing down the photo images as well as the calendar pieces. I found it was helpful to lay everything out exactly how it needed to be before I began gluing everything down. 3. Use a cropodile or hole-punch to add holes to the top portion of the calendar, this is wear the yarn will be added to hold the calendar together. Make sure your holes match up with each other as you go. 4. Glue on any decoration you want on the front cover, I made mine say 2012 with a little star for fun! 5. Thread yarn through all of the holes, putting the calendar together in the order it should go. 6. Tie knots in the yarn, and trim off any excess.

Pug calendarEasy, huh? This was a fun and simple project that I really enjoyed. And my mom was pretty excited to have this unique and quirky little gift for her art studio. Thanks for letting me share my first handmade craft of 2012 with you! xo. Emma
  • LOVE the calendar cards. I had already printed a set for September but I will keep these in my stash for next year. I am MOST ABSOLUTELY looking forward to the upcoming sets for other months though! ???? Thank you for all these freebies Elsie & Emma!

  • Lubos: As always your inrmaoftion is always late. Web calendar is nothing new. See BTW if you want to make some money, short google on Apr. 19th, Hitler’s birthday. Don’t say that I have not told you.

  • Franz this is such an awesome dseign! Thanks so much for sharing, it is now my wallpaper for the month and I’m lazy when it comes to changing my background so it may be up longer. Appreciate the awesome paper, my friend!

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  • Lovely ideas!!! Must keep them in mind.Our little man loves his cuuoirs George soft toy and all the books. So we are taking pictures of George in all sorts of daily activities such as reading a book, brushing his teeth, eating bnana, on the slide, in the sand pit etc. we are writing little stories on each picture on the back and wrap them in paper, put a numer on and peg them on a string in his room. Excited if h will like it, but anyhow we are having fun making it!

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  • I discovered it was employed to lay everything out exactly how it required to be before I started sticking everything down. I add slots to the top part of the schedule, this is use the string will be included to carry the schedule together.

  • Thank you so much Elsie and Emma too!for creating the best blog in the world….It’s my daily source of inspiration…I also love food coma…You two are my idols….

  • Love the calendar…great idea! I teach an adults with disabilities art/craft/woodworking class. This would be a great Christmas gift this year for 2013. I take pics of every class of every student working on a project and that would be perfect for their calendar. No asking parents for pictures. Thanks so much!
    Anne 🙂

  • Thank you! I used this as inspiration to make myself a couple of schedules.




  • Loved this idea! Here’s hot mine turned out:


  • I must appreciate you for the information you have shared. It is a great idea. I will try to make more beautiful calendars.

  • At least there is enougth room to write in the boxes. Some homemade calenders don’t even have that.

  • This calendar is way cuter than ones you can pay a company to make out of your Instagrams. I shared it on my blog on my “what to do with your Instagrams” post!


    Thanks for your awesome blog!

  • Nice calender of 2012. I like your smart way to create it. I like also design and color which are all perfect match in this calender. Thanks for sharing with us.

  • I love this, such a nice idea, I have also decided I need to be far more creative in 2012!



  • Your calendar is really cute, what a fun idea! I’ve got this linked to my calendars post too today, happy new year!

  • I am not a DIY girl, but I absolutely love Instagram and am obsessed w/ calendars (lame, I know). I think I will try this for myself, and if it turns out good, I will make a few for my friends as well.


  • this is such a cute, smart, fun and unique idea!! But of course, i’m reading your blog – so i expect nothing else 🙂

    i think i’m going to make it tommorow!

    Vicky P

  • Cute! What a fun, inexpensive gift to give to somebody, and you know they will get to use it all year long!


  • Adorei a idéia do comentário e adoro demais o seu Blog. Beijos Lola.

  • Great idea. I can’t wait for the New Year. xo, rv


  • This is a great idea! Can’t wait to see all your other craft projects for 2012 🙂

    Emma xx

  • Very nice indeed. Even if I don’t understand this new istagram crazyness, the result is very nice!


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    Et au fait comment je peux faire pour modifier la petite photo en haut a droite de mon commentaire ?

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  • I love this! Especially since I used to buy my mother a calendar every year.


  • Cool project! And useful too! Everybody needs a calendar! 🙂 I think I would make one myself!



  • I love it! It’s beautiful and easy to make 🙂 have a nice day! Veronika


  • Holy crap! This is such a wonderful idea because A. I’m obsessed with instagram and B. I never see fun calendars I like. Thanks!



  • so so cute! i have been wanting to make calenders but don’t like the pre-made ones. this is so much better!

  • Aw, what a cute idea. I wonder if my mom would like 12 months of my face….. Probably 🙂

  • This is awesome! I now know what perfect belated Christmas gift to give to my roommate when I get back to college! Love this! <3

  • This is such a cute project! Plus, I have a pug that I am crazy about so I always enjoy seeing pictures of Suki 🙂
    Xo + Happy New Year!
    – Rachel

  • This is SO cute! I must do this:)

    Stephanie May*


  • I think I am going to join you this year Emma!! I need some motivation to be more creative. I love your idea! What a fun New Year’s resolution!

  • cool resolution with the 52 projects 🙂 and the calendar is a great idea; i went to buy one yesterday but the themes were kittens, lighthouses, and golf courses…..

  • That is a super cute calendar!!! Every time. You guys surprise me with your creativeness every post!

  • such a fun calendar idea. love instagram prints!! your dog is so adorable. I love pugs! happy new year!

  • great idea!

    totally making this for my work station at home

    <3 Brigitte

    Happy New Year


  • I don’t use wall calendars but I do use dayplanners! Any idea how to tweak this into more of a book format?

  • Nice idea. Simple but it still looks great 🙂


  • This is ADORABLE! Definitely doing this soon!

  • So easy and so cute! Wonderful little DIY! This would be such an amazing party favor or host gift for New Years!

    Love & lollies… Jessa

    Confessions of the Cupcake Countessa

  • Really nice and easy! thanx for the idea Emma, keep it like that i really enjoy yoyr diys, they are so creative!

    (Pls check my new blog: inwhirlofinspiration.blogspot.com)

  • So simple but such a good idea. I’m going to make one for my dad but with old Hollywood actresses he loved. Thanks!

  • Oh my gosh! This is my new favorite idea. Must try. So cute 🙂


  • Cute idea! I am bookmarking so many awesome ideas that I want to try this year 🙂

  • Oh what a great idea! My mom would love one with pictures of my cat Eddie. But first I have to find 12 photos of him … Haha just kidding … I only have a gazillion already!

    Loulou Downtown

  • very cute calendar idea, and you have some beautiful dog pictures.

  • Darling! With photos of your sweet pup no less! Great idea, especially for a fun New Year’s gift.

  • Love this so much! I’m totally going to make my own calendar now. :]

  • What a wonderful idea! I need to get cracking on it to do it before the new year!


  • How do you print your Instagram photos? Just a regular photo printer or somewhere online? This is such a cute idea!

  • Really cute and nice to assemble it yourself still so you get the hand touch in this digital world. I am so impressed with how often this site gets updated. It’s the best… new ideas and pretty pictures multiple times a day!

  • This is a really neat idea! I don’t have a calender for 2012 yet so I might make one! 🙂

  • This is so cute! 🙂 I love personalized calendars they make me so happy to plan things in!

  • Thanks for sharing 🙂 This is super cute! I’d love to have one of me + the hubby in my office.

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