Emma’s Annual Instagram Calendar

Instagram calendar DIYAs 2013 approaches (or possibly the end of the world… uh…) I realized it was time to make a new Instagram calendar for my mom. Last year I made my mom a calendar using all Instagram photos of my pug (my mom LOVES dogs). I saw her use it all year, she hung it in her art studio. I'm making it an official tradition this year, because I made her a new one for 2013.Instagram calendarThis year there were a few features that I changed. I still used all Instagram photos (printed from Postal Pix) but the photos feature my dog, Trey's dog and one surprise "dog" appearance. I also decided to try a slightly different technique for creating the calendar this year. Here's what I did:Homemade calendar instructions1. Supplies needed: pretty papers, photos, mini calendar (I bought mine at Walmart for $1 but you could also create your own and print off the pages), scissors, glue and a stapler. 2. Deconstruct the mini calendar and use it as a guide to create your calendar pages. Go ahead and place your pages together so you can clearly see where your photos and calendar pages will go. 3. Cut out your calendar (and photos if necessary) and glue to the pages. 4. Staple the inside folded edge to bind the calendar together. Optional: add glitter numbers to the cover!Emma's annual dog calendarA couple of tips: I would recommend using a glue stick for this project. Even though I tried to apply my glue evenly I still had some wrinkles in my pages after it dried. I think using a glue stick would solve this issue. I also recommend using thinner paper than the blue ones you see above for the actual pages. My calendar ended up being a little difficult to fold because all of the papers added so much bulk. If you find this to be an issue for you then try binding your calendar more like I did for last year's edition. 🙂Homemade calendarEasy, inexpensive and cute! Ring in the new year with your own homemade calendar. xo. Emma

  • I starred this one and last year’s in my Google reader. I finally made one for 2013!


  • A tape runner would also work well! Easy to apply, totally dry adhesive and photo safe. No warping and no fading for your photos!

  • Love it. thanks for this. I like cute calandars and havent seen one i like for 2013 yet.

  • SUCH a cute idea! Thanks for sharing!

    Maria xx

  • Cute Calendar!

    Will Try this!

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  • I like the result so much!
    I do calendars for grandparents every christmas with my son pictures but i order them on a web… i should try one of your calendars, they look much better

  • This is such a lovely idea. Thanks for sharing this cute craft! 🙂 love the photos and glitter 2013!

  • You can also buy wrinkle-free glue sticks- they are awesome! They’re what I use for any photo gluing purposes. 🙂

  • I love this, it certainly saves money rather than buying a shop one 🙂 Cute dogs too!


  • That looks so nice. Perfect idea and great like a present. Have a nice day.


  • This is such a great idea. I love Instagram and have been only showcasing them on stickygram. But this is another way to show them off! Thank you~

  • This would be an excellent gift for my dad, he loves getting things for his office, especially if they’re homemade. He doesn’t know Instagram but I’m sure he’ll just love the idea. Thanks for the tuturial xoxo


  • Fabulous !
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  • It’s always nice to put your heart into a gift for a loved one…Love the glittery letters!

  • I have that problem a lot when gluing things, but sometimes find that glue sticks just aren’t strong enough. My favourite solution is double-sided tape. So simple to use and works so well – whoever invented that stuff is a genius! Great present idea 🙂

  • This is a lovely idea. Actually I made a calendar 2 years ago (with my dog first year of life I don’t have istagram, so I used the normal picture I took of her!
    🙂 I love the color of the paper!

  • That is really so, so sweet! I might make my own calendar for next year!

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  • what a cute idea! i may have to do this for my brother, i have some really awesome shots of Emma, his cat!

  • This is adorable! Definitely going to try this sometime.

    xo, Clare

  • This is cute! Love the blog! You should try using PVA glue (meant for paper and book making) next time, the pages won’t wrinkle at all! Permanent double sided tape does the job just as well, too.

  • Super cute Emma! Do you think you’ll keep using Instagram when the new policies go into effect in January?
    Thanks for sharing this DIY 🙂

  • Absolutely love this idea! Although this is my first time commenting on a post, I’ve been reading A Beautiful Mess for a while. Thank you so much for such a pretty little slice of internet heaven (and a great Christmas gift idea for my new bf!)

  • Great idea! I love doing projects with paper and I have a couple of tips for next time. Like someone previously mentioned spray glue ( or glue sticks) is awesome when working projects like this. Or you can use this glue that comes in a binder form called studiotac, its less messy and still gives you great results. Another tip is to put the whole book or in your case calendar under a stack of heavy books so that way if flattens out nicely. Lastly if you’re having trouble with folding the pages use a bone scorer, it’s this white plastic stick and you use to fold and it makes life so much easier!!! They sell it at michaels. Best of luck!

  • Love this! Can be used as a personalized Christmas gift too!


  • I LOVE that you are doing this because I literally designed little calendars for my family & friends this year!

    Love it!

  • Wow, it’s a great idea! These glitter number on the cover reminds me of New Year’s Eve Party.


  • Such a cute Christmas gift! My mum loves cats, can I pull it off in the next few busy days?!
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  • This is a wonderful idea! I usually order my mother a photo calendar from Apple, but I really love the personal touch to this calendar. Thanks for sharing!


  • thanks for the tutorial! i make my mom a calendar for christmas every year, maybe i will try out a square one!


  • This is so cool! I was going to buy myself a new calendar but now that I know how to make one, I’m going to do that instead!


  • This is so sweet! cute dogs and glittery letters! I hope your mum loves it

  • hi! next time you should try spray adhesive (reallly inexpensive… like $5 a can that will last you forever)! its easy to use, you don’t need a lot, and it won’t ridge your paper like the wet glue does. instead, you get a nice even stick with no air pockets and no paper ridging. <3

  • I’d recommend using rubber cement for a project like this! It brushes on but does not warp paper. Coat picture only for removable bond, picture and the paper it’s being mounted to for a full bond. You can also rub away any glue you get around the edges with your finger. I use this stuff a lot!


  • I love this idea so much! Gonna try it with kids and grandkids for my parents. Maybe by birthday month…

  • Oh, Right! The calendar is from Walmart. I hadn’t read it before writing the previous comment, oops 🙂

  • I love it ♥ It’s simple, personal and unique. I’ve attempted to make my own calendar for many years, but I’ve never done it.

    I think I’ll make one for next year. Could you tell me where did you get the calendar itself? I mean, the months. I really like them 🙂

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