How to Create a Block Calendar

Things You'll Need

  • Wood scraps, 1/2-inch thickness
  • Saw
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Wood glue
  • 1-inch brad nails
  • Hammer
  • 120 grit sand paper
  • Scissors or paper cutter
  • Decorative paper
  • Paintbrush
  • White glue
  • Permanent marker

Why waste your money on a new calendar every year when you can make one that will last forever? Using materials you probably have around the house, you can complete this project without spending a dime. A perpetual calendar made of wood blocks can be decorated using your own style or to match the decor already in your home.

Building the Stand

Use a saw to cut the wood scraps into the following sizes to prepare for the stand: one piece for the back that measures 4-1/8 inches high by 3-3/8 inches wide and one piece for the bottom that measures 4-1/8 inches high by 2-1/8 inches wide. Cut two additional pieces measuring 2-3/4 inches high by 3-3/8 inches wide to use for the sides.

Place a thin line of wood glue along the back of the bottom piece of wood and press it in the center of the bottom front of the back piece. Use a hammer to insert three brad nails along the bottom edge of the back piece to hold the two pieces of wood together.

Place a thin line of wood glue along one side of the back and bottom pieces. Position the side piece onto the glue and hammer in three brad nails, placing one on each end and one on the corner. Repeat with the second side. Allow the stand to dry.

Cut two cubes from the remaining wood that each measure 2 inches square. These will be the day blocks. Cut three blocks that measure 4 inches by 3/4 inches to use for the months. Sand all blocks using 120 grit sand paper to ensure smoothness.

Finishing the Block Calendar

Use scissors or a paper cutter to cut decorative paper to match the measurements of the wood pieces.

Dip a paintbrush into white glue and then paint a block with the glue. Cover the block with decorative paper and repeat for the remaining blocks. Allow the pieces to dry.

Paint each side of the stand with white glue and cover with decorative paper.

Use a permanent marker to write the months in order on the rectangle blocks. Write one month on each of the block's four long sides. January, February, March and April should be on the first block, May, June, July and August on the second block and September, October, November and December on the third block.

Write numbers for dates on the square blocks, with each number on its own side of the block. Number as follows: 0, 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 on block one and 0, 1, 2, 4, 7 and 8 on block two. Flip the number six over to use as nine when needed.


  • You can use number and month stickers on the blocks instead of writing with a permanent marker.


About the Author

V. L. Hamlin is a freelance writer residing in upstate New York. She graduated from the State University of New York at Delhi in 2000 with a liberal arts degree and concentrated studies in literature and psychology. She has been writing online since 2006 and is currently a freelance writer for Associated Content and Demand Media.