Edibles with Ease: When to Get Growing from Seeds or from Starts? Read more »
In my side yard which is mostly shade, I have tried a variety of perennials that thrive in a woodland setting. Read more »
Make your garden even more welcoming to birds and butterflies: turn it into a certified wildlife habitat. Read more »
The StaySharp™ Max Reel Mower combines patent-pending technology with superior ergonomics to deliver best-in-class cutting perf... Read more »
Keep your lawn and your shoes clean and free of clippings by adding our innovative, sturdy Grass Catcher to your StaySharp™ Ree... Read more »
The Salsa Rain Barrel System makes it easy to collect up to 58 gallons of water for your garden and lawn. Our rain barrel is ma... Read more »
Make the most of National Craft Month by preparing some craft kits for your children - let them explore color, texture and dif... Read more »
This is the second how-to in a series focused on getting the most out of your basic paper punches. Read more »
Spring brings in the most wonderful colors and here is a fun way to add a touch of color to your gifts! Read more »
Our ProCision™ Rotary Bypass Trimmer features a unique dual-rail system that stabilizes the rotary blade, eliminating wiggle fo... Read more »
Perfect for a wide range of crafting and mixed media tasks, our Amplify® Mixed Media Shears sense blade separation and force th... Read more »
Available online and at your local retailer May 2014 Add distinctive style to craft projects of all kinds with... Read more »
My idea is to show everyone that they can make something cute and fashionable without spending a lot of money. Read more »
Embellishing a plain shirt using a reverse appliqué technique is easy - and your kids will love their personalized outfit! Read more »
This year, it seems like spring is way overdue at our house. Read more »
Perfect for tight, precise cuts, our Amplify® RazorEdge™ Fabric Shears sense blade separation and force the blades back togethe... Read more »
Perfect for a wide range of sewing and quilting tasks, our Amplify® RazorEdge™ Fabric Shears sense blade separation and force t... Read more »
Perfect for users with larger hands or anyone who needs to make long cuts through multiple layers, our Amplify® RazorEdge™ Fabr... Read more »
I always look forward to school being out for the summer (more so than my children, probably!) and the change of pace means we... Read more »
This fun project is a great way to send a little love note to your child. These lunchbox notes can be slipped into a backpack... Read more »
Here is a fun craft for St. Patrick’s Day that is not only adorable, it makes kids stop and think about how lucky they are. Read more »
Children love our Blunt-tip Kids Scissors for the handle that’s shiny, bright and smooth, not “sticky” or “bumpy.” Teachers and... Read more »
Our Big Kids Scissors take the basic design of our teacher-recommended Kids Scissors and enlarge them for kids that are a littl... Read more »
Our Student Scissors are larger than our Kids Scissors but smaller than adult scissors, perfect for those older children who ar... Read more »
Introduced to the world as a quality fabric scissors, the Original Orange-Handled Scissors redefined the standard for cutting p... Read more »
The first time you try our PowerGear® Super Pruner/Lopper, you’ll be amazed — but it’s not magic, it’s gears. Our patented gear... Read more »
Our Comfort Loop Rotary Cutter with a 45 mm blade makes cutting a wide variety of quilting materials comfortable and easy. A cu... Read more »
The world is full of different kinds of crafters — what kind are you? Take our quiz to find out and be entered to win a prize pack of craft tools, valued at over $400!
Pin an inspiring DIY project that could transform your craft room, and you could win a prize pack of fabulous Fiskars tools, valued at over $400!
Fun and easy ways to bring a touch of spring to your gifts and home.
As a way to help my own children have a better visual of how their time will be spent each month, I’ve created a fun, interactive, magnetic perpetual calendar that not only includes numbers, but also photos instead of words for upcoming holidays, birthdays, appointments, and sports practices. It’s really quite simple to put together and something that can involve the whole family in the process.
The overall calendar dimensions you’ll end up with using the measurements given in these instructions is 14” wide x 11 ½” tall.
You’ll need a box of self-adhesive magnetic business cards. The magnets measure 2” x 3 ½”. Use your bypass trimmer to cut your magnets down to 2” x 2”, and keep the leftover pieces for a later step. (Note: I bought a box of 100 and used approximately 70 magnets, but you could get by with a box of 50 if you don’t use the month at a glance squares and turn less photos into magnets.)
If you’ll be using photos as memory triggers for important dates like the holidays, birthdays, medical appointments, sports practices, etc, you’ll need to select photos, crop them to 2” square and print them out. I found it easiest to open a new 8” x 10” canvas at 300dpi in my photo editing program, cropped and resized photos and arranged 20 of them on the canvas so I could print them all together on one sheet.
Once printed, they were quickly cut into individual squares using my paper trimmer, and then applied to magnet. If you were slightly off on your measurement, you can easily cut or slice through the overhang, whether it is the photo paper or the magnet material, using your detail knife or a pair of scissors.
Then, gather a handful of coordinating patterned papers and/or cardstocks and trim them to 2” square. This is a great way to use up some scraps you have leftover from other projects. Lay 31 squares out on your work surface, placing them in rows of 7 across. Start adding number stickers or chipboard numbers to the squares #1 – 31.
SRM Stickers has Month-At-A-Glance stickers that measure exactly 2” square with the black border removed. I always find the quick glance at the whole month super helpful and it’s a great way for kids to have a visual to count the days ahead to an upcoming event they are looking forward to, as well. You just need to apply these clear stickers to whatever patterned paper or cardstock you prefer and then stick it to a 2” magnet square.
Next, cut 7 pieces of cardstock to 2” x 1 ½” and use a block from the stamp block set along with your Bold Alphabet Stamp Set to stamp the days of the week using a bold dark colored ink. Then, apply them to the leftover pieces of magnet you cut down earlier. Trim up any slight measurement differences.
Lastly, build your January calendar on a magnetic dry-erase board, or even on the refrigerator. If you notice, the beginning and end of the month have space before the month starts and ends. If you want a perfect rectangle, you may choose to create some blank patterned paper or cardstock squares to fill in these spaces. As each month changes, you can teach your child how to look at the Month-At-A-Glance calendar to reconstruct the new month by simply shifting the magnets.
Extra photos can remain on the magnetic board or refrigerator off to the side, or placed in a bag and taped to the back of the board. You can also use the remaining leftover magnetic rectangles to stamp the letters to spell out the month headings.
If you’ll be using this as more of a ‘play toy’ than a calendar that goes untouched through the month, or if you’re placing it in a high-traffic area, I recommend sealing each piece with Mod Podge to protect the pieces from fingerprints.
A special thank you to Bazzill Basics Paper and SRM Stickers for providing materials for use in this project.
Self-Adhesive Magnetic Business Cards (Staples)
Patterned Paper (Bazzill)
2013 Month-At-A Glance Calendar Stickers (SRM Stickers)
Number Stickers (various)
Chipboard Numbers (various)
Magnetic Dry Erase Board
Mod Podge (optional)