DIY Mini Desk Calendar

Hello everyone and happy Thursday! Woohoo, it’s almost the weekend! Honestly, Thursdays are one of the harder days for me because I am pretty close to the weekend, but I know I still have another day to get through. I made it through Hump Day and I am in the home stretch, but not quite there, so the day seems to drag on forever.

Also!! Happy October!! Stay in tune for a blog post on this month’s bullet journal spreads, coming on Monday!

Today I am going to try something a little different, and teach you how to make a little desl calendar. I keep this calendar on my desk at college, and it fits in perfectly.


  • Printer paper, whatever color you prefer
  • Printer (you could also just cut out paper and draw on the numbers and months if you’re feeling fancy)
  • Scissors or paper cutter
  • 8 x 8 inch shadow box: I got mine on clearance from Michael’s, but you can find them for really cheap on Amazon)
  • C hooks: mine came from Home Depot but you can get them on Amazon as well
  • Paints: for painting the edges of the box. Any type will do, but I used acrylic.
  • Hole puncher
  • Corner rounder (optional): I use this one
  • Tape (optional)


  • Print off your numbers and months. I did this on pink paper, but you can use any color you want. You can type the numbers/months into a Word document and format them anyway you please or you can use this printable. How generous of them to share it with us for free:)
  • Cut out each number and month. I think it is easiest if you have a paper cutter so each one can be the same size and have nice clean edges. However, if you feel confident in your scissor abilities, go for it!
  • Round the edges. I used a “corner rounder” on the numbers but not the months because I liked that look. However, feel free to round out every corner, or none of them!
  • Hole punch the numbers and months. Punch the the top middle of each number. Measure the width of the numbers and cut it in half: this is your middle point and you should put a hole there. For the months, do two hole punches. I would recommend doing each hole about an inch and a half from the edge. If you’re using the printable, it already comes with hole punch spots!
  • Paint your C hooks. You can do this however you please, or just leave them their original color.
  • Paint your shadow box. I painted the edges of mine black and the front grey.
  • Cover the back of the box. If you’re c hooks are too long, you will be able to see the screws through the back of the box. This happened to me so I taped pink construction paper to the back so you didn’t see the screws.
  • Get ready to put the hooks into the wood. Start by laying your months on the wood exactly where you want them to be. Using a pen or pencil, mark where the holes from the hole punches are. Do the same thing with your numbers. You can format it like mine, you can put the numbers above the month, or any other way you can think of.
  • Drill the hooks into the wood. You can probably just do this with your hand. I didn’t need any special tools, but you could use a real drill if the box is too hard to screw through.
  • Hang up the months, in order. If you’re like me, you start in September, and go through December. Then, when you get to the end of the year, just keep going with January.
  • Place the numbers: On the left look, hang up the numbers 0-3, starting at whatever date you’re on. So, if you do this on the 21st of the month, hang 2,3,0,1. On the right hook, hang 0-9. If you were on the 21st, you would hang 1,2,3, etc. The left side only has 0-3 because we never get into the 40s, obviously.
  • Admire your calendar! I hope you love this calendar as much as I do and put it on your desk, or give it to a friend. Don’t forget to change the date every morning! One thing I appreciate about this calendar is that it helps me stay on top of the days. I always forget what day it is, so all I have to do is look at the calendar. It also gives me a sense of accomplishment to change the day when I wake up in the morning:)

As always,

with love,


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