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Calendars today are not just a wall decoration that tells dates and holidays. Some calendar printing companies have created a huge make-over of the regular calendars we always see. It now comes in different varieties in terms of size, from pocket calendars, table calendars to giant calendars the can almost cover a wall. They also come in variety of uses. Some serves as photo albums, as product catalogs, as notebooks, sketchpads and even as a mirror stand.

DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape

You'd be surprised at how many things you can do, and how many tutorials out there are obsessed, with washi tape. The versatile paper tape with adorable designs makes great wall decor, paper crafts or can even spruce up your furniture.

DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers

This tiny tool is great for small projects. "This is not only your go­-to tool for opening and closing jump rings, bending wire, and securing crimp beads and ribbon ends, but pliers are also great for cutting through jewelry chain and wire," said Morin.

The common denominator for those changes is to create something unique out of a regular calendar. With just some knowledge and a dose of creativity and imagination, anyone of us can make one for ourselves.

DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife

If you love stationary crafts, jewelry crafts or any delicate work -- you'll need a proper cutting tool. Not all scissors can do the job. "Remember first using scissors and cutting along the dotted lines in grade school?" Morin asked. "Hopefully, you’re attempting more challenging crafts as an adults."

DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint

Acrylic paints are also great for any DIY starter kit. However, if you're looking for a perfect, seamless finish on your furniture, art and home decor -- make some space to spray. It doesn't hurt to keep some cans in your favorite colors (as long as you store them properly).

One unique design idea is to create a calendar out of old newspapers and magazines. How do we do that? Here are the easy and simple steps to follow:

  1. Prepare all the materials: paper stocks, colored papers, glue, pair of scissors, old and colorful newspapers and magazines, computer unit with image scanner.
  2. Browse your old magazines and newspapers, cut out letters and numbers of different colors and designs. Make sure to collect enough letters and numbers to complete the 12 months and dates of the year in the calendar you are making.
  3. Start assembling the name of the month (January through December), the name of the days (Sundays through Saturdays) and number dates (1 through 31). Remember that you must have 12 set of names for the name of week days same as with the number dates except for 31's for those months with 30 days only.
  4. Use paper stocks to plot each month and utilize colored papers to add up extra decorations such as boxed lines, special highlights and colored backgrounds.
  5. When you finished all the 12 months, you are now ready to scan them using your scanner and computer.
  6. After scanning, you may edit the image files by enhancing its colors and appearance.
  7. You are now ready to print the image files. You can use a home printer for this step but if you want to retain the high quality of the images, better to let a local printing company handle all the calendar printing.

DIY Craft Essential #5: Painter's tape

Painter's tape is "perfect for for attempting the c​olor block trend," said Morin. Plus, you'll need something to keep your projects neat and tidy, no matter what type of paints you use.

DIY Craft Essential #6: Hot glue gun

There are some tools that are too functional not to have. "This is one DIY workhorse tool you shouldn't do without," said Morin. Hot melt glue works on a variety of materials.
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