Tuesday 3 January 2017

Easel Desktop Calendar

Hello Everyone!

I’m glad to be guest designing at Craftsneed today! Thank you Bhavani Balaji for this lovely opportunity J

It is the start of a new year and I bring to you a tutorial to make your own beautiful desktop calendar!
Sit back and enjoy this picture heavy post!

Step 1:

Take 4 pieces of cardstock measuring 4 inches x 4 inches

Step 2:

Score at 1 inch on all the 4 sides, for all the 4 pieces. These make the drawers.

Step 3:

Cut small pieces out of the flaps so that they fold properly to make a box.

Step 4:

Glue the corners and let them dry. Finish all the 4 boxes in the same way.

Step 5:

Now for the boxes to hold the drawers, take 4 pieces of cardstock measuring 2 1/8  inches x 7 ¼ inches. Score them 1 inch, 3 1/8 inches, 4 1/8 inches and 6 ¼ inches as shown in the pic.

Step 6:

Fold them so that the first and last flap overlap and glue the flaps together to make a box. Finish 4 boxes similarly. These boxes resemble the outer cover of a matchbox.

Step 7:

Take 4 squares of patterned paper measuring 1 ¾ inches. I’ve used the Exquisite Blossoms paper pack from Nakshathra Designz. They have beautiful floral designs perfect for any occasion!

Step 8:

Stick them to the inside of the 4 drawers.

Step 9:

Take 2 squares of cardstock measuring 4 ¾ inches.

Step 10:

Insert the 4 drawers into the 4 boxes. Take one of the 4 ¾ inches square and place the boxes in the center and glue them together. To hold the boxes together, I’ve used cellotape.

Step 11:

This is how the drawers open up.

Step 12:

Take another cardstock measuring 4 ¾ inches x 9 ½ inches. Score it at the middle 4 ¾ inches and 2 3/8 inches. This forms the easel.

Step 13:

Take patterned paper square of size 4 ½ inches and attach it to the inner side of the easel as shown.

Step 14:

Fold along the score lines as shown to get this shape, for the easel

Step 15:

Glue this easel onto the drawers base.

Step 16:

Take the other 4 ¾ inches square and glue on the lower half of the easel (marked with white stripes). Sorry missed taking this pic!

Step 17:

Now I switched back to the drawers and boxes and covered them with patterned papers. I’ve also added brads for the 4 boxes to act as knobs for the drawers.

Step 18:

For the calendar, I took a free printable from the internet and printed on white cardstock. I’ve then cut the months separately and distressed using Seedless Preserves.

Step 19:

Spray a fine mist of water on the distressed sheets to get a wonderful effect.

Step 20:

I then made a holder for the monthly sheets. Folded a small sheet of paper to make the photo corners, and embellished with flowers. This makes the calendar reusable for many years and can also be substituted for photos.

Step 21:

For the stopper of the easel, I took a cardstock measuring 3 inches x 1 ¾ inches. A patterned paper piece slightly smaller than the base and used a corner rounder for all the 4 corners.

Step 22:

Embellish as per your choice J I’ve stamped a sentiment from Mudra Humming Birds stampset using Versamark and heat embossed in black. I also attached a mini flower brad next to the sentiment. Attach this panel using foam tape so that It makes the stopper for the easel. I’ve embellished with a big flower along with some diecut leaves and a butterfly. I gave one round of pearls to the top panel to add more interest. Fill up the drawers with your favourite mini goodies J I’ve used 2 of the drawers to store the monthly sheets so that I can change them easily.
Here is my finished pic!

Here is a little video :)

Hope you like my creation! This calendar adorns my office desk now J

Happy crafting J


  1. Thanks again for this opportunity :)


    1. Thanks a lot for all those kind words and encouragement :)

  3. Wow.. Such a awesome tutorial.. Love every details ka

  4. Awesome creation karthikha....loved it...thanks for sharing the Tut...

  5. Wow very useful and awesome tutorial.

  6. Lovely project...Thnks for the Tutorial

  7. Marvelous card with Nice tutorial

  8. Beautiful and neat work... Very nice Karthikha...

  9. Lovely, detailed tutorial.šŸ˜ŠšŸ‘šŸ»šŸ‘šŸ»šŸ‘ŒšŸ»

  10. Awesome creation.Love the way u have used Nakshathradesignz pattern paper.


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