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Upcycle Idea For Colorful Fabric Calendars

Upcycle Idea For A Colorful Fabric Calendar Petticoat Junktion

Hey guys! Have you missed me? I’ve been out of town. Also I plan to post a little less….maybe 3 days a week…..at least for a while.

Thrift Store Decor Team

On to the topic of the day, Thrift Store Decor.

vintage fabric calendar

Upcycle Idea For Colorful Fabric Calendars

I found the vintage 1980 calendar in my stash of fabrics. I don’t remember how much I paid for it but probably $1-$2. Don’t you just love the bright colors. That’s why I bought it. All my favs in one place.

antique oval wood frame

The oval frame was $5. It was a little sad looking but wait till you see what I did with it. No paint.

Sharpie for repairing scarred wood frames

I used a black Sharpie to cover all the scratches and I went over the black Sharpie marks with a rag to blend. Work in progress…..see the difference between the right and left sides pf the frame?

Howards Paste Wax for reviving wood finishes

Next I applied a coat of Howard’s Paste Wax in Golden Oak to the frame.

Frogtape to secure fabric to frame

I cut a piece of heavy corrugated boxing to fit the frame opening and wrapped the calendar around it, placing the calendar off center for the perfectly imperfect look. The cardboard fit tight into the frame. I taped the cut fabric edges to the cardboard using FrogTape. The most difficult part of the project was cutting up that beautiful calendar.

Upcycle Idea For Colorful Fabric Calendars Petticoat Junktion

The framed calendar is hanging on the front of my china cabinet. See all the beautiful red melamine cups in the cabinet? I love red.

Reclaimed vintage fabric calendar framed upcyle Petticoat JUnktion

The colors of the calendar are soooo vibrant.

Idea For Colorful Fabric Calendars

The framed calendar makes me smile. Patting myself on the back. Having a piece of chocolate…you know the drill.

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Supplies used in this project:

Howard’s Wax
Black Sharpie

That’s it for me. Time to take the thrift store decor tour. Just click the pink links below…

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Kitchen Shelf to Coat Rack from Domestically Speaking

Magnetic Chalkboard Makeover from My Repurposed Life

DIY Shell Covered Pot from My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Reloved Mirrors from Bliss Ranch

Upcycle Fabric Calendar Petticoat Junktion


Kathy Owen founder of Petticoat Junktion
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Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com

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  1. Kathy,
    Never again will I pass by things like this. I absolutely LOVE this. The colors are just perfect !

  2. I’ve actually never seen calendar fabric, but I love this project! It would be so cool to find some and give it a gift with someone’s birth year!

  3. Oh, I just LOVE a good vintage oval frame- and this one is really spectacular. And those tea towel just pops against the wood. So glad you linked up to Talk of the Town!

  4. This definitely brings back memories. I think that is why so many of us love finding these items at thrift stores. What you did with this is beautiful!

  5. I remember those old calendars! I like what you did with the frame, and that the calendar is off center.

    great job Kathy!

    ps it was fun hanging out with you in Atlanta!

  6. This is a great way to display an old calendar. I have a few of these that I love but couldn’t figure out how to display. Cutting the calendar to display just a part of it is a great idea.

  7. Great idea! I have several calendar towels from one of my many aunts. She was the one on my Daddy’s side that taught my daughter & niece cheers. She was one of a kind. I miss her but wondered how to use the towels. They are faded now after much use. I don’t want to cut them, but you have given me an idea how to use them. Thanks for sharing. Maybe I can keep up with 3 times a week postings.

  8. That brings back memories. My mom always had those hanging fabric calendars, and when I was a little girl I sent them to my gramma out of state. Wonder if I have some tucked away somewhere because now I know what to do with them.