Sometimes we get so used to the things in our house, that we don’t really see them anymore. For example, I bought a calendar with beautiful watercolor artwork, but I’ve looked at it so many times this year, I rarely ever notice the illustrations anymore – I’m just looking at the date boxes.
But for whatever reason, today was different, and I really looked at it. Suddenly I was in love with my pretty dollar store calendar again, and was annoyed with myself that I hadn’t appreciated those 12 beautiful images more. Soon it will be an expired calendar, so I’ll need to replace it.
Poor, unappreciated watercolor calendar!
You many not have a pretty dollar store watercolor artwork calendar like mine, but I’ll bet you bought a calendar with images you love too, so if you have less than 10 minutes, you can turn yours into easy wall art too, and you can make it now, since 10 of the months are already expired pages. 🙂
To get started, you’ll need 4 paint stir sticks, a glue gun, wood stain or paint, and some ribbon.
The paint stir sticks usually have a store logo on one side, but the backs are usually blank wood. Give them a quick coat of wood stain, or paint them a color that compliments the artwork.
I wanted mine to look kinda rustic, so I used wood stain.
My calendar pages were exactly the right size for the stir sticks, so I didn’t even need to trim them, but if your calendar is wider or taller than the stir sticks, just trim the page.
Use hot glue to attach a stir stick to the top and bottom of the page.
Hot glue the remaining stir sticks on the sides of he page, overlapping the top and bottom sticks.
Glue ribbon or twill tape on the back for a hanger. I bought a huge 100 yard roll of natural cotton twill tape last year, and it’ll last me a long time! I use it when I put together book bundles, and for a canvas art piece for my laundry room. I’ve even used it on a child’s rocking chair makeover.
Pretty watercolor calendar…do you forgive me now?
I’ve always wished I was a watercolor artist (or any kind of artist, for that matter!), but since I’m not, this watercolor artwork makes me happy!
I think I’ll go shop for next year’s dollar store calendar now! 🙂