Perpetual Calendar

Lesson #10077

Create a reusable monthly calendar with Block Letters, Numbers and Month Words.

Grade Level:

Create a handy calendar that can be used for many years. Laminate and attach hook and loop fasteners to change out the month and date markers. Allow student helpers to mind the monthly calendar and use it to help them manage time. Personalize the calendar to meet any organizational or curriculum need.

Change out the dates and months on a cute, practical monthly calendar.

12078-SM-Ellison SureCut Die - Apple - Small 12078-LG-Ellison SureCut Die - Apple - Large 16292-2IN-Ellison SureCut Die Set - Block Alphabet, Number Set - 2 Inch 16292-1.25IN-Ellison SureCut Die Set - Block Alphabet, Number Set - 1 1/4 Inch 26237-DC-Ellison SureCut Die - Word, Month-September - Double Cut

Note: Use a 2 Inch or larger Block Alphabet, Number Set when creating a larger Calendar.

Supplies Used: Cardstock, Glue, Hook and Loop Fabric, Scissors

Note:Calendar Sheets to be used with 1 1/4 Inch Number Set only.

The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.

  1. Adhere an Ellison Calendar Sheet to a slightly larger piece of blue cardstock (see Main Photo).
  2. Cut 32 2 1/2" squares using various colored papers.
  3. Die-cut numbers 1 through 31 using the Block Number 1 1/4" Set from black paper. Adhere the numbers to the squares. Alternately, computer generate or write the numbers on the squares.
  4. Attach a fabric hook to the center back of each numbered square.
  5. Attach a fabric loop to the center of each day on the Calendar. This will allow the days of the month to be changed.
  6. Attach the squares to the Calendar according to the days of each month (see Main Photo).
  7. Cut a 3 1/4" x 11 1/4" piece of yellow paper. Mat the yellow paper to a slightly larger piece of pink paper.
  8. Die-cut DC Word, Month - September using turquoise paper. Adhere the Word to the yellow paper.
  9. Attach a fabric hook to both ends of the month. Attach two fabric loop to the top of the calendar poster, aligning them with the fabric hooks on the back of the month sign. This will allow the month signs to be changed.
  10. Die-cut two SM Apples and one LG Apple using green and brown paper. Leave the brown Apples whole. Cut the stem and leaf off the green Apples and adhere the green Apples to the brown Apples (see Main Photo).
  11. Attach a fabric hook to the back of each Apple. Attach fabric loops to the top of the Calendar poster and align the Apples to the top of the poster (see Main Photo).
  12. The Calendar may be used for every month by changing the month sign and the days. Special occasions, birthdays and holidays may also be included.


  • Fabric hooks-and-loop fasteners (Velcro) are used in this project. The hook is the fabric covered with tiny hooks and the loop is the fabric covered with smaller, fibrous loops. The two sides are pressed together to hold the pieces together.
  • Use a Block Number 2" Set or larger to create a larger Calendar for the classroom. Modify the Calendar grid and monthly header accordingly.

Fine Arts: Visual Arts

Standard 3: Choosing and Evaluating a Range of Subject Matter, Symbols and Ideas

  • K-4 - Students select and use subject matter, symbols and ideas to communicate meaning.

Standard 5: Reflecting Upon and Assessing the Characteristics and Merits of Their Work and the Work of Others

  • K-4 - Students understand that there are various purposes for creating works of visual art.

Source: National Standards for Arts Education

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