Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Coaster/Beer Mat Desk Calendar - Most Wanted Christmas DIY Challenge

Aggghhhh this drove me nuts to make!
Coaster beer Mat Calendar
I've entered this is the Most Wanted Christmas DIY Challenge http://www.vouchercodes.co.uk/
I’ve seen these calendars on lots of blogs that I thought I would have a go, but I just looked at pictures of the finished products, not the instructions …. as a result  I sort of made it up as I went along with just a basic idea of construction in my head!
Coaster Calender Beet mats
My mistake was using and covering beer mats ….. they proved to be far too heavy, especially when embellished.  In the end I made about 8 stands before I could got the measurements right so that the thing would stand up!  (The sides measure 11cm x 11cm and the base 11cm x 5cm, and I also added a couple of strips of black card to the base to strengthen it)
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I covered each mat with DCWV self adhesive papers and then embellished with various punched flowers and butterflies etc.
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Picture 090  Coaster calendar 1
The calendar pages are from an Anita’s calendar tab that I took apart and backed on silver card.
Coaster calendar 2
The whole thing is kept together using two 1in book rings.Coaster beer mat Calendar 2
Now I have been through the agony of making the first one, any more I make should be a breeze!Desk Coaster Calendar
But I will just use a strong card for the pages ….. not beer mats!


Scrappy~Sarah said...

looks fab, well done for persevering

Jules said...

Fantastic! Might make a few of these as Christmas presents :D

misteejay said...

Fab gift idea, Helen.

Toni :o)

flourgirl said...

WOW!! Thats just so pretty and so much detail.

I wonder if you should try to make the stand with the beer mats inside the card stand to give it strength and make the pages with strong card. Just a suggestion :)


Butterfly-Meadow said...

oooh I love this!!! Have added it to my list of things to have a go at myself!! well done for sticking with it!! x

vixen said...

Gorgous calendar, love the colours and embellishments. didnt know you could get self adhesive papers lol, Now Ive seen your calendar I want to have a go hehehe:)

The Secret Corridor said...

I would love to include this in this year's advent calendar if you don't mind? http:\\www.freeadventcalendar.blogspot.com. It's fab!