How to Make a Perpetual Calendar

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Make yourself a perpetual calendar, and you'll never have to buy a calendar again. This perpetual calendar is made with magnetic pieces you rearrange each month. It's best used on the refrigerator or another large metal surface, but you can use a cookie sheet and hang it on the wall. This can be a fun project to do with your kids or simply for your own enjoyment.

Perpetual calendars make a great gift. Surprise someone with their own custom calendar. 


  • Printer
  • Printer paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • A piece of scrapbook paper (14"x14" or larger)
  • Magnets: Save all of the business card magnets that come in your junk mail, and reuse them in projects like this
  • Optional: Laminator or clear shelf liner to laminate the pieces


  1. Print a copy of the perpetual calendar. If you want to make your own parts, you will want to design a header with each month's name. You may also want to make a row listing the days of the week. Then design the days, from 1 to 31. Our design uses round day numbers, but you can make them square. You can make the numbers small or large. Smaller numbers would allow more space on the calendar to write short notes with an erasable marker each month.
  2. Cut out all of the pieces. If you have a two-inch hole punch, you can use that to cut out the numbers.
  3. Laminate the pieces to make them more durable. If you don't have a laminator, clear shelf liner will work too.
  4. Then, attach a magnet to the back of each piece.
  5. Now, laminate your sheet of scrapbook paper. This will serve as your calendar page. You could draw grid lines on it if you prefer. Be sure to allow for five weeks in a month.
  6. Place the laminated scrapbook page on your fridge and arrange all of the magnetic calendar pieces on top of it. Reset the calendar at the beginning of each month.
  1. Want to hang your perpetual calendar on the wall? Just affix your scrapbook paper to a cookie sheet and use that as the base to your calendar.

Using Your Calendar

At the beginning of each month, change the name of the month and rearrange the day numbers on the calendar. You could make this a family or personal ritual to start each month. It can be a chance to set goals, celebrate achievements, and plan upcoming events. Rearranging the pieces will be a good time to be sure you aren't going to miss any birthdays or anniversaries. You can write notes on the laminated surfaces with erasable markers throughout the month, then wipe them clean for the new month.

Besides numbers for the days of the month, you might make decorative circles or squares or cut photos and add magnets to them. For birthdays, holidays, etc. you can make special markers for your perpetual calendar in this way.

Once you have had fun making your own perpetual calendar, you can make them as gifts to give family and friends.