Perpetual Bottle Cap Calendar

We've done exactly two things to prepare for 2012:  read a New Year's Eve book and made a calendar.

First, the book.  The Night Before New Year's is a fun version of the classic poem centered around New Year's Eve.  The kids beg to stay up until midnight, the family goes shopping for party supplies, they decorate, have a feast, make a toast, watch the ball drop, and they practice for midnight.  And then the unthinkable happens...they fall asleep and miss the whole thing!  The new resolution is to stay up for next year!

I've been thinking about a way to use those print index thingies you get when you order pictures.  You know, all those little mini pictures?  I don't know why, but I like them.  So I decided to incorporate them into a perpetual bottle cap calendar.  My kids aren't quite big enough to help yet, but they loved the finished product.  Here's how you can make your own (if you want one, that is):

You'll need:
*picture indexes
*bottle caps (at least 31)
*scrapbook paper
*adhesive magnet tape (I got mine at the dollar spot in the grocery store, of all places)
* paper adhesive, I used those little square scapbooking stickers


Start by cutting out your pictures.  Mine weren't big enough to fill the bottle cap so I backed it with a circle of scrapbook paper.  Then I numbered them 1 - 31. 
I stuck them in the bottle cap and then added some magnets to the back.

I did some special occasion ones too:
I made my own calendar but you can print off blank ones online too.  The plan is to reuse the bottle caps each month and just switch out the paper.  We keep the extras (the holiday and birthday ones as well as the 31 if we don't need it for the month) in a tin on top of the fridge.
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40 comments:

  1. Hi Lorie, I'm a new follower! This calendar is such a fabulous idea!! I plan to forward this post to a few friends with younger children :)

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  2. This calendar is such a cool idea! I would love for you to share it at my "Best of 2011" link party, along with any other posts you are most proud of from this year, at www.petalstopicots.com
    ~Kara :)

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  3. I love the idea of a homemade personalized calendar!

    Stopping by from TGIF!

    Brittney
    www.moms-heart.blogspot.com

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  4. What a cute and special calendar!
    Little Wonders' Days

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  5. O my this is super cute! I need to start saving bottle cops! It worked out perfectly that the pictures were too small because then you could put the dates up!

    New follower here! :)

    Brie @ BreezyPinkDaisies

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  6. They are awesome.
    Happy new year.
    Please visit my blog and follow each other.

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  7. Cool beans!!! What a nifty idea :) stopping by from TGIF

    ~MiaB
    www.mamamiasheart2heart.com

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  8. You are so clever! I was just dropping by to wish you a Happy New Year and thank you for visiting my place and your special comments. I look forward to engaging more with you in 2012. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

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  9. Those little pictures are the best! What a fun (and inexpensive) personalized calendar.

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  10. Hi girlie.. This IS SO wonderful,I LOVE It. SO creative.. I wanted to stop in and say THANKS for being a great bloggy bff this year. Wishing you the HAPPIEST of NEW Year's.. Cheers to more creativity, fun and success.. HAPPY NEW YEAR.. BIG HUGS.. xoxo.. Marilyn..

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  11. You're so creative! This looks so fun, cute, and functional. Would love love love for you to share this at my Best of 2011 party going on now http://space46.blogspot.com. Happy new year! My

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  12. Such an awesome idea! Thanks for sharing! I am your newest follower and I think your blog is cute. I would appreciate it if you came to my blog and followed me too! http://milliemorganmedia.blogspot.com

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  13. This is such a cute idea! What fun to see themselves on the caps.

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  14. love this!!

    coming from T.G.I.F party

    Natasha xx

    www.serenityyou.blogspot.com

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  15. What a wonderful calendar. I can't wait to make one for my fridge. I am also thinking I can adapt this to make a Birthday chart for the kiddos in my Pre-k class.I know they would enjoy gluing the picture and paper inside and then finding their month. Wow the possibilities!

    Christine
    www.thecrazypre-kclassroom.blogspot.com
    christine_odonnell@earthlink.net

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  16. I LOVE what you're doing! I work for cool2craft.com and the coolest part of my job is featuring other folk's work! I'd love to feature your work and purpose on our website! Check out my page: http://www.cool2craft.com/creative-play-muse/ - And my email is candace@cool2craft.com

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  17. Hi! Thank you for joining in the Best of 2011 Blog Hop. I love up-cycled crafts and this is such a great idea. Look forward to reading more in 2012 :)

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  18. Such a cute idea. I love it!! I am your newest follower. I found you at Bedazzle Me Monday.
    Jill
    twoyellowbirdsdecor.blogspot.com
    Would love if you stopped by and said Hi:)

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  19. That is such a good idea. New follower...just found you from the linky party!

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  20. Adorable!!Would love for you to link up to our "Uncommonly Yours" link party! :)

    www.uncommondesignsonline.com

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  21. So cute!!! I love that you can use it again and again!

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  22. How fun!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

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  23. This is super cute!! What a clever idea!!!! Thanks for linking up to TGIF. Happy New Year,
    Beth =-)

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  24. Love it! Although, it looks like it was pretty time consuming. Would love for you to share this over at my party!

    http://threemangoseeds.blogspot.com/2012/01/do-it-ya-self-monday-link-up-par-tay.html

    Hope to see you there!
    xoxo,
    Clydia
    threemangoseeds.blogspot.com

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  25. Cute post! I'm having a Linky party too! I would love it if you would link up your favorite posts. Here is the link http://www.thesouthernproductqueen.com/one-stop-shoppe-linky-party

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  26. LOVE THIS!! I have SO MANY bottle caps, this is a great idea to utilize them!

    found you at The Crafty Nest!

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  27. Really really cute! So creative!

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  28. Fabulous idea- very original and so useful- well done!
    Lou

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  29. Thank you so much for joining my linky party! This post rocks!

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  30. Very cute, I too have a million of those index prints and have thought "someday I will use these".

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  31. I wanted to let you know I featured this at TGIF Linky Party #11 - http://livinglifeintentionally.blogspot.com/2012/01/tgif-linky-party-11.html - thanks for sharing your super cool project with us! As this is your second feature, email me at livinglifeintentionallyblog@gmail.com and I will give you the code for the special featured more than once button =-) And don't forget to stop on over & link up this week.
    Beth =-)

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  32. This is fabulous! Would you please share this with our readers for Fun Stuff Fridays? http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2012/01/fun-stuff-fridays-5.html

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  33. This is a really cute idea! My husband loves to save bottle caps so I've been looking for some new ways to use them lately. This is definitely on the possible list now. I love how you can personalize it for birthdays and whatnot. Thanks for all of the great photos!

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  34. I just wanted to let you know I featured your project today on "You Sew Rock Me Fridays" on my blog Sew Rockin'. You can view the post here: http://wp.me/p1VAkT-mG.

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  35. I saw this on Sun Scholars. It's so cute! What a fun idea! My kids would absolutely love making one of these! Thanks!

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  36. Hey its really small and cutie collection. You can also collect some more trendy from Bottle Caps.

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