Get organized with a gigantic wall calendar! As you might know, huge wall calendars are not only hard to find but also really expensive. Well, here’s a way to make your own using Washi tape and its not only inexpensive but a fun eye catching focal point. Ours was used in my daughter Amy’s home office but it would be equally great as a family center. It incorporates Post-it Notes and you can use smaller ones and assign each person a different color or use large ones that fill the entire block. So many choices! We did ours in black and gold but get creative! If you’re looking for other ways to get organized check out how to Organize Office Supplies in Style and our Home Office Closet Makeover!
Wall Calendar Supplies
NOTE: We tried electrical tape for the calendar as we thought it would be perfect. It was too stretchy and would not stay up on the wall.
- Black Washi Tape
- Post-It Notes These come in a variety of sizes too!
- 40mm round gold sequins
- Sequin Pins (to hang sequins on for dates)
- Gold Letters for Week Days These are 2.5″ tall. The size you need will depend on the size of your calendar.
- Black cardstock
- Double Sided Tape
- Black Sharpie Marker
Step By Step Instructions
Wall Calendar Frame
Something To Think About: What types and sizes of Post-it notes you want to use. i.e. small sizes for each person, a large size that fills the block etc. Some might require doing some specific math to get your boxes the right size. You’re also using wider Washi Tape than the typical type.
- Pick a wall that you’ll place the calendar on.
- Decide how big you want the calendar. The only size limit is your wall.
- Measure out and lightly mark where your rectangle will be.
- Take your width number and divide by 7. Take that number and measure and mark across the top and bottom of your rectangle.
- Take your height number and divide by 5. Take that number and measure and mark down the right and left side of your rectangle.
- Cut your Washi Tape and lay it out along the all the lines you made. The main calendar is now completed.
Calendar Sequin Dates
- Write the numbers 1 through 31 on your sequin’s with the hole on the top. These are for hanging on your days.
- Lightly hammer tap in the sequin pins where you want your dates to hang out. Change them out each month!
Calendar Days of the Week
- Make half circles from black paper that fit over your day columns.
- Place your day of the week letters on each half circle and tape it over the appropriate column using double sided tape.
- As everyone generally always knows what month it is we didn’t add a month label but you certainly could.
Get organized with this fun huge wall calendar made with Washi tape, large sequins and Post-it notes! It’s great for a home offices or a family center!
The burning bowl is a fun visual way to let go of all the “stuff” that is not working for you. This could be anything from a behavior or habit you’d like to stop to an addiction or a relationship that’s not healthy for you. It can be anger or old grudges you’re carrying. Basically, any negativity that’s affecting your life in a way that’s keeping you from being who you want to be. You will literally watch anything that’s holding you back burn up in flames. It’s amazingly cathartic and empowering for children and adults alike!
You can do it as an individual or make it a family event. You can follow the visual instructions below and also download our awesome Burning Bowl Ceremony kit for 99 cents and start the New Year empowered with a fresh outlook. Make sure to grab our free “Unique New Years Resolution Ideas Kit” as it goes hand in hand with this wonderful activity. And if you like this you might also enjoy our Sage Smudging Ceremony Kit.
SAFETY: Even though its just a candle you are dealing with fire so please be safe. Don’t do it outside if there is any wind. Don’t do it on the ground. Find a safe clear surface. We don’t suggest doing it inside but if you do make sure there is good ventilation.
Burning Bowl Ceremony
- Large metal bowl, large glass bowl or large mixing bowl covered with several layers of heavy foil to protect it.
- Candle 3″x3″tall 3″x4″ tall 3″x6″ tall
- Pencils, one per person
- Burning Bowl Ceremony Kit Download below
Burning Bowl Ceremony Kit Download
Purchase the instructions in a compact 5 page kit pdf complete with handouts for only 99 cents. Great for group ceremonies! Pay via PayPal or Credit Card! NOTE: After you order you will receive an email with your download link within 10 minutes.
The simplified instructions are as follows below. If you prefer to do a more detailed ceremony with greater explanations and a nice handout you may purchase our 99 cent kit above. It comes with a detailed Leader Sheet.
Each person needs a pencil, some strips of paper and a full sheet of blank paper. They are to write the things that they feel are holding them back on each strip of paper, one per strip. These can be things such as anger, a health issue, a bad habit etc. Anything negative they would like to get rid of. After they write it down they hold the paper to the candle flame and light it on fire then drop it into the bowl and watch it burn. They continue doing this until they can think of nothing else to write about.
They then take their blank sheet of paper, or the Positive Future sheet from the kit, and write down everything they hope for the new year. Once the ashes have cooled they should be buried. If there are just a very few they can be blown to the wind!
The basic supplies you need for the ceremony are a metal or glass bowl, a candle, some paper and pencils.
If your purchased the 99 cent kit there is a page for cutting into strips. Other wise just cut any paper into about 12 strips each to hand out to each person participating.
Each person writes down one thing on each strip of paper that they would like to leave behind in the past year. Then they place the end of the strip into the candle to let it catch fire.
As soon as the paper catches fire they then drop it into the bowl and watch it burn up. They continue this until they can think of no more issues or negative things to write down. –
After they have written and burned up every thing they can think of they take a clean sheet of paper, or the Positive Future Instruction Sheet and Positive Future writing sheet. They then write down everything they wish for themselves for the New Year. That’s it!
This is our 3rd year to update this popular kit. It’s full of new ideas, new colors, a new calendar and this time we have a quote craft we’re also linking to go with it to help inspire you! Believe it or not, its time again to make those New Years Resolutions, that phrase that either inspires you or makes your stomach hurt. For some, it’s about all the possibilities that a new year can bring. For others it just another list that you have to get done. Well, we think setting resolutions should be a blast so we’re here to change your perception once and for all with our free New Years Resolutions Idea Kit which focuses on “Casual Resolutions” because who the heck needs another guilt list?
Our kit has printables to keep your goals fun and stress free! Now listen closely as this is the important part: The list you make are things you’d like to accomplish during the year, but if you don’t… no big whoop. You feel good about what you do accomplish and let the rest go because there’s always next year! Like most things in life, this is all in how you view it. So, enjoy the new year, learn some new stuff but most of all have fun! Make sure you grab our Motivational Quote Kit with ten free quotes and a display stand DIY. It’s perfect for inspiring you on your journey!
Instructions for New Years Resolution Ideas
- Download and print out the kit. You can hang the pages on the fridge or place them in a binder with your other sheets.
- Write down things on your calendar that you would enjoy doing. Remember, don’t make this a guilt list filled with things you “should do”. Choose things you will look forward to and truly want to do to learn, grow or just have a good time with. Use our idea list if you need inspiration!
- Use the Objective Planner sheet to formulate your ideas and plans for your goals.
- Have fun! This is about the journey and enjoying it. Add or remove items from your list if needed as you go along.
Here’s to a wonderful new year full of promise!
New Years Resolutions Idea Kit with Casual Resolutions (pdf)
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I put my kit in a colored colored binder.
I chose a quote from our free Printable Motivational Quotes to slide into the front pocket of my binder. This one seemed perfect.
Of course, nearby I have my Classy Quote Display Stand I made to switch out the other free quotes you can grab from the same post.
We’ve found yet another wonderful way to upcycle candle stick holders and turn them into a beautiful classy display for motivation quotes, ten of which we provide free below. This is a perfect match to go with our New Years Resolution Ideas Kit & Casual Resolutions. Change them in and out as desired. But that’s not all! Use it to display photos. Or how about artwork your children draw for you? You could also use it as a fancy note holder. Make different styles for each room. Give them as gifts! These candle stick holders can be found in a variety of styles and types at most thrift stores. You might remember seeing other ideas we used them for such as our Beautiful Classy Jewelry Stand and our Fun Upcycled Portable Recipe Holder. Who would have thought you could do so much with such a tiny object!
Motivational Quotes Stand Supplies
- Candle Stick Holder (Brass and glass ones such as ours can also be found at thrift stores and dollar stores.)
- Primer Spray Paint (This might be optional but since I was painting glass and I had some, I used it.)
- Gold Paint I used Martha Stewart’s Metallic Gold as it has a true gold look.
- White Paint
- E600 Glue or glue of choice
- Bobby Pins, 2″ size
- Wire Cutter
- Round Wood Ball with Flat Surface to fit your dowel.
- Dowel 3/4″ Average NOTE: This can vary with your holder and some can hold a variety of sizes of dowels. I chose a 3/4″ size for mine but I could have gone larger or smaller.
Ten 5″x7″ High Resolution Prints (pdf)
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Gather your basic supplies.
Because I used a glass candle stick holder I decided to use paint primer, because I had some.
I added white on the bottom of my candle stick.
I painted the rest of it metallic gold. I had to do two coats of each, drying in between.
I painted the stick and then the wood wall.
Squeeze glue into the bottom but only a small amount as you don’t want it seeping up the sides when you push your dowel down into it.Set the dowel down into the holder. NOTE: You will have to find a way to keep it from leaning while it dries, depending on the type of holder you have.
You need a single small bobby pin to use for the claps.
With a pair of wire cutters cut the bobby pin on the middle of the second curve up then cut it on the bottom at the same spot. Try not to bend it too much.
This is how it looks when you’re finished cutting. You can easily slip a paper in the top part.
Apply glue to the back of your bobby pin with a toothpick or paperclip.
Stick the bobby pin onto the top of your dowel as shown.
Paint the bobby pin gold to match, being careful not to get it between the pins.
If you do get paint between the pin, just slide something in until it dries to assure it does not stick together.
Cut out your quotes from our free download packet.
We give you ten choices of quotes to switch in and out of your holder.
They easily slip in and out of the clip when you want to change one.
Start the New Year by inviting good luck into your home with a lucky horseshoe beautifully decorated. If you can get your hands on a real horseshoe that’s great. If not we’ve got a pattern to make one out of foam board. Either way it makes a wonderful decor item with positive energy included!
We’ve decorated several types to show you the wide variety of ways you can make them. Horseshoes can be hung either direction.
Lucky Horseshoe Supplies
- A horseshoe OR foam board to make one
- Pattern below for foam board horseshoe
- Craft knife (for foam board)
- Hot glue gun
- Brown craft string (or whatever you wish to wrap your foam horseshoe)
- Other items to decorate your horseshoe with. Ribbon, buttons, wire, beads, artificial flowers, gems, paint, etc.
Pattern for foam board (pdf)
Foam horseshoes are perfect for wrapping with string, yarn etc.
To make foam horseshoes trace our pattern onto foam board and cut it out. Lightly sand edges if needed to help remove rough paper sticking out.
You can wrap your foam horseshoe with a variety of things. We found this type of twine is the easiest to work with. The rounded ends of the horseshoe must be covered with small pieces before wrapping. Keep your twine close together. We used hot glue to hold the twine at the ends. Decorate as desired!
For one of our metal horseshoes we painted it with chalkboard paint and then used a chalk marker to decorate it. For our gold dipped horseshoe we used gold nail polish. Our teal horseshoe was spray painted and we used embroidery thread to make a tassel and some wire and beads to adorn it. A few more ideas can be seen below!
This is a delicious thick meal full of flavor and spices! Even if you don’t care for black-eyed peas you just might like this dish. Plus it’s healthy, quick and inexpensive… a combo I tend to love! The day we first tested this out was New Years day. We gathered the ingredients and they were on the stove. Then things got a little odd… While the peas were simmering our good friend Kee Kee called and said she was in town with a friend of hers and wondered if we wanted to go out to dinner with them. There was only one stipulation: we had to find a place that had black-eyed peas so she could eat some for luck for the year. (Evidently that’s an old Southern tradition.) Roy told them to just come on over to our place as we were cooking up a batch at that very moment. True story.
IMPORTANT: Liquid Smoke is a KEY ingredient to this recipe’s wonderful flavor. Don’t leave it out!
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 green bell pepper, chopped
- 1 rib celery, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 cups dried black-eyed peas, picked over and rinsed
- 5 cups water
- 15 ounce can diced tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
- ⅛ teaspoon cayenne (or more to taste)
- 1 tablespoon Tabasco or other hot sauce (or to taste)
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ teaspoon Liquid Smoke flavoring
- Cooked brown rice or rice of choice. 6 servings worth.
- Soak the peas overnight in cold water. Drain.
- Cook rice ahead of time so its ready when the pea are.
- Over high heat, sauté the onion until it begins to brown; add the bell pepper, celery, and garlic and cook for another 2 minutes.
- Add all ingredients except liquid smoke to the pot, along with enough additional water to cover the peas by one inch. Cook until peas are completely tender, about 1½ to 2 hours, adding more water as necessary.
- When they're tender, add the Liquid Smoke, cook for 5 more minutes, and serve over rice or put a scoop of rice in center.
- For 6 large servings (not including rice), each contains 299 Calories (kcal); 2g Total Fat; (6% calories from fat); 18g Protein; 58g Carbohydrate; trace Cholesterol; 481mg Sodium; 12g Fiber.
- Follow the directions on your bag of peas. Most will be similar but here is how we make them. Cover the peas with 1" to 1½″ water. Place them over high heat until they boil then turn down the heat to low and cover them, allowing the peas to simmer. Stir them every 15 to 20 minutes and check for tenderness. They take anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours depending on the peas.