Free DIY Birthday Calendar Printable + Tutorial
If you go into any Dutch person’s home, you will almost definitely find a birthday calendar (verjaardagskalendar) hanging somewhere in a prominent place. If you’re Dutch, forgetting another Dutch person’s birthday is a huge no-no in the Netherlands; this traditional way of recording such important dates is adhered to by almost every household. And the most common place to keep it? In the toilet! After all, it’s somewhere you’re likely to go at least once a day so the chance of missing an important birthday is kept to a minimum.
One rule to abide by if you’re ever visiting the Netherlands and happen across the household birthday calendar: NEVER add yourself to someone else’s birthday calendar. To do so is a terrible sin in the Netherlands (unless you’re asked to add your name of course). Can’t see your name on the calendar? Shame, but you’re obviously not considered liked/ important enough! If you are on there then celebrate this proud moment!
Although I now live in the UK, I’m pretty forgetful when it comes to important dates so this handy calendar helps remind me when someone’s birthday is coming up. The Dutch are known for being pretty tight thrifty with money and this tradition is no exception. It’s a perpetual calendar so has no days or years, thus allowing you to add to it year after year without needing to purchase a new one.
As they’re not commonplace in the UK I thought I’d design my own one. For this tutorial you will need:
- Wooden decorative shape to hang your calendar on
- Hooks (I used 20mm square hooks which I bought from Robert Dyas)
- Stanley knife, ruler & cutting mat/ scissors
- Backing card & glue (optional)
- Hole punch
- Printer & paper to print on
- Monthly images, which can be downloaded here (.Zip file)
I happened to already have this cute little house shaped wooden decoration that I decided to re-purpose. I’m afraid I have no idea where I got it from, but you may be able to find something similar in Wilko, B&M, Poundland, Next, TkMaxx or any other store that sells home decorations. However, you can use pretty much anything you want to screw your hooks into to display on the wall. You could also re-purpose or paint something you already own to give it a new purpose and lease of life.
You’ll need to decide how far apart you want your hooks and then download the images above (one for each month). I inserted my images into a Microsoft Publisher document so I could set the size I wanted before I printed them. If you decide to follow this method too, then I recommend lining up all of the edges of the images when you insert them into your document to make it easier to cut all of the edges at the same time.
Print your pages off and cut out each month using a Stanley knife or scissors. You’ll then need to do a bit of measuring up to see where you want your holes to be so they line up with your hooks. Once you’ve got this part sorted, use your hole punch to punch individual holes on each side (making sure they’re equal distance from the edge so it doesn’t hang wonky!).
Optional: If you’d like, you could cut each image out and stick it onto some pretty card backing and then punch holes in the card. This will give your pages a little more support as well as giving each image a bit of a border. I just made my calendar quickly and will probably update it at some point but I just printed mine and hung the pages as they were.
The final step is deciding where to hang it. If you don’t fancy keeping your calendar in your toilet then consider hanging it somewhere else where you’ll see it regularly, like the kitchen. I actually have mine in my office on my desk so I always see it when I’m working.
I’d love to know if you go traditional and hang it in your toilet or if you decide to hang it somewhere else. Comment down below and let me know 🙂