DIY A Super Affordable Desk Calendar

It costs less than £5!

On a mission to get organised? I know the feeling. In today’s post, I’m going to show you how you can make a DIY desk calendar. Not only is this DIY dead easy to do but it’s also super affordable. Yep, this craft project will cost you less than a fiver. In other words, it’s a complete win.

So why a DIY desk calendar? Recently, I’ve been swamped in university assignments. My once (semi) tidy desk has been taken over by mountains of stationery and it’s all getting a little embarrassing. Dried up pens? Check. Loose scraps of paper? Check. Really old receipts from six months ago? Errr… okay that one’s down to pure laziness but you get the picture – it’s clutter central!

Thankfully, this DIY project’s about to change all of that. I’ve created a calendar that will totally transform your desk. It can store all the important things you need in it and will result in you acing an assignment or being able crack on with a productive day’s work.

What You’ll Need:

  • Wooden Clipboard
  • Coloured Card
  • Washi Tape
  • Bulldog Clip
  • Polystyrene
  • Wrapping Paper
  • Post It Notes


  1. Start by removing the clip from a wooden clip board. Once the clip has been removed, take an A4 sheet of coloured card and glue it on the clipboard. I used a piece of pink card for this step, but pick whatever colour you like.
  2. Next, take another piece of A4 card and cut it diagonally from the top-left corner to the bottom-right corner. This piece of card is going to act like a folder on the clipboard. You can use it to store concert tickets, lose documents, scraps of paper or anything else that’s currently scattered on your desk.
  3. After cutting this diagonal piece of card out, stick the edges of it onto the clipboard. Make sure you only glue along the edges and not the top (a.k.a the diagonal side) otherwise you won’t be able to slot things into the folder.
  4. Once the second piece of card is firmly in place, create a smaller folder on the right side of the clipboard. Repeat the process by cutting out a diagonal piece of card and sticking the edges down.
  5. It’s now time for the finer details. Take a bulldog clip and glue it to the top of the clipboard. I use this space to hang this March printable calendar by Molly Jaques but you can use it to store to-do lists, exam deadlines or other memos.
  6. Next to the bulldog clip, glue on a piece of polystyrene. If you want to make your calendar look a little more Instagram worthy, feel free to decorate the piece of polystyrene with wrapping paper or card prior to sticking it down. You can store push pins in this space or even use it as a mini noticeboard.
  7. Finally, glue a pack of post it notes to the bottom right hand corner of the board. Once the post it notes are in place, your DIY desk calendar is practically finished. All that’s left to do is decorate. I used Washi tape to decorate the bulldog clip and the folders on my clipboard but be as creative as you like. Use glitter, wrapping paper, stencils or felt pens – go wild.

And there we have it! That’s how you make a DIY desk calendar. One of the things I love most about the calendar is how flexible it is. You can change or alter each area and customise it to your liking. The possibilities are literally endless. Who knew an old clipboard and coloured card could be so useful, hey?! Share your DIYs with me by tagging @EmmaReads on Instagram. Until next time!

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