Well, I'll show you how you can make a utility bill holder from old calenders in a few steps.
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Here's what you need:
- a large calender (preferably one with a four month layout per sheet)
-a pair of scissors
-ponal office glue
-a pencil and ruler
Step 1: Gather All Your Materials and Select Your Preferences
In this case, the width was about 7 inches.
Step 2: Marking Out the Outlines for the Pockets
For simplicity sake, you can make a simple louver pocket, that is, one that slopes outwards from bottom to top.
The height of the pocket is about 5" on my model and the width is 7". The pocket will cover the entire month leaving the name of that month below it. This may not be the case for your design.
Draw two lines representing the sides and one representing the bottom. The dimensions on the paper for the side allowance is 2" and 1" for the bottom.
That makes the total dimension (5"+1") 6" x (7"+2"+2") 11"
You then draw a line parallel and 1/2" in between the bottom lines. Where the 1/2" line intersects the side 2" line, draw a diagonal line from the point and to the top edge of the outline.
A bend line for the bottom of the pocket is made of equal length to the gap formed in between the side diagonal and the vertical line.
You should also create a tab that will be folded flat against the calender's surface to hold the pocket on. On my design, I offset a distance of about 1/2" from the side edges.
Step 3: Cut and Shape
I've used some old calenders to make the remaining 11 pockets from. The paper is strong enough and I had a few of them lying around.
Using solely recycled old calenders to do this project makes it a 100% calender utility bill holder/organizer.
Step 4: Gluing the Edges
But I guess you can use any appropriate glue you have.
Glue is then applied to the surface area of the remaining tabs and is placed at the selected location on the calender.
Step 5: Placing the Pockets
Apply pressure to the tabs especially at the corners until it dries for maximum surface contact.
Wipe away any excess glue.
Step 6: Personalization / Customization (optional)
I choose to leave mine plain to keep the project as simple as possible and because it wasn't really necessary.
Another customization option was to separate the three 4 month sections into individual parts, but for me that would take up additional wall space and the current configuration for fine for me.
Step 7: Your Done!
Now I can keep all the bills in one place and organized by month, paid or unpaid.
I hope this article has been useful to you.
Here are a couple of links to my other instructables:
Cologne Flower Vase
Fine Mist Spray Bottle
Reviving an Electric Shear