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Perpetual Calendar

Source: Celebrating 2000, Special Issue 2000


Stay organized all year, every year, with a magnetic perpetual calendar that you can make yourself. Attach it to your refrigerator or filing cabinet, and rearrange it monthly to align the days with the dates.


  • Colored paper

  • Adhesive-backed magnetic sheeting

  • Utility knife

  • Stencils, stamps, or computer with printer


  1. The calendar consists of a vertical band of months, a horizontal band of days, seven vertical bands of dates, and three squares of individual dates. Print the numbers and letters onto colored paper using stencils, stamps, or a computer and printer.

  2. Cut 1 1/2-inch bands for the dates, and number them vertically as follows: 1, 8, 15, 22; 2, 9, 16, 23; 3, 10, 17, 24; 4, 11, 18, 25; 5, 12, 19, 26; 6, 13, 20, 27; 7, 14, 21, 28. On the three loose squares, print or stamp the numbers 29, 30, and 31.

  3. Print the days of the week, spacing them evenly, along a 2-inch-high, 10 1/2-inch-long horizontal strip. Print the months down a 2-inch-wide vertical strip. 

  4. Attach the colored paper to adhesive-backed magnetic sheeting (available at art-supply stores), and cut out the bands and squares with a utility knife. 

  5. Finally, cut out three windowlike squares from the magnetic sheeting to indicate the month, day, and date.


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