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Perpetual Calendar
By Sandy Laipply

When you see the “helping hand” symbol on a project, it means you may need adult supervision to do the project. Always use care when using tools or a heat source. Be careful and safe!

Main supplies:

  • Elmer’s® Rubber Cement
  • Elmer’s® Squeeze N Brush® Stencils: Sports
  • Red and white cardstock
  • Royal® Langnickel White Rub -on letters and numbers
  • FloraCraft®Styrofoam®Brand Plastic Foam – 2” thick

Basic Supplies:

  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Fiskars® scissors or paper trimmer
  • Plastic knife



  1. Measure, mark and cut (24) 1 ¾” squares of white cardstock. Use the blue pen to stencil 12 squares with the small star and 12 squares with the larger star.
  2. (Ask an adult to cut (4) 2” cubes from Styrofoam®.)
  3. Cut out the template and use it to trace the pattern on red cardstock. Use a plastic knife to score on dotted lines. Fold on scored lines, using the plastic knife to crease each fold. Use rubber cement to glue 6 decorated squares to the squares you have created. Apply rubber cement to the flaps. Fold the cardstock up around a Styrofoam® cube, securing flaps on the inside of the cubes. Make 3 additional cubes.
  4. Measure, mark and cut (24) 3/4” x 2” strips of red cardstock from your scraps. Use the rub-ons to put the names of the months on 12 of the strips, abbreviating the longer months. Put the numbers 0 thru 8 on additional strips. Make an extra strip for numbers 0, 1,and 2.
  5. Glue the months on two of the cubes, one month on each side of the cube. Glue the numbers 0,1,2,3,4,5 on one cube, and 0,1,2,6,7,8 on the other cube. (The 6 becomes a 9 when needed by turning it upside down.) Place the cubes on your desk and turn them to show the date.

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