10 Free Printable Calendars 2017

10 Beautiful Freebie Printable Calendars for 2017

Happy 2017 everyone!

Hope you all had an amazing festive break.

It seems the new year is the perfect time to score some awesome freebies! I once again decided to take a good sniff around the web to see what free printable stuff I could find! I was quite spoilt for choice and decided to limit my selection to the ten gorgeous 2017 printable calendars below. Let’s kick off another year with a fresh start and a beautiful new calendar!

Let me know in the comments which calendar is your favourite!

Please follow the links below to download…

10 Free Printable Calendars 2017

(above) The beautiful calendar above designed by Kate of The Organized Dream has to be my favourite choice of all those I share today. Not only is the stunning, edgy floral watercolour design lovely to look at, you also get far more than just a 12 month calendar! Kate included an entire personal planner (daily planner, budget planner, meal planner, and more) as well as a blog planner – complete with a post calendar, stats tracker and a ton more – into the pack. What an amazing freebie! This will sure keep you organised!

Click here to download.

10 Free Printable Calendars 2017

(above) If you are looking for a calendar with a slightly more minimal look, this pretty hand-lettered and brushstroke calendar designed by graphic designer Mariah Althoff is just for you! You can print each colour-coded month out on a A4 piece of paper and, as you can see above, the calendar would be perfect for a wall-mounted clipboard!

Click here to download.

10 Free Printable Calendars 2017

(above) Here is another happy summer calendar from Audrey of This Little Street. Just like last year, Audrey did all the pretty illustrations and artwork and her friend Jessica of Coco and Mingo did the beautiful lettering and general layout of the calendar. Don’t you just love team efforts? I adore the cute illustrations – the month of July is especially pretty!

Side note: check out Audrey’s online shop – she designs the most beautiful wallpaper and fabrics.

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10 Free Printable Calendars 2017

(above) Jenn of My Fabuless Life designed this lovely vintage botanical desk calendar. While each month features a different colour-coded vintage floral design, Jenn states that it looks just as stunning if printed our in monochromatic black and white.

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10 Free Printable Calendars 2017

(above) Another desk calendar from My Fabuless Life – Jenn is being extra generous this year! By popular request Jenn converted last year’s beautiful watercolour florals freebie calendar into a 2017 calendar. Loving this one!

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10 Free Printable Calendars 2017

(above) Here is another brilliant calendar pack – this one designed by Ann of On Sutton Place. This freebie not only includes a monthly calendar, but also a year-at-a-glance, a weekly planner, a weekly menu planner, AND an inspirational printable! Thanks Ann for an awesome freebie!

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10 Free Printable Calendars 2017

(above) It seems I’m just a big old sucker for gorgeous watercolour florals! I simply adore this bold floral calendar designed by Andrea of The Cottage Market. I swear each month’s design is more beautiful than the next!

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10 Free Printable Calendars 2017

(above) Illustrator & web designer Mary of Mary Angela Designs celebrated her birthday and new design service by gifting her followers with this pretty candy-coloured geo printable calendar.

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10 Free Printable Calendars 2017

(above) If you are not into all those florals, you can try this abstract watercolour desk calendar designed by Freepik. The calendar comes in a vector format which is handy for a large sized print, but fair warning, you need Adobe Illustrator to open it.

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10 Free Printable Calendars 2017

(above) Want something a little different for your wall? Artist and designer Sara Woodrow created this edgy wall calendar featuring some of her new and old paintings. And even though the calendar is in Swedish it is still pretty easy to decipher which month is which!

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Glass Jar Soap Dispenser

Quick Tip #48: Glass Jar Soap Dispenser

Last month we finished the last of our Quick Tips about interesting things to do with the humble clothes hanger. So it is high time for another! A couple of weeks ago I spotted a cute Nifty video about things to do with glass jars and immediately thought that would make for an excellent new Décor Quick Tip mini series. So without further ado here is the very first Quick Tip about cool things to do with Mason jars, Ball jars or Consol jars (as we call them in South Africa)…

#48 Forget grimy bars of soap or generic plastic hand soap dispensers that get tossed in the bin. Why not make your very own stylish and sleek soap dispenser from an ordinary glass jar. All you need is glass canning jar, also known as a “Mason” or “Consol” jar, and a salvaged pump nozzle from a discarded soap dispenser. Cut an appropriate sized hole in the metal lid of the jar and insert the pump nozzle. Now just fill the jar with your favourite hand soap for the bathroom or dish soap for the kitchen!

See a step-by-step DIY: here & here.


Verlede maand het ons die laaste van ons vinnige wenke oor interessante dinge om met die nederige klerehanger te doen gedeel. Dit is dus hoogtyd vir nog een! ‘n Paar weke terug het ek ‘n oulike Nifty video gesien oor glasflesse en wat mens als met hulle kan maak. Ek het dadelik gedink dit sou ‘n uitstekende nuwe Décor Quick Tip mini-reeks maak. So hier is die heel eerste Quick Tip oor koel dinge wat mens  met “Mason”, “Ball” of “Consol” flesse (soos ons dit hier in Suid-Afrika noem) kan doen…

#48 Vergeet vuil koekies seep of generiese plastiek handseep spuitbottel (“dispenser”) wat net in die drom beland. Maak jy jou eie stylvolle en elegante seepbottel van ‘n gewone glasfles. Al wat jy nodig het is ‘n glas inmaakfles, ook bekend as ‘n “Mason” of “Consol” fles en ‘n pompaksie spuitkop van ‘n weggegooi seepbottel. Sny ‘n gat in die metaaldeksel van die fles en druk die spuitkop daar deur. Vul die fles met jou gunsteling handseep vir die badkamer of skottelgoedseep vir die kombuis!

Sien ‘n stap-vir-stap DIY: hier & hier.

How to make a Pallet Swing - SuzelleDIY

{Video} How to Make a Pallet Swing!

Did you know that this coming Sunday, the 9th of October, is South Africa’s very first official “Garden Day“? No? Well, neither did I.

Luckily, our gal SuzelleDIY brought this fact to my attention while I perusing her latest DIY videos. In celebration of Garden Day, Suzelle show us how to make a fun garden swing out of old wooden pallets.

Now to be honest, I have had my fill of pallet-related DIYs and furniture designs. The whole pallet idea was fun and unusual when it first started trending a good few years ago. It also played right into the extremely popular Industrial design style which further boosted the pallet fad’s popularity. Like with most quirky fads, everyone jumped on the pallet DIY bandwagon. My Pinterest feed was filled with hundreds of pallet furniture and decor ideas. Some were brilliant and beautiful, but unfortunately most were tacky and unrefined. I soon grew tired of the fad.

That being said, I can still appreciate a clever pallet DIY idea – especially if its use is appropriate to the space and home style, and if it is refined and well thought through. Suzelle’s Pallet Swing ticks all those boxes which is why I am sharing it with you today! It is a fun and playful idea for the garden or backyard and the design is uncomplicated and tasteful. The addition of pretty bunting and colourful cushions makes for a happy and inviting scene!

Sigh, wish I had a tree branch big and strong enough to accommodate such a fun swing in my garden! I can already envisage myself spending hours on it reading and sipping refreshing cocktails.

Have a happy Garden Day this Sunday guys!

P.S. Marianne – I like your leggings!

 

Clothes Hanger Craft Storage - Washi Tape Storage

Quick Tip #47: Clothes Hanger Craft Storage

Here is the very last tip in our Décor Quick Tip mini series about interesting things to do with the humble clothes hanger…

#47  The humble clothes hanger can be one of the most versatile, inexpensive and uncomplicated organisational tools. This is especially true in the creative workspace or craft room where there is a lots of bits and bops to organise and store. Multi-tiered trouser hangers make excellent washi tape and ribbon dispensers. Use the hangers to keep fabric pieces organised and at hand for your next sewing project. Place scrapbooking materials in plastic sleeves and use skirt hangers with clips to hang them in an ordered fashion.

See more examples of clothes hanger displays on our “Storage” pinboard on Pinterest: here.


Hier is die laaste slim wenk in ons Décor Quick Tip mini-reeks oor al die interessante dinge wat mens met die nederige klerehanger kan maak…

#46  Die nederige klerehanger kan ‘n veelsydige, goedkoop en eenvoudige organisatoriese item wees. Dit is veral waar in die kreatiewe werkplek of handwerk kamer waar daar  vele ditjies en datjies is om te stoor en organiseer. Veelvlakkige broekhangers maak ‘n uitstekende bêreplek vir rolletjies “washi tape” en lint. Gebruik die hangers om lap en materiaal stukke te organiseer vir jou volgende naaldwerk projek. Plaas “scrapbooking” papier en knipsels in plastieksakkies en gebruik romp hangers met knippies om dit georden in die kas te hang.

Vir meer voorbeelde van klerehanger idees besoek op ons “Storage” pinboard op Pinterest: hier.

Quick Tip #46: Clothes Hanger Coat Rack

Here is the second to last tip in our Décor Quick Tip mini series about interesting things to do with the humble clothes hanger…

#46  Need some more organisational hanging space? Well, if you have some extra wooden clothes hangers lying around you might want to consider repurposing them into a one-of-a-kind coat rack. The hanger hooks act as a perfect catch for keys and handbags, while the wooden arm of the hanger serves as an excellent peg for coats, scarves and hats. Cut your hangers and attached them to some kind of backing board – be creative with your configuration. Now simply fix your coat rack unto a wall – the entrance foyer or dressing room would be ideal.

See more examples of clothes hanger displays on our “Storage” pinboard on Pinterest: here.


Hier is die tweede laaste slim wenk in ons Décor Quick Tip mini-reeks oor al die interessante dinge wat mens met die nederige klerehanger kan maak…

#46  Soek jy meer hangspasie? Wel, as jy ‘n ektra paar hout klerehangers het wat rondlê kan jy dit in ‘n unieke en ongewone kapstok omskep. Die hanger haak tree op as ‘n perfekte vangs vir sleutels en handsakke, terwyl die hout arm van die hanger dien as ‘n uitstekende pen vir jasse, serpe en hoede. Sny jou hangers en skroef dit vas aan ‘n plank of substraat wat maklik aan die muur geheg kan word. Wees kreatief met jou hanger uitleg. Monteer dan jou kapstok teen ‘n muur – die ingangsportaal of aantrekkamer sal ideaal wees .

Vir meer voorbeelde van klerehanger idees besoek op ons “Storage” pinboard op Pinterest: hier.

Cinder Block Design-Off

Cinder Block Design-Off - SuzelleDIY vs Justina Blakeney

SuzelleDIY Versus Justina Blakeney: a DIY Face-off

A couple of months ago Justina Blakeney uploaded another one of her interesting DIY tutorials that forms part of the Eye on Design series hosted by the popular POPSUGAR Home channel.

While watching the Justina’s video I recalled that SuzelleDIY did a similar DIY last year. In fact, this particular DIY is Suzelle’s most watched video with over two million views. Both videos centre around cement cinder blocks and how you can use them to create quirky outdoor features that will spruce up your garden.

So let’s have a little DIY face-off shall we! Here are both Suzelle and Justina’s cinder block DIYs – you tell me which you prefer….

How to Make a Cinder Block Bench:

Suzelle used her cinder blocks to create an outdoor planter bench. She had the right idea by inviting Marianne to help the bench take shape as those big cement bricks can be quite heavy.

Suzelle taped off sections of each cement brick and applied colourful spray paint to the exposed sections.

Alternating the direction in which the blocks are stacked, Suzelle managed to create not only seating space with flower planters above but also handy little cubby holes to store gardening tools.

It is a good idea to use cement glue to fix the blocks together as Suzelle suggested. The last thing you want is your bench falling apart while someone is sitting on it. #safetyfirst

Lastly, Suzelle planted some happy flowers in the cinder block holes and added seat cushions and quirky scatters to her bench to jazz it up.

How to Make a 80s-Inspired Outdoor Planter:

In Justina’s DIY clip, which took inspiration from the style of the 80s, she creates a stacked cinder block planter.

Like Suzelle, Justina also opted to paint part of her cinder blocks in bright and bold colours. Both ladies chose a triangle shaped design which allows the rough cement texture and colourful paint to form a nice contrasting effect.

It looks like Justina did a proper job. She used three coats of outdoor paint on her bricks which is far brighter and more durable than Suzelle’s quick spray paint job.

Justina also took the time to create wire mesh “baskets” to insert into her cinder block that will ensure that the plants have sufficient support and drainage. However, the process of cutting the wire mesh to size sure seemed tedious and unnecessarily laborious. Can you imagine repeating that process half a dozen times?

What appeals to me about both Suzelle and Justina’s creations is that something as uninspiring as a heap of cinder blocks can be transformed, with minimal effort and money, into a quirky and happy garden feature.

Like Suzelle said: “D.I.Y? Because anybody can make outdoor furniture out with regular ugly (and disgusting) cinder blocks…”

Which is your favourite Cinder Block project? Who wins the DIY challenge, Suzelle or Justina?