Freebie: DIY Art Calendar Printable

A new year on the way – a new DIY art calendar printable! This annual tradition has become one of my very favorites. Every year I get messages or tags from families who have made these into absolute works of art, and it is honestly pure JOY to see. 

These half-sized calendar pages are the perfect activity to put in a small bag with some crayons and throw into a backpack or purse for on-the-go art-making (a restaurant lifesaver)! And I always make sure to have the new year ready to release for the first week of December because they ALSO make wonderful kid-made gifts.

To make your own DIY art calendar you’ll need:


  • 6 Sheets of card stock or thick paper
  • Scissors
  • Art supplies of your choice!
  • Our DIY 2020 Art Calendar Free Printable PDF


  • Yarn or thread for sewn “pictures”
  • Foil stars or stickers for decoration
  • A hole punch and keyring to hold your calendar together
2017 DIY Art Calendar - a free printable via barley & birch


Once you’ve printed out the calendar, simply cut along the crop lines and pass on to your kids to decorate with drawings, collages, etc!

Feel like getting *extra* creative? Here are some ideas that go beyond markers and paint:

  • Paste on some found items from nature
  • Recycle some old paper & collage
  • Create stamped patterns with vegetables, bubble wrap, or toilet paper rolls
  • Use up some scrap fabric
  • Punch some holes in patterns and thread with yarn

Do your budding artists want to share their final calendars? We love seeing pics! Tag us (@barleyandbirch or #barleyandbirch) with your mini works-of-art – we can’t wait to see and share the creativity of our b & b’ers!  

For more fun snowy day ideas and printables check out some of our other MAKE and FREEBIE articles!

Amanda Eldridge
Amanda Eldridge

With a passion for cultivating imagination, Amanda aims to help kids and families discover their creative potential through art, play, adventure, activism, conservancy, and community. Amanda has a background in graphic design, environmental design, and art curation. When not playing with ideas and designs for barley & birch, she enjoys working in freelance design, art, and illustration.


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