2016 Desk Calendar

How can you fit twelve months on a cube with six faces? Watch the video and download the template to find out how. It is surprisingly easy to make this printable paper puzzle box and 2016 desk calendar.

This printable 2016 desk calendar comes with a matching pop-up gift label and a sliding red sleeve which serves both to show the current week, and to keep the box shut.Calendar-label

The download includes two versions:

  • US version starts the week on Sundays and can be printed on 2 sheets of standard letter-sized paper (8.5″ by 11″).
  • A4 European version starts the week on Mondays. Months and days of week are written in English.

 

The box comes with instructions and is easy to make with a pair of scissors and a touch of glue. For best results, print on light card stock — or on different colored card stock to make a festive collection of calendars!

 

How does the Desk Calendar work?


The desk calendar puzzle box mechanism is simple to operate, but counterintuitive. Start by opening the box. Easy, right? All you need to do is rotate the two parts of the box on the hinge. But then KEEP ON ROTATING the parts in the same direction! The two parts rotate around each other without ever becoming detached. The hinge itself moves around the box edges, and finally ends up on the opposite rim. Meanwhile, the pattern on the box has been magically replaced by a completely different pattern.

 

Watch the Desk Calendar video tutorial

The Desk calendar template comes with illustrated instructions, but this video tutorial will show you how to make it.

Paper-Rubiks-cube-with-ringIf you like this paper puzzle calendar, you’ll love the working paper Rubik’s cube!

Concrete chess set

What is a concrete chess set doing on a paper craft website? Simple! Concrete (or plaster of Paris, or many types of plastics and resin) can be cast. And you can use paper or other sheet material such as styrene to make your molds.

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Detailed instructions on making this prize winning concrete chess set can be viewed on Instructables, but click “Add to cart” here to download the patterns for your bishop and knight. This template is free but you can choose to offer your support to the designer by naming your price.

Thank-youIf you choose to pay for the template you will also receive this pop-up thank you card template.

 The Complete Concrete Chess set in its natural environment

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Other projects for you

chess setIf you like chess you might be interested in making my Paper Chess Set or other paper toys.

Violinist playing violin

The young violinist comes alive and plays the violin as you open and close this card.

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violin-frontThis is a printable template which you can make yourself. DIY pop-up cards make very special gifts, and this violin card is fairly quick to assemble. It is rated “intermediate” because it does require steady hands while cutting the card with a scalpel knife on a self healing cutting mat — but even a beginner with enough patience can make it.

The pop-up can be printed and cut on a single sheet of letter sized or A4 paper, and the download includes illustrated instructions and a template for the card exterior.

 

Ice Cream Truck

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This 3D pop-up ice cream truck can be either a card or a wonderful toy for a hot summer day. No annoying ice cream truck jingle to make you crazy, though it has so many realistic details you might find yourself humming the ice cream song without even realizing it! Besides the giant ice cream cone on top, you can peer into the window to get a glimpse of the soft ice cream machine and freezers, and pick your favorite ice cream from the menu posted  by the window.


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Honk if you need Kool Kid Ice Cream!ice-cream-truck-window-detail

Ice Cream truck file format

The whole ice cream truck pop-up card is made from one piece and can be printed on one side of one sheet of letter sized or A4 paper (it is formatted for letter but nothing will be cut off if you print it on A4 instead). The download includes complete, illustrated instructions and a video tutorial will be posted shortly.

3D Fire Truck

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Download this 3D pop-up paper fire truck to make the perfect toy for travel. It is lightweight, it folds flat, and if you loose it, just print another!

Printable fire truck also makes a great stocking stuffer or gift to add to birthday party goodie bags. A paper toy makes an ideal party favor — inexpensive yet fun and creative, plus environmentally friendly — your friends will thank you for not loading up their kids with more worthless plastic or candy.

Need another party idea? Use this fire truck as a place tag to decorate your table!

Of course you can always just slip this fire truck into an envelope and send it in the mail…


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The template can be printed on a single sheet of either standard  letter sized (8.5″ x 11″) or A4 formats, and comes with step by step, illustrated instructions.

This is an intermediate project which a 8-10 year old child should be able to master with some guidance. Any child three years and up will have all the skill necessary for playing with this fire truck.

MEA CULPA apology

mea culpaSaying “Sorry” is a lot more difficult than just uttering two syllables. Expressing regret usually isn’t quite enough, you need to offer a true “Mea culpa,” you have to take responsibility and shoulder the blame — sometimes even if you feel completely innocent! This MEA CULPA apology pop-up card will set you on the path to forgiveness, and it will work much better than a bouquet of flowers — though presenting it along with some nice red roses will certainly help too.

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 Mea culpa means “through my fault” in Latin

forgiveEven though your apology is written in latin, the emojis and pop-up arrows deliver your message in a visual language universally understood. Download includes instructions and a second version with the arrows and emojis but without the text, so you can write your own message.

This card, complete with the cover, can be printed on a single sheet of letter sized paper.

3D school bus


Use this printable 3D school bus as a card (it makes a great gift for your bus driver) or as a fun paper toy which is easy to make and even easier to put away and store! The freestanding 3D school bus springs out of the flat card and even includes a moving stop sign. Just pull on the exhaust pipe to make the stop sign pop up or fold back in place!

3D school bus

This template can be printed on a single sheet of either standard  letter sized (8.5″ x 11″) or A4 formats.

schoolbusThis is an intermediate project which a 8-10 year old child should be able to master with some guidance, or you can download the 90° school bus which is even easier to make.