DiY Pictures from Calendars

Diy foam board art

I have to admit, I’m not really into art. I don’t have that many pictures in my house. Six to be exact. Three came from Home Interior, which I paid a pretty penny for,and three from Wal-Mart for $1. 

I really needed some art work for the boys’ room. 

I have an old calendar that I liked the pictures in and have thought about turning them into pictures for my house. The only problem with that is they are an odd size and Wal-Mart doesn’t sell odd size frames. I don’t want to pay for expensive frames for pictures that I got from a $1 calendar. 

Here is my solution.

Whatcha Need


  • Calendar pictures (or pictures from magazines, books, etc.)
  • Foam board
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint brush
  • X Acto Knife
  • Saw-tooth Picture Hanger (not shown)

Putting It All Together

I do apologize that I didn’t get pictures of the first couple of steps.

1) Carefully tear or cut the picture from the calendar.

2) Measure the picture to see how large to make the foam board. My pictures measured 12 x 11. I wanted the foam board to be 1/2 inch smaller on each side. My foam board was cut to be 11 x 10. 

3) Measure from the edge of the foam board and mark.


4) Draw the line you need to cut.


5) Using an X Acto knife, carefully cut the foam board to size.

IMG_05816) On the back of your picture, measure 1/2 inch in on all sides. 

IMG_0583 7) Draw your lines.

IMG_0584 8) Paint about an inch strip of Mod Podge between the lines. 

IMG_0585 9) Carefully lay the foam board on top to fit in the lines you drew.

IMG_058610) Flip the picture and frame over. Fold back the picture to where you have glued it. Paint another strip and lay a little more of the picture down, smoothing it out as you go. Continue doing this until the whole picture glued down. 

IMG_0587 11) Cut the corners of the picture.

IMG_0588 12) Paint some Mod Podge onto the edge of the picture. 

IMG_0589 13) Carefully fold the edge of the picture over the foam board. You may need to apply more Mod Podge to get it the stick well.


14) To get pretty corners, fold the corners of the picture in.

IMG_0594 And then, 

IMG_0595 15) Mod Podge the side and fold it over the foam board. Repeat for all sides.

IMG_0596 16) Add the hanger. Measure to find the middle. 

IMG_0644I used the nails that came with the hanger to mark where the hanger would go. 

IMG_0645 Put some hot glue on top of the marks. (The nails are too long for foam board.)

IMG_0647Put the hanger on and hold in place a few seconds. Make sure some of the glue comes through the holes. 

IMG_064817) Hang your art!

IMG_0657Sorry for the quality of this picture. I just couldn’t edit it the way I wanted. 

A couple of problems I ran into: 

The first two pictures I did (the ones on top) I painted the whole back of the picture with Mod Podge, then put the foam board down. That caused the picture to have too many wrinkles and it caused the foam board to curl. You can see the curling pretty good in the top, left picture. 

I have some bubbles where I didn’t apply enough Mod Podge and the picture didn’t stick very well. I will have to find a way to get the bubbles out. 

I think I need to go back and get the top two pictures more in line. That will drive MM crazy! 

Here is a close up of the pictures.

IMG_0650 IMG_0651 IMG_0652 The shadow is from the candle holder on the side. The candle holder that needs a candle. 

I have a couple of more pictures I would like to add, but I will have to wait until November to do them. They are in the calendar I am using now. I may put them over the dresser. 

Soon, I will show you the whole room makeover! I have a couple of more things to do first! 


About Jayne

I am a housewife desperate to give my heart and home to the Lord. I like to share with others what the Lord has taught to me. Taking care of my family and home are my passion. I like to craft and decorate and to share the ideas I come across with others. I try to find ways to incorporate crafting and decorating with sharing my faith in Jesus.
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10 Responses to DiY Pictures from Calendars

  1. Nicole says:

    I have done a couple of projects like this with foam board and I have found that using a simple spray adhesive is much easier to attach and doesn’t cause bubbling and curling (plus you can carefully readjust and remove bubbles if needed). Then use the mod podge or another acrylic sealer on top to protect the paper! I love how you folded the edges over, that will definitely be part of my next project. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Michelle says:

    I love it! I’ve got foam board already and I bought 10 calenders (from last yr) for $0.10 ea and they are filled with all kinds of beautiful pictures.
    Thanks for sharing.

  3. sandy says:

    If you get some small bubbles, use a pin to let the air out and then press them flat. That often works. Also, if you begin in the center, then roll using a brayer toward the outside edges, you can get a smoother finish.

  4. Jayne,

    Those turned out great! I did a similar modge podge project for Christmas family gifts on a family photo glued onto the canvas print frames. That worked out well too. Nice ideas here!

    Thanks for your encouraging comment on my post “Dance Parties in the Sunset and Life’s Questions at the End of Day.” I appreciate you.

    Hey, thanks also for the guest post earlier. I had 109 people come over from your site. That’s gotta make you feel great too, since they were here first. :) Thanks.

    Jennifer Dougan

    • Jayne says:

      Thank you! What a great idea for a Christmas present! I’ll have to keep that one tucked in the back of my mind for Christmas. You are welcome for the guest post. Thank you for letting me do it. We’ll have to do it again sometime. I also pinned it on Pinterest, so it’s possible you will get even more! Pinterest has helped me to get more views and help the blog grow. The bigger it is the more people who can be reached for Jesus!

  5. pattisj says:

    There’s some fabulous calendar art out there. What a creative way to recycle and display it!

Hearing from you makes my day!