12 Sided Dodecahedron Cube Calendar

Dodecahedron Cube Calendar

Dodecahedron Cube Calendar

In 2005 I came across this website: http://www.ii.uib.no/~arntzen/kalender/and made the dodecahedron calendar cube and used it.

Update

On my wanderings around the web I came across this site where you can create a world globe with the same design as the calendar.

Here is another link to another version. This one will take some time to download as it is 12 mb. Also if you print it the way it is on 8.5×11″ paper you will get a very small globe. I captured the screen and cut of the extra stuff and then printed it and ended up with a 3″ globe. If you need help email me.

So the following year I was making a new one and decided it was just too plain for me. After a lot of experimenting I came up with the different layers to put together calendars with different backgrounds.

Some Explanation about the Calendar

hex shape

hex shape

I had to totally recreate the calendar from scratch as I could not work with the PDF files. Once I found the hex shape I could get to work recreating the layout. I found out that it was easiest to work the with original size of the shape and then when I was ready to print to just tell the program to fit it on the page.

Putting the shapes together was easy once I realized that every one was rotated a minimum of 36°. The same rotation factor worked for the month text. Next I created the flaps. Once it looked ok, I separated the background shapes from the text. Now I could floodfill the background with different colors or images.

Putting It All Together

I found the easiest way to glue the cube was with the glue gun as the glue stuck immediately, it just took too long for regular glue to set. The finished cube will be around 3 inches.

Note
If you plan on varnishing the cube, the printed page has to be spray varnished (Walmart or craft stores carry it) before it is being cut out. Then once the cube is together regular waterbased varnish can be applied, otherwise the ink will run.

  1. Print the calendar on card thickness paper or it will too flimsy
  2. Plug in the glue gun so it will be warmed up when you are ready
  3. Spray varnish the page
  4. Cut out the calendar
  5. Score all the lines that will be bent with a stylus
  6. Bend all the score lines you will probably find that you missed one or two, just score them now
  7. Now start gluing the flaps on the January side, attaching either February or May to June. Now work around the circle.
  8. On the December side you will notice that November doesn’t have any flaps, so that will be the last month to glue.
  9. Once only November is unglued place a dab of glue on all the remaining flaps and carefully align November on them.
  10. Now the cube can be varnished with waterbased varnish. I usually use 2 coats.

Note:

After numerous comments about why the calendars start with Sunday, I have to say that I just don’t have the time to create 2 sets of calendars.

If you would like a template with a specific background please emailme with your request.

2013 Cube Calendars are now available here to download


Comments

12 Sided Dodecahedron Cube Calendar — 18 Comments

  1. Absolutely love the calendars! Are they suitable for printing on A4 sized paper or just for US letter size?

    • Sophia, yes, you can also print them on A4 paper. Just make sure that your printer settings are to fit the calendar to the page. The cube might be a tad smaller than when printed on US letter size as A4 paper is narrower.

      Let me know how it turned out. I am also working on creating calendars that start with Monday instead of Sunday. They should be ready in a day or two.

  2. Hi,
    I really love your cube calendars. I’d like to use one of your templates but need them where the week starts with Monday. Sorry but I have no use for the other type.
    If the calendar week could be added it would be perfect.
    Season’s greetings!

    • I use Photoshop to create my calendars. The shapes are on one layer, the calendars on another and then I link the background to the shape layer.

  3. Love these! I printed them and folded them for the ladies at my office during my lunch break and glued them with just a standard glue stick rather than hot glue. I used standard paper rather than card stock but I can see the benefit of using card stock if you have it. If I can find our surplus, I may do some of them that way too. I bookmarked your page so I sincerely hope you’ll keep making these each year because I love them and my office depends on your strip calendars!!

  4. I’ve been printing and cutting out your calendars for the past several years, and enjoy them very much. I came up with a helpful hint, I think. After I print them, and before any cutting, I use an HB pencil and ruler and go over all the lines to be cut. (I’ve cut off tabs accidently more that a few times). This way, whatever is not heavily lined, also defines the lines to score on, so you don’t miss any after cutting them out. (I’ve also done that several times. LOL.) Keep up thee great work.

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