This set of bright and colorful Holiday Calendar cards are the perfect addition to your calendar! Mark the holidays for each month and learn about all of the different holidays celebrated in the United States.
This post was originally published on July 3rd, 2017 and updated July 27, 2021.
Good morning! I’m excited to pop on the blog today to chat about my set of Holiday Calendar Cards for my DIY Children’s Calendar! I created these cards four years ago and have been adding to the set each year. There are now over 160 cards including holidays, school events and month-long observance cards!
We love using this set of cards at home to mark the holidays our family celebrates and also to learn about holidays other families celebrate. They have been an excellent teaching tool that is so easy to use!
What Cards are Included?
The Holiday Calendar Card Set includes 82 holidays celebrated in the United States.
The holiday cards set also comes with 48 school event cards which have lots of school-related events and activities like the first day of school, concert, spirit day and more.
The Holiday Cards also come with a bonus set of Month-Long Observance Cards I just added this summer. These include cards like “Black History Month”, “Disability Pride Month” and “Hispanic American Heritage Month”. There are 28 of these cards.
This set of cards also come with birthday cards to mark both birthdays and half-birthdays. Write on the cards in Sharpie before or after laminating to create permanent birthday cards. You can also make temporary birthday cards by using dry-erase markers on laminated cards.
Supplies For Making The Cards
You can create these cards in many different ways from printing and laminating them at home to printing them at your favorite local printer. Below are the supplies I use to print, laminate and cut them out at home.
- 110lb white paper
- Thermal Laminator and Laminating Pouches or use Self-Laminating Sheets
- Paper Trimmer
- I use a Epson EcoTank printer – I do a lot of printing, both black and white and color. We’ve had the ET-3750 model for three years now and the ink lasts a really long time. It also handles my 110lb paper without any problems.
How to Make the Holiday Calendar Cards
These fun Holiday Cards can be purchased in my Etsy shop. After downloading the files, print them on your home computer or at your favorite local printer. I print on my favorite 110lb white paper.
To prolong the life of the cards, especially if little ones will be sorting through them and adding them to the calendar, I recommend laminating the cards. You can laminate them at home using Avery self-laminating sheets or at home with a thermal laminator. After years of using the self-laminating sheets, I recently bought a Scotch thermal laminator and love it! The laminated cards end up glossier and stiffer than the self-laminating sheets, though both methods are great and will protect your cards!
After laminating your cards, it’s time to cut them out. Use a scissors or a paper trimmer if you have one. A paper trimmer really speeds up the process. I’ve linked to the one I use on Amazon, but they are great to buy on sale from Joann Fabrics or Michaels with a coupon!
How to Store the Holiday Cards
My favorite way to store the Holiday Cards are in an expandable file folder sorted by month. I found cute file folders on Amazon and added organizational labels (free printable in my Resource Library!) so that each month has its own folder. This makes it really easy to find the holidays I’m looking for. At the start of each month, I have all of the calendar cards ready to go!
Since this set comes with so many cards, you can also store them in little plastic bins. These storage containers are the perfect size and stack together. You can use one for the Holiday Cards, another one for the School Event cards and finally one for the Month-Long Observance cards!
Using the Holiday Calendar Cards
On the first day of each month, I change over our calendar to the new month. The cards come with a really handy list of the holidays organized by month. Right now, the lists for 2021 and 2022 are included when you buy the cards. After purchasing, you can always email me as the next year approaches to request the new list. I always include any updates to my card sets for free for previous purchases. These lists make it really easy to set up your calendar!
However you decide to display the cards, whether on a dry erase board, foam board or in a pocket chart, you can add the cards for the next month. The set comes with full size cards that are 3.25″ x 3″ and also mini cards that are 1″ x 1″. These mini cards are perfect for putting right on the calendar pages. I usually just use a loop of tape, as that will come off the laminated cards easily. The calendar pages are free in my Resource Library and updated each year.
How to Purchase Holiday Calendar Cards
This card set is available in my Etsy shop! While most of my DIY Children’s Calendar is free, you’ll find lots of add-on cards in my shop that coordinate with the calendar. This set is available to purchase on it’s own, Holiday Calendar Cards, or with my Fun National Days Calendar Cards! This is a set of really fun cards celebrating three National Days each month – like National Eat a Red Apple Day or National Astronaut Day!
I hope you check out these Holiday Calendar Cards and consider adding them to your children’s calendar!
You can check out all of my DIY Calendar printables for more ideas on creating your own calendar!