Calendar of Themed Craft Ideas

Calendar of Themed Craft Ideas

Where do you go for ideas for projects when your creative well has temporarily dried up?  You can use monthly celebrations as prompts to help you get back into your creative groove.  I love books, particularly children’s books, and find they are a great inspiration for projects, so you will find a celebration of books and authors that can provide creative stimulation and unleash your imagination! Who knows the places you can go?


January Celebrations

January is International Creativity Month

5th           Bird Day

10th         Umbrella Day; Celebrate Padding Bear on Michael Bond’s birthday; House Plant Day

13th         Rubber Duckie Day

16th        Appreciate a Dragon Day

18th        Celebrate Winnie the Pooh on A.A. Milne’s birthday

19th        Edgar Allen Poe Day (his birthday)

21st         Mardi Gras

22nd        Answer Your Cat’s Questions Day

27th         Chocolate Cake Day

29th         Puzzle Day

31st          Backwards Day


February Celebrations

               February is National Cherry Month and National Children’s Author Month

2nd         Ground Hog Day; Hedgehog Day; World Ostrich Day

7th          Rose Day

8th          National Kite Flying Day

9th          Read in the Bathtub Day

10th        Teddy Bear Day; Celebrate  Pioneer Day on Laura Ingalls Wilder’s birthday

14th        National Inventor’s Day; Valentine’s Day

17th        Random Acts of Kindness Day

20th        Love Your Pet Day

26th        Tell a Fairy Tale Day

27th        National Retro Day; Polar Bear Day


March Celebrations

March is National Craft Month

1           Celebrate the First Day of Spring

2nd       Dr. Suess Day; Read Across America Day

3rd        World Books Day; World Wildlife Day

11th       National Johnny Appleseed Day

12th       National Plant a Flower Day

14th       Learn About Butterflies Day

17th       St. Patrick’s Day

19th       National Poultry Day

20th       First Day of Spring

21st       World Poetry Day

24th      National Cocktail Day

25th      Tolkien Reading Day

28th       Respect Your Cat Day

31st       National Crayon Day

             Easter (celebrated between March 22nd and April 16th)


April Celebrations

April is National Jazz Appreciation Month and Miltary Appreciation Month

2nd       Celebrate Mermaids (Hans Christian Anderson’s birthday)

3rd        Find a Rainbow Day

9th        Unicorn Day

10th       National Hug Your Dog Day; National Siblings Day

11th       National Farm Animal Day

12th       Celebrate Mice Day with The Mouse and the Motor Cycle on Beverly Cleary’s birthday

13th       Plant Appreciation Day; Celebrate Horses on Marguerite Henry’s birthday

14th       National Gardening Day

15th       World Art Day

17th       Haiku Poetry Day

19th       Bicycle Day

22nd       Jelly Bean Day

23rd       National Picnic Day

27th       Celebrate Baseball and Babe Ruth Day

30th       Jazz Day


May Celebrations

1st         National Mother Goose Day

4th         Intergalactic Star Wars Day (“May the Fourth Be With You”)

5th         Cinco de Mayo; Make a Book Day

6th         Beverage Day; Nurse’s Day

8th         Iris Day

9th         Celebrate Peter Pan on J.M. Barrie’s birthday

13th       Jumping Frog Day; Tulip Day

Mother’s Day

14th       National Train Day

15th        Celebrate The Wizard of Oz on Frank L. Baum’s birthday

17th        Dinosaur Day

21st        World Bee Day

22nd       Celebrate Sherlock Holmes on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s birthday

23rd       Celebrate Margaret Wise Brown’s children’s books on her birthday

27th        Popsicle Day

29th        Pink Flamingo Day

31st        World Parrot Day

              Memorial Day (the last Monday of May)


June Celebrations

June is Culinary Arts Month and Adopt-A-Cat Month

1st          International Dinosaur Day

2nd        Celebrate The Phantom Tollbooth on Norton Juster’s birthday

5th         Hot Air Balloon Day

8th         Best Friend Day

12th       National Rose Day

National Flip Flop Day (second Friday in June)

Lilac Sunday (2nd Sunday of June)

14th      US Flag Day

18th      Go Fishing Day

21st       First Day of Summer

24th       International Fairy Day; Take Your Dog to Work Day

25th      Celebrate Caterpillars on Eric Carle’s birthday

27th      Paul Bunyon Day

29th      Camera Day

Father’s Day is the 3rd Sunday in June


July Celebrations

July is National Blueberry Month and National Picnic Month

1st         National Zoo Day

4th        American Independence Day; Alice in Wonderland Day

7th        World Chocolate Day; Doll Day

9th        National Fashion Day; Collector Car Appreciation Day

10th       Teddy Bear Picnic Day; Pina Colada Day

11th       Celebrate Charlotte’s Web on E.B. White’s birthday

12th       Henry David Thoreau Day; Cow Appreciation Day

14th       Shark Awareness Day

15th       National Gummi Worm Day

16th       Cherry Day

20th       National Lollypop Day; Chess Day

22nd      Summer Leisure Day

23rd       First Day of Fall; National Day of the Cowboy

24th       National Parent’s Day

25th       Merry-Go-Round Day; National Wine and Cheese Day

28th       Celebrate Beatrix Potter on her birthday

29th       International Tiger Day; National Lipstick Day

30th       International Friendship Day


August Celebrations

August is National Fishing Month

National Golf Month and National Hotdog Month


1st         National Girlfriend’s Day

4th        National Chocolate Chip Day

8th        International Cat Day

9th       Celebrate Mary Poppins on P.L. Traver’s birthday; Book Lover’s Day

12th      National Vinyl Record Day

16th      National Roller Coaster Day

17th     National Black Cat Day

26th     National Dog Day

28th     National Bow Tie Day

28th     Celebrate Corgie’s on Tash Tudor’s birthday

30        Celebrate Frankenstein on Mary Shelley’s birthday; National Senior Day


September Celebrations

September is National Sewing Month

4th        National Wildlife Day

Labor Day (the first Monday in September)

6th        National Read a Book Day

11th      hug Your Hound Day

13th      Celebrate Roald Dahl on his birthday

Oktoberfest (17th – 4th of October)

22nd      National Hobbit Day

25th      International Rabbit Day

26th      Celebrate cats with T.S. Elliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats on his birthday and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical

29th      World Heart Day


October Celebrations

National Book Month, Photographer’s Appreciation Month, National Women’s History Month

1st        Celebrate Balloons Around the World Day by reading Jules Verne’s Around the World in Eighty Days

World Ballet Day; World Card Making Day; International Music Day

3rd        Butterfly Day

4th        Tacco Day; World Animal Day

6th       Celebrate Mad Hatter Day by Reading Lewis Carrol’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

8th       World Octopus Day

9th       National Curious Events Day

12th     Farmer’s Day

13th     M & M Day; I Love Lucy Day

15th     Mushroom Day

18th     Chocolate Cupcake Day

21st     Back to the Future Day; Reptile Awareness Day

25th     National Artist’s Day (take a tour of your local art museum)

26th     National Pumpkin Day

28th     National Chocolate Day

29th     National Candy Corn Day (celebrate with Tim Holtz!)

31st     Halloween


November Celebrations

1st       National Author’s Day

1st       Day of the Dead

2nd      Cookie Monster Da; Look for Circles Day

4th       King Tut Day; National Candy Day

5th       National Football Day

7th       Hug a Bear Day; Merlot Day

8th       National Cappuccino Day

11th     Veteran’s Day

12th     Celebrate pirates and read Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island

16th     National Button Day

24th      Celebrate A Secret Garden on Frances Hodgson Burnett’s birthday

Thanksgiving (the 4th Thursday of November)

29th      Celebrate The Chronicles of Narnia on C.S. Lewis’s birthday

30th      Mason Jar Day; Celebrate river boats on Mark Twain’s birthday and read Huckleberry Finn)

Celebrate Anne of Green Gables on L.M. Montgomery’s birthday


December Celebrations

December is National Pear Month and National Read A Book Month

1st       National Pie Day

4th      Cookie Day

6th       Mitten Tree Day

Celebrate Walt Disney Day (1st Monday) with a movie

10th     Celebrate dolls on Rumor Godden’s birthday

12th     National Poinsettia Day

15th     International Tea Day (have a cuppa)

16th     Celebrate Jane Austen on her birthday

21st      First Day of winter

25th      Christmas

26th      Candy Cane Day

30th      Celebrate The Jungle Book on Rudyard Kipling’s birthday

31st       New Year’s Eve