The ribbon, if liked, could be of white cream, or a soft art shade to tone with the colour scheme of a room; but for general purposes white is, if anything, quite the most dainty, and the drawing-room is rare in which a white satin calendar would fail to look attractive.
To make this calendar about 12 inches of the ribbon are required (therefore a yard of ribbon would just cut three). Also two little wooden rollers about 7 inches long (which may be had to order from a turner in wood at a very small cost), some gold paint, a piece of ribbon or cord, and a little calendar block.
Having cut the required length of ribbon, a few inches from the top, paint a little scene, or some figures of any sort; or, in fact, anything that may be preferred. The design finished, have at hand a piece of clean paper upon which to work, some paste, with which the little wooden rollers should be smeared all over to the width of the ribbon, leaving about three-quarters of an inch each end, which will previously be painted with the gold paint.
A pretty idea for a calendar is to take a piece of wallpaper with a pretty floral design and paste on to a card. Then affix the calendar block
A paste such as is sold specially for photographic and other fine purposes, will be found excellent, as it does not soil the daintiest work. A large pot costs only
4 1/2d., and will keep for any length of time.
Having prepared the rollers, turn the ribbon the wrong side, and evenly turn over on the rollers until the cut edge of the ribbon has been folded out of sight.
After it has been left to dry for a few hours, the little calendar block should be placed on the ribbon about three-parts down, exactly in the middle of the width, and fastened through to the satin with two midget paper-fasteners.
The little calendar blocks are sold at any large firm of stationers for id. each, or more expensive ones can be got if required. It is, however, quite a simple matter to make them at home, although perhaps scarcely worth the labour. To complete the calendar, the ribbon or cord is tied in a small bow at each side of the top roller.
A further suggestion for a calendar of satin ribbon made on the same principle as the preceding one has an attractive form of decoration, which is so very simple that anyone even unable to paint or embroider can make it.
A calendar of pastel blue paper upon cardboard, on which is painted a little Dutch scene
Choose a design composed of sprays or small flowers, with leaves and berries, using various coloured sequins and jewels (which have the holes ready for screwing on) for the flowers and berries, and beetles' wings for the leaves.
The one illustrated has various coloured flowers and grapes as well as the leaves, and a stem of gold which can be done with a paint-brush, or it would look equally well worked in outline-stitch in a very fine silk or thread, either of green or gold.
And yet a third suggestion for this similar shape of calendar, is to make it of a piece of thick buff paper, such as is used for Christmas cards, attaching it to the rollers, and arranging in every other respect in precisely the same way as the ribbon ones.
A calendar which is most attractive, and has been found to be very popular, is of cardboard. Cut a piece of cardboard, measuring about 10 1/2 inches long by 5 inches wide, and a piece of coloured drawing-paper the same size. Suitable cardboard is sold in large sheets at 2d. and 3d., while drawing-paper in a variety of lovely shades, as well as white, costs 4d. a large sheet. In place of the drawing-paper some of the self-coloured wallpapers have a beautiful effect.
Paste the coloured paper on to the cardboard with an ordinary strong paste made of flour and water. When perfectly dry, draw upon the top part of the calendar such design as would suit the taste of the person for whom it is intended. The one illustrated is a thick, silky paper of a beautiful art shade of pastel blue, having a little Dutch scene painted in water colours of contrasting shades upon it.
The next thing to be considered is how to improve the bare edges.
This can be done very effectively by burning the edge at regular intervals with a red-hot skewer, then painting the spaces between with gold paint, so that when finished it has the effect of a notched edge of brown and gold.
All that now remains is to gum on the date blocks, and having made two holes at even distances at the top of the calendar, thread through them a piece of ribbon, and tie into a neat bow in the middle.