Our Glowforge has been getting a workout! This sunflower calendar is the biggest Glowforge project we have done so far, and it wasn't as complicated as I expected. You can use any machine, but ours is a Glowforge Pro. The pass-through is not needed for this project, so you can use the Glowforge Basic or Plus, if that's what you have.
Perpetual Calendar DIY: Glowforge Project
When I saw this sunflower calendar, I knew I had to make it. It's so pretty and will brighten up any room.
I purchased the sunflower calendar file on Etsy (here's the file), and it's by far THE most expensive single SVG I've ever purchased! With that being said, I wouldn't be writing this post if it weren't 110% worth it. 🙂 Psst… this post has affiliate links. Thanks for your support.
- 1/8″ wood of choice (we use this birch wood for everything)
- masking for wood if you aren't using proofgrade from Glowforge
- stain of choice (we use Ultra Dye because we got it super cheap)
- wood glue (we use this kind)
- something to hang this on the wall with (like these)
Let's get started! Open the file in Inkscape and follow the instructions. Make sure you choose etch for the center piece. It will be messed up if you choose cut. Ask me how I know… 😉
After everything is cut out, unmask it. Then, it's time to stain! Use any colors you'd like. I chose yellow and red because they're bright and cheery and make me happy.
Stain the flowers. I left the calendar part untouched because it really pops against the bright colors. Glue everything together, clamp it down, and let it dry. I use Gorilla wood glue and it works well.
Now it's time to put it all together! It may take a few tries to get it on perfectly, but you'll know it's on right when it spins somewhat freely so you can choose the date.
Watch the video below to see the entire tutorial as a time lapse.
PIN IT to your DIY Pinterest board by clicking on the image below! 🙂