How To Upcycle
Last Year’s Wild Desert Calendar

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ONDA’s Wild Desert Calendar is chock full of desert beauty, and, each year around this time, we hear from members who simply can’t bear to just throw last year’s calendar away.
Here’s an easy craft project that will allow you to upcycle all those gorgeous landscapes, by turning those pages into envelopes.



What defines Oregon’s high desert?

What defines Oregon’s high desert?

Bounded by the Cascade Mountains to the west and the Blue Mountains to the north, Oregon’s high desert covers approximately 24,000 square miles. Annual rainfall in the high desert varies from 5 to 14 inches. The average elevation is 4,000 feet; at 9,733 feet, the summit of Steens Mountain is the highest point in Oregon’s high desert. The terrain of the high desert was mostly formed by a series of lava flows that occurred between 30 and 10 million years ago.

Sources: The Oregon Encyclopedia; Wikipedia  


Durlin Hicock, Alice Elshoff Award winner

Durlin Hicock, Alice Elshoff Award winner

“Protecting public land is part of my spiritual being. It’s central to my identity to be in wilderness and to see it protected.” Durlin is proud to protect public lands for future generations, saying, “The highlight of my childhood was our family’s weekend outdoor trips. I look forward to my grandchildren having similar experiences outside in their lifetimes, and it wouldn’t be possible without ONDA.”




Found only in North America, where it is the most common wildcat, the bobcat takes its common name from its stubby, or “bobbed,” tail. The cats range in length from two to four feet and weigh 14 to 29 pounds. Bobcats mainly hunt rabbits and hares, but they will also eat rodents, birds, bats, and even adult deer.

Latin name: Lynx rufus fasciatus


From Calendar Page to Colorful Envelope

Addy Thornberg

Step-by-Step Instructions

1) Cut a page out of an outdated Wild Desert Calendar. (and, yes, this will also work with other calendars!)

2) On both sides, starting at the bottom of the paper, cut out 1 1/2 in. X 6 3/4 in. notches. Discard.

3) On the thicker side of the paper, fold in the sides to meet the 1 1/2 notch to make flaps

4) On the thinner part of the paper, fold in the bottom 1 1/2 in. to make a flap

5) Fold in half where the thick and thin parts of the paper meet

6) On the thick side, measure a point 3/4 in. down from the direct center

7) Cut lines down from the fold lines to the pre-measured point

8) Cut two diagonal lines from the fold lines to the side, 3/4 in. down

9) Glue the side flaps to the opposing side, LEAVING THE BOTTOM FLAP FREE

10) Fold bottom flap over top and add a mailing label.

Now, you’re ready to mail a dose of high desert beauty off to brighten someone’s day.