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.





Badgers are generally nocturnal, but, in remote areas with no human encroachment, they are routinely observed foraging during the day. They prefer open areas with grasslands, which can include parklands, farms, and treeless areas with crumbly soil and a supply of rodent prey.

Badgers are born blind, furred, and helpless. Their eyes open at four to six weeks.

Latin name: Taxidea taxus


Stewardship Fence Building Timelapse

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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.”

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1) Cut a page out of an outdated Wild Desert Calendar.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.