Desktop Wallpaper Calendars: April 2014

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We always try our best to challenge your artistic abilities and produce some interesting, beautiful and creative artwork. And as designers we usually turn to different sources of inspiration. As a matter of fact, we’ve discovered the best one—desktop wallpapers that are a little more distinctive than the usual crowd. This creativity mission has been going on for six years now1, and we are very thankful to all designers who have contributed and are still diligently contributing each month.

This post features free desktop wallpapers created by artists across the globe for April 2014. Both versions with a calendar and without a calendar can be downloaded for free. It’s time to freshen up your wallpaper!

Please note that:

  • All images can be clicked on and lead to the preview of the wallpaper,
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Easter

Designed by Aleksandra Kucher3 from Ukraine.

Easter4

Sweet April Showers Do Bring May Flowers

“Discover the seasonal fruits and vegetables in April: artichoke and beans walking in the rain!” — Designed by Vitaminas Design46 from Spain.

Sweet April showers Do bring May flowers47

Good Day

“Some pretty flowers and spring time always make for a good day.” — Designed by Amalia Van Bloom61 from the United States.

good day62

Have A Smashing Easter!

“Easter is the only time of the year when it’s perfectly safe to put all your eggs in one basket… even the craziest ones” — Designed by Marielle Perikly Kokosidou78 from Greece.

Have a Smashing Easter!79

Happy Easter

“Easter Bunny is kind of confused. He was very surprised when silly chicks popped out of these colorful eggs! Happy Easter from Lights.com team.” — Designed by Lights.com team117 from Brooklyn, NY.

Happy Easter118

Relax!

“…and enjoy your Easter holidays with some good chocolate.” — Designed by Ricardo Gimenes136 from Brazil.

Relax!137

April Cosmos

“I was inspired by a non-fiction book The Living Cosmos written by University of Arizona professor of astronomy Chris Impey. It’s a research of scientists trying to address the questions we ask about nature. Is there life in the universe beyond the Earth?” — Designed by Paul Ranosa177 from the Philippines.

April Cosmos178

April Fool’s Day

“April Fool’s Day is harmless fun and a great way to get a new month kick started. The spring colors welcome the new season, while the pranks steal the stage. Our favorite is the Whoopie Cushion. It gets a laugh every time.” — Designed by Clarity Creative Group190 from Orlando, FL.

April Fool's Day191

The Pablo Neruda’ s Spring

“I love this phrase that is referred to when we have a dream, nothing can stop us.” — Designed by Verónica Valenzuela233 from Spain.

The Pablo Neruda' s Spring234

Dark Pastel

“A combination of gloomy spring showers and Easter.” — Designed by Matt Noa254 from the United States.

Dark Pastel255

Earth Day!

Designed by Brandi Redd275 from the United States.

Earth Day!276

Flying On A Rainy day!

“April is the month of spring or autumn depending where you live on the globe! It’s also the second rainiest month of the year. I was inspired by one simple motif to illustrate rain, birds and flowers. So either you witness rainy days or colorful ones … Enjoy April!” — Designed by Rana Kadry288 from Egypt.

Flying on a rainy day!289

April Showers

“April showers bring May flowers.” — Designed by Travis Bellinghausen317 from the United States.

April Showers318

Cleanse

Designed by Dylan Baumann334 from the United States.

Cleanse335

Ipoh Hor Fun

“Missing my hometown’s delicious “Kai See Hor Fun” (in Cantonese), that literally translates to “Shredded Chicken Flat Rice Noodles”. It is served in a clear chicken and prawn soup with chicken shreds, prawns, spring onions and noodles.” — Designed by Lew Su Ann355 from Brunei.

Ipoh Hor Fun356

Two Mountains

“This wallpaper was created to remind you to climb your mountain of challenges each day.” — Designed by Randal Baker Jr.388 from Evansville, Indiana.

Two Mountains389

April X Tribeca Film Festival

“With April comes spring, flowers and a fresh breathe of warmth and creativity. April also brings one of the most creative and innovative events of the year, the Tribeca Film Festival.” — Designed by Zack Aronson420 from New York, US.

April X Tribeca Film Festival421

Moon Mozzarella

“Well, I was walking down the street one evening and the moon was shining brightly. I wondered what sort of cheese the moon could be made of and the first thing that came to mind was mozzarella! I also enjoy eating mozzarella.” — Designed by Christie Hill437 from South Africa.

Moon Mozzarella438

Red April

“My plant that keeps me company everyday on by desk in the studio and from time to time gives me inspiration.” — Designed by Alexandru Nastase476 from Romania.

Red April477

A Little Drop Of Rain

“April is a month associated with rainy days. I enjoy photographing how the weather can change the perspective of everyday things. On this rainy day, I captured the rain drops as they clung to my blue and pink polka dot umbrella.” — Designed by Claire Scoufis489 from Tampa, FL.

A Little Drop of Rain490

The Collection Of Birds

“The collection of birds are my travels. At each destination I buy a wood, bronze, stone bird, anything the local bazaars sell. I have all gathered at a modest vitrine in my house. I have so much loved my collection, that, after taking pictures of them I then designed each one, then created a wallpaper and overdressed a wall of my living room. Now my thought is making them as a desktop wallpaper and give them to you as a gift” — Designed by Natasha Kamou510 from Greece.

The Collection of Birds511

Not To Be A Patient In Love

“Have patience in love, not to be a patient.” — Designed by Zanetine Web Design557 from India.

Not to be a patient in LovE558

Join In Next Month!

Please note that we respect and carefully consider the ideas and motivation behind each and every artist’s work. This is why we give all artists the full freedom to explore their creativity and express emotions and experience throughout their works. This is also why the themes of the wallpapers weren’t anyhow influenced by us, but rather designed from scratch by the artists themselves.

A big thank you to all designers for their participation. Join in next month586!

What’s Your Favorite?

What’s your favorite theme or wallpaper for this month? Please let us know in the comment section below.

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  1. 1

    Amazing wallpapers – thanks! BTW, can I redistribute them on my wallpaper website?

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  2. 2

    I love your wallpaper calendars! This month favourite (and on my desktop) – The Pablo Neruda’ s Spring :)

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  3. 4

    Thank you! I’m taking Collection of Birds and Flying On A Rainy Day.

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  4. 6

    I chose Happy Easter by Lights.com team: I need something playful and colorful on my screen. So I can start with a smile : )
    Thank you for all these beautiful wallpapers: I appreciate your presents every month!

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    I love the collection. My favorite ones are April Showers do bring may flowers, april showers and I found ‘not to be a patient in love’ hilarious- especially after the fact that only last week my guy friend got thrashed up real bad by his crush’s brother. So, I am definitely sharing that one with him. Thank you for the delightful collection. Love and blessings to all!

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  6. 10

    And I am sorry I forgot, but I also love the Good day wallpaper by Amalia Bloom. It’s absolutely pretty and it’s on my desktop!

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  7. 12

    This month you have put me in difficulty in the choice of the preferred one. You compliment to all the authors.
    I love the simplicity, the essential sketch, the fundamental message.
    Then vote: April Showers.
    Once more thanks SM, and talk to you soon.

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  8. 13

    I’m like: Easter, Have a Happy Easter and a Collection of Birds!

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  9. 14

    Dina took the words out of my mouth. As I flipped through this month, I kept thinking how much I liked the simplicity of so many of the selections. I settled on Good Day, but also liked many others. Great job, designers, and thank you!

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    Thank you :)

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  11. 16

    Thank you SM for this collection of wallpaper. My fv of the month is “Have a Smashing Christmas”. It made my day with the crazy egg charas. Plus, I have plenty of room for my desktop icons. Thanks again.

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    Umair Hafeez Mughal

    April 1, 2014 11:08 am

    Brilliant stuff guys. Simply love all of them :-)

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    Stefan Salvatore

    April 1, 2014 11:54 am

    Awesome ideas.. But according to be A little drop of rain is the best amongst all of them.
    What do you thinks guys?

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    All of these works are amazing! Kudos for the briliant creators! It’s really difficult to choose my favorites, but finally I choose Sweet April Showers Do Bring May Flowers, Good Day, and April Showers to be my favorites! Thank you for creating such pretty wallpapers for my birthday month! :)

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    I like the Easter wall paper looks cool congrats Aleksandra Kucher
    and also i like Have A Smashing Easter!

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    Oh, wow. Brilliant work guys. I like them all! They are all very different. If I had to choose one among the others I would say “Have a smashing easter” is somewhat cool & fun to look at.

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  17. 22

    Best ones in my opinion:

    Randal Baker Jr.
    and Alexandru Nastas

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  18. 23

    Good Day is beautiful! FYI there is an error, the 6th is doubled

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  19. 24

    Awesome designs as always! Good Day is set as my background. Lovely!

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  20. 25

    like relax、dark pastel、April shower、x-tribeca film festival the best!thanks all talent designers!

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  21. 26

    What lovely images for this month!!! I love the two mountains the best. It’s the one that speaks to my heart the most! My and my fiance’ go to the mountains every year and it just brings back great memories. I wish I could keep this image all year even if it still says April in December!! GREAT WORK Randal! Love it!!!

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  22. 27

    Hello Spring !
    Flying On A Rainy day! is my favourite. Hope we’ll have some sunny days after all…

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  23. 29

    This month my favorit is the Collection of birds.. but saved two other ones to switch.. thanks ever so much to the artists that share there work and let us have the best desktop background to enjoy

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    Sagarsinh Dabhi

    April 3, 2014 5:44 am

    Amazing wallpapers! Thanks.

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  25. 31

    Thank you!! Have “Good Day” on my desktop……..♥♥♥ it! I didn’t realize the 6th date was doubled up, so I may be changing it to a calendar that is correct. :(

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      Exactly! I love the “Good Day” one but the 6th day is doubled up! Somebody please look into this so Corporate Three Design can fix their wallpaper and resubmit / get the fixed one up here. Silly mistakes like these happen a lot, I get it, I’m just hoping somebody notices so it’s updated please! Thanks.

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  26. 33

    Thanks all for the nice comments! I also like the wallpapers of this month a lot! Great job!

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  27. 34

    More 1680 by 1050 please!! :)

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  28. 35

    Great collection this month!
    I’ve picked up “April Showers”.

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  29. 36

    I liked the “Good Day” one and downloaded that one. However, I saw that there was a mistake. I had to edit it myself to make it correct. 6 is mentioned twice on the calendar. Now, it is my desktop wallpaper.

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    Nicolas Holzapfel

    April 6, 2014 4:47 pm

    April Showers is great. It’s so bare I’m kind of surprised at how pleasing I find it.

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    Hey guys superb design of desktop wallpaper calender.

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  32. 39

    So many lovely ones this time, no?
    I was partial to April Cosmos, also because it reminds me of the classic unsurpassed documentary series. (Paul, you should check it out!)

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  33. 41

    I am not sure if I am the only one who noticed this. “Good Day” has two dates with “6″. Oops.

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  34. 42

    No offense to the designers of all these wallpapers but I think the quality overall has gone down since last year. Or maybe it’s the picks that make it are just not exactly what I’m looking for.

    On another note, Easter is a religious event and yet I see nothing about that here and I wonder if it’s lack of designs or just the picks again?

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  35. 43

    As usual great work… thanks guys!

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    Shashank Bhattarai

    April 9, 2014 5:55 pm

    That two mountain wallpaper is so cool

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  37. 45

    Good one Veronica with the Neruda’s one :) haha

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  38. 46

    Ipoh Hor Fun reminded me of my mom’s everyday breakfase when i was at home!

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  39. 47

    Sad I didnt see anything this month regarding the Boston Marathon, Boston strong, or the anniversary of the survivors and bombings. Seems like it would have been appropriate

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  40. 48

    Love the Earth Day one.

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