Sunday, 4 November 2012

Christmas Craft # 1 - Advent Calendar

I know it’s a little early, but once December rolls around, I’m busy every weekend with my entertaining biz. If I’m going to get anything done, I have to do it now.

I made this with supplies that I had on hand and a downloaded pillow box file from Birds Cards. If you haven’t been to her site, you will be happy you do if you are interested in paper crafting. Oh, and all of her files are free!

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I cut the numbers out of the middle of the snowflakes, added some brown kraft paper that I cut in strips, attached some burlap to a piece of wood from the garage, and pounded in some nails.

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The hardest part was lining up the nails.  I have zero math skills so I use a piece of tape to mark my holes, then move it down to the next row for a perfect match. Lot’s of trial and error on where to place each nail, but once I got it, I didn’t have to measure for the next rows.

Use tape to repeat measurements

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My kids are too old for this, so it’s going to my great nieces that are 5 and 3. I can’t wait to fill each box with little treasures.

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  1. Awesome Idea I am sure they will love it. Cheers Frances

  2. That is so cute! What a great idea!

  3. Aww that is so sweet about filling it for your little nieces! We have a wooden box type Advent calendar and my girls still want it filled. It gets harder to come up with things every year but I get a kick out of them coming down every morning to open it. One's at college so she'll have to 'catch up' when she gets home.

  4. I always had an advent calendar for my children who are also too old for it now. I think this would be a great gift for the small fries in my family or to make as for our Holiday Bazaar. Thank you again for the wonderful inspiration, you are amazing!

  5. I love this! You did a beautiful job. I love that you varied the position of the stripes and little snowflakes, and then mounted the whole thing on burlap. Do you mind me asking what kind of cutting machine you used? I'm heading over to Birds Cards next. Thanks for the link! I have a couple of advent calendars around the house at Christmas, but I always run out of ideas for what to put in them! What are you going to use? Thanks so much for sharing!

  6. This is so pretty! I love the pillow box idea, and the snowflakes are so cute.