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”Advent Calendar Inspiration”

This advent calendar was so much fun to make and required many hours to complete. The advantage of this calendar is that it can be used again and again the following years to come. Each box was individually hand made and embellished to that each day was unique in color and design.

Because not everybody has the same paper, machines or dies, this idea is more of an inspiration to make a similar calendar using what you have at home. The object is to create 24 boxes and think of a theme and build on it from there. Here the theme was “Traditional Christmas”. The colors of red, beige and green dominate the boxes and the embellishments were created to fit the theme.

 

 

Advent Calendar - Red and Green 1

Time required: several hours

Difficulty Level: Easy

Supplies that were used to create this calendar:

- red, green and white card to create the boxes
- scrapbook paper in the colors of white and beige with red and green Christmas designs
- Crafter’s Companion Ultimate Pro Tool to create the boxes
- Sizzix Big-Shot
- Sizzix Eclips machine
- assorted dies from Sizzix, Cuttlebug, Marianne and Spellbinders, assorted Sizzix Eclips cartridges
- embossing folders with Christmas and winter motifs from Sizzix and Cuttlebug
- sequins, beads and gems in the colors of red and green
- red and green glitter
- gold star stickers with the numbers of 1-24 printed on them
- paper ribbon to make bows for the deer and gingerbread man figures
- wet craft glue (the boxes hold better if you use wet glue rather than double-sided adhesive)
- wooden 40 x 60 cm wooden board, painted with eggshell white paint
- paper punch with a circle of 2.3 cm in diameter
- 3-D pads

Advent Calendar - Red and Green 26

See each box in detail here

 

Instructions:

First of all, the Crafter’s Companion Ultimate Pro Tool was used to create 24 box lids and 24 box bases. The lids were created alternately in the colors of red and green whereas the bases were all made using white card. The card size was 15 x 15 cm and the boxes were embossed on the third embossing line from the edge on the box making board. That created boxes which were approximately 7.5 cm in size and 3.8 cm in height (3 inches in size and 1 1/2 inches high).

Once the boxes were made, scrapbook paper was cut into 6.5 cm squares and glued centered onto the box lids.

Then 5 cm squares were cut out and embossed using embossing folders with winter motifs. These were then glued onto the patchwork paper squares.

Afterwards, different embellishments were die cutted out and decorated in different ways, such as with beads, glitter, sequins, etc... depending on what the motif was. These were adhered onto the boxes using 3-D pads to add height to them.

Red and green colored circles were then punched out and the star stickers with the numbers 1-24 were stuck to them. These were then added to the boxes.

Once all of the boxes were finished being decorated, the box bases were arranged and adhered to the white board so that the distance to the sides was 3 cm on all sides. Once the glue dried, the box lids were then placed again onto the boxes.

 

 

Advent Calendar - Red and Green - Detail
This is a closer view of how the boxes are embellished.

 

 

 

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