Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Advent Calendar Tutorial

I finally made an advent calendar. I wanted to make one that involves Bubba, like a paper chain or something of the sort, but since he is too young I decided to get artsy and make one of my own that I can reuse each year. I probably looked at over 50 different styles of advent calendars before I chose to make the one that I did. I already had all of the necessary supplies on hand, so I didn't have to buy anything to make it. That's always a good feeling!

I grabbed an old cookie sheet from under my oven and cleaned it off real well. Then I painted the back side of it white with a foam paint brush.

Then I covered it with festive cardstock and drew a 5x5 grid in the middle.

I had a bunch of really cute gift tags that I numbered 1-25 and used for the countdown. I stuck a thin magnet on the back of each one so they are easy to remove and replace. 

Then, I tied hemp rope to the gift tags to spruce them up a bit. 
Once that was finished, I wrote "How many days until Christmas?" on it, like the following pictures show, and I added some buttons and a ribbon for accent.

Overall, it was a very simple project. I'm so glad that I finally got around to making it. Even if I do only get to enjoy it for 12 more days...(11 now since it is already 1AM).

Oh, I almost forgot to mention, the magnets are awesome because whenever you take a number off of the calendar, you can simply stick it to the inside of the pan. So convenient!

Places I'm linking up: The Girl Creative
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  1. Very cute! There are so many fun ideas for Advent calenders out there!

  2. How smart you are, Meg! It really turned out cute. I guess you like crafting better than baking, right? ;)

    Thanks for linking to my party. I look forward to having you join me each week.

    And please be sure to come by and enter my fantastic year-end giveaway. Click the picture in my sidebar for details.

    Blessings and a very Merry Christmas!
    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  3. This is so cute!!! I'll have to remember for next year, or make it now and store it :)

  4. I suggest making it now and storing it! I waiting until very last minute and didn't get to enjoy it much this year. I'm excited to pull it out again next Christmas!