Advent Calendar Tutorial

Since today is December 1st, I thought I would share something special to start the month off.

Growing up I have such fond memories of going to my grandparents & opening up each day of their advent calendar. The excitement of what was under each number is still so fresh in my mind. I wanted to give my children the same opportunity that I had growing up.

I saw a super cute idea on Pinterest, so I thought I would tweak it for my own.

Here is what I came up with..

Supplies needed:
Frame–bigger than 8×10 works better
Scrapbook paper
mini clothespins
Jute or string
Hot glue
Stick glue
Cutting machine–or you can hand cut them

To start, I simply painted the frame green, then glazed it. You will notice that the frame I used is not the frame I initially started with. I tried to make the smaller frame work, but it was just too little for this project.

For the little cards, I used my Cricut to cut them out, but you could also cut a basic shape if you don’t have a cutting machine. I cut the numbers & red vinyl using the Cricut as well.

I printed off all the activities from my computer, then glued them to the back. I found some good ideas here.

To finish, hot glue the jute on the back of your frame, using the correct spacing, then attach your clothespins & the cards.

It’s really that easy!

And now I have some very excited little ones who can’t wait to see what the card will read each day! And that is exactly why I made this. 🙂

Happy Holidays!

Originally posted 12/1/2011

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