I love the idea of Advent Calendars, I just hate dishing out money for them.
I found one in particular at Joann Fabrics about a week ago that I just loved. But I wasn’t about to spend $20 on a sheet of metal that I could have made myself. So I walked over to the scrap-booking paper and picked out some festive sheets because I was going to DIY this thing myself!
After picking out my paper I went to Wal-Mart and got a $0.88 cookie sheet and some alphabet stickers. Everything else I had at home already.
I cut my sheet of paper down to size and began gluing it to the baking sheet with my Mod Podge. (I did not get as smooth of a finish as I would have hoped for. I would try using double-sided tape to have the paper stay flat.)
I then began using my 1″ hole punch to make circles for my dates. The 9″ by 13″ paper gave me 25 dots and I had plenty leftover.
I then began using my stickers to create the dates on my dots. This is where I messed up. I should have bought all my stickers at Joann instead of at Wal-Mart. I spent $3 on stickers and once I got home I realized I didn’t have enough of the number 2. I then had to get creative because I wasn’t going back out to the store to buy more stickers. I flipped my 7’s around and used a silver marker to create the rest of my numbers. I would recommend buying the big pack of numbers at the craft store so you don’t run into this problem.
With my leftover letter stickers and red glitter paper I made a header to put on my calendar.
To make a marker, I used a small round magnet, super glue, metal tags, and some small snowflakes. I glued the metal tag onto the magnet, and for decoration I added a couple of snowflakes on top of the tag.
After assembling all of my pieces, I felt like something was missing.
I had some of these faux pine branches that I was using for my gift wrapping. I decided these would add a nice addition around the border. Ribbon or glitter might even work as well.
I got out my hot glue gun and started gluing and fluffing the branches until I was satisfied.
I then propped it up with my tree and the presents we have under there already. The great thing about using this cookie sheet is that the lip of the sheet will rest on a nail, and you don’t have to add any sort of hanging device. I’m happy with how my Advent calendar turned out, and I know for future reference what not to do.
How do you get excited for Santa? Let me know in the comments below!
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