I have a fun and inspirational Christmas tradition to share with you today. A book-style Advent Calendar with treats!
The one on the left, made with the Quilted Christmas papers and Christmas Quilt stamp set, was the prototype. But I realized it would cut into three pieces of card stock, and I didn’t need that much room inside the boxes. So, I reconfigured it and created the one on the right. You can get the three pieces of card stock you need from one 12×12 sheet. Much better use of resources.
Take a 12×12″ sheet of card stock, make a cut at 6 3/4″. Take that piece, turn the 12″ side up, and cut it at 6″. This will give you two pieces that are 6″ by 6 3/4″. Score both pieces at 1/2″ and 1″ on all four sides. This will create two reinforced boxes.
The leftover piece is 5 1/4″ wide, cut the length to 9 3/4″ for the cover. With the 9 3/4″ side up, score at 4 3/8″, 4 7/8″ and 5 3/8″. Fold and burnish the outer two score lines, the middle score line is to help line up the boxes. I decorated the front and back with patterned paper and seasonal images, and then rounded all the corners to finish it.
On the inside, adhere a 32″ piece of ribbon across the center horizontally, and glue each of the boxes to their respective side, butting the inner edge against the corresponding score line. I used Tombow Liquid glue, it seems to hold quite well.
Here are the front and back of the Quilted Christmas Advent Calendar. The picture below shows the inside.
The daily boxes were made on the envelope punch board. Take a 3×3″ piece of designer series paper, punch and score at 1 1/8″ and 1 3/4″ on the first side and turn the paper. Then, punch and score by lining up the “nib” on the previous score lines. Do this all the way around. Round the corners in the top of the punch. On two opposite sides, cut next to the tab to the first score line to create tabs. I used glue dots on the tabs and formed it into a box. Make 24 of these. To speed things up, I punched two squares at the same time, careful to make sure they stayed lined up throughout the process. Don’t worry if they are not all exact, it will work.
Here are the front and back of the Wood Textures Advent Calendar book. I had some of the Wood Textures paper left, and though it would make a beautiful, natural, woodsy, more masculine version of the Advent Calendar. I used the Smitten Mittens stamp set, and cherry cobbler and old olive. Here is the inside.
Doesn’t it feel so earthy and natural? The little boxes hold a Starburst, an individually wrapped Lifesaver candy, or a Brach’s Starlight mint or other disc candy. Included in each box, is a scripture verse for Advent on a paper punched with the Classic Label Punch: for the Quilted Christmas, I used printer paper; for the Wood Textures, I found a light colored piece of paper in the stack and punched the labels out of that. The scripture verses were hand-written one each paper, it was folded in half, and then placed on the candy in the box. If you wish to use scripture, you can look online for “Bible verses for Advent”, and you can find different lists. Or, you can write activities to do, or inspirational and encouraging words.
After filling, I closed each box in this order: The side flaps first, the bottom flap second, and the top flap last. I used a mini-dimensional on the point of the top flap, but before I closed it, I stuck my finger on it a few times to make it less tacky. This way, the top flap will hold, but the user can still peel it open without tearing the paper. The last things to add were the labels. I punched 24 x 1″ circles from whisper white card stock, and stamped the appropriate numbers on each using the Labeler Alphabet and Early Espresso ink. Then, I just went through my Christmas stamp sets to find small images to stamp on each circle. In order to see the numbers, most images were offset, and I stamped off ink that was very dark. Then, each circle was glued onto the top flap of the corresponding day. I did them in order from left to right, top to bottom. But, my daughter mentioned I should do them in random order, so the recipient would have to search for each day to open it. Either way, it gives them a fun and tasty way to countdown to and prepare for Christmas.
I hope you try this project, it is a little more time consuming, but well worth the effort. And, until we meet again, I hope your days are blessed. ~Darby
- Supplies are Stampin’ Up!
- Card stock: Whisper White, Early Espresso, Old Olive
- Paper: Quilted Christmas, Wood Texture
- Stamps: Christmas Quilt, Smitten Mittens, Santa’s Sleigh (bow)
- Dies: Lots of Labels, Many Mittens
- Ribbon: Garden Green Striped Satin, Old Olive Mini-Chevron
- Ink: Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Soft Sky, Blushing Bride, Lemon-Lime Twist, Crumb Cake.