DIY Advent Calendar!

chipboard numberWell last year I created an Advent Calendar for each kid. This year I made one Advent Calendar for the family and one that will last for quite a while. I wanted an Advent Calendar that I could continue to reuse for years to come. I scoured Pinterest of course and I found many different Advent Calendars. I was originally going to make 25 favor boxes size 2×2 and glue them together. Of course now I can’t find this pin to show an example but it was quite cute. But before I knew it reality set in and I realized two things: One, I had no idea how to make favor boxes and Two, I’m pregnant and tired!

I ended up opting for an easier route. I decided to grab metal favor tins from Michael’s and I armed myself with my 40% off coupon and headed to Micahel’s. They didn’t have the round favor tins which is what I was going for but I found these little square ones. I figured these would work just as well.

I bought my favor tins and went home to look at my Christmas paper from last year! I decided on three different papers and set my Cricut up to get a work out because my plan was to cut paper out that would fit right inside my little boxes. The next thing I did was grab some chipboard that I had to cut out my numbers.

After my numbers were all cut out I was wondering how I was going to make them pretty and I decided that Perfect Pearls was the answer. I embossed each number with ultra thick embossing powder and then Perfect Pearled them up! Next step was some glossy accents to get them attached to my 2×2 paper cut outs.

After all my numbers were done I used Scor-Tape to stick the paper to the inside of my favor box. I already had a cookie sheet that I had spray painted earlier this year and decided that I would use magnets to attach the favor boxes to my cookie sheet and then just hang it back up!

I created a list of activities for us to do each day leading up to Christmas so that the kids would have more to look forward to then just candy in a box. I did sneak some Christmas M&M’s into some of them though :) Next year I will have another cookie sheet that is larger that I will spray paint and use so that I can place the boxes in a Christmas Tree format! I forgot to mention that my whole project was a total cost of $9 dollars since all I needed was the favor tins and M&M’s!

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Feel free to link up your DIY Advent Calendar, I would love to see what you have created!


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