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!


Cutting Fabric with the Cricut

Well I hope you all had a wonderful Easter and today is April Fools! I have to admit that I completely forgot about April Fools Day and I am not generally a prankster so this must be the reason why I usually forget about April Fools!

My family and I had a great Easter and I even managed to squeeze in some crafting! My main goal this weekend was to try to cut fabric with my Cricut this weekend. I have some great plans for some home decor and adding fabric to a scrapbooking layout could always give it some added texture.

The wonderful Cara Miller sent me this great link which of course I immediately pinned. I followed the decorations to the tee and I was able to cut out these fantastic letters out of some old Spring looking fabric that I had laying around the house.

The only problem I had, was that I couldn’t get it to make intricate cuts but I have a feeling that if I had a better quality fabric that intricate cuts would not have been a problem!

I made this cute little T-Shirt for my little one using the free Easter cuts in the Cricut Craft Room and just ironed the letters right on the shirt. Easy as Pie!

cutting fabric with the cricut

You can find the instructions right here! These instructions were so easy to follow and if you buy the small package of Heat and Bond it is only about $3 dollars at Joann’s.


Photo Cookie Sheet

pinterest winter-challenge


I just had to do it! I love a challenge and a friend of mine told me about this wonderful challenge over at the Young House Love site. So the deal is that I have to actually do one of those awesome Pinterest projects that I have pinned. This is so that we aren’t always pinning but we actually make the things we pin.

I decided to do the cookie sheet redesign. I found the idea here and I really enjoyed doing this project. It was super easy to do and I was able to reuse those cookie sheets that I can no longer use to actually make cookies. I happened to have two of them. I also added another pin to this challenge that I recently pinned which was the washi tape rosettes, which you can find here. I might have gone a little crazy with the washi tape but I had a blast making the rosettes and turning them into magnets.

Supplies needed for this are:

  • cookie sheets
  • paper
  • circle punch
  • washi tape
  • spray paint
  • glue dots
  • paper flowers
  • 1×1 square magnets

I decided to repurpose two of my cookie sheets, one I would turn into a magnet board for photos and the other one would be a chalk board for my daughter to use so that she can practice her sight words!

A trip to Home Depot was in order and I purchased two cans of spray paint for about $10 dollars.

spa blue spray paint chalk board spray paint

My next step was to spray paint my cookie sheets. I have to say that the Spa Blue glossy paint turned out to be absolutely gorgeous!

spa blue sheet chalk board paint sheet

My cookie sheets are still wet in these photos but you can see what I mean about the Spa Blue being a gorgeous color. While I was waiting for the cookie sheets to dry I started to make the magnets for the picture magnet board. I made rosette magnets and flower magnets and had a ton of fun making these. I made different sizes and used some Prima flowers that I have been dying to use but seemed to big for a layout or a card.

rosette with washi tape and epoxy circle

rosette with washi tape and epoxy circle

The first rosette I made by adding a strip of washi tape to the middle of my 1×10 inch piece of cardstock. I then scored it at every ΒΌ and created my rosette. I then taped some washi tape onto a scrap piece of cardstock and used the Epiphany Crafts shape maker to create an epoxy circle to put on the top of my rosette. On the back of my rosette is a 1×1 square piece of magnet (you can pick these up in your local office supply store).

rosette with washi tape and sewing

rosette with washi tape and sewing

Another rosette, I decided that I wanted to incorporate some type of stitching so I created my rosette and then I punched a 3/4 size circle out of white cardstock. Next I added some washi tape to a blue piece of scrap cardstock and punched a smaller circle. I adhered the two circles together and used my paper piercer to pierce holes all the way around so that I could stitch a circle. I placed a 1×1 piece of magnet to the back

purple prima flower

purple prima flower

The prima flowers were super easy to make I had some Creative Memories leaves and adhered a white one and a blue one together then all I did was adhere my Prima flower to the leaves! I then placed my 1×1 piece of magnet to the back of it.

After the chalk board cookie sheet dried over night you have to cure it by rubbing a piece of chalk over the entire piece of chalk board so that it can be used as a chalk board.

chalk board cured cookie sheet

The spa blue cookie sheet was ready to go and all I had to do was add my command strips to the back of it and adhere it to the wall.

photo magnet board chalkboard painted cookie sheet

See you really can do these awesome projects that you find on Pinterest! If you would like to see what other things have inspired me on Pinterest come on over and follow my boards. You can also sign up and get some great tutorials on how to use your iPhone to print those awesome photos for your new repurposed cookie sheet!

What projects have you done from your Pinterest pins?

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