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.

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