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Countdown To Christmas

Ready or not, the Countdown to Christmas is on and Brett Lund from Robert's Crafts shares 8 different calendars to help you mark the holidays. These ideas are so cute you're going to want to make one for yourself and create a bunch for your friends and neighbors.

Christmas Drawer Calendars
Created By: Brett Lund
Skill Level: Intermediate
Time to Complete: 2 hours

Supplies:

· Peek A Box & small advent calendar box from Karen Foster.

· All paper is from We R Memory Keepers

· 7/8", 5/8" circle punches

Instructions:

1. For all 24 of the boxes you will do the exact same thing just change the paper on the front of the box.

2. On the package of the box there is a template for the front of the boxes. You can either cut the template out and use it or you can cut out the paper without the template. The dimensions for the box for the big calendar is 2"x 2". The dimensions for the smaller box are 1 ½" x 1 ½".

3. Cut a piece of paper to fit the size of the box. Either trace the template or trace the box where the hole is at the top of the box. I found that you can also use a 7/8" punch for the large boxes and the5/8" for the smaller boxes to punch the half circle from the middle top of the box.

4. Once the paper is cut to size, use double stick tape to attach the piece of paper to the box.

5. If you want to embellish the outside of the box go ahead and do it now.

6. Attach the numbers to the front of the boxes.

Christmas Tree Boxes calendar
Created By: Brett Lund
Skill Level: Beginning
Time to Complete: 1 hour

Supplies:

· Green paper

· Tim Holtz Snow Flurries and Snowman Embossing folder

· Bakers twine

· Assorted number sticker from American Crafts

· Stamp maker rings from Making Memories

Instructions:

I designed the pyramid boxes on the gypsy, but you can find pyramid boxes on the Tags, Bags, Boxes & more cartridge. The wedding cartridge has some good shapes also.
Cut out 24 pyramid boxes.
Emboss all of the boxes using the Snow Flurries embossing folder.
Fold and put together the boxes.
Tie bakers twine in the center of the boxes.
Using the tag maker, make the large tags.
Stick the assorted numbers onto the tags.
Hang the boxes from your tree.

Library pocket advent calendar
Created By: Brett Lund
Skill Level: Beginning
Time to Complete: 1 hour

Supplies:

· All paper is from Bo Bunny

· Black vinyl

· Transfer tape

· Eyelets

· Ribbon

Instructions:

1. Cut out 24 pieces of patterned paper. The size is: 3 ¼" x 3 ½" This will be the base that you will glue to the front of the envelopes.

2. On one of the sheets, there are tags. Cut them out. You can get 6 tags on one sheet, so you will need 4 sheets.

3. Using the Cricut machine, cut out 1" letters from the Storybook cartridge, on the black vinyl.

4. Using the transfer tape, transfer the letters to the tags.

5. Glue the tags to the fronts of your patterned paper.

6. Glue the squares of the patterned paper to the front of your pockets.

7. Cut out pieces of paper size: 4 ¼" x 3". Put these pieces of paper in your envelopes.

8. Cut a strip of ¾" x 4" paper. Glue this to the back of your pockets.

9. Punch a hole in the square, and set an eyelet in the flap.

10. Gather all the envelopes and tie together using a piece of ribbon.

Matchbox Advent Calendar
Created By: Brett Lund
Skill Level: Beginning
Time to Complete: 1 hour

Supplies:

· All paper is from Doodlebug Design

· 24 matchboxes.

· Small scalloped circle punch

· Martha Stewart Number punch

Instructions:

1. Cut out 24 pieces of paper size: 2" x 4".

2. Glue the strips of paper to the matchboxes.

3. Punch out 24 scalloped circles.

4. Punch out enough numbers to number your boxes 1-24

5. Glue the numbers to the small scalloped circles.

6. Glue the scalloped circles to the front of the boxes.

Merry Christmas magnet board advent calendar
Created By: Brett Lund
Skill Level: Beginning
Time to Complete: 1 hour

Supplies:

· All paper and embellishments are from My Minds Eye "12 Days of Christmas" line.

· 12 x 12 sheet of metal. (I purchased mine from Home Depot in the heating department)

· 24 small magnets

· 24 1 ¼" wooden squares

· 1 yard of ribbon

· Number stamps from American Crafts

· 1 ¼" square punch

· Cricut machine

· Christmas Cricut cartridge

· E6000 adhesive

Instructions:

Stamp numbers 1-24 on assorted patterned paper.
Punch out the numbers using a 1 1/4" punch.
Glue the numbered pattern paper squares to the front of the wooden squares.
If you need to trim off any paper that is hanging over the squares do it next.
Using the E6000 glue the magnets to the back of the wooden squares.
For the metal board, using tin scissors, cut holes out of the top corners of your sheet metal.
Glue a sheet of patterned paper to your sheet metal.
Using the Christmas Cricut cartridge, cut out three trees out of patterned paper. Glue the trees to the magnet board.
Embellish with chipboard embellishments.
Tie the ribbon in the two holes so the magnet board can be hung.

Take-out box advent calendar
Created By: Brett Lund
Skill Level: Beginning
Time to Complete: 1 hour

Supplies:

· All paper is by Teresa Collins Design

· 24 small (8 oz) "Noodle Boxes"

· Ribbon

Instructions:

1. Cut out all the numbers from the sheet of paper.

2. Trace one of the front of the boxes on a scratch piece of paper. Cut this out. This will be the template that you trace on all the patterned paper.

3. Lay out the pieces of patterned paper, and match them up with the numbers.

4. Glue the numbers onto the patterned paper.

5. Glue the patterned paper to the front of the noodle boxes.

6. Tie ribbon around the handles of the boxes.

7. Hang the boxes on a tree, or place around the house. You could also tie the boxes to a piece of ribbon or string and make it a garland.

Wooden Spool Calendar
Created By: Brett Lund
Skill Level: Intermediate
Time to Complete: 2 hours

Supplies:

· All paper is from My Minds Eye

· 25 wooden spools (the size that I used was 1 ½" x 2 1/8")

· Jute

· Number stamps (I used the number stamps from Hero Arts)

· Fired Brick Destress ink

· Spool holder

· 1 3/8" circle punch

· 1 ¼" scalloped circle punch

Instructions:

Cut out 25 sheets of patterned paper sized: 1 5/8" x 5" Ink all the sides of the paper with the fired brick ink pad.
Cut out the scriptures and glue to the strips of paper.
Punch out the circles and glue to the tops of the spools.
Stamp the numbers, then punch them out with the scalloped punch.
Glue the scalloped punches to the top of the spools.
Glue the strips of paper with the scriptures to the spools.
Wrap the spools with the paper, and tie closed with jute.
Store the spools on the spool rack.

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