Sunday, November 24, 2013

She's Crafty- DIY Advent Calendar

I finally pulled off my craft moment this holiday season.  Making a homemade Advent Calendar.  Oh and sidenote here, have I mentioned I am not the craft person? Well, if I have instructions and time (what's that?) I can be crafty, but I am not someone who can come up with these cute ideas on my own.

I had planned to do this one last year, but just never got it together with a 5 month old and 2 year old at home. So I started early this year and was determined to get it done!  I ordered my favor tins from Amazon last month, printed out my numbers last week and bought the hole-punch and frame at Michaels last night.  I am super proud of myself for getting it all together before December 1st- wish I could say the same about my holiday shopping list.

So of course I stole the idea from a few bloggers I read and tweeked it a bit.

Here is what you will need:
Wilton Favor Tin (25 tins)
Magnet stickers (I got 40 for 1.99$ at Michaels)
Magnet Frame (5.99$ at Michaels)
Printables, see below
Modge Podge matte formula
Fiskars Squeeze Punch X-Large, Round 'n Round

After you purchase your cute favor tins, print out your printables of numbers and the things 'to do' each day. I found these 2 options to be the cutest printables: Makoodle  and DavetDesigns.

Then take your hole punch and punch out the numbers and idea circles with your 2 inch hole punch.

Then paint a thin coat of modge podge on the front of the number, and glue to the INSIDE of the clear plastic top. Allow it to dry. I am not the best modge podger and mine still had a few bubbles on it, but hey, it's homemade and it looks like I worked hard at it. Plus it's a great instruction to give to your 3 year old to help you with the project.  She did great with painting on the glue and she feels like she was a part of making our calendar.

Here is an example of the right way to modge podge from makoodle (clearly not from my examples today):

But, I will grace you with a picture of my own workspace from today... a work in progress:

After they have dried, then you just peel and stick on the magnets to the back.  Very easy, even a 3 year old can do this!

Then you place the instructional circles inside of your tins. The bloggers I listed above have ones printed out you can use and makoodle has some blank ones you can fill out with your own family traditions.

Then you place them on the magnet board and voila! Oh and I haven't decided yet if I should put a '25' in the middle or not, since we usually didn't have Day 25 on ours when I was growing up.

I think it's so cute!  Now I just have to decide on where to place it...hmm...hang it on the fridge, put it in a plate holder to display, nail it to the wall? Ideas??


  1. What a great idea! I will order the supplies today and work on it during the Thanksgiving holidays :)