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Christmas Crafting

I have fond memories of having Advent calendars to count down to Christmas, and for the past couple of years, I've seen some really beautiful hand-crafted versions in the craft blogs (here, here, or this adorable Halloween Calendar, here).

Also on the craft blogs, I saw a suggestion to fill the calendar with activities instead of candy. I love this idea, as it seems both more appropriate for the spirit of Christmas and much healthier than daily candy.

So this year, I decided to make my own. Using the instructions for the Halloween Calendar above, I created my own Advent calendar and filled it partially with prettily-packaged suggestions. Some boxes are still empty, to be filled with candy as we get closer. I'm unwilling to completely ditch the joy of getting candy in a little box!

They're all backed by magnets and will live on our fridge once December starts.


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Nov. 18th, 2008 07:50 am (UTC)
Oh this is so pretty! I bet you'll use nicer candy than the wax-chocolate I remember in my advent calendars as a kid...
Nov. 18th, 2008 09:12 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I'm thinking some sort of Seattle-based chocolate. :) I remember finding some of the store-bought advent calendars a bit icky on the chocolate, sadly.
Nov. 18th, 2008 02:38 pm (UTC)

Where did you get/print the numbers?
Nov. 18th, 2008 09:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks. :)

Almost all of the numbers are printed off from Microsoft Word with the same font but in different sizes (and with a drop shadow effect). I then either cut around the number with a craft knife (for example, see 4 or 24), or punched them out with a circular cutter and then glued the circle on.

There are a couple of square numbers that I used to mix things up a bit (for example, see 3); those I found as a page of stickers in the scrap booking section of our local craft store (Benjamin Franklin).

Edited at 2008-11-18 09:59 pm (UTC)
Nov. 19th, 2008 07:32 pm (UTC)
Ooh, purty. I like the boxes. Very cool idea to do individual containers instead of "windows" like most Advent calendars I've seen. Excellent selection of red and green papercraftiness on display. :)
Nov. 20th, 2008 03:58 am (UTC)
:-) Thanks!
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