YAY It’s Time to Make an Advent Calendar

Let’s count down the days to the end of the year with an advent calendar! Let’s get ready for Christmas and winter with a bang! Thinking about it is raising up my adrenaline and I’m gagging with excitement!

Advent calendars made me so happy when I was little. I loved those 2D dollhouses that you opened up the windows and got to see what was going on inside. Everyday was special when you had a window to open.

The fun thing about making your own advent calendar is that you can put anything you want behind the windows. What are you thinking about, what do you want to have happen, what do you want to see?  I wanted to make mine a home and contain all of the best memories of this year, all of me and D’s secret desires and dreams for the futre.

 

Let me show you how I made it.

What you need:

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House template or freehand draw. I got mine from the Martha Stewart website.

*For the template, I took a selected screen shot of the house and then saved that as a pdf. When I printed it out I enlarged it to 300% so it would fill the whole sheet of an A4 sized paper.

– Two sheets of card stock.

– Sharp pencil

– Scissors

– Blade knife

– Cutting board

– Glue

– Pictures to put behind the windows, paint, ribbon, paper, washi tape and other things for decoration

– Some chocolate to help you get through the afternoon

 

Steps:

1) Print out the template or freehand draw a house.

*For the template, I took a selected screen shot of the house and converted it to a pdf. When I printed it out I enlarged it to 300% so it would fill the whole sheet of an A4 sized paper.

2) Cut out and trace the template onto two sheets of cardstock. I used a blade knife to cut the lines of the window on the template and traced those lines as well.

IMG_2840The great thing about the template is that you can trace it and have two identical copies of the house, so you don’t have to worry about measurements and you can get on to the fun stuff which is:

3!) Collect pictures for your windows.

I used a combination of images from the internet and my photos, things that me and D love like amaro del capo, prosecco, horses, cats, pens, notebooks, hands, olive trees, lips, words, mushrooms, fire, the beach, underwear, books, skeletons, muscles, and each other.

Things to put behind the windows
Things to put behind the windows

 

4. Glue the pictures on one of the houses. I first pasted some gold paper that I got from an anthropolgie catalogue onto the windows and then put the pictures over them to give it a little bit more pizzazz and spice.

5. Decorate the other house. You can go wild at this part.

I painted the windows with shutters and numbers and used washi tape to trim the edged and door.

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The possibilities are endless! The calendar could hold so many magical things for you and your family – full of memories and dreams and desires. Have fun!

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