Thursday, November 29, 2012

Advent Calendar (s)

The countdown begins.  My forty year old kids still like their advent calendars.  Okay, they aren't forty yet,  but I personally know they will still want them at forty!....A mother knows!!  

The process...
These drawer fronts were purchased from the Re-Store.  We were going to use them in the bathroom, but the size just didn't work.  They are maple.

Painted the backs.

I used watchmaker cases.  Cut 2 1/2 inch circles and sprayed the front side of the circles with adhesive and stuck them to the back of the glass.

Drew my picture on the front x 2

Started painting.  Not my strong suit.

Finished painting.  The snowflake on the mailbox is to cover up the kids names on the mailbox. Unfortunately my painted snowflakes wouldn't be so perfect.

I had laid out 24 cases on the boards to ensure that this would work....whew!

For nice crisp edges, I used straight edges on the sides so I could butt the tins right up to the layout lines.

I used gorilla glue but I found it was more hassle than it was worth.  The glue expanded out the edges and never held in the end.   Next time....HOT GLUE! and screws!

Got everything lined up.  Picture number 2 in the background. 

I drilled a pilot hole and secured each one with a screw. 
Filled with candy.
I had these hanger in my stash, which came in a picture hanging kit from the dollar store.

 layout so it would be equal on each side.  
Attached hangers to each side.
Made a bow to sit in the center of the ribbon at the hanging point.

Secured ribbon bow to the long piece of ribbon with wire.

Tied the ribbon to the hanger and stapled the tails to the back of the frame.

Cut out a stencil on the Cricut.  "Sharpied" in all the numbers, as I didn't have any sticky vinyl.  I think I might change this to vinyl next year.

And times two....


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  1. Wow! I love them! The painting, reusing the doors, the little cases...what a perfect gift!

  2. Those turned out so cute!
    Shannon @ Sewing Barefoot

  3. How creative you are! Thank you for following Carole's Chatter. Have a super week.

  4. THAT IS AMAZING!!!! I truly love this!!!

  5. This is sooo cute. A fabulous idea.

  6. oh that is so very sweet. love it. I'm sure opening the little tins daily will add to the Christmas magic.


    Following ya now from the Friday hop. It's so sweet to meet ya. I'd love for you to join me for the ride at Local Sugar Hawaii . We're riding the wave of life one teensy adventure at a time, come join us and if you'd like join us for An Aloha Affair-- our sweet gathering and mingling and... growing together. You're welcome anytime.


  7. I am amazing at all of the lovely work and intricate detail you put into this!! I really love this idea!!

    I found you through a blog hop, glad I did! I look forward to reading your posts and am now following you! Come on by the Aloha Friday Blog hop and link up with us too!! It's easy and you could end up being next week's featured blogger!! Come on by and link up if you please!! It's a great way to get more followers and we'd love to have you at the Aloha Friday Blog Hop

  8. I'm a new follower from the Super Handmade Sunday Hop and I wish I had known about this craft months ago. It is a bit late to make it for this year for me, but yours turned out awesome.

  9. This is a wonderful idea - customisable and reusable. Thanks for linking up :)

    Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

  10. These are gorgeous, and you put so much thought into making them! Thanks for partying with us @ Keep Calm & Link Up! Have an awesome week :)
    xo, Meredith @

  11. Wow,I LOVE these advent calendars! And, yes, I'm sure your kids will still want to enjoy these when they are 40! Thanks for sharing on the homemade holiday party.


  12. What a special way to count the days until Christmas...Blessings, Becky

  13. oh, how sweet your advent calendars are! so much more special when handmade. I love the painting you did!
    thanks for sharing, catching you this week.
    ps did you dampen the board to make the Gorilla Glue stick? I love the stuff! I'm surprised it didn't work....not surprised it oozed out. that's the tricky part.

  14. Love love this! So cute and creative! I am your newest follower, and I just voted fro you over at the Homemade Holiday Party!

  15. Lovely.
    Thanks for sharing at Shabbilicious Friday.


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