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Want to impress a 6 year old? DIY a Latch Containers Advent Calendar

Advent Calendar with Latch containers

Hello everyone,

hope you are having a great week, here it’s been good but very busy because I’ve been working on this fun project for my little nephew and I wanted to make sure I could give it to him before December 1st. I wanted to post about it since last week but I only started working on it this weekend and with Nate around I’m lucky to have finished this project at all.

As I’m writing this post (Tuesday evening), I’m having difficulties focusing because he is trying to reach for everything from our kitchen island and counters with the help of our orange pouf.

Please let me share with you how I put this fun Advent Calendar together:

These are the tools I needed :

  • -1 piece of wood (got mine from Home Depot for $3.99 last summer)
  • - latch containers from the dollar store (got 27 of them, they came in a pack of 3 for $1.25)
  • - washi tape (I already had these)
  • - red paint (or color of your choice, mine was from last year’s advent calendar)
  • - old belt (or any cord would do)
  • - cardstock
  • - Silhouette Cameo (for the numbers)

When I started working on this project, I knew that I didn’t want to paint the plastic containers, so I decorated them with washi tape to hide the goodies inside from my nephew.

Then I setup the small latch containers in the piece of wood to see how they would fit together :

Christmas project Latch Containers DIY Advent Calendar

Christmas project Latch Containers DIY Advent Calendar

I painted the piece of wood in red paint (left over paint from last year’s advent calendar) with a small paint brush and let it dry for over an hour:

Christmas project Latch Containers DIY Advent Calendar

I love the bright red, it screams Christmas:

Christmas project Latch Containers DIY Advent Calendar

Hubby, helped me with this project by drilling these little containers to the piece of wood one by one:

Christmas project Latch Containers DIY Advent Calendar

Once all the containers were drilled to the wood, hubby found one of his old belts in our garage and we used it to hang the calendar to the wall. I love the look:

stapling a black belt to the back of the advent calendar

You can see in the picture below how we stapled it to the back of the advent calendar:

stapling a black belt to the back of the advent calendar

this is how the calendar looked once all the containers were drilled and once the belt was added to the back of it:

plastic latch containers for DIY project

Next, I had to find a way to add numbers to each container.

Guess what? I have a little surprise for you, I’ve been meaning to post about it since last weekend but never had a chance to. If you follow me on Facebook, you are already in the know. If you don’t follow me on Facebook yet, please, please follow me and thank you. Okay, okay, I won’t make you wait any longer. Christmas came early this year. Yep, hubby gave me the best gift ever; a Silhouette Cameo. I’m so happy because we weren’t able to find any in Montreal, we’ve been looking for one of these amazing machines forever and last week we found out that Michaels Canada (Montreal) had only 3 of them in stock for the first time. Hubby surprised me with one of them after we saw my friend Lauren’s video (you have to see this video). Beware, you might be compelled to go and buy one yourself after seeing Lauren’s fun video.

Silhouette Cameo new Christmas toy for the Holidays it arrived early

I used my new Silhouette Cameo to print/cut the numbers with cardstock and then glued them to the plastic containers. Only after cutting these numbers I realized I could’ve used the vinyl instead, it would’ve made my job easier. I’m still very new at this and just started playing with my new machine and I hope I will be able to share new projects with you as soon as I figure this thing out:

numbers with Silhouette Cameo machine plastic latch containers

Here is my little man, helping me glue the numbers to the plastic latch containers (he didn’t want me to take a picture of him, so he pretended he couldn’t see me) :

Nathan helping me

I loved how the calendar looked but I knew something was missing, hubby came up with the idea of adding this old wood ornament that we had in our garage from 3 Christmases ago. The colors of this ornament look great with the bright red of the wood. It also defines it as a Christmas advent calendar, doesn’t it?

I took some pictures of the calendar hanging from the wall so you can have an idea of how it looks with the belt and the addition of the wood ornament:

Advent Calendar with Latch containers DIY project

I love it, it’s simple but I know it will do it’s job.

To take these pictures, I had to have hubby temporarily remove our dining room mirror so I could hang it to the wall. See what I’m talking about? And did you spot my new pretty Silhouette?

Silhouette Cameo Christmas gift from hubby now at my new desk

I will be filling my nephew’s calendar with chocolate and candy. I will give it to him tomorrow afternoon after school. I’m crossing my fingers and hope he will be impressed with his aunt’s skills OR not:

Advent Calendar with Latch containers DIY project

And if you want to see Nate’s last year Advent calendar, you can visit the post here, I updated some of the pictures with new ones from this year because last year’s pictures were not too pretty:

Advent Calendar for Christmas countdown

I hope this small project has inspired you to make your own advent calendar this year, there’s still some time left. Trust me, kids and adults love them. Next year, I might make one for myself in pink (maybe):

Advent Calendar

Wish you all a lovely evening &

Thanks again for stopping by !

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  • Time With Thea says:

    Ingrid, your creativity and ingenuity amazes me. Nate is going to have sooo much fun with this advent calendar this year. I love how you made it into a very stylish Christmas display too! ~Thea

    November 26, 2013 at 8:24 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much Thea :-) it was a fun project to put together, I really hope he will like it when he will open it every day until Christmas day :-)

      November 26, 2013 at 8:25 pm
  • mtetar says:

    Hi Ingrid,

    This is a project worth sharing it is beautiful and I say unique as well. Nate great job being a big helper. Enjoy the holidays. Blessings, Mtetar

    November 26, 2013 at 9:15 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you so much Mtetar, I’m very happy you really like this fun project. I had fun doing it and loved that once again my little man was there to help :-)
      You too Mtetar enjoy the Holidays and wish you a lovely week! :-)

      November 26, 2013 at 9:21 pm
  • Lauren @ The Thinking Closet says:

    Wow! I’m so impressed you tackled print and cut for your first Silhouette project! That ain’t easy. And I love the outcome. Those little latch boxes are PERFECT for an advent calendar. And I love hubby’s contribution, too, with the ornaments (although in a way, he’s responsible for the Silhouette, too! Yay!). Thanks for the link love to my video – - once again, sooooo excited that you now have a whole new world of crafting and DIYing opening up with your new favorite crafting tool! ;-)

    November 26, 2013 at 9:28 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Oh! Thank you, thank you so much Lauren :-) I’m so happy you liked the results
      I can’t believe my first attempt worked with the cardstock, only later I thought of the vinyl but I want to keep the vinyl for future projects ;-)
      & Yes, hubby contributed a lot to this project, he says it’s because it doesn’t involve him moving furniture ha!ha!
      I hope they get to see your fun video so now everyone can start using the Silhouette for their future projects (that would be fun!)
      thanks again Lauren :-)

      November 26, 2013 at 9:37 pm
  • cassie says:

    ingrid, this is so fun! my kids would definitely be impressed!

    November 26, 2013 at 10:03 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      :-) Thanks Cassie! I’m glad you said that, I really hope my nephew will be impressed with it too. I will give it to him tomorrow ;-)

      November 26, 2013 at 10:14 pm
  • Amy Mayen says:

    I assure you, your nephew will love it! I love those little containers, I have some similar ones from staples! So glad to see what you were making with those little numbers- I was dying! I need some ideas for an itty bitty advent- something that won’t take much space:) love both of yours!!

    November 26, 2013 at 11:17 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you very much Amy! :-) hope you will do one of your own maybe this year?

      November 27, 2013 at 11:35 am
  • gentlestitches says:

    My 13 year old said it looks great and I agree. I think your nephew will love it now, and in years to come! :)

    November 27, 2013 at 12:20 am
    • now at home mom says:

      :-) YAY! I’m happy he really liked it, I will be giving it to my nephew in just a few hours, I really hope he likes it :-) thank you!

      November 27, 2013 at 11:36 am
  • ohlidia says:

    Very cute Ingrid, especially with the addition of the wooden santa and snowman. I remember seeing the one you made for Nate last year and told myself I too would make one. Alas, December 1st is around the corner and I shall be stuck once again with my cardboard Christmas Tree advent calendar I got from Second Cup 6 or 7 years ago!

    November 27, 2013 at 9:11 am
    • now at home mom says:

      :-) oh! nice that you still have yours from 7 years ago Lidia, I’m sure it’s very nice & hope next year you will try to make your own calendar, you will making it , you’ll see! :-)

      November 27, 2013 at 11:37 am
  • ohlidia says:

    Oh, and I saw your post on Hometalk… way to go Ingrid! :-)

    November 27, 2013 at 9:12 am
    • now at home mom says:

      :-) thanks Lidia

      November 27, 2013 at 11:39 am
  • Julia@cuckoo4design says:

    What a great idea to use those containers. (I love my cameo by the way).
    LOve this advent calendar a lot Ingrid!

    November 27, 2013 at 12:06 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      :-) Thank you very much Julia! & I’m sure I will love mine (cameo) very much too ;-)

      November 27, 2013 at 7:39 pm
  • memyselfandkids.com says:

    It doesn’t look like your 2 year old is all that impressed.
    I don’t know what an Advent Calendar is.

    November 28, 2013 at 1:18 am
    • now at home mom says:

      :-) hi!hi! you are right in that picture he doesn’t look too happy, he was shy when I was taking a picture of him! ;-)

      December 2, 2013 at 5:47 am
  • Krista @thehappyhousie says:

    So exciting about your silhouette Ingrid. I am thinking of getting one on this sale that is happening right now. Your advent calendar idea is so adorable!!

    November 29, 2013 at 6:11 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you so much Krista! :-)

      December 2, 2013 at 5:47 am
  • easycraftsforchildren says:

    What a lovely Advent Calendar Ingrid :-) Great idea !!
    Have a good weekend :-)

    November 29, 2013 at 6:12 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      Thank you Izabel!, hope you had a lovely week and wish you a great week too! :-)

      December 2, 2013 at 5:48 am
      • easycraftsforchildren says:

        Have a good week you too :-)

        December 2, 2013 at 7:02 am
        • now at home mom says:

          Thank you very much Izabel! :-)

          December 2, 2013 at 7:25 pm
  • craftivitydesigns says:

    So cool, Ingrid!! The little boxes are a great idea and that so exciting that you got a cameo. What a fun new toy :)

    November 30, 2013 at 10:51 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      :-) Thank you very much! & yes, cameo is one of the best toys for Christmas (loving it very much) :-)

      December 2, 2013 at 5:49 am
  • Cristina says:

    How pretty! Both projects turned out really well! and oh girl, I’m feeling a bit jealous about your new Cameo :/ Enjoy it :)

    December 6, 2013 at 2:07 pm
    • now at home mom says:

      :-) thanks Cristina! I love my new Cameo too and can’t wait to really start making pretty things with it! :-)

      December 7, 2013 at 9:07 am

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