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 :
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:
I love the bright red, it screams Christmas:
Hubby, helped me with this project by drilling these little containers to the piece of wood one by one:
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:
You can see in the picture below how we stapled it 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:
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.
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:
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) :
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:
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?
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:
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):
Wish you all a lovely evening &
Thanks again for stopping by !
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