Thursday, November 29, 2012

Christmas Countdown or Advent Calendar

Are you super excited to celebrate each moment of this Holiday season? 

I know I am! 

Practical Scrapper Patty here to share a fun project to countdown the days until Christmas. As a child, everyday in December, I looked forward to opening the door on our Advent calendar to see what fun representation of the holiday season would present itself!  I wanted to create a calendar that my kids can open each day and that I can change out what is behind the doors for next year.  This is what I came up with: 

I used acrylic squares that were intended for an album and used my heavy duty Crop-A-Dile and punched holes so that I could place brads through the acrylic to hold both the front "door" and the back holiday item in place.  To create the snowlike numbers I used white paint on my stamp, immediately after stamping the number, I poured iridescent glitter over it.  When the paint dried, I simply shook off the excess glitter.  Each door got a little "snowy" edging with white paint too.

Here are just a couple of examples of the goodies behind each door. 

You can use whatever holiday embellishments you happen to have.  I used a wide range of items including brads, stickers, letters, chipboard, 3-d embellies and rub-ons. Symbols of the season.     

I created a title with a pre-made Christmas title and green glitter letters.  

The last day on my countdown does not have a number but a gift that says "Do Not Open Until Christmas"
Hiding behind that gift is Santa and his sleigh and a message that says "Happy Birthday Jesus." 

 Next year, I just need to open the brads and replace the items on the back with fun, new holiday goodies! 

I hope this inspires you to create a calendar to countdown this magical season! 
Happy Holidays to all of our readers! 

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