Advent Calendar ~ A Countdown to Christmas

When I was little my mom used to make me a Hershey Kiss Advent Calendar. She would cut out a Christmas tree and use tape to secure the kisses. I used to love this and I couldn’t wait for December 1st so I could start the countdown.

I’ve modified her design a little and made this reusable Countdown to Christmas ~ Advent Calendar

Advent Calendar 5

**This post was previously published on Krafty Cards etc. November 2013**

I started by gathering all my supplies which include: a 9×12 rectangle piece of wood, 1 piece 12×12 Christmas themed scrapbook paper, 1 piece of red cardstock (8.5×11), ribbon, star punch, glue & hot glue gun, mod podge & a brush, Christmas tree pattern, and of course…Hersey Kisses. I used almond kisses but you can change it up and use your favorite.

 

Advent Calendar 1

 

After printing the Christmas tree pattern I used it to cut-out 2 trees, 1 from a piece of thin cardboard and the other from the red cardstock. Next, I trimmed the patterned paper to fit on the top of the wooden board.

I also punched a large star out of a small piece of yellow paper I had in the scraps pile and I printed a Christmas Countdown journaling block that got mounted on the left-over red cardstock.

Count out 24 kisses and you’re ready to get started gluing.

 

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advent Calendar 2

The gluing process takes time and patience, you don’t want to start layering things too early or you might make a mess of things so I let each step dry before continuing on to the next.

The first step is to glue the patterned paper to the wood since the Mod Podge soaks into the wood I painted a thick layer making sure to get the edges and corners really good. I gave this a few minutes to dry and then painted a thinner layer over the top of the paper.

Next, I glued the cardboard tree to the patterned paper and then the red cardstock tree on top of that. You can skip the cardboard if you want, I only used it to give it a lift. Again, I gave this a few minutes to dry and then painted a thinner layer over the top.

After That dried, I used the hot glue to attach the star, ribbon, bow and the Christmas countdown text box.

advent Calendar 3

 

Finally, the last step is to place the kisses. {I laid them out before starting this project to make sure all 24 would fit on the tree} Photo splits are perfect! They are just the right size to fit on the bottom of the kiss without having to be trimmed. They are also strong enough to hold the kisses upright but will be easy to peel off so you can use this great calendar year after year.

Here’s the finished product, what do you think?

Advent Calendar 4

 

What do you use for an advent calendar? 

Leave your reply in the comments below.

 

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Maria is a full-time blogger, graphic designer, crafter and bullet journalist. She loves spending time with her family and creating printables and projects to share on her blog, the Krafty Owl.
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Maria is a full-time blogger, graphic designer, crafter and bullet journalist. She loves spending time with her family and creating printables and projects to share on her blog, the Krafty Owl.

11 Comments

  1. I made an advent calendar years ago when my children were young and we still use it. Wouldn’t be Christmas without it anymore. I love how simple yours is! Pinning to share 🙂
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