Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Let the Countdown Begin!


So, I made an advent calendar for the girls :o) I'm am SO proud of this project! It turned out AWESOME!
First, I gathered 24 little cardboard jewelry boxes and painted them in Christmas-y colors.

Then, I got a frame at a SUPER low price! I was at Jo-Ann on Black Friday and found a black poster frame in the clearance section marked down from $40 to $4 because the glass had broken out of it!! Cha-ching! Perfect because I would have taken the glass out anyway. I had some fabric left over from the dry-erase calendar I made a while back, so I used that as the background. I glued it to the wood backing of the frame using spray adhesive.

Then, I printed numbers 1-24 off on my printer in various fonts and cut them out, leaving a thin white border. Pesky Jaden thought it was HILARIOUS to blow them all off of the little foot stool they are sitting on! I picked them all up about 500 times...

Then, I arranged my boxes on the frame...
Next, I mod-podged the numbers to the box tops and hot-glued the box bottoms to the background.

Then I put J's favorite candies in each of the boxes...

I put the lids back on and it was done!!! I L-O-V-E LOVE it!! I want to hang it with a big red ribbon.

I love how the boxes are different sizes...
I want to make them for ALL of the holidays :o) Isn't it SA-WEET?!?!

Linking to all of these parties!

26 comments:

Gramma J said...

WOW!! I love it!!!!
Start saving your boxes, you are going to have to make another one for T-Max!!

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

Very cute & Martha should be worried! :-)

Elizabeth said...

SO cute! I might have to start looking for materials now, so that when I FINALLY have kids, I'll be ready. :-)

The Girl Creative said...

looks great!!! :) My poor little advent calendar never made it to the completed pile. lol There's always next year though, right? :)

Rebecca D. said...

This is sooooooo adorable!Simple and beautiful! Thanks for linking! I love it!

Becca @ Blue Cricket Design

Cathy said...

This is such a cute & simple idea - I love it....I've been wanting to make advent calendars for years and keep putting it off....and oddly enough - I have all of these supplies in my house RIGHT NOW - I could make one tonight and only be 2 days behind :)

Kristen said...

very nice!

LeeAnn said...

WoW! I LOVE it! You come up with some of the greatest ideas:)

New Every Morning said...

SO fun!!!

Emily said...

VERY cute....and so easy! If I'm not careful, I'll end up with 50 advents before X-mas is over ;)

Danielle (Life with the Hewitt Family) said...

I LOVE this project! I am filing it away to do when I have more time. It looks great!!!

Linda @ Craftaholics Anonymous said...

That is super cute!! love it! I did an advent calendar you might appreciate- with baby food jars! :)
best wishes,
Linda

Mod Podge Amy said...

Love it! So fun!

Sarah@sweetpeaandjojo.blogspot.com said...

oh that is really cute! I did a whole row of jars for my kids!

Biz Dickmeyer said...

I want to make one too! Where did you get the jewelery boxes?

Sandy Ang said...

You put in so much work and they turned out fab! Sure the girls will love it.

cajungal01 said...

Oh my goodness..this is the BEST advent calendar I've seen! Very much my style and absolutely beautiful yet adorable at the same time! I HAVE to make this! Hmmm....don't know that I could collect that many jewelry boxes even in a year but I am going to try! I MUST have one for next year. :0)
Seriously, I tore out/copied at least 5 different types of advent calendars for this year but I never loved any of them enough to actual make them.
This one is perfect.
:0)
thank you so much for sharing
~robin
PS I also love the dry erase calendar and finally got all of my materials for it. I was so excited when I recently found a wonderful frame out on someone's curb!

shopannies said...

love how colorful it is it will be so very fun and exciting to count the days down

AllieMakes! said...

Love it! Super Fabulous! Perfectly excecuted!
You should come link this up to my weekly Thursday Making It With Allie Link Party! I think it would make a Fabulous addition!
AllieMakes.Blogspot.com

Melissa said...

I love this idea. That is so stinkin' cute! Thanks for sharing over at Tuesday Tell All.

One Shabby Old House said...

I want to make one now. That is so cute.

the 30 girl said...

This really turned out great! I love this idea...it is definitely one of my favorite advent calendars yet!t

Jill said...

I love this idea!!! It's super cute and I think my favorite thing is that you can put whatever you want in it and use it over and over!

AmieAnn said...

This is sooo adorable! I am sure your girls are going to love the little surprises hidden inside too! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party.. can't wait to see what you share next week!

Jerri said...

I love this count down! Very cute idea!

Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites last week. Hope to see you again this week. Also, I'd like to invite you to come by next Thursday for my Holly Bloggy Christmas Recipe Party!

Jessica Hills said...

Just wanted to let you know that I featured this today on FTF! Grab a featured button if you would like one and don't already have one! Thanks and Merry Christmas!!