DIY Advent Calendar – Countdown to Christmas

Advent Calendar

 

In this video tutorial, we’re creating a fun Advent calendar to countdown to Christmas with!

 

 

Here’s how it works: there are 25 cards (you can place a written message inside each one, such as a fun Christmas activity idea, bible verse, etc.). Each card has a number on one side, and a section of a picture on the other. Start with all the numbers showing, and starting on December 1st, turn over one card each day. By Christmas, the picture will be completely revealed!

For this project, I created a picture of a Christmas tree using paper, but you can also use a photo instead! Just go to a printing place and print a square picture that is sized 12″ x 12″. Then just follow the rest of the steps.

Difficulty: Easy

Materials:

 

Merry Christmas!

Feel free to comment if you have a question 🙂

 

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Interlocking Christmas Tree Paper Gift Box Tutorial

Christmas Tree Gift Box

In this week’s video tutorial, we’re creating a paper interlocking christmas tree gift box!

 

I’ve been seeing cool gift boxes with interlocking closures on Pinterest, and I came up the idea to make one with a Christmas tree!

Difficulty: Easy (but it takes a little practice to easily open and close the box)

Time needed: ~20 minutes

Materials:

  • Card stock or other paper with some thickness to it (you can make this with thinner paper, it just works much better with thicker paper)
  • Some sort of scoring tool, I use this one
  • Printer
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Hot glue (I always prefer hot glue for these kind of things because it holds strong and fast, but feel free to try other types of glue)

 

Click here to view and print the patterns:

Christmas Tree Box 1/2

Christmas Tree Box 2/2

 

Have a cutting machine, such as a Cricut? SVG file for this project now available for purchase here!

 

Merry Christmas!

Let me know if you have questions 🙂

 

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Crepe Paper Holly Tutorial

In this week’s video tutorial, we’re making holly branches out of crepe paper!

These are a great Christmas craft, simple to make and especially good for those who haven’t ever worked with crepe paper before.

Difficulty: Easy

Time needed: ~30-45 minutes (and you’ll get faster as you make them)

Materials:

  • Green crepe paper, I used this one in Forest Green from Papermart.com. Super affordable!
  • Red round beads, I used these are similar to the ones I used from Michaels
  • Floral stem wire, I used this kind from JoAnn
  • Wire cutters
  • Hot glue
  • Scissors
  • Paper
  • Pencil

 

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Easy Loom Knit Hat Tutorial – Knit & Purl Stitches

Loom knit hat

In this video tutorial, learn how to knit a hat with a loom! If you’ve never knitted before, or never used a loom before – no worries, you can make this! It isn’t difficult at all, and I’ve tried to simplify the steps as much as possible.

I first learned how to make these in elementary school. My classmates and I used to make so many of them! These hats are simple and quick enough that they are a great project for kids and adults alike!

 

Time needed: ~a few hours

Difficulty: Easy

Materials:

A summary of the steps in this video:

•Alternate between knitting and purling each row until it reaches about 5 inches long. Bring first row up and put them back onto the pegs. Knit these together.

•Tie a knot to create a loop in a new color of yarn. Put this on first peg and wrap and knit this row.

•For the rest of the rows, follow the pattern of knitting 4 stitches, and purling 2, knit 4, purl 2. Continue until the hat is about 9 inches long.

•Cut the working yarn, leaving about a two foot tail. Run this yarn through each loop on each peg, and remove them from the pegs. Pull tight to gather the top together and tie some knots through the first loop to secure. Put leftover tail inside hat or weave through.

 

Please comment below if you have a question!

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3 Cute Felt Animal Ear Headbands (Cat, Unicorn & Deer)

In this week’s video tutorial, we’re creating these 3 cute animal themed headbands. We’re making a cat one, a unicorn one, and a deer/reindeer one.

Time needed: ~30 minutes for each one

Difficulty: Easy

Materials:

  • Stiff felt in your colors of choice
  • Cord of some kind
  • Hot glue
  • Scissors
  • Marker or pencil
  • Thin headbands
  • Paper for patterns

 

Click here to view & print the patterns:

Cat Pattern

Unicorn Pattern

Deer Pattern

 

Let me know if you have questions 🙂

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Pumpkin House Tutorial

Hi there! In this week’s tutorial, we’re creating a cute pumpkin house!

 

This project is perfect for those who prefer Halloween decorations that are cute, rather than spooky or scary. It only requires minimal carving, and you could even personalize it to look like your own home! Because it isn’t spooky, you can also leave it up all through Fall to Thanksgiving.

 

Difficulty: Easy

Time needed: ~1 hour

Materials:

  • A Pumpkin (I used a fake one, but you could adapt it to use a real one)
  • Cutting tool (I used an X-acto knife – be SUPER careful! 🙂 )
  • Pinecones
  • Toothpicks
  • Black spanish moss
  • Card stock paper
  • Acrylic paint
  • Wire
  • Hot glue
  • Permanent marker (in a color similar to the pumpkin)

 

Happy Halloween!

Let me know if you have questions 🙂

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Haunted House Halloween Snow Globe

 

In this week’s video tutorial, we’re creating this Halloween style snow globe with a paper haunted house in it!

 

 

Time needed: ~45 minutes

Difficulty: Easy

 

Click here to view & print the patterns:

Halloween Snow Globe Patterns

 

Materials:

  • Wide mouth Mason Jar – Quart Size (It must be this size or larger, so the house will fit)
  • Card stock or construction paper in your colors of choice (I used patterned purple, black, white, orange & green)
  • Spanish moss (I used a special Halloween kind that was dyed black)
  • A small paper cup or other object to raise the house up in the jar
  • Hot glue
  • Fishing line or other thin thread
  • Scissors
  • A score tool of some kind (I use this one – an old pen that doesn’t work works well, also)
  • Pencil
  • X-acto Knife
  • An LED tea light

 

Have a cutting machine? SVG file to create this project is now available for purchase here

 

Happy Halloween!

Let me know of you have questions 🙂

 

 

 

 

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Halloween Paper Treat Box Luminaries

In this week’s video tutorial, we’re creating these easy and cute paper treat holders for Halloween!

In addition to being treat holders, these make great luminaries – just put a light in them! So if you’re not big on candy, you can use these as luminaries instead!

Difficulty: Easy

Time needed: ~30 minutes

 

Click here to view & print the patterns:

Jack-o-lantern treat box

Cat treat box

Frankenstein treat box

 

Have a cutting machine? SVG files for this project now available for purchase here

 

Materials:

  • Card stock or construction paper in various colors
  • X-acto knife or other craft knife
  • Glue (I like using hot glue, but use what you have)
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • White pencil or gel pen, I used this one
  • Black pen or marker

 

Happy Halloween!

Let me know if you have questions 🙂

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Crepe Paper Succulent Tutorial

In this week’s video tutorial, we’re making a succulent out of crepe paper!

 

 

This succulent really isn’t hard to make! It makes the perfect decoration for a tabletop or desk, and with the popularity of succulents, it is a great gift idea! No water or green thumb needed 🙂

Time needed: ~45 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Materials:

  • Crepe paper – the kind I use (and recommend) is here
  • A small flowerpot or other container to put the succulent in, I used a paper mache one from Hobby Lobby
  • small pebbles or other filler for the flowerpot, I got mine at Dollar Tree
  • 18 gauge floral wire
  • scissors
  • wire cutters

 

Let me know if you have any questions!

 

 

 

 

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Paper Haunted House Tutorial

Paper Haunted Houses
New video! This one shows how to create these paper haunted houses that you can fill with candy!

And when the candy is gone, you can put a light in them (not a candle, though 🙂 )
and use them as luminaries!

 

Time needed: ~30 minutes

Difficulty: Easy

Materials: 

  • Cardstock or construction paper in various colors
  • Xacto craft knife
  • Scissors
  • Glue

Click here to view & print the patterns:

Haunted House 1

Haunted House 2

 

Let me know if you have questions! 🙂

This post originally appeared on my old blog, Pugdemonium.

 

 

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