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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Gingerbread House Snow Globe Tutorial

In this video tutorial, create this mini gingerbread house out of paper, and place it into a snow globe (or, in this case, a faux globe – there’s no water in it) filled with glitter!

 
This is such a fun Christmas craft and is pretty kid friendly, too 🙂

Difficulty: Easy

Materials:

 

Click here to view & print the pattern for the gingerbread house:

Mini gingerbread house pattern

 

This post originally appeared on my old blog, Pugdemonium.

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Simple Paper Gingerbread House Tutorial

 

New video! Shows how to create a gingerbread house out of paper!

Real gingerbread houses can be a bit messy and hard to make. Paper greatly simplifies the process – and if safely stored, you can use the house year after year!

 

After the video was uploaded, I realized the clip showing how to put the house together accidentally got deleted. To put together the house, fold back all the tabs, put glue on them, and glue the pieces together. If you have any questions, please comment below 🙂

 

Difficulty: Intermediate

Click here to view & print the patterns:

Gingerbread House Pattern 1

Pattern 2

Pattern 3

On pattern 2, don’t cut out the whole window, leave some space around those inner lines 🙂

 

Have a cutting machine? There is an SVG file of a house now available for purchase here! It isn’t the same style of house shown in this tutorial, but it will still work for this project.

 

This post originally appeared on my old blog, Pugdemonium.

 

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