Gratitude Advent Calendar
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Gratitude Advent Calendar

Count down the days until Santa's arrival with this pretty advent calendar.

Designed by Suezi Gurzi.

Craft Time: 60+ minutes
Uses Recycled Items: No
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Material List

  • me & my BIG ideas® Paper Pad, 12"x12" – Christmas
  • me & my BIG ideas® Ellen’s Small Talk™
  • Embellishments – Dear Santa, Presents and Ornaments
  • me & my BIG ideas® Rhinestones – Ho Ho Ho and Snowflake
  • me & my BIG ideas® Soft Spoken™ – Dear Santa
  • Recollections™ Glitter Stickers – Alphabet and Number
  • Recollections® Cardstock – Red and White
  • Celebrate It® Ribbons – Various
  • Foam Core, 12"x24" – White
  • Acrylic Paint – Green
  • Foam Brush
  • EK Success® Circle Large Edger
  • McGill Round Tab punch
  • Paper Trimmer
  • Scissors
  • Adhesives

Project Instructions

Using green paint, paint edges of foam core and let dry.

From paper pad, adhere two pieces green dot paper end to end to create a background 12"x24" and adhere to foam core.

Choose four additional coordinating patterned papers from the pad and trim six pieces from each, 1¾" square.

Trim 24 pieces red cardstock at 2" square and adhere all papers centered onto cardstock. Lay out squares to create a tree one row at a time. The best layout is as follows, starting from the bottom. Row one: 2 squares centered to create tree trunk. Row two: 5 squares. Rows three & four: 4 squares each. Rows five & six: 3 squares each. Row seven: 2 squares. Row eight: 1 square (top of tree).

Now BEFORE YOU ADHERE the squares, you will only adhere on the sides and bottom edges as you are creating a pocket for your gratitude messages.

Trim 14 white cardstock squares 1¼"x1½”.

Punch out 24 white cardstock tabs with tab punch. Adhere tab punches to smaller end of each white square.

Add red numbers to each tab #1 through #24 and slide tabs into pockets starting with #1 at the bottom and #24 at the top.

Add “Unwrap the Magic” present from Soft Spoken™ to the top of the tree box #24 and the “Jingle all the way” Soft Spoken™ centered across the bottom two boxes.

Randomly add additional embellishments to the boxes as you like.

Trim red dot paper from pad 3¾"x12" and adhere to top of foam core on top of green patterned paper.

Trim white cardstock 1½"x12", punch along bottom edge and adhere to top edge of foam core on top of red dot paper.

Trim additional piece of green dot paper 1¼"x11", notch each end fold just inside each notch to create dimensional banner and adhere centered onto red dot.

Add “Dear Santa” centered onto banner.