Thursday, December 12, 2013

Surprise in an Advent Calendar

Good Day to all my crafty friends, :D

I hope you all are having a great week. So far here in the Adams house hold we are doing okay. Now that the ice storm has moved out of North Texas and ice is melting people are able to get out. You think with being in doors for the last couple of days I was able to get things accomplished. To some surprise I got some things finished but with the kids home it seems as though they took up all my time, even though they are older. lol  

We'll I have been finishing up Christmas cards still, but like a true crafter which I am sure you all will relate I was side tracked with another idea. lol  :D  So here is the story.......As we were decorating the house I put up my Advent Calendar and was getting ready to place my goodies inside when I thought with the girls getter older it would be nice to have something different this year. So I made these little boxes and placed coins inside, some days are . 50cents, .75, $1.00, $2.00 and the 24th day $5.00. I had them pick days so it's kind of fair but in my house it's what you get you get and you don't have a fit. (lol) :D

I made my own measurements but you can make your own to fit your needs with your Calendar.
So here are the pictures hope you like and feel free to make them, and share with me. :D I'd love to see what you come up with. As we all go to one other's blogs for inspiration and encouragement. :D
If you post just please mention me as your inspiration. Thank you

I also put together a small tutorial for you to follow but once you have the measurements its pretty easy to put together.

Step one - So here are the measurements ** The ----- means to cute on those lines
***this is what you have after you cut. See below

***You can fold the ends in like a present but you don't have to. 

Step 2 - After you glue all the sides then you can score the lid. For this part I just held it to my score board, figured where I wanted my crease and scored.


 These are the supplies I used but you can use any paper you want. You can use any decorative punches, scissors or embellishments to accent your lid. :D

Here is what my finished products looked like -

I did 12 of these little boxes. These little boxes would be great for little earrings or for any type of small gift. I was also thinking you could put in stockings or for Valentine's Day or Easter baskets.

Here are a couple of the boxes I finished -

I am entering the following challenges -
Paper Playtime - #29 Winter fun
Craftin Desert Divas - #21 Christmas
Divas by Design - Anything Goes
Crafting for all Seasons - #67 Anything Christmas but a Card
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Christmas Sparkle Challenge
LovesRubber Stamps - #82 Anything Goes Christmas
Craftitude - #54 Anything Goes or Button Up
Through the Craftroom Door - Anything Goes/ 10-16 December Challenge
Challenges4Everybody - #35 Anything Goes
Totally Paper Crafts - #196 Anything Christmassy but a Card

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and joining me today. I hope you are doing well and getting all your Christmas creations finished. I think we have 12 days left and yea, I still need to shop.
Have a good one and stay warm,
Deborah :D

PS. If you have any questions about the project please let me know. k


  1. Such sweet boxes. Thank you for sharing the template. Thank you for joining us over at Loves Rubberstamps. Hugs Nina

  2. How cute Deborah and a great way to transition a family tradition for older children! Love it!

  3. Absolutely are so creative. Thanks for joining us at TPC. Pat K x

  4. Wow... this is fantastic!! Those little boxes are so cute!! :)

    Thanks for joining the Crafting Desert Divas Christmas Linky Party.
    Happy Holidays.

  5. Wow! What a great project! Thank you for the measurements on the box! Just beautiful! Thanks for playing with us at Loves Rubberstamps!

  6. Thank you for linking up at Paper Playtime! This challenge blog is moving to Pause Dream Enjoy beginning Tues, Jan 7. Please bookmark the site and come link up in January!
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    :) Janis

  7. Oh wow what a wonderful and cheerful little project. Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial.
    Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

  8. WOW! What a fabulous and wonderful holiday idea! BEAUTIFUL! Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood’s ‘CHRISTMAS SPARKLE’ challenge and please come back again soon!
    one of the 'Sistahs'
    The Sisterhood of Crafters

  9. How cute!!!

    Thank you for sharing with us at Craftin Desert Divas!!
    Happy Holidays!!

  10. Thank you for joining our "Christmas, anything but a card" challenge at CFAS with your fabulous gift boxes. Best wishes for 2014 and good luck. Carol DT x

  11. wow, what an amazing christmas creation Deborah!
    Thanks for playing at Crafting For All Seasons this time!
    Have a wonderful new year.


    Milnie DT