Christmas is just around the corner! So this year I really wanted to make my boys an Advent Calendar to countdown how many days we have left until Christmas. This was a really great project to work on, and I’m excited to make it one of our new family traditions.
I’ve seen advent calendars all over Pinterest and there are a TON of great and unique ideas out there. I really wanted to keep it simple and incorporate my corkboard I have on the kids art wall in my front room.
I’m loving how it turned out!!
My whole inspiration for this advent calendar was inspired by these wooden tags I found at JoAnn’s. There was 8 in a package for $1.00, total bargain! I grabbed my mini clothespins and some Mod Podge I already had.
Plus I have a TON of washi tape to choose from (I’m kinda obsessed with washi tape). Once I had all my materials together I was ready to get started!!
Side Note: This was one of those crafts I didn’t completely know how I was going to finished. I kind of made it up as I went along so in my getting started picture I’m missing a couple items. Basically all the stuff I used for the Silhouette.
Step 1 – Add Your Washi Tape
I picked out my festive looking washi tape and added a little strip to each clothespin. I pulled out my “Trusty” X-Acto knife and cut off all the excess washi tape.
I added a thin layer on Mod Podge to keep the washi tape from lifting up off my clothespins.
Quick Tip: Make sure you spray paint your clothespins white before adding your washi tape. I had clothespins leftover from a previous project so they were already spray painted.
Step 2 – Add Your Thumbtacks
I pulled out my “Handy Dandy” hot glue gun and dabbed a little glue on the back of each clothespin and firmly pressed it down. Voila!! It went on the corkboard perfectly!
Step 3 - Paint Your Tags
I painted two costs of white paint front and back on my tags. At the last minute I decided I wanted to incorporate one of my favorite blue colors to the tags.
I recently painted my Tiffany inspired Fall pumpkins the same color and LOVED it! Such and beautiful color and really looks great with the red.
Step 4 - Add Your Numbers
I printed off my numbers using my Silhouette. I wanted to go with a basic and legible font. Then I firmly pressed it on my tag using my scoring tool (or credit card will work).
If you don’t have a Silhouette then a stencil or even number stickers would work great!
Step 5 – Print Off Your Snowflakes
I saw these awesome snowflakes on Lil’ Luna and had to download them so I could use for the other side. I printed them off on white vinyl.
I love that there’s 26 different styles, it really gives you a lot of options!
Step 6 – Add Your Snowflakes
Once I had my snowflakes printed off on my vinyl I decided I wanted to add a little “Sparkle“. If you know me then you know I love “Sparkle“! I pulled out some spray adhesive and “lightly” sprayed each snowflake with the glue. Then sprinkled some fine glitter over top.
I immediately pulled my snowflake up and placed it on my tag.
Quick Tip: I made sure I did each snowflake one at a time. I made the mistake of doing 6 at one time and the glue and glitter started to build up and it was hard taking the snowflake off. So one at a time worked best for me!
Step 7 – Finishing Touches
After I had all my tags finished I added them onto the corkboard making sure they were all lined up perfectly (or as perfect as I could get them). I wanted to add a little ribbon to the sides of my corkboard making it look like a present.
I am so excited to have my little bears turn over the tags each morning and getting excited to see how many days we have left till Christmas. That’s why I wanted to make it a Christmas countdown and not just show the day it is. I might have another project brewing for that!
I hope you enjoyed my tutorial. I had A LOT of fun making it with A LOT of help from my sweet and supportive hubby!