Might Be In Over My Head…Maybe?

December 1st officially marks 25 days till Christmas. I don’t know about you but that’s a countdown I look forward to when it comes to traditions and family activities. One of my favorite was from when I was a kid. We didn’t do it every year but the years we did I really enjoyed it. Perhaps because there was candy involved but who knows for sure…

That activity was the countdown to Christmas calendar. The ones I remember where a Christmas scene and 25 doors. Each day you would open a door and underneath lay a piece of candy. As a 5 year old this was exciting!

This year I decided to do a little twist on an old classic. I made countdown calendar boxes – 25 unique boxes that will each hold a treat of its own. Now that the boxes are finished, I have this cool metal rectangle tray and I will set them out on our living room coffee table so that each day a new one can be opened.

Finished Product

Finished Product

The boxes are really easy to make but they are time consuming. Here are the supplies you will need:

  • 25 pieces of Christmas cardstock paper at least 11 x 8 1/2 but 12 x 12 works too
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Embellishments – stickers, decals, etc.
  • Numbers
  • An Embosser or a small point knitting needle
  • Template
  • Pencil

Start with the template. I found my template on About.com. I printed it  out on letter sized paper and proceeded to cut it out. Once cut out, I then traced the outline of the template on the back of each piece of Christmas paper. Once done, I cut out each until I had the template traced on 25 pieces of paper. I then cut them out.

Christmas Cardstock Paper - you will need 25

Christmas Cardstock Paper – you will need 25

template from about.com

template from about.com

Template Cut out

Template Cut out

Here is to show suggested layout using edges to conserve cuts and paper. I do suggest tracing on the back side that you don't want seen or won't be.

Here is to show suggested layout using edges to conserve cuts and paper. I do suggest tracing on the back side that you don’t want seen or won’t be.

Next, I took the template and laid it over the cut out piece so that all sides lined up. I then took my embossing tool, or a small point crocheting needle or knitting needle would work, I began to trace and score each piece by following the lines on the template. Be sure you press hard so the lines show up on the piece being made into a box.

Use and embosser or knitting needle or crochet needle to score the box pattern.

Use and embosser or knitting needle or crochet needle to score the box pattern.

Embossed

Embossed

Detail of Embossing

Detail of Embossing

Once all pieces are scored, I then began to fold and glue as directed on the template. Since I want the box to open, I leave the top flap unglued. Once each box is glued, I go back and reinforce the seams I glued with a small piece of tape.

Folded Box

Folded Box

The last step is decorating. I took stickers and embellishments that I had from my scrapbook supplies for this step. I randomly labeled each box with a number 1-25 until each box was sequentially numbered. I followed by adding cute and holiday themed stickers to the lid of the box. The finishing step is to decide where you want to display them. You can put magnets on the backs and attach to the fridge. You can put them on a cute display tray or any where else that suits your fancy and merriment.

Decorating

Decorating

Christmas is almost here! See you next post.

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