Warning: If you are my sibling, do not let your children see this post!
I didn't feel like finishing the Christmas cards, but I did complete all the central elements, so I am doing great there. I decided to start on the Advent Calendars that I purchased at the beginning of the year instead. I purchased three, one for each of my siblings' families. I am not sure what I am going to do to the outside yet, but I have all the little boxes finished!
One side of the box has the countdown numbers. I like this style cuz they can use it year after year, and you can fit nice things inside the boxes. They are about 2x2.
I first covered both front and back of the boxes with 2x2 pieces of Christmas paper from a DCWV stack. I then used an exacto knife to cut the little half circles out. This lead to a "distressed" look, so I inked the circles to (cover up) add to it.
The boxes came with nice number sheets. (Well, two did, and I have emailed the company to see about getting the third.) I punched out 1.25 inch circles and put the numbers on top of them.
I wanted to decorate the backs, so when you take the day out, you can put it back in the other way to keep the count going correctly. I used a punch, some stickers I found, and some die cuts. I did layering and coloring on some of them.
Here is what it looks like closed. I am not sure what I am going to do to the front of it. I may put the family name down the spine tho... like it is a book. The box shuts with 3 snaps, so it should be secure in storage.
Have a great week! If you have any ideas for further decorating, let me know.