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Friday, December 9, 2011

Crafty Fridays: Christmas Advent Calendar

I am so, so excited to be able to finally show you a project that I have been working so hard on- my Christmas advent calendar! Eeeeeeeeeeee! I've always wanted to make one of these and I am absolutely thrilled with how it turned out.

It turned out even better than what I had planned in my head and for me to even finish this project is an amazing achievement {pats self on back}. I thought I wouldn't get this finished, seriously. I wanted to give up several times and there were many tears shed in the making of this project.

You can purchase the advent calendar from Kaisercraft, and let me tell you, it is not a project for the faint hearted. If I had known the amount of pain and fatigue it would cause me I'd have never attempted it, but now that it's finished I can't stop admiring it, and I am so proud that I have put something like this together. It's not a craft I highly recommend for arthritis and chronic fatigue sufferers, but I am proof that it can be done (even if it did take a month).

As you can imagine, a lot of patience is needed for this project- it took me a couple of days to get it assembled, painted, and it took me weeks to decorate the boxes- oh boy, don't get me started on those boxes, they took forever to stick all the paper on.

The papers that I used for this project were a mixture from the crafters choice christmas basics paper pack and the crafters choice Cute Christmas paper pack, both of which you can get at Spotlight. I decorated the insides of the boxes with tissue paper and after I painted the numbers white I applied a silver and clear glitter glue to make them sparkle.

I used white pearl strips to decorate the edges.

And how gorgeous is this ribbon! I used 2 1/2 metres and attached it with double sided tape. I bought this ribbon by the metre from Spotlight. Practically half the things for this project I got from Spotlight, pretty cool huh? I like to think I help keep them in business. I love that store!

Cutie patootie bird, right? I got this little gem from Spotlight too. They had lots of other gorgeous colours but I had to stick with white this time round as it was the only colour that matched in perfectly.

I decorated the inside square planks with silver and red glitter glue just for that little extra something.

Materials used: double sided tape, Lincraft Go Wild glitter glue in Silver, Disco & Red, super glue, JoSonja's paint in Titanium White & Napthol Red Light, Mod Podge.

Does this say Christmas or what?

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abcsofra said...

That is just beautiful! And now you have a calendar that will be there for a very long time. And may I ask, what do you plan on putting in each drawer :-)

Miss Chronically Creative said...

Exactly! I am so excited about that, I'm sure I'll get plenty of use out of it. I had planned on putting chocolates in them but the ones that I bought are actually just a little too big to fit in so I'll have to find some small enough to fit in.

EvA. . . said...

very pretty! you did a great job!!!

Chriss America Real said...


This is one of the best project that I have seen this Christmas. I am going to mark your page as a favorite so I can come back here. I think I will make this for next year...maybe start next summer? I saw you on "You had me at Craft" and had to come take a closer look. So did you mod podge the paper to the drawers? Is that hard to do? I have never mod podged before. Oh I just love this!

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Miss Chronically Creative said...

Thank you so much @ EvA

Hi Chriss! Thank you for your sweet comment, you have made my day! Good idea to start early, wish I had done that- it was a nightmare to get it finished in time, I didn't realise how much work was involved!

And yes, I mod podged the paper to the boxes. I applied 1 coat then stuck my paper down and then did another coat on top of the paper to seal it- so silly of me, I forgot to put that little detail in the post. Mod podge is so easy to use, you'll love it! I will be sure to stop by when I get the chance :)

Lowri said...

This looks great - I have done a couple of these and I know how much work goes into them!
Yours looks amazing!

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Suzanne cricutcraftingrammyblogspot.com said...

Wow I have always wanted to make one of these too. Maybe next year. Yours is awesome. You did a beautiful job. I love the owl paper in the center so darn cute.

Brenda said...

Wow your advent turned out awesome!!! I made one too with the same kit and I so agree with you about it being a little harder for people with RA and other health issues. I got mine done too but it took a while, of course I wanted to take my time as well. I have RA, Fibro and Lupus so I am in the same boat as you are and I tell ya, my fingers were hurting by the time I was done!! lol But like you I love mine and I am so glad that I did it!


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