Christmas Advent Calendar

I saw this idea at our local craft store 2 years ago and every time I saw it I really wanted to make it!! It wasn't until I found the magnet board at a really great price did I get the motivation :)
Thanks to my great friends, we planned a night and got together to make our own.

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I got the unfinished framed magnet board from Roberts (when we had one near us) for 50% off.
If you can't find a pre-made board, you can make your own with a picture frame & metal sheeting.
I painted the frame white and Mod Podged scrapbook paper to it. Be careful how you line up the paper if you have a pattern. If you look close, you can see mine is not so matching :)

I found enough chipboard letters in my collection to spell "Merry Christmas".
As you can see, I didn't even use all the same type of letters.

 I sent my chipboard letters through my Xyron (right side down),
attached scrapbook paper over my letters & trimmed the paper.

I used glue dots to attach ribbon to the metal board.

The same local craft store, Porters, had all the plastic circles, so they were easy to find.
I think they were around $.20 a piece.

Just attach a magnet to the back with a glue dot.

And add paper to the front.
I used 2 size circles on the front, with one just barely big enough for the sticker numbers.
I'm an edge inker if you couldn't tell.

I added different quotes or scriptures for every day in December.
Each night we take a number down and read the quote or scripture inside.

At Roberts I also found these metal embellishments at 50% off & I added one to each corner.

This is the final project & it was so fun to make!
Thanks to Porters for the idea and to my friends for being my partners in crafting crime :)

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  1. This is amazing! I'm going to Facebook it.

  2. Your so sweet Sandra! I'd love to see yours when you complete it :)

  3. Your advent calendar turned out really great - I like how the chipboard letters are missmatched yet uniform at the same time. What sort of little goodies are you going to put in them?

  4. Super cute!!! I made one similar to it last year, but yours is absolutely DARLING!!! Thanks for linking up to Thrilling Thursday @ Paisley Passions. Hope you stop by again soon :)

  5. This is a really cute advent calendar. I love the way it turned out!

  6. This is BEYOND adorable! Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. "Inspire Me Heather" I usually put M&Ms in each plastic container, that way I get my chocolate fill for the day ;)

  8. great idea! this could be used all year with a changeable frame, for goodies, fun family together ideas or chores on the strips. i love this!

  9. GORGEOUS!!! I love it! Fabulous job!
    You should come link this up to my weekly Thursday Making It With Allie Link Party! I think it would make a Fabulous addition!

  10. Dacia, this is so cute! This is my first time on here before. I'm glad you put the link on FB. You have made some really cute items my friend :)

  11. Dacia I have never been to your blog! It is awesome. I can't believe how crafty you are. I am definitely going to have to try some of these. I you have any ideas for cheap cute birthday presents let me know. I need to come up with something for our young women.


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