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DIY PICTURE FRAME ADVENT CALENDAR

November 25, 2015

I am SO excited about today's project because I literally waited a whole year to make it. This Christmas my daughter is just over 2.  It's a huge difference from last Christmas. This year, she can talk and listen and understand many things, so I felt it was worth waiting to make this for her until she could better understand the concept of the advent calendar and Christmas altogether.

 

 

But my vision did come to life! And I'm marking this one in my top 3 most fun Christmas projects ever!

 

TOOLS & MATERIALS:

 

  • Cream or white card stock

  • Circle punch

  • Glitter stickers

  • Brown paper bags

  • Glue runner

  • 18" x 24" frame

  • Wrapping paper

  • Tape

  • Pen

  • Jute twine

  • Staple gun

  • Mini clothespins

  • Goodies for inside (stickers & small chocolates)

 

DIRECTIONS:

 

I made the bags first.  I punched out 24 circles with my Martha Stewart punch, but any circle punch will do.

 

 

Then I stuck the numbers 1 through 24 on them.  For this I used the Recollections stickers from Michaels.  It took three sheets.  Alternatively, you can use rubber stamps or write them out.  I had the stickers already so it didn't cost me anything.

 

 

Then I adhered the circles to the bags with glue runner for a quick, no mess application (a glue stick would have taken me far more time).

 

 

What did I fill the bags with? Stickers! And some chocolate.  But mostly stickers because my 2-year-old has enough crazy energy without the help of sugar!

 

 

I bought the frame inexpensively from Michaels.  It's a typical 18" x 24" poster frame, and I really liked the colour of it.  I also happened to pick up a roll of this Kraft paper during the same shopping trip.  I toyed with the idea of leaving the back exposed or covering it.  Well after I saw how cute the paper looked next to it, I decided on option 2! So I cut the paper and taped it to the frame's backing.  Then as you can see below, I had to figure out the spacing heightwise.  I marked my heights where to run my twine just on the edge of the paper with a pen (it gets covered behind the frame).

 

 

I stapled the twine right into the frame itself because it's thicker and sturdier there than the backing.  I tied double knots on both ends to ensure the twine wasn't going anywhere.

 

 

Once I inserted the backing back in, I was ready to hang the bags.  I bought these cute red and white mini clothespins at Michaels for the job.

 

 

 

Then the project was done!

 

 

 

Now I can't wait to show my little one! (But first, I'm off to buy a sticker album!)