Monday, November 26, 2012

CRAFT: Magnetic Advent Calendar

Whew! What a week it's been! I hope everyone's holiday was as crazy and fun as ours was! As fabulous as it was, though, I'm actually somewhat anxious to get back to work so I can rest. Isn't it sad when going to work becomes your relaxation time? Oh well.

I made this advent calendar for myself this weekend. If you haven't noticed, I love anything geometric. I love shapes... just plain, geometric shapes. The fun thing about this project is you can configure the shapes into anything you'd like! Oh, and candy is involved.  Here we go!  

What you will need: 
25 tiny cardboard boxes of any shape with lids included
Glue gun and glue
12" x 12"
piece of steel (I found mine at Home Depot with the radiator covers)
Super strong magnets (again, found at Home Depot)
12" x 12" wooden shadow box (found @ Michael's)
and CANDY, of course!

 First:  Paint your boxes white.  It took a few coats to get a good finish.
 Second:  Put some metallic paints in a muffin pain and use it to dip-paint your little boxes.  Make sure to quickly remove the lids so the paint doesn't seal the box and lid together.
 Third:  Paint numbers on your boxes with a tiny brush.
Fourth:  Glue your super magnets on the inside of the box.  This allows the magnet to be concealed and for the boxes to be flush against the steel.  Also, it keeps the magnets and boxes from pulling apart if the glue just happens to not hold.
Fifth:  Put candy inside!
Sixth:  Glue your steel sheet inside the shadow box.  It should only take one line of glue along what will be the top to hold the sheet in the frame.
Seventh:  Arrange your boxes in a fun design!

Eighth:  Display!

I can't wait to start counting down the days to Christmas!  I'm more excited about Christmas this year than I have been in a long time and I'm not even sure why!  Who needs a reason, though??  Not me!

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  1. Wow Shannon ! What a creative idea! I LOVE it ! & the kids will too ! x

  2. This is such a wonderful idea! I love the magnets and the not-cutesy, and the geometric and all of it. So clever!

  3. COOL!!!! I always see those cute boxes at the craft store and I can never think of anything clever to do with them. Thanks for the great idea.

  4. Super cute project! I've never seen anything like it! Awesome. And ya, I'm kinda glad Thanksgiving is over too. I need a rest!

  5. Oh this is really cute! There are so many possibilites with this :)

    stopping by from the Sugar Bee Crafts link up :)

  6. This is very unique! Magnets are such a good idea.

  7. Hi Shannnon, that's a great idea and i love the metallic paints you used. I feel the same way about Christmas this year..and I don't know why either!

  8. This is so unique ... what a cool project! Stopped by from The Winthrop Chronicles and I'm a new follower!


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