Monday, November 14, 2011

Etsy Greetings Blog Hop:: Holiday Traditions

This post is part of the EtsyGreetings Team Holiday Blog Hop.
Our theme is Handmade Holiday.
Happy reading!

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So this week I am participating in a super fun Blog Hop sponsored by the Etsy Greetings Team! Our subject for the hop is sharing our Holiday true handmade fashion! I don't know about you, but for me, one of the best things about the Holidays is the anticipation...the build up, the count down.. the excitement of what's to come! In our family, advent calendars were always a part of the excitement of Christmas, whether it was the chocolate-a-day kind, or the little mouse calendar from Avon, that moves closer to the Christmas Tree each day.

Now that I have kids of my own, I am continuing the tradition of advent calendars to build up the excitement of Christmas. For the last few years, I have been looking for an advent calendar that has the little drawers or doors so I can fill each day with goodies of my own choosing. Each one I've found though has been expensive, and just not quite what I'm looking for. So, being the DIY crafter that I am, I decided to make my own this year! I thought I would easily find a DIY advent calendar at Michael's, but this beauty is the only one I could find:
Hmm. Not really my style, or what I was looking for. Luckily, I noticed that the santa frame was just glued to the box with the doors- and that's the part I really wanted! So.....bye bye Santa! And this is how I began the transformation:
Step 1: Rip off the Santa frame. 
Step 2: Remove the knobs (will re-attach later)
Step 3: Spray paint the advent calendar a nice creamy white 
Step 4: Give the knobs a blast of gold glitter spray paint ('cuz every Christmas project needs some glitter)
Step 5: Using your holiday papers (I used papers from my new digital kit A Very Vintage Christmas), plan your layout, and then bust out your Modge Podge Glue and glue your papers to each door.
Step 6: Using a paper piercer, I punched through the door frames to open the holes back up where the knobs go. However, the knobs didn't go back into their holes that well, so I ended up just hot gluing them back to the doors. 
Step 7: Adhere glittered number stickers to each door
Step 8: Hot glue ribbon around the edge of box. 

...and enjoy! Here is the finished result:

I can't wait to fill each little door with goodies, and see my daughters' anticipation build up for Christmas Day! 

So that's my Holiday Tradition, but don't stop here, because there are LOTS more Holiday Traditions from my fellow Etsy Greetings Team Members, including holiday stories, yummy recipes, and some fabulous printables! Click on the arrows below to continue along our hop!


Susan ~ Killam Creative said...

Wow Amy! I love this and am going to run out to the Michael's to find one. This is brilliant!


katy said...

Totally adorable. I just think Advent calendars are so much fun--even for grown-ups!

Cheers from FarFlungCards

Linda said...

This is gorgeous! I love the first step, that cracked me up. This is a project I have had on my to do list but haven't been able to find one I like.

Adorebynat said...

Awww...I LOVE this Amy. I can imagine how my little one would be excited opening a door each day. If only I'm not going away for the whole month of Dec, this may work for this year. But there is always next Christmas :-)

Anonymous said...

A complete new look! I can imagine how exciting it would be to open each door :)

Terri said...

Great Advent Calender. Love how you altered it. Your PP works looks awesome on it. My daughter has been asking for an Advent Calender I may have to give this a try now. Thanks for the inspiration.

Handmade in Israel said...

Truly gorgeous! What a delight to use.

BethieJ said...

This is DARLING!! I want to run to Michaels right NOW to find one! LOL!
Wanted to Thank You again for the FABULOUS digi kit I won last week! I shared something with it today! I just LOVE it!

Have a GREAT day!

Maria J Black said...

That is simply Goregous! I have to try that myself. Thank you for sharing.

artbycarolann said...

Your box is beautiful! I love it.
You are so imaginative.

southernscraps said...

Awesome transformation!

Molly said...

Wow, your advent calendar is such an improvement over the original Santa one! Thanks for the inspiration!

Toni said...

I LOVE this!

Toni ~WyNotArts~

AnastasiaC said...

Amy! it looks amazing - great job! i want to create one this year too, a little suprise for my boys!

Fiona Designs said...

This is seriously amazing! I love advent calendars!

Stef said...

LOVE this Amy!

Stelie Designs said...

beautiful transformation! thanks for sharing this inspiring project.

ij said...

What a beautiful job! I would have never thought of this. :)

HeatherB said...

This is so amazing Amy - you are so creative. What a unique and beautiful advent calendar.