Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, I have no qualms about sharing my latest hybrid Christmas creation with you! But first I have a riddle for you: What has 24 wells and is probably hiding in your kitchen cabinets right now?
Answer: a mini-muffin tin! A full-size mini-muffin tin (Is that a contradiction? Kind of like jumbo shrimp?) has 24 wells and is the perfect tool to create a darling Advent calendar to count down the days from December 1 until Christmas.
I’ll have you know that I went to Walmart on Black Friday just to purchase the muffin tin for this tutorial! I do have a tin in my kitchen cabinet, but when I pulled it out for this project, I realized just how well-loved it was, and how terribly inappropriate it would be to use it for my tutorial. So I headed to the grocery store first, where they had half-size mini-muffin tins – just 12 wells! I could have done the Twelve Days of Christmas, but I really wanted a full 24 days so off to Walmart I went. Granted, it was 9:30 in the morning, I parked near the garden center and went in through that entrance, found my muffin tin, and checked out at the garden center. There really weren’t very many people in the store, and I was heading back home with my tin in about 10 minutes. But I digress.
Now that you know the story behind my tin, let’s get started on how to make the Advent calendar. Have you seen Wishing Well Creations’ latest kit, Waiting for Santa? It is super-cute and there are these awesome numbers that Laura made that are absolutely perfect for my calendar. They’re also just right for your Christmas Countdown albums!
I also used a red paper and a green paper from the Solids add-on pack.
Ok, on with our tutorial!
- Waiting for Santa Solid Papers by Wishing Well Creations
- Waiting for Santa Advent Numbers by Wishing Well Creations
- Silhouette CAMEO electronic cutter or scissors
- Silhouette Studio software
- Photoshop CS5 or other photo editing software
- dry adhesive
- 1/2″ round adhesive-backed magnets
- 2.25″ scalloped circle punch
- 24-well mini-muffin tin
First, I opened a new 8.5 x 11 canvas in Photoshop CS5. I dragged all four of the Advent number png files into the new canvas.
Then I sized the eraser to be a round brush that was the exact size of the number circles in order to remove various numbers from each layer to get all four patterns onto one canvas. I found this method easier than cutting or copying and pasting into a new canvas.
I merged all of my layers down into one, and deleted the background layer. Then I saved the file as a PNG.
Next, I opened the PNG file in Silhouette Studio. I set my Studio canvas to 8.5×11 with print and cut registration marks. Then I adjusted the PNG file down to fit within the registration marks margins.
After that, I went to Object > Trace and clicked the select trace area button. I drew the rectangle over all of the number circles. I unchecked the high pass filter box and set the threshold to 100%.
Then I clicked trace outer edge. After that, I grouped the image and cut lines together (select all > object > group). I sent the canvas to the printer, and then loaded it into the Silhouette CAMEO to be cut out. You are certainly able to hand-cut these circles with a pair of scissors. I admit I’m
lazy efficient and if I have to fussy-cut more than a few items, I like to make the Silhouette CAMEO do the work for me. But some people find fussy-cutting therapeutic and if you are one of those people – enjoy the process!
While the Silhouette was doing its magic, I printed the solid papers onto cardstock and then punched out the circles using my 2.25″ scalloped circle punch. I turned it upside down so I could see exactly where I was punching in order to get the most out of each sheet of paper.
Once the numbers were cut out, I used my Hermafix dispenser to attach the numbers to the scalloped circles.
Then I attached the adhesive magnets to the back of the scalloped circles at the top and center.
I added the numbers to the muffin tin and VOILA! I have myself an Advent calendar, just in time for the Christmas season!
You can drill holes at the top of your muffin tin to add a ribbon for hanging. I did not do this step, as my children were already in bed and I had made enough noise with the Silhouette machine as it was.
When Advent is over, simply remove the magnets, wash the tin, and you can use it for baking!
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