I have wanted an advent calender for years. I could never find exactly what I wanted, so I made my own.
I thought I’d share with you the steps I took to finish the calendar. I have a Silhouette digital cutter which makes this project a little
quicker and easier since the kit includes cutting files.
All of the cut lines are smooth so creating the calendar by hand cutting is fine too (no hand cutting scalloped edges!).
The Advent Calendar kit includes:
- The pocket box template and cut file.
Three of the boxes can be cut from an 8.5”x11” piece of cardstock.
- One template with 8 mats for the box fronts to add pattern papers.
This document is sized for easy print and cut with the Silhouette.
- One template with 25 round scalloped numbers.
There are 2 different font styles. Cut files are included.
- Templates with 25 hanging tab numbers, also with 2 different font styles.
These are spread into 2 documents and also include 2 font styles. Cut files are included.
- One template with a layered title box and a selection of word art titles.
Use them or create your own titles with type or scrapbooking supplies.
- One template with 4 different layered tags. Cut files are included.
Along with the template kit you will need:
- Digital supplies of your choice (papers and elements for decorating ) and paper to print on. I like using presentation paper or brochure paper. I used the Folk Art Christmas Kit by Kimeric Kreations for my calendar.
- Cardstock for constructing the pocket boxes. You will need 9 sheets of 8.5″x11″ to make all the boxes.
- Cardstock and support for the base. The calendar is designed to fit on two 12” by 12” sheets of scrapbooking cardstock. For stability, the cardstock can be mounted on foam core board, mat board or even poster board. I mounted my pocket boxes on a 13″ x 25″ piece of mat board.
- A good paper adhesive. I also used foam tape to pop up my numbers.
First, I cut out all of my pocket boxes from cardstock, folded them and adhered the back and bottom flap. The pocket boxes are then arranged in 6 rows of 4 with a title and one box on a top row.
For all of the calendar components, I opened the PSD files and clipped the digital papers into the layers. Once I was happy – I saved the document as a PNG so I could bring it into my cutter to create a print and cut later. If you are hand cutting, you can simply print the document.
You can turn off any layers you do not wish to use. The number sets include 2 font styles. Simply turn off the layer for the font style you do not want using the eyeball icon next to the layer. You can also shut off both text layers and add numbers from your digital kit instead. I used the scroll text layer here.
For my calendar – I chose 3 papers from the Folk Art Christmas kit to make the mats for the front of the boxes. Since only 8 mats will fit in the Silhouette print and cut area, I knew I needed to print 3 sheets plus 1 mat. To make things easier, I copied the layers in the mat template and merged them together. Then I could clip one digital paper into the whole sheet at once. I did this 3 times with 3 different papers. For the one mat left, I shut off all the layers except 1. If you want more variety, you can make each box mat a different pattern.
I created my title block and saved it as a PNG using the title template. I also added some of the digital elements from the kit to my title page so I could print them out at the same time. I later used them to decorate the title and some of the pocket boxes on my calendar.
Last, I created my tags using the tag template. I decided to make a variety of tags, but you could also make them all the same by shutting off the layers for the tags you did not want. I added some of the digital elements from the kit to my tags and saved them as PNG files.
Once I had all of my filled templates saved as PNG files, I brought each one into my Silhouette Studio software one at a time. I opened the corresponding cutting file and layered them together to create a print and cut document. Then I just did a normal print and cut.
If you can import the SVG files, the cut lines will come in the same size as the template elements. You will need to set the line thickness to zero so the cut line does not print. You will also need to turn the cut line on. If you need more information on importing SVG files into the Silhouette, you can view this video.
If you use the DXF version of the cut files, you will have to adjust the size of the cut file images to make them align together. Make sure to group all the cut lines for the item together before you scale it. For example, group the tag hole and outline together before you scale the size of the tag. If you need more information on how to import DXF files into the Silhouette, you can view this video.
Once I had all my pieces cut out, I just arranged them on the calendar until I was happy with the look and then glued everything in place.
I think this kit is pretty versatile – so hopefully you can create your own perfect Advent Calendar.
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