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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Tutorial: Scrapbook Paper Advent Calendar

December is only a few days away! I can't believe we are entering our 5th month of living in Utah. :) I am super excited to make our home cozy and Christmasy. Seeing as we are living on love.... :) I decided to pursue a DIY Christmas when it comes to decor, stockings, ornaments, etc. My first endeavor was this garland-style advent calendar made from scrapbooking paper. Here's how I did it!

You will need:
  • Holiday scrapbooking paper- 13- 12"x12" sheets
  • Scissors
  • glue stick
  • string- Baker's string was perfect!
  • Fine point sharpie
  • white cardstock or printer paper
  • Hole punch
  • Advent Calendar Verses {I'd be happy to email you my PDF, just message me if you need it!}
  • Pattern for the pouches {Again, let me know if you would like to print off mine. :)}
1. Trace your pattern onto scrapbook paper 25 times. I fit 2 on each page.

2. Cut each pattern out. I doubled up pages to cut 2 at a time, while watching a movie, and it went by fairly quickly. 

3. Lay the paper pattern down and in half. 


 4. Fold in the wings. 

5. Apply glue to the wings and seal 2 halves together.

6. Punch 2 holes into the back of the pouch.

7. Repeat steps 3-6 with all 25 cutouts. Layout the pieces in the pattern order you wish and number them 1-25. 

8. Print out 25 Verses. I chose a Biblical task for each Day and a verse to meditate on to go with each. Cut out your verse cards, and place one in each pouch. 

9. Finally, string the pouches in order through the holes in the back of each.

 Hang your calendar up, and your ready for the Christmas Countdown! Unfortunately, I don't have a mantle, we do have a perfect sized living room window. :)

I am looking forward to the challenge and reminders each day from God's Word as we prepare to celebrate our Savior's birth!

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