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November 8, 2007

Christmas Project #3 : Advent Boxes

This one came straight out of Martha Stewart Kids and can be seen online here.

I picked up the boxes at our local Ben Franklin. I went with three different sizes for variety – each will hold a special treat. First off was painting two coats on each box – I went with Making Memories Cranberry (of course)(11), Avocado (5), and Paper Bag (8).

After the paint dried I laid them out to get a feel for their placement and picked some numbers to work with. I decided to repeat some of the same elements I used in the December daily album. Circle numbers from, chipboard from Basic Grey, and foam numbers from American Crafts.

After I had my plan worked out, I painted the chipboard numbers cream and then sealed each of the boxes with Mod Podge before attaching/adhering the numbers.

Now I just need to figure out on which wall I am going to hang these and what goodies will go inside each one…


  • 1.
    Michele said…

    Awesome idea! I love the simple look of it. The kids will love it! :)

  • 2.
    Lisette said…

    These are absolutely stunning Ali. I love the boxes. If only you an find something like that here…

  • 3.
    Debra A. said…

    Nice job! I can already sense how exciting this will be for kids to do every day. How do you think you’ll hang them without putting a bunch of nail holes in the wall?

  • 4.
    Amy Z said…

    Holy cow, you were busy today. they look terrific. Martha would be so proud :)
    Are you going to be making a 2008 calender for Cafe Press?

  • 5.
    Deb Wisker said…

    Cool, cool, cool! gotta get one done for my house!! Thanks for sharing!!

  • 6.
    marci lambert said…

    friggin’ cool. will you attach all the boxes to some kind of base?

  • 7.
    ~Michelle said…

    I am sooooo low tech… I would staple them to the big bulletin board in my kitchen using a stapler or staple gun! Then paint inside over the staples or put my treat/toy over them to hide them… or even put a sticker over each with a different letter, with the letters all spelling out a special message to be deciphered on the last day. With the message perhaps indicating the hidden location of an extra special gift or treat…. :-)

  • 8.
    ~Michelle said…

    hm I just realized I could not get the stapler into the smaller boxes….
    ooooh! time for quilting pins! or flat thumb tacks….!

  • 9.
    Jill said…

    Curious as to how you’re actually going to attach them to the wall. I love this idea just wasn’t sure how to ‘use’ it. Thanks for all the inspiration!
    **for some reason my blog address keeps saying an error in the url field. Not sure what that is all about.

  • 10.
    ~Michelle said…

    btw….sorry if this has been mentioned to you but I can’t remember…
    Were you aware the one of the finalists in this season’s America’s Next Top Model has autism? [mild form] And she gets the absolute best evaluations too! I really think she’s going to win!

  • 11.
    Krystyn said…

    Very cool – they look great!!

  • 12.
    Peggy said…

    Oh, wow, these are really striking. I don’t know how tightly the lids fit but I was thinking this would be a fun fridge decoration for the season if you put magnets on the bottoms.
    I also love the idea of spelling out some sort of message in the bottoms so as you remove the lids each day, you are exposing the message.

  • 13.
    Erin said…

    SOO cute! I did an advent calender last year using a muffin tin….covered a thin magnet with paper to each space, and it turned out so cute! Although, I think my boys just cared about the treats inside….

  • 14.
    Daphne said…

    Great outcome of a great idea :-)

  • 15.

    Brilliant! But, how are you going to hang them?
    I can’t remember if I already notified you about being my chosen feature for Today’s Creative Blog.
    Head over to see your feature.

  • 16.
    Nicky Anderson said…

    So inspiring – you can fill with some amazing items – finger puppets, trains, homemade tiny books, words, pictures and of course, maybe the odd chocolate or two – so exciting!!! I can’t wait to get started on one for Brody!!!
    Thanks for sharing!!

  • 17.
    Carole Hepburn said…

    LOVE IT ~ LOVE IT LOVE IT ~ I need to make a set of these this weekend at our crop !!! Wahoo , holidays will soon be here ~ happy day to you =)

  • 18.
    Julia said…

    SO CUTE!

  • 19.
    Sara said…

    Love how it turned out, way cool!

  • 20.
    Liz Ness said…

    Ooo–great take on the Martha idea! You’re making me all psyched about the holidays…hmm…guess I better go start planning (heh-heh).

  • 21.
    Sarah Doyle said…

    you have my head spinning! I love advent calendars and I am so excited you found this idea and made you yourself. I love it!!! So glad you shared it with us. I have to get busy finding some boxes. I love the spinner and the clear pageframe book too. Will you let us know HOW you get these on your wall? a little concerned if the putty is okay for walls and if it really holds?? when goodies are inside:) thank you for inspiring me always, Sarah

  • 22.
    suetreiber said…

    you come up with the best stuff …I love both of these projects to death!

  • 23.
    Trude said…

    Hooray for Advent! When I was a kid I would looove opening the chocolate advent calendars from Trader Joe’s, but now the pieces seem so small! :D

  • 24.
    Paula Barber said…

    Thank you for this Ali! I’m working on adding a couple of new traditions for our kids this year. I already have 24 holiday books waiting, one to be read each night. This is just the advent calendar that I was looking for! Mwaaaaaaa.

  • 25.
    maryjo said…

    so fippin’ cute ali! man u work fast! awesome- can’t wait to see where & how u place them. mj

  • 26.
    Tina said…

    you r fast!!!
    love them.

  • 27.
    christen said…

    wow! you really are in the holiday spirit, these are too cute.

  • 28.
    Lucinda said…

    3M makes a great product that you could use for putting these on a wall. Command adhesive Picture Hanging Strips. I use it often for lightweight things when I don’t want to make a nail hole.
    Now as to what to put in them???
    You could make coupons to do his favorite things. Popcorn and a video, help mom make cookies…things like that. Otherwise you could end up w/24 pieces of trinkets!
    Can’t wait to how it turns out!

  • 29.

    super cute, as always. love your stuff… you could place them in a line on a shelf…

  • 30.

    Very cool – but now I feel completely cheezy and “un-Martha-like” because this year we are giving our daughter a Polly Pocket Advent Calendar and our boys a Lego Advent Calendar.
    I’ll definately have to bookmark this idea for next year – It’s so cool!
    Be sure to share posts that feature Simon opening some of his boxes – can’t wait to see his face sparkle with glee!

  • 31.
    Karen said…

    my tip: adhere magnet sheet paper to the bottoms, stick them to a cookie sheet and display it on a book stand or velcro it to a wall…I love the way mine turned out!

  • 32.
    MichelleW said…

    you’re too awesome for words…
    love it!

  • 33.
    Carrie said…

    WOW – jaw dropping.
    Will you come do some domesticated crafty stuff like this for me please?

  • 34.
    Heather said…

    I love them!!! Such a cute idea!

  • 35.
    joy said…

    okay, like they say on radio…longtime listener first time caller (or commenter) okay so its not my very first time commenting, but I just HAD to….this looks SO FRIGGING AWESOME…I just want to eat them sitting out on the table like that….can’t wait to see them displayed!!! can you give us dimension? they look big, but I’m guessing they aren’t as big as the look to me. Thanks for mentioning the class too! She is the best!! We just took engagement photos for her and the boy while they were in Seattle!! We love her:)

  • 36.
    leslie said…

    that is neat.
    adding it to my list.
    of great things ali does.
    that i want to try.

  • 37.
    Denise said…

    Cute, cute, cute!!!!!! I am just getting over how amazing the ATC spinner and acrylic journal are…now this today! I’m so glad to have found your blog Ali – you have a wonderful spirit!

  • 38.
    giosmama26 said…

    Can I just say how much I LOVE this!!!!
    This is amazing, great thinking and even more, thanks for sharing. SOOOOOOOO neat.

  • 39.
    Nancy said…

    Another one here that wants to know how you’ll hang them!

  • 40.
    katie said…

    oh this is such a totally cool idea Ali–you never stop–amazing!!!

  • 41.
    Teresa said…

    Well…you did it again!!!

  • 42.
    lydia said…

    can’t tell from the photo. are these paper or wooden boxes? fantastic either way!

  • 43.
    marty said…

    oh my gosh, this is such a cool advent calendar! thanks for such a great display and idea! ho ho

  • 44.
    Michelle said…

    You have made a good idea great. Love it!

  • 45.
    Lanne said…

    These are so cute. I was thinking of doing a similar thing and stacking it like a tree shape.. larger boxes for the closer to christmas dates on the bottom and the smaller ones on the top..
    But I priced the boxes here and soon changed my mind! (about $75 for just the boxes!) but maybe noodle boxes would work as well?

  • 46.
    amanda kay said…

    Wow! these are so stinking cute!! I just might have to take a cue from you and do something like this for my younger niece. Love it!!

  • 47.
    Laura Reaux said…

    SO adorable! I love how you stayed with the Christmasy colors.

  • 48.
    Sara said…

    Great idea! Love how it turned out. :)

  • 49.

    how do you hang it / them?
    are they on a backing?

  • 50.
    Jill said…

    Brilliant idea! I SO love this!

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