A few years ago, my newsletter subscribers received the tutorial to create the Christmas Tree Countdown Calendar out of card stock with the Big Shot™ Die-Cutting Machine (113439) and the Matchbox Bigz™ XL Die (now retired from Stampin’ Up!®). Once I figured out the positioning of the boxes, the tree was simple to make. However, it was time-consuming because you had to cut out each box separately and then assemble it with adhesives.
Now you can make a Christmas Tree Countdown Calendar with the Tiny Treat Boxes (135829), which, conveniently come in a package of 25! These boxes are 2” x 2” x 2”, so your tree won’t look as flat as the first photo. I included the original Christmas Tree Countdown Calendar photo so you have the pattern to place your boxes.
I’ve shown the example of the top box for the Christmas Tree Countdown Calendar. When you’ve finished putting the number labels on the box lids (facing so they’re upright when the lid opening is on top), assemble the boxes and adhere them to each other in the pattern shown. Fast Fuse Adhesive (129026) will work for this, or you can use Sticky Strip (104294).
Supplies You Will Need:
Tiny Treat Boxes (135829)
Patterned Paper: Nordic Noel Designer Series Paper (135822) used here, but you may also find some great patterns in the Trim the Tree Designer Series Paper Stack (135824)
Whisper White 8-1/2” x 11” Card Stock (100730)
Number Stamp Set: Metro Type Alphabet Set (photopolymer – 133666) used here, very easy to place numbers!
Ink Pad: Garden Green Classic Stampin’ Pad (126973) used here; Real Red Classic Stampin’ Pad (126949) also coordinates with the Designer Series Paper.
1-3/4” Scallop Circle Punch (119854)
1-3/8” Circle Punch (119860)
1/4” Circle Handheld Punch (134364)
Ribbon for the top box: Real Red 3/8” Woven Satin Ribbon (135840) used here. Punch two holes in the side of the box that will be on top and tie the ribbon through them.
Adhesive (suggestions above)
You’ll need a piece of card stock to support the row of six boxes. You could use a 2” x 12” strip of Kraft 12” x 12” Card Stock (133674), which would match the boxes and is a little thicker than regular card stock. When you’re adhering all the boxes, make sure the lid opens from the top.
Number placement tip: Punch out the 1-3/8” circle from scrap paper and use the hole to fit your numbers. Then line up the numbers in the punch and cut!
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