Are looking for a way to help your children countdown to Christmas in a fun and unique way? If so, you may want to give some thought to creating an advent calendar out of Christmas cookie cutters. Based on my experience, Christmas cookie cutter advent calendars are quick and easy to create. With that said, here’s what you need to know in order to construct one:
In order to complete your advent calendar project, you will need a series of identical cookie cutters (metal), pieces of cardstock, a large piece of cardboard, a roll of metallic gift wrap and a roll of scotch poster tape. The size and shape of your cookie cutters will determine how much cardboard and cardstock is needed to complete the calendar. You’ll also need a hot glue gun, clear glue sticks and permanent markers.
Create the Advent Calendar’s Doors
Begin making your Christmas advent calendar by tracing the cookie cutters onto the cardstock. You will need one cardstock door for each cookie cutter. Next, decorate the cardstock doors as you see fit. Personally, I would recommend writing the countdown numbers onto the doors. Of course extra decorative elements wouldn’t hurt either. Embellishments that you may want to use on your advent calendar’s countdown doors are glitter, sequins and Christmas related graphics.
Assemble the Advent Calendar
Next, lay your cookie cutters out onto your counter top in a prone position. Then start arranging them in the pattern that you want to use for your advent calendar. I would suggest that you consider making five rows of cookie cutters in the shape of a Christmas tree. If you do decide to go that route, the tree’s bottom row should consist of five cookie cutters. The next row should contain four cookie cutters. After that, you’ll want to add a row of three cookie cutters followed by a row of two cookie cutters. The top row of the advent calendar should consist of one cookie cutter. Once you are happy with your advent calendar’s design, hot glue the cookie cutters into position.
After the glue dries, place your cookie cutter tree onto a large piece of cardboard and trace it. Then add a ½ inch to the entire form’s perimeter. Proceed by removing the form from the cardboard and covering it with metallic gift wrap. Then glue the cookie cutter tree to the gift wrapped piece of cardboard. The cardboard will serve as the back of the advent calendar. As such, you’ll want to use your permanent markers to write the countdown numbers inside the cookie cutter cavities. Next, using clear scotch tape, attach the cardstock doors to each cookie cutter. Once that’s done, your advent calendar will be ready for use.
At this point, you may be thinking about what to put inside the cookie cutter cavities. I have found that small candies like Jordan almonds, chocolate bells and chocolate Santas tend to work well. If you don’t want to use edible treats, cupcake rings and small toys will work too. You can typically purchase such items through discount stores and party supply shops for a modest fee.
Source: Personal Experience
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