I HAVE been busy! It’s been so hard stifling the excitement of Christmas but now we’re into November, I can start giving in and enjoying it! I’ve made a couple of sets of Advent calendars modelled on the Calypso ice lolly carton (or the sour cream container, I think, in the US). I like that they’re so easy to do – mine are made with rectangles of paper 105 mm x 155 mm rolled and glued down into long cylinders.They were flattened and glued at one end then crimped, filled with sweets and chocolates. Then they were turned 90 degrees and had their other end glued and crimped.
After crimping, I also used pinking shears (though other decorative scissors would be lovely) to give the ends a zilly-dilly zig-zag edging.
Each one has a ‘fortune’ inside, just like a fortune cookie except mine are taken from famous quotations. Oh – and each one has a solid chocolate Father Christmas inside (nearly typed that as ‘Fr Christmas’ – can tell I’m in Ireland!).
I designed the numbers in Illustrator and printed them onto Safmat and cut the square scallops they’re mounted on with my Crafty Rob. I stuck the Safmat numbers on each of the scallops and then stuck them onto each carton with a fat dimensional.
The Silent Setter came out of retirement to neatly set a hole at the peak of each one to thread some cord through so there would be something to tie and hang them up with.
I made these a little differently. I scanned in the beauuuutiful image from a Christmas carrier bag I had from many years ago and converted it into a Photoshop brush. I converted the numbers, also created in Illustrator, into brushes as well and printed the whole thing off then made the cartons up. I added a row of tiny pearls (bought on a string from a haberdashers) and a sprinkle of white sugary glitter. This set has a liqueur barrel inside each one – and the person who will get this set will enjoy them very much!
Here they are! I am on the look out for a nice ornament tree or photograph tree to dangle my advent set from but haven’t found any in the shops. Have seen some on-line but would have to take out a bank loan for the shipping! In the meantime, I gathered some twiggy branches, sprayed them with a glossy varnish with a silver sparkle and lit them up with a cheap battery-operated set of LEDs.
The number set is very handy to have – there are two, in fact. Did a round set (harder to cut out by hand!) and another, centred in a square. The outer line of the square is my guide to cut just inside. I made sure to align the rows and columns up so that cutting is easier as you can cut a number of lines at a time.
They are available to download, in one package for 5.00 Euro. Please note that the image on the white cartons is not for sale.
The package includes:
- A PDF of the two sets of numbers (see the picture above)
- An SVG and GSD cutting file of the square scallop to mount the numbers on
- A Photoshop brush of the squared number set
- A Photoshop brush set of the numbers in a circle
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