Thursday, 9 December 2010

Mini Muffin Tin Advent Calendar

This little project was on my to-do list last year, after seeing numerous tutorials all over the web, but I was a little too busy with having two newborns to find the time to make it. This year it was my first Christmas project and I love how it turned out. I didn't really follow any tutorial. It's pretty simple to figure out. Here is a good tutorial though from Somewhat Simple, that is a little different from how I did it in that she used little magnets rather than magnetic sheets.

I purchased a roll of adhesive back magnetic sheeting from Hobby Lobby for 9.99. I cut some scrapbook paper with my Fiskars paper cutter and actually used it to cut the magnets too. This gummed up the blade, but was worth the saved time and perfect little squares to me. I peeled the backing off of the magnet, and stuck a piece of the scrapbook paper on it. I forgot to pick up some number stickers, so I used my Cricut to cut them with the A Child's Year cartridge on red card stock. I also used my Cricut to cut little circles on green card stock with the New Arrivals cartridge because the numbers didn't really stand out on just the scrapbook paper.

Overall, I love how it turned out. The only problem that I found was that the mini muffin tin that I used had tiny compartments, too small for even a Hershey's Kiss. I did find some little Dove chocolates that fit and are so tasty!

B Bear has really enjoyed opening one slot every day and finding a chocolate. Before he opens it, we count up to what ever number we are on. After he opens it, we count how many days we have left. I look forward to it becoming part of our families Christmas traditions.

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