How to Make an Advent Calendar from a Cookie Sheet

While an Advent calendar is an old holiday tradition, you don't need elaborate supplies or a lot of money to count down the days until Christmas. All you need is an inexpensive cookie sheet and some craft supplies.

Steps

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    Place the cookie sheet face down on a flat surface. Cover the work surface with newspaper or other cover to protect it from the spraying and painting.
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    Spray the back of the cookie sheet with a Krylon (or similar brand) fixative. The fixative gives the paint something to stick to over the non-stick surface.
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    Cover the sheet with 1 to 2 sheets of paper. Choose paper with a holiday theme or colors. Last year's recycled Christmas paper works just fine.
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    Paint the sides of the cookie sheet with acrylic paint and dry brush a bit here and there across the top of the patterned paper.
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    Allow to dry thoroughly.
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    Draw a grid across the sheet. Leave about 3 inches (7.5cm) on the top so you can add a nice big "DECEMBER". Each square of these calendars is about 1 1/2" x 2" (4-5cm) or so. You need 4 rows and each row needs 7 squares.
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    Add the DECEMBER title to the top of calendar. You can use letter stickers, rub-ons, freehand write them, print it out on the computer, etc.
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    Apply a thin coat of sealer, or PPA or Modge Podge to seal the paint.
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    Allow to dry thoroughly.
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    Add the numbers and use a magnet on the back of the numbers.
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    Drill a couple holes in the top of the calendar and string ribbon through the calendar for hanging.
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    When December 1st arrives, put all the numbers on the back side of the calendar, and bring out #1. Add a number each day until December 25.

Tips

  • The cheaper the cookie sheet the better since you don't want a sheet with teflon coating

Things You'll Need

  • Cookie sheet
  • 1 to 2 sheets of paper
  • Glue stick
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush

Article Info

Categories: Christmas Decorations