Today’s tutorial is on how to make your own advent calendar with tins, velcro and a blank canvas board.

You can substitute the canvas for a sturdy cardboard or a magnet board, the tins with boxes ….

I had a blast making this calendar. I hope you will have fun too.

Stamps: Big Deal Alpha and Numbers

Ink: Chocolate Chip, Real Red and Old Olive Craft ink

Paper: Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Old Olive, River Rock and Very Vanilla Cardstock, Dashing and Old Olive Prints Designer paper,

Acc.: 16″ x 20″ blank Canvas, 20 metal tins (2″ diameter), Clear embossing powder, 5/8″ red grosgrain ribbon, 1 1/4″, 1 3/8″ and scallop circle punches, five petal flower punch, jumbo eyelets, Velcro squares, Terrific Tape


Stay at Home Mom of Three, Splitcoast Team Member and Copic and Spellbinders die Lover.

41 Responses to “Almost time to count down to Christmas”

  1. Oh my word girl! NOW I know why you have been smokin’busy! This ROCKS! GREAT job on this project….sure hope I get time to try it out!!!

  2. Wow, this is very cool. I love the idea of using tins for it.

  3. Oh, this is wonderful~! Clearly a lot of work, but it is such a fun result!!

  4. WOW, you have been busy, this is great.

  5. I absolutely love this Beate.

  6. This is sooooo cute! Now I’m definitely going to have to make a Michael’s run this afternoon and order me the Big Deal Numbers, since I have the Alpha it only makes sense. Thanks for the awesome project idea!

  7. This is soo cute love that paper !! SU really did it with that one this year !! The way you decorated it is just so awesome ! I was thinking that for kids since you used tins that you could tuck a treat inside each day leading up to christmas ! My kids would love that.

  8. I just *LOVE* this! Thanks!

  9. Beate, this is SO cool! I honestly think that you must have 48 hours in every day to continually come up with such amazing projects! Thank you!!!

  10. What a festive count down calendar! I might have to run to the craft store and pick up the supplies for this. Btw, which stamp set did you use for the numbers and letters?

    Thanks again for the great ideas!


  11. Never mind on the stamp set question. I was looking at the tutorial on SCS and didn’t see the stamp set name. But I just saw it on this post!


  12. Beate…Oh my goodness. This is absolutely awesome! What a wonderful idea. Thanks for continuing to inspire us.

  13. When I saw this on the newsletter today I was like- okay, gonna have to make one! Love it, Beate! Great job! Wowzer! Can’t seem to say it enough…I keep coming back to look at it & I’ve already looked into getting the supplies!

  14. This is so absolutely wonderful Beate! Im going to go read how to do it and hopefully make it next week! My husband gets 2 weeks off from work for all their hard work, so it’s time I bust out my crafts!

    Thanks for all your hard work on the tutorials!

  15. Beate, this is the most awesome idea (and beautiful!) — I’ll definitely be making one! Thanks so much for sharing and doing the tutorial!

  16. Beate I love everything you do – but this advent calendar is one of my favorite projects so far. It is just adorable!!! I need to find some time to make one of these!!!

  17. This is absolutely awesome. I am going to try & make one myself!

  18. This is AMAZING!!! It’s beautiful and would be so much fun to have. I’m interested in making one with some friends (not for profit – for fun) and am curious about the tins. What quantity did they come in and how much were they? Do you think they were cheapest at Michaels? Thanks in advance for answers and THANKS FOR SHARING your talent with us each and every day!!!!

  19. Darling! I can’t wait to make one!

  20. Absolutely flippin’ amazing!!!

  21. How very cool and fun! I just may have to try one of these!

  22. I LOVE,LOVE, LOVE this! We will be doing one Thanksgiving weekend just like yours! I am sure many people will be thinking of you every holiday season from now on as they look at their advent calendars! AWESOME!!


  23. Absolutely loving this! Thanks so much, Beate, for sharing!

  24. Can’t tell you how much I love this idea and can’t wait to get to Micheals to get some tins! Great job!

  25. Great job; tutorial was fantastic!

  26. This is fabulous! I just adore it and can not wait to make one. I actually just bought a bunch of magnetic dry erase boards to make these for a class but had no clue yet how I was gonna do the squares for the calendar. I love this idea. You are such an inspiration. Great thinkin, girlfriend. Thanks.

  27. I already saw and commented on your tutorial at SCS, but I HAD to stop by and rave on your blog, too! I wish I had an ounce of your creativity — your projects are always fantastic! I have been trying to figure out a way to make a calendar for my family — this is just perfect!! Thanks so much! 🙂

  28. The calender is so beautiful color with all cans at the caleneder. I never think it is working for magnets. Its good creative for other games like Alphabet words, too thanks alot

  29. I am going out TODAY to get all the supplies for this project !!! Oh My Gosh…..I JUST LOVE LOVE LOVE IT !!!! My younger daugthers will freak out with this !!! Thanks, Beate…you completely and utterly ROCK !!!

    Have a great day

  30. Wow, wow, wow!!! I love this project! Sooo awesome, Beate! I hope I can get to the store to purchase the supplies to make one. Thanks for a wonderful tutorial!!

  31. This is SO awesome! I was looking to make an advent calendar soon…this would be perfect! 🙂

  32. Wow! This is wonderful!

  33. This is absolutely rockin’!!! WOW!

  34. Beate, this ROCKS !!! Wonderful, you did a grrrrrreat job !

  35. WOW! I’m speechless. This is gorgeous. I totally love this.
    I can’t even begin to imagine how much work this was, but it looks amazing.

  36. OMGoodness that is the besst calendar I have ever seen I cannot wait to try it! Thank you so much for posting it and the tutorial!

  37. Holy Crap! This is AWESOME! I absolutely LOVE IT! WOW!

  38. NEATO!! 🙂 (is that still a word?) Love the papers used and the whole idea is just CUTE CUTE! 🙂

  39. Fantastic! You inspired my friend Ardyth to make one for her family, and then I had her make me one for MINE! If you want to see her homage to your idea, come see it on my blog 🙂

    Happy stamping, B!

    – your Canadian friend

  40. Cool looking. I think my kids and I will make one.

  41. Love your advent calendar. We just posted a tutorial on how to make one out of circular Christmas boxes. Check it out!

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