Do you have an Advent tradition? When the kids were little, I had an advent calendar that I filled with small treats every day. As they grew older we started filling the advent calendar with a little hint where the treat is hidden. My kids still love this little scavenger hunt, even though my hints are too easy for them to find (I am not good at this…but it’s the tradition that counts, right?). Well…over the moves the first advent calendar got lost and the one I made for a Splitcoast tutorial years ago, lost a few tins. It was time for a new one.

I really wanted the KaiserCraft Advent calendar to alter, but I couldn’t find it online (last minute as I am), so I ordered this Karen Foster Countdown Calendar. It comes with rubon numbers, but I didn’t use those.

I started by covering each drawer front with Carta Bella Merry & Bright paper. The drawers are tiny.I cut the papers into 1 7/16″ squares, sanded the edges and used a 1/2″ circle punch for the finger holes. I adhered the paper with Scor-Tape. I mention it because I first adhered it with Glue & Seal, thinking liquid adhesive would work better, only to have the paper just come off again.

The numbers were cut out of Red Glimmer Paper (Stampin’ Up!) with By the Numbers Die-namics dies. Those were popped up with adhesive foam squares on each drawer. Rhinestones were added to add just a bit more sparkle. I bought the tinsel 2 years ago in my LSS in Ohio. It comes on a pretty wooden spool. Unfortunately I don’t know the maker of it. The sticker came off.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!
Hugs and smiles



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

35 Responses to “Sparkly Advent”

  1. Hi Beate! Beautiful job. Love it
    God Bless 🙂

  2. Wow Beate! This is so sparkly and beautifully made!

  3. Oh this is GORGEOUS, Beate~ Love those big red sparkly numbers!!! What a wonderful tradition you have with the kids!

  4. This is so fabulous, love your advent calendar

  5. wonderful advent calendar. I will have to pass this along to a friend that is always looking for new advent calendar ideas.
    stamping sue

  6. I love Advent Calendars! And with all the sparkle on this what’s not to love! Great job!

  7. Love it. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Oh wow, this is gorgeous, Beate!! The sparkly numbers just pop and the papers you used are gorgeous!! We always had an advent calendar when I was growing up and I loved it so much…it was the first decoration I pulled out of the box to hang up!! Yours is truly beautiful!! Have a great day 🙂

    A Mermaid’s Crafts

  9. Wonderful Advent Calendar. Love the glitter numbers.

  10. This is exquiste Beate.

  11. Love all the sparkle!! Fabulous project!

  12. Such a gorgeous advent calendar I love how the nubers shine and sparkle. hugs! Mojca

  13. love love love this~!

  14. Beautiful job on this Advent calendar. When my kids were little we had an adorable tree that each day there was a little ornament to add to the tree. Great memories.

  15. Wow, that looks awesome. I like your idea of “hints” of where the treat is hidden. I may just have to borrow your idea, that is if you don’t mind.

  16. I love your calendar….these are so fun especially when the kiddos are small.

  17. we had a few different advent calendars when Amanda was small, but not since, I just love what you have done here, such pretty papers and love the sparkle paper for the numbers!

  18. We always had an advent wreath, but never an advent calendar with treats when I was a kid. Yours is beautiful. What a great tradition for young families with children.

  19. I love your projects. I’ve always wanted to make an advent calendar and you have inspired me.

  20. This is so amazing, Beate! I would fill them up with my fave Lindt choccies!!!

  21. I am so happy you created your own sparkly numbers rather than using rub ons! Much more character isadded that way!!

  22. love your calender!! love the sparkle!

  23. I have wanted to do one of these! Thanks for the inspiration.

  24. Gorgeous! I love the sparkly numbers and the fun mix of papers.

  25. How awesome is this, Beate! WOW! Love it!

  26. So amazing and love the colour combo used , I would fill them with Lindt chocolates as their my fav…hugs xx

  27. Love the calendar!
    I have the number die set and I compared the size of numbers to the size of drawers. As you wrote: they are tiny 🙂 So the calendar have a great size to keep it on the desk.
    Beautiful project!!! Thank you for the inspiration 🙂

  28. WOW Beate! What a gorgeous project! I love all the shimmer! Happy Holidays!

  29. Wow, Beate, now THIS is an Advent calendar! Gorgeous papers and glittery numbers, I really love this!

  30. oh how sweet! the little drawers are so adorable!! ;D

  31. i should really get some glittery paper. that would make life that much easier. fabulous project, Beate!

  32. Whoa! Totally love this sparkly project! Your work is always so crisp, bright, and wonderful!

  33. Adorable Beate! The dsp is so pretty with the red glitter numbers. Lovely!

  34. Such a lovely sparkly advent calendar, Beate x

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