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Last week, I used my Silhouette machine to make a really fun holiday project for my girls.  I grabbed some festive Christmas cardstock for about $4 and made my own custom Advent Calendar.  Each day contains a little note with an activity to get us in the Christmas spirit.  If you want to win your own Silhouette, enter our Giveaway!

Here’s what you need:

(6) 8.5×11 sheets of festive cardstock
(1) small sheet of yellow cardstock
Cube Box template from the Silhouette online store (99 cents)
Star template available in the Silhouette library (comes with machine)
Glue
Small strips of paper for handwritten notes

Put it all together:

  • Download the cube box template from the Silhouette Online Store and scale it down to make 24 1-inch boxes. A total of 4 boxes fit on each page of cardstock.  Use your favorite font to cut the numbers 1-24 into the top of each box.
  • Assemble the boxes (this is a cinch because the Silhouette machine even perforates the folds for you!).  Glue the boxes together in the shape of a Christmas Tree and line the lid of each one with scrap paper so that the number show through.
  • Top it off with a 3-D star by adding a slit halfway up two star shapes and fitting them together.
  • Fill each box with a note, candy or small trinket

I’m really looking forward to giving this to my kids and the daily excitement of each little activity!

Some activities I put in our Advent Calendar:

Make hot chocolate with tons of marshmallows
Color a Christmas picture
Bake cookies and decorate them with sprinkles
Watch a Christmas movie
Take a drive and look at Christmas lights
Sing Christmas Carols

Heads Up: Silhouette downloads will be 49 cents each on Black Friday- Cyber Monday!  Plus don’t miss the huge cyber monday deal.

    • Megan

      WOW!!!! Jenny, that is SO cute!!!!! You are so talented!! I entered the giveaway yesterday!! I really hope I have a chance to win!! I can't wait to make cute projects like that!!

    • Cindy

      What a great idea….so cute!

    • wow, this is very nice

      I have entered the contest

    • Mrsp31

      This is so cool! I love Advent – and our family enjoys the activities and devotions we do every year. Thanks for giving me some new ideas!!! :)

    • Claudia

      That is so cool!!!

    • carolyn

      Love this project!! It's amazing what that unit will do.

    • Fuller2thousand1

      Love it!!!!

    • Ginger

      That's awesome!

    • stacie

      This would be wonderful to win!!!!

    • momto2boys

      OMGosh!! That is sooooo stinkin' cute! I would love to win and be able to do cute projects like that with my kids!

    • Dawnbakeringram

      I want one….I also want the time to do all those fun projects!!!!!!

    • Terjas

      I would love to win this for my daughter. She is going to graduate this spring w/her teaching degree. She has been longing for one of these but the funds have not been available. I would love to win this and surprise her.

    • Sarah Null

      I would love the chance to make lots of fun craft projects with my kiddos using this!

    • Rachel Raber

      exactly what I'm looking for… just too expensive!

    • BMo44

      Jenny, that is AWESOME!!! I love the personal touch on the things to do! We have all of those & more on our list to do! I might even try to attempt to make this w/o the Silhouette… it should be interesting!! Happy Thanksgiving!

    • W_bouton

      I would love to make pretty place cards for dinner guests during holiday dinners.

    • Athena

      That really is awesome….I love that. I wish I could do that. <3

    • AuburnKimme

      HOW cute!! Good job! =) My mom's version was using posterboard, a ruler, a Sharpie, and taped on Hershey's kisses. =)

    • Kiddiekots

      Too cute!!! I LOVE what you have done with the Silhouette. I hope I can get one soon :-)

    • Copperpennyco

      this is so cute!!!

      great crafting!

      and what a wonderful idea to fill it with loving thoughts instead of cramming it full of sugary candy or cheap plastic toys!

      Brilliant. Simply Brilliant.

    • AH

      A silhouette is on my christmas list. I would like to try out the vinyl to screen print and make some tattoos.

    • Amykw70

      I have recently begun teaching in the middle school department at our church. I think that it would be great if I won and could use it with the kids at church to make cards to use as outreach for the church – to send to shut ins, the sick, and as a WOW! welcome to visitors!!!

    • Clark7371

      Your calendar is absolutely gorgeous!!! I'm amazed at what you can do with a Silhouette! I would love to win. I am so behind in my scrapbooking and it would be so much fun to use it.

    • Kristy

      I would love to win a Silhouette. I'm a Sunday School teacher for ages 5 to 8, plus I have 4 children of my own. It would be great for Sunday School crafts, cards for our church ladies' nursing home visits, and Christmas ornaments for my kids. Oh, I so want one of these. I hope I win.

    • Busyking

      What an awesome gift. I would give this to my mother-in-law who makes crafts to sell at Christmas bazaars. She would love this!

    • Blakelybees

      Just FYI – you don't have to stay up until 4am – you can get the Silhouette SD on overstock.com right now for $164.99 and it comes with a $10 gift card! Not a bad deal then you can head over to Silhouette's website and order the vinyl you want for $7.99 then 40% off if you use the promo code FRIDAY, you can find Home Decor CD on ebay for around $15 – happy crafting! Just another option.

    • I loved this project. Here is my blog post of trying to do with with just scissors. http://sweetminutes.blogspot.com/2010/12/advent-calendar.html Still not finished with it. But hope to be soon.

    • Natalie

      Love it! I am trying make this now but can't find the right 1 inch cube box. Could you tell me which one exactly you used? Thanks!!