In an earlier blog and the Buzz newspaper I promised to put more detailed instructions on the advent photo calendar. So here it is…
Cut a piece of mat board to roughly 16” x 20” and cover it with decorative paper. Use a glue stick, photo tape or white glue thinned down with water (this is my least favorite way because it can cause the paper to wrinkle or color to run on fancy tissue paper).
Then using a large paper punch cut 25 solid pieces of paper 2” x 2” this will be the paper behind the photos and the side with the countdown numbers – so use one that accents your background paper. I used black. I decided it was a great neutral for the photos when flipped over.
Then using one size smaller punch 1 ½” x 1 ½” cut out photos of family members. These punches can be found at hobby, stamping or scrap-booking shops. Using photo tape I glued the photos and the paper together and wrote the numbers 1-25 on the back. I used a gold metallic thick point marker and added thin silver metallic lines to accent the numbers. Just play on a scrap piece of paper until you get the look you want.
Arrange them on the board in order. One of my ideas was to have a larger picture of the previous Christmas as number 25 but it didn’t work for this one. I used sticky photo corners as one way of holding the photos and allowing them to be flipped each day. Just stuck them to the board. A note, these corners do fall off with time if you wish for more security use glue that is photo safe.
Decorate the top board anyway you wish, I used alphabet stickers to spell out ‘tis the season for family’. Embellish the rest of the board as you wish with stickers and markers.
You are done and ready for a family member to greet you each day of December. Merry Christmas