Thinking Outside The Box – Advent Calendar Tutorial

Welcome to this months Thinking Outside of the Box Blog Hop!  Each month the Thinking Outside of the Box Design Team will be bringing you fabulous projects that are all to do with boxes and packaging!  PLUS each post will have a tutorial for the project so that you can join in the fun too and make your own version!  I can’t tell you how excited I am to be on this fabulous team with demonstrators from EVERY country that Stampin’ Up! does business in!  Here we all are:

This month we are featuring mini Advent Calendars!  These are a great option if you want an advent but don’t have the time to do a whole months worth of boxes/bags etc, instead the mini version features each of the 4 Advent Sundays.

I chose to do a little luminary that you simply turn to the next number each Sunday.  This is quick and easy to make but cute and I just love luminaries!

I used the Hello Friend stamp set for the wreath image – I love how versatile this set is, it’s not designed as a Christmas set but several of the images can be used in that way!  I also added some of the cute embellishments from the Holiday Catalogue – the Green Sprigs and Mini Ornaments don’t really work on cards because of their bulk, but they were just perfect for this project.  I finished it off with some of the Night of Navy Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon even though it’s not a traditional Christmas colour, its just so soft and luscious!

Quick Advent Luminary Tutorial

Part 1 – Stand Box
Cut cardstock measuring 24cm x 13cm
Score the short side of cardstock at 1.5cm & 11.5cm
Score the long side of cardstock at 10cm, 11.5cm, 21.5cm & 23cm
Cut tabs as shown.
Fold along all score lines add adhesive to tabs, and assemble box

Part 2 – Luminary Top
Cut vellum cardstock measuring 29cm x 10.5cm
Score long side of cardstock at 7cm, 14cm, 21cm and 28cm

Stamp image on each section of vellum and add die cut numbers

Cut cardstock measuring 29cm x 1cm. Adhere to bottom of vellum

Apply adhesive to smallest tab of vellum and assemble box.

Part 3 – Assembly
Place vellum luminary in centre of base box and adhere to box using a glue dot or hot melt glue in each corner.
Adhere embellishments around base using hot melt glue.

Stamps: Hello Friend
Ink: Garden Green
Cardstock: Real Red, Vellum
Other: Big Shot, Large Numbers Framelit Dies, Green Sprigs, Mini Ornaments, Night of Navy Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon

Well that’s it from me, but be sure to head around the globe and check out what the rest of the design team have in store for you – remember we each have a free tutorial in our posts!


Shannean Moncrieff – Australia
Tanja Kolar – Germany
Yoshiko Endo – Japan
Zoë Tant – UK
Annette Elias – Netherlands
Dena Rekow – USA
Sharlene Meyer – New Zealand
Beate Wacker – Austria
Aude Barbara – France
Barb Stewart – Canada

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