If you read my previous post you’ll remember that I am on a mission to use just a few, new and lovely products to create several Christmas themed projects! I have realized that I have SPHD (Seasonal Product Hoarding Disorder!) and I although I purchased the charming Christmas Past paper, stickers, embellishments and letter/number stickers*, I am trying hard to use them all up and not have any leftovers that will add to my seasonal product stash!
Christmas Countdown Favours
- Seven sheets of paper from the Christmas Past Paper Pack (including the sheet with the numbers and the sheet with the tags)
- One full sheet of 12” x 12” cardstock
- One half piece of cardstock measuring 6” x 12”
- 12″ Straight Trimmer
- Single hole punch (handheld type)
- Decorative twine, ribbon or yarn
- Embellishments or punched shapes (optional)
- Cut out all the number squares and set aside. Since most Advent Calendars only go to December 24th, you will not need the number square with “25” on it. (But do save it – I’m sure we can use it for something else!)
- Cut out 3” squares from your whole and half pieces of cardstock. Use the same method shown in Cutting Guide #1 for the December Daily album pages to make twenty-four 3” x 3” squares.
- Adhere one number square to each solid cardstock square. Punch a hole in the top or corner of each and set aside. You could also attach a punch from the new Christmas Quartet Punch or a die-cut from the Christmas Past Embellishment Pack. (Feel free to make this project your own – use a circle of other shaped punch to punch out the numbers and the tag to mount them on, and decorate them however you like!)
- Cut each of the remaining six sheets of double-sided paper into 6” x 6” squares.
- To make each favour: run adhesive down two of the 6” square. Roll one edge without adhesive towards one with adhesive and adhere it to the opposite edge forming a tube or cylinder. Press the bottom edge together to seal. Fill the empty tube with a treat such as a mini candy cane, chocolate bell, other candy or a small toy. If you want to avoid giving candy and more “stuff”, you can place a piece of paper in each favour with an activity suggestion such as “Popcorn and Movie Night”, “Take a drive to see the Christmas Lights”, “Make Christmas Cookies”, “Read a Christmas Story” etc. I created a printable list of activities last year that are included with the downloadable instructions for this project, and of course you can find lots of lists of activity suggestions on Pinterest.
- Once you have inserted your treat or activity, seal the other end of the tube closed with adhesive in the same manner, but press it closed the opposite way. This will create an attractive asymmetric “sour cream container” style of favour.
- Punch a hole in one of the sealed ends, then use yarn or twine to attach a square with the date on it.
- Place all your completed favours in a basket or bowl and keep it somewhere easily accessible.