Hi, as seen right here yesterday, I've got more detailed instructions on how to make the advent calendar.
You can cut two suitcases from each piece of 12x12 paper, so I chose the double sided wintery North Country patterned paper range from Prima as it fits the Christmas theme perfectly and you can create two different patterned bags with one piece of paper.
Gather your supplies – see supply list.
Use the die to cut 24 suitcases ready for construction.
Lay out the patterns on a table in the order you think the patterns look best. You can now work from this line up to make your boxes.
Make all appropriate folds ready for construction.
Start constructing the boxes. You can either do this as you go or all at once. I prefer to do them all at once and get myself into a rhythm.
Start with the bottom of the box. Folding in the corners of the box and holding it together with brads. You need 4 per box (so 96 in total).
Adhere the lid to the box (it’s now looking more like a suitcase).
Adhere the handle.
To ensure the suitcases don’t open while hanging on the tree, use a hole punch (I used a Fiskars hand punch) and punch four holes in the two pieces of the bottom of the case (the opposite side to the handle). Once it is filled with your treat/goodies/notes then use a piece of ribbon to tie the sides together and leave a bit hanging for added decoaration.
Your suitcase is now ready for decoration.
Embellish the suitcase with flowers, rubons, chipboard, stickers, lace, buttons, etc and finish with a number (to use for countdown purposes).
There are two ways that I see the suitcases hanging.
- All joined together with ribbon that can then be strung around a Xmas tree (see enclosed photo).
- Each on an individual loop to be hung either on a Xmas tree or on a board made especially for them.
If you wish to do any stitching, ensure you do it before you construct into suitcases.
If you wish to make the decorating quicker and easier, you can make the first suitcase your template, then simply make the same design on each box, changing only the number.
Add glitter to parts of your boxes and/or embellishments, giving them a more wintery, Christmassy feel.
Add a small bell to the ribbon tied on the bottom of several boxes so they twinkle in the wind.