To create this Advent calendar, I used a cookie sheet that was approximately 11 inches by 17.5 inches. It's just a cheap thin sheet, which I selected so it wouldn't be too heavy; and without any type of coating on the cookie sheet, I knew my magnets would adhere.
I started by cutting my paper to go around the calendar grid, leaving a hole for the grid itself. If you purchase extremely strong magnets, you can probably skip cutting the hole, but I wanted to minimize the layers of paper between the magnets and the cookie sheet. I adhered the paper to the cookie sheet using my usual scrapbooking adhesive and it's sticking together just as well as paper to paper.
I then created a 10 inch by 10 inch grid by cutting some kraft paper to size and then drawing lines every 2 inches. This created a grid that is 5 spaces tall and wide. I opted to stitch along my grid lines but to simplify you could draw the lines with a marker.
Next I adhered the grid to the center of the cookie sheet, as well as the ribbons and the title. Once these elements were set, I began creating 25 date holders. This is a great way to use up scraps and little pieces of your stash.
Once I had 25 pieces selected, I cut small strips of magnetic tape and adhered them to the backs of my date pieces. For this project I used super-strength magnetic tape by Magna Card. It's self-adhesive on one side, making it super easy to adhere the date pieces to the magnets.
With everything in place, I put the date holders onto the cookie sheet and moved them around until I was happy with the placement. Then I put the final touches on the calendar by adding numbers to each of the pieces and tying a big bow at the top of the calendar.
The calendar is very sturdy, so it could lean up against a wall on a shelf or sit in a large plate stand. I wanted to hang mine, so I used my mini hole punch to create two small holes along the lip of the cookie sheet, spaced equally from the center. Then I took some picture frame wire, threaded it through the holes, and twisted the ends to secure.
I am looking forward to adding the numbered pieces each day until it's full on the 25th. I am so happy to have found the inspiration for this calendar and can't believe how quickly it came together. My new Advent calendar is now hanging in my scrapbook room and I swear it makes me smile each time I see it.
Did you make an Advent calendar this year? What's your favorite way to mark the days of December?