Monday, January 3, 2011
Valentine Advent Calendar
In the past I have created Christmas Advent calendars. They are such a fun way to countdown to that special day, I have decided to offer a Valentines Day calendar as well. And what makes it even more special is for you to make it yourself at a fraction of the cost.
This cute project uses a Mini Muffin and Cupcake Pan - 24 Cup as shown in my photo (not included in your purchase). These are perfect for filling each one with a little something, such as candies, stickers, money, etc. The cubbies are closed up with a magnet paper circles in which I supply you with the graphics for you to print yourself.
This is perfect because if you already have a Mini Muffin pan you are saving money by not buying it again for this project and if you do not have one they are fairly inexpensive (Wal-mart for under US $5.00), re-usable and easy to store. The box version is cute, but where does it get stored when it’s not Valentines Day?
Supplies you will need:
Color printer (or you can have the images printed at at an office supply store)
Magnet Sheets - You can purchase these at your local office supply store as well as craft stores. I found it at Office Max
Mini 24 cupcake pan - I found them at Wal-mart, you can also get these online http://www.wilton.com/store/site/product.cfm?id=CE87C281-802D-F658-015D7C75B0499468&killnav=1
Please check to see what size diameter your mini cupcake pan is. The pan I used measures a little over 2" at the largest point. If you have a different size, the graphics may need to be adjusted.
Open the graphics files I have sent you and print onto the magnetic sheet according to manufacturers instruction.
Cut out the circles with scissors.
Place the circles over the tin holes.
Some pans have a hole on the top in which you can add a ribbon to hang the calendar. Mine did not and I had my husband drill a hole in it.
Suggestions for what to fill them with (don't fill too much, the magnets are not that strong):
M&M candies or small candies
Pony tail holder
Cute small erasers in fun shapes
The 99 Cent Sore and the Dollar Tree Store have great small items. I like to walk the aisle looking for fun things for the kids.
You can purchase my graphics in my Art Fire shop and Etsy shop.