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Advent Calendar - Free Project
Advent Calendar - Free Project
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Advent Calendar - Free Project

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Get the family together to create this fun Advent Calendar! You can count down the days to Christmas by adding an ornament to the tree each day. 25 EASY designs make it VERY kid-friendly! We even include a downloadable tree!

Step: 1

Bead Colors Needed:

  • Peach - 2
  • Blush - 6
  • Bubblegum - 2
  • Pink - 18
  • Red - 197
  • Cheddar - 96
  • Orange - 3
  • Pastel Yellow - 4
  • Yellow - 75
  • Pastel Green - 3
  • Green - 83
  • Pastel Blue - 57
  • Light Blue - 34
  • Dark Blue - 18
  • Periwinkle Blue - 4
  • Pastel Lavender - 1
  • Plum - 27
  • Purple - 58
  • Light Brown - 75
  • Black - 5
  • White - 178

See the Supply List for beads and tools you can purchase here. You will also need:

  • Gold sequins
  • Craft glue
  • 11 x 17 inch piece of cardboard or matboard
  • 25 self-adhesive Velcro® circles
Step: 2

Download the PDF for the Advent Calendar Project Pattern. You will use the small square, circle, hexagon, and heart pegboards for your project. If you’re using a clear pegboard, slide the actual-size pattern underneath it. Place all the beads for the design.

Step: 3

Ask an adult to fuse your designs. Place your pegboard on a flat, heat-safe surface. Set a household iron to the medium setting. Place ironing paper over the pegboard. In a circular motion, begin to iron the project. When ironed properly, the beads will still have open centers. DO NOT OVER-IRON as this will cause the beads to close and can make assembly of your project more challenging. Let the design cool.

Step: 4

Remove the paper and bead design from the pegboard. Flip the design over to expose the non-fused side. Repeat step two. Let cool completely. Once the design is cool, peel off the ironing paper. Your pegboards and ironing paper are reusable.

Note: Beads need heat for about 10-20 seconds per side to fuse evenly. Lift the paper occasionally to see how the beads are fusing. Additional heating time may be required.

Step: 5

ASSEMBLY: Glue the gold sequins to the star which will be piece 25 at the top of the tree.

Step: 6

Print pages 5 and 6 of the project sheet onto letter-size paper. Trim and tape them together and mount onto your 11 x 17 inch piece of cardboard.

Step: 7

Apply Velcro® circles to the tree just below each number, with the one for 25 above the number. Apply the other halves of the Velcro® circles to the backs of the ornaments.

Step: 8

Each day of December, add another ornament to your tree. It doesn’t matter which one, but save the star for last. If you want to make a game of it, you can put the ornaments in a hat and have your child pull out an ornament without looking. Each day will be a surprise! If they can guess what the piece is just by touch, you can reward them with a cookie!