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Christmas advent calendar with vinyl

We love to do fun Christmas Advent calendars every year! With all the hustle and bustle of Christmas, they really help us get excited and build up the anticipation! This new Christmas advent is my personal favorite! It’s so cute, up out of the way (it hangs on the back of the door) and it’s reusable year after year! AND you can add whatever color of Expressions Vinyl to really put your own creative spin on it!

Advent calendar Supplies

  • over the door shoe organizer
  • heat transfer vinyl (whatever color you want! I used white smooth htv (about 48 inches) and red glitter htv l 12×12 sheet ) both from Expressions Vinyl
  • Multi-Use paper (this is reusable!)
  • Garlands or pom-poms to decorate the top (optional)

Advent calendar Instructions

I loved this look of the fabric on this shoe organizer-but Walmart also had a canvas one and a clear plastic one. (If you decided to do a clear plastic one- you would use adhesive vinyl instead of Heat transfer vinyl!) I opened it up and steamed it get all the wrinkles out!

I measured each pocket to make sure my numbers weren’t too big or too small! Then I designed what I wanted it to look like. I wanted the numbers to pop so I opted to use a white circle behind the red glitter numbers.

Once I had everything sized, I cut it out with my silhouette cameo.

When cutting Heat transfer vinyl, you actually cut on the backside. For more instructions on how to cut out Heat transfer vinyl head to this blog post!

Pull away the part of the vinyl that isn’t the design. (This is called “weeding the vinyl”)

Repeat with the red glitter vinyl. I sandwiched these letters together to help save vinyl (I love to hoard that vinyl)! Then I just cut apart each number.

 

Layering vinyl

I thought I would walk you through layering. I laid out the white circles first and spaced then all the same (I measured down from the top of the pocket)

Since the material of the shoe organizer has a poly feel to it, I laid down a multi-use paper to protect my iron from melting it accidentally. I pressed the circles for about 10 seconds (just long enough to get it stuck down) I used my cricut easy press-but you could do this with an iron as well!

Peel up the carrier sheet-(plastic sheet over it)

Place the glitter number centered in the circle.

Cover back up the vinyl with the multi-use paper and press for 15 seconds. Since you won’t be running this through the washer and dryer, you just need it stuck on!

Repeat 24 times!

Look how good that glitter Htv from Expressions Vinyl is!

 

Then you can just add in presents for each day-

You could fill it with a piece of candy, scripture verses, fun activities to do -or a combination of all! AND if you don’t make it overly Christmas looking-you could reuse this to count down birthdays or trips! OR if you are a die-hard Disney fan-how cute to make this countdown with mickey mouse ears as the circles!

If you want some more fun vinyl 12 days of Christmas Ideas- head to this awesome post with Expressions vinyl! They have free cut files!

I also have over 50 fun advent calendar ideas here

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About Kimbo

Kimbo blogs at A girl and a glue gun--where she puts her hot glue gun to good use (as well as her vinyl cutter and sewing machine) She loves all crafts and is thrifty (the nice way to say she's cheap) So she is constantly trying to come up with fast and easy projects that won't break the bank! She lives in Idaho with her hot husband and 3 kiddos.