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This DIY Cricut Christmas Advent Calendar is easy and inexpensive and fun for the kiddos!
DIY Cricut Advent Calendar
Looking for a fairly quick Cricut project that looks just adorable? Look no further! From start to finish this project probably takes about 2 hours max ~ and that's if you make the image yourself! (Although, at the end of this post I have linked our project if you're looking to make this a little faster. )
Here's everything you need to make this inexpensive advent calendar using Dollar Tree supplies and Cricut tools you likely have on hand already.
- Pizza Sheet from Dollar Tree
- Circuit Cutting Mat
- Cricut Vinyl – White
- Circuit Tools
- Wide Wired Christmas Ribbon
- Wooden Star
- Circuit Transfer (I actually got mine at Dollar Tree and it worked great!)
- Hot Glue Gun
- Open your Circut app and start with a New Project
- Go to input an image and search “Christmas” and choose your favorite ‘Christmas' script **TIP** make sure your fonts are not too ‘skinny' as it will be hard for the Circuit to cut.
- Insert your chosen image and center between the 0 and 10 (this is the space you'll need to work in order to fit on your pizza sheet.
- Add text “COUNTDOWN” and center that beneath “Christmas”
- Add a new text box for each number and have 6 numbers to the first three rows (1-6, 7-12, 13-18), five numbers in the forth row (19-23), and only 24 and 25 in the last row. You will have a total of 5 rows.
- Once you have completed your art board, make sure to click ‘Arrange‘ and then ‘Group' if you don't do this step it will rearrange everything when it goes to print.
- Cut and align your vinyl to your mat board and click ‘Make it‘
- While your project is printing, take your magnet and glue your star to it.
- Once the printing is complete, and still on the board, removed the background of it, leaving your actual Countdown stuck to the board.
- Peal and place the Transfer Tape for Vinyl over your project and take your Scraper tool and smooth out your Transfer Tape clearing out all the bubbles.
- Once you feel certain that the project has securely stuck to the transfer tape, peel off the back side to your vinyl and do your best to center the transfer tape and project to your Pizza Sheet.
- Once your project is on the Pizza Sheet, once again take your scraper tool and smooth it over the project and pizza sheet. When you feel like you've covered the whole project, start peeling the Transfer Tape back slowly. If any of your project starts coming up with the Transfer Tape, use your Weeding tool to help stick it back to the Pizza Sheet.
- Once you've completed peeling off the Transfer Tape, take your ribbon and tie a big bow. Put a big glob of glue centered on the rim at the top of your pizza sheet and glue your bow down. Put two more dots of glue across from each other on the rim and stick your ribbon in it, you'll do this to ‘frame' your countdown.
- You can repeat step 13 if you cut your ribbon long like in the image below to keep it from rearranging. **TIP** crinkle the ribbon a little bit before laying in your glue dots so it's not pulled tight. This will make your bow look more relaxed and not so ridged.
- Don't forget to stick your magnet on your Pizza Sheet and have it move along to countdown to Christmas!
If you want to use our exact image, here's a link for it!
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