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Advent Calendar

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Advent Calendar Instructions
Designed by Artbeads

This beautiful calendar is a twist on the traditional! Instead of candy, we stuffed each pocket with an individually wrapped charm. Each day, your little one can open a new charm and add it to their bracelet. If you have more than one child, wrap each with their own color of tissue or wrapping paper so that they know which charms are theirs. We recommend putting the bracelet in the first bag. Choose charms that represent your child's hobbies, sports and passions. Fill in with holiday charms.

Step one: Cut your fabric to the size you like. This is a 35 x 33 inch final project. There is a good deal of space between the bags, and it can certainly be reduced by placing the bags closer together. Hem the edges for a finished look. Leave a hole large enough in the top to slide a dowel through.

Step two: Prepare the bags with Swarovski flatbacks, for detailed instructions on how to apply flatbacks, please visit the Handy Tips section of the Learning Center. To get the numbers uniform, we just printed out numbers we liked from our computer and lined them up inside the bags to "trace". We recommend Jewel Bond glue for this step, and remember to place something between the layers of the bag so that it doesn't stick together. Be cautious not to let the glue dry to the paper you are working with, or the ink will come off on the bag. You may want to lay the bags out ahead of time so you are certain that you are numbering them correctly. We made rows with five of each color, but you can pattern them in a way that is most pleasing to your eye.

Step three: Lay the bags out to make sure the spacing is correct, then adhere them to the fabric using a hot glue gun. Place a piece of cardboard in the bags as you adhere them so that the glue does not stick the two sides of the bag together. Remove it before the glue dries so that the cardboard does not stick.

Step four: To make the embellishment on the bottom corner of the calendar, we used a stencil found at a local craft store, and simply cut the tree out of fabric. You can use any shape you like. We then embellished the tree with Swarovski flatback rhinestones and hot glued it to the calendar. We used Gem Tac adhesive to adhere the flatbacks to felt.

Step five: To create the hanger, wrap the 20 gauge brass colored wire several times around one end of the dowel and then leaving approximately 42 inches of wire between ends, wrap around the other end of the dowel. Bring it back to the end you began on and finish wrapping. Using the other wire, wrap each individually around one end of the dowel, then string randomly with beads, wrapping loosely around the original wire as you go. When you are done, wrap the remaining end around the other end of the dowel. This project takes a bit of time, but will bring years of happiness! Refill each year with different treasures and start a Christmas tradition that is sure to last a lifetime! Cost will vary depending on materials you choose.
Estimated time: Less than 6 hours(plus drying time)
Difficulty level: Beginner


Tools Used:
ZambaPro™ Side Cutters - Semi Flush (TOOL-131)
Jewel setter 2 pack (TOOL-170)
Jewel Bond adhesive (JEWELBOND)
24 gauge silver non-tarnish artistic wire (AWR24SVR10)
26 gauge burgundy non-tarnish artistic wire (AWR26BRG15)
20 gauge brass non-tarnish artistic wire (AWR20BRS6)
Gem-Tac permanent adhesive (GEMTAC)

List of Components:
3x4 inch white organza bag (ORGANZA03, qty 14)
3x4 inch gold organza bag (ORGANZA01, qty 10)
Fire-Polished Bead 8mm Crystal AB (25pc Pack) (FPS-CRYAB8, qty 2)
Fire-Polished Bead 4mm Madeira Topaz AB (100pc Pack) (FPS-MTOAB4, qty 2)
Druk Bead 4mm Emerald AB (100pc Pack) (DRUKS-EMRAB4, qty 2)
Druk Bead 6mm Emerald AB (50pc Pack) (DRUKS-EMRAB6, qty 2)
Druk Bead 8mm Napier Green AB (25pc Pack) (DRUKS-NGRAB8, qty 2)
Fire-Polished Bead 6mm Crystal AB 2x (50pc Pack) (FPS-CRY2AB6, qty 2)
Druk Bead 4mm Hyacinth AB (100pc Pack) (druks-hyaab4, qty 2)
Fire-Polished Bead 8mm Crystal AB (25pc Pack) (FPS-CRYAB8, qty 2)
Fire-Polished Bead 8mm Crystal and Copper (25pc Pack) (FPS-CCO8, qty 2)
Fire-Polished Bead 8mm Crystal (25pc Pack) (FPS-CRY8, qty 2)
Swarovski 2058 SS12 XILION Rose Enhanced Flatback Topaz (2058-TOP12, qty 300)
Swarovski 2058 SS12 XILION Rose Enhanced Flatback Crystal (2058-CRY12, qty 300)
10x6mm Swarovski Crystal teardrop flatback (2300-CRYS10, qty 3)
8x5mm Swarovski Crystal teardrop flatback (2300-CRYS8, qty 4)


NOTE: The quantities for the rhinestones will vary according to what font and size you choose to use. We used approximately 300 of each color.

Alternate Components:
Fire-Polished Bead 6mm Crystal Twilight (50pc Pack) (FPS-CRYTW6)
Fire-Polished Bead 4mm Ruby Celsian (100pc Pack) (FPS-CE-RUB4)
Fire-Polished Bead 8mm Crystal and Copper (25pc Pack) (FPS-CCO8)
Fire-Polished Bead 8mm Crystal (25pc Pack) (FPS-CRY8)

Purchase Idea Kit Components

3x4 -Inch White Organza Bag
Code: ORGANZA03
Height 4 in, Width 3 in 
1-1415-2930+
$0.79$0.72$0.66
Qty>
3x4 -Inch Gold Organza Bag
Code: ORGANZA01
Height 4 in, Width 3 in 
1-2930-5960+
$0.74$0.66$0.60
Qty>
Fire-Polished Bead 8mm Crystal AB (25pc Pack)
Code: FPS-CRYAB8
Length 8mm, Width 8mm 
1-78-1516+
$2.10$1.94$1.80
Qty>
Fire-Polished Bead 4mm Madeira Topaz AB (100pc Pack)
Code: FPS-MTOAB4
Length 4mm, Diameter 4mm, Hole Size .812mm/20 gauge 
1-45-910+
$3.34$3.09$2.87
Qty>
Druk Bead 4mm Emerald AB (100pc Pack)
Code: DRUKS-EMRAB4
Length 3.5mm, Width 4mm 
1-910-1920+
$2.22$2.00$1.80
Qty>
Druk Bead 6mm Emerald AB (50pc Pack)
Code: DRUKS-EMRAB6
Length 6mm, Width 6mm 
1-56-1112+
$2.34$2.10$1.88
Qty>
Druk Bead 8mm Napier Green AB (25pc Pack)
Code: DRUKS-NGRAB8
Length 7.5mm, Width 8mm 
1-910-1920+
$2.12$1.90$1.72
Qty>
Fire-Polished Bead 6mm Crystal AB 2x (50pc Pack)
Code: FPS-CRY2AB6
Length 6mm, Width 6mm 
1-45-910+
$3.20$2.96$2.74
Qty>
Druk Bead 4mm Hyacinth AB (100pc Pack)
Code: DRUKS-HYAAB4
Length 4mm, Width 4mm 
1-910-1920+
$2.22$2.00$1.80
Qty>
Fire-Polished Bead 8mm Crystal AB (25pc Pack)
Code: FPS-CRYAB8
Length 8mm, Width 8mm 
1-78-1516+
$2.10$1.94$1.80
Qty>
Fire-Polished Bead 8mm Crystal and Copper (25pc Pack)
Code: FPS-CCO8
Length 8mm, Width 8mm 
1-56-1112+
$2.51$2.32$2.15
Qty>
Fire-Polished Bead 8mm Crystal (25pc Pack)
Code: FPS-CRY8
Length 8mm, Width 8mm 
1-78-1516+
$1.80$1.66$1.53
Qty>
Swarovski 2058 SS12 XILION Rose Enhanced Flatback Topaz
Code: 2058-TOP12
Diameter 3-3.2mm, Total Height 1.5mm 
1-7475-149150+
$0.09$0.08$0.07
Qty>
Swarovski 2058 SS12 XILION Rose Enhanced Flatback Crystal
Code: 2058-CRY12
Diameter 3-3.2mm, Total Height 1.25mm 
1-7475-149150+
$0.07$0.06$0.05
Qty>
Swarovski 2300 10mm Teardrop Flatback Crystal
Code: 2300-CRYS10
Length 10mm, Width 6mm, Total Height 2-2.25mm 
1-1112-2324+
$0.84$0.77$0.71
Qty>
Swarovski 2300 8mm Teardrop Flatback Crystal
Code: 2300-CRYS8
Length 8mm, Width 4.5-4.75mm, Total Height 1.75-2mm 
1-1920-3940+
$0.48$0.44$0.40
Qty>

Alternate Components

Fire-Polished Bead 6mm Crystal Twilight (50pc Pack)
Code: FPS-CRYTW6
Length 6mm, Width 6mm 
1-56-1112+
$2.87$2.66$2.46
Qty>
Fire-Polished Bead 4mm Ruby Celsian (100pc Pack)
Code: FPS-CE-RUB4
Length 4mm, Width 4mm 
1-45-910+
$3.57$3.30$3.06
Qty>

Purchase Tools & Supplies

Lindstrom Supreme Cutter Micro-Beveled Edge
Code: TOOL-600
Price: $55.99
Qty>
20 Gauge Brass Non-Tarnish Artistic Wire, 6 Yard Spool
Code: AWR20BRS6
20 gauge, 6 yards 
1-23-45+
$2.79$2.59$2.39
Qty>
26 Gauge Burgundy Artistic Wire, 15 Yd Spool
Code: AWR26BRG15
26 gauge, 15 yards 
1-23-45+
$2.79$2.59$2.39
Qty>
24 Gauge Silver Non-Tarnish Artistic Wire, 10 Yard Spool
Code: AWR24SVR10
24 gauge, 10 yards 
1-23-45+
$4.49$4.19$3.89
Qty>
Jewel Bond Glue 4oz
Code: JEWELBOND
4 fl oz (118ml) 
1-34-78+
$4.21$3.91$3.63
Qty>

NOTE:This idea uses Swarovski crystal componentswhich currently do not meet the requirements as set out in the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA).


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