Shadow Box Advent Calendar (Echo Park and Kaisercraft)

Please note that the Blog Hop and competitions previously detailed on this post have now closed. You can see who won my prize here. I encourage you to visit all the fabulous blogs that were on the hop - you can see a complete list on the Echo Park Blog.

Advent Calender

 

This Advent Calendar looks so festive decorated with the This and That Christmas Collection. I tried to pick papers that gave it a Nordic feel, with lots of paler colors and splashes of red. The calendar base is from Kaisercraft and is easy to put together. If you follow this short video here on YouTube you can construct the frame in about 10 minutes.

To cover the boxes in paper I glue each box individually then cover the 2 sides and back of the box with one strip of paper, cutting a separate piece for the front face. Other people have quicker ways of doing this but I do not think they give as nice a finish. You just need to try and see which works best for you.


This particular calendar has a shadow-box central area  which is a great place to create a Christmas Scene. I have used elements from the digital collection so I could resize and print certain images the right size, but the paper collection offers heaps of lovely embellishments you could easily use.


To create the woodgrain effect, I inked the edges with Distress Ink and used a woodgrain stamp over the top with brown ink.

Supply List: This and That Collection (Echo Park Paper), Number Stickers (Simple Stories - 25 Days of Christmas), Advent Calendar (Kaisercraft Shadow Box Drawers SB2204), Distress Ink (Vintage Photo), Brown Ink (Stayzon - Timber Brown) Woodgrain Stamp (Kasiercraft CS837) Kaisercraft Wooden Flourishes – Various.

Please leave a comment or email me with any questions
Lowri :-)
I am linking this project up to these websites here.




105 comments:

  1. I love your advent calendar! I am currently a little obsessed with advent calendars and yours is fabulous!

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  2. Dear Lowri ! this proyect is lovely !! all the joy for you in these days...Andrea
    andreacardoso_27@yahoo.com.ar

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  3. This is fabulous!! I love the little scene in the center!!

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  4. WOW!! This turned out so awesome....and what a great piece you will ahve to enjoy for many holiday seasons to come!

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  5. Wow this is fantastic, so much detail I am just speechless!

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  6. This is such an awesome advent! Love the middle showcase box, with the little paper-backed gift outlines...adorable!

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  7. this is an AMAZING advent calendar! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  8. Fun!! Love the decor in the center!

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  9. What a great project. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Oh wow what an amazing project!!!! I would love to win this!!!!!! LOL and EP Collection :)

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  11. This turned out so beautifully! I love advent calendars, love the shape of this and all the great papers!

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  12. What a nice advent calendar, I know this took a lot of work. Thanks for sharing, I love Echo Parks paper. I just got the new Christmas collection. I can't wait to use it!

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  13. Beautiful how it turned. A statemet piece in every place you put it.

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  14. I love your advent calendar. It's absolutely stunning! Thanks for sharing!

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  15. Love this advent calendar. It's beautiful!!

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  16. I love the wood grain you did. At first I thought it was made of wood.

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  17. Whoa! The wood grain stamping is amazing. This is an incredible project. Love this, Lowri.

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  18. I love your advent calendar and the little scene in the middle. Any child would be amazed to open each little box thanks formsharing

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  19. I am in love with the calendar frame. Your addition of design on it is fabulous. I will have to look at doing one of these myself.

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  20. I really love this and it will be a great addition for the grandkids to enjoy!

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  21. the kids will love this :) love it

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  22. Wow, this is soooooooooooo nice. It'll become something that's handed down through the generations, I'm sure.

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  23. Wow if you wouldn't have told me you stamped the wood grain I would have thought it was real wood! What a great idea!!

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  24. Your advent calendar is so beautiful!

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  25. I love advent calendars so this is great. No idea that wasn't actual wood until I read it.

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  26. WOW! So great - and I think it looks just like wood!

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  27. Wow what an amazing project! I love advent calendars and will one day have to make one! I love the shape of this one and how perfectly you decked it out! :)
    Kayla F.

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  28. I agree with the previous two comments, I had no idea that wasn't real wood until I read the blog ! Great job ! Lovely.

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  29. I love the central shadow box ... looks like something you could change up each year.

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  30. I love this project. Amazing that this isn't real wood.

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  31. I love that base and you decorated it beautifully!!

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  32. What a great advent calendar! So awesome! THanks for sharing!

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  33. LOVE the calendar! Really amazing, love that the colors are fun but still "grown up" enough to fit in any home.

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  34. Fabulous! It's awesome that you have to search for the numbers (that's part of the fun, if you ask me!) Thanks so much for sharing!

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  35. That advent calendar is beautiful!

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  36. This is very festive!
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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  37. The hop is such a great idea to discover new blogs and inspiration! Thank you so much for the hop and for the chance to win some EP candy :)

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  38. I love this Advent set up! I have never seen one quite like this before! lovely!

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  39. Gorgeous advent calendar! Love it!!

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  40. I love that advent calendar!!!!! I'm going to have to see if I can find one!

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  41. Adorable! I love the still life in the shadow box area!

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  42. I love advent calendars and this one is amazing! Love the shadow box area!

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  43. Great nativity calendar. There's lots of room for prizes or keepsakes.

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  44. Oh, I really love the papers you chose for your calendar! Warm and cozy but still festive!

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  45. GORGEOUS advent calendar! I totally want to go make one... right now!

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  46. It's so cute! I love how happy and bright this collection is. Thank you for the inspiration. Take care. :)

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  47. I love advent calendars and this one is definitely going to be added to my 'must try' list. A gorgeous way to capture the spirit of the season, and showcase the latest EP collections. Thank you for sharing and inspiring.

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  48. Oh wow, this is fabulous!! I love the design!! The papers are gorgeous!! Thanks so much for the inspiration!!

    Lisa
    A Mermaid's Crafts
    indymermaid(at)gmail(dot)com

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  49. wow... love your advent calendar!!! amazing!!!

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  50. Oh WOW!! Your advent calendar is gorgeous!!

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  51. Oh my goodness this is beautiful! Love the papers and the sweet little scene in the shadow box area!

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  52. Your advent calendar is beautiful, that shadow box is so much fun!

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  53. Wow, what an wonderful project. The woodgrain stamp idea is genius.

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  54. Love it!! Have to watch the video because right now it seems complicated!

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  55. What a great advent calendar!
    Love having little compartments for treats!

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  56. Love this thanks so much for the inspiration!!
    hugz

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  57. Wow I can't believe that is all paper.... the first time I saw this I thought it was wood. Soooo great.

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  58. Fabulous project! Love the EP papers! The woodgrain looks fabulous!
    DeniseB

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  59. Love your calendar. Looks fab and that collection is awesome!

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  60. What a good idea !! I love it ! Thanks for this Hop.

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  61. Inspiring! Have never tried an advent calendar. This one looks great. TFS!

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  62. Great Advent calendar! So unique...

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  63. I had noticed the woodgrain and had no idea it was stamped onto the base!

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  64. Oh wow...This is neat. I love it. What a great idea.

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  65. Beautiful! I need to make an advent calendar for my nieces and nephews

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  66. WOW- what a project. Who wouldn't love dving into that every day.
    Thanks for sharing once again.

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  67. Thats awesome and especially love how you did the woodgrain effect - wish I'd thought to have done that on mine. :)

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  68. Stunning! I love the middle section with all of the embellishments!

    http://thepaperretreat.blogspot.com

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  69. I love, love, love advent calendars and this one is to die for! Great style and pizazz!!

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  70. I bought an Advent calendar last year that I am still working to assemble for this year. Mine doesn't have that wonderful center shadow box like this one though. I love how you assembled this, it's just loaded with fun details.

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  71. your advent calendar is swoon worthy for sure! amazing!

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  72. That advent calendar is truly beautiful! I love Echo Park and I really enjoyed seeing your project too. Thanks for the opportunity to win a collection pack!

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  73. I love the projects you show and that advent calendar looks so great! Thanks for the chance to win.

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  74. Ha! awesome advent calendar and love that shape. Gorgeous choice of papers.

    Luanne

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  75. I love Kaisercraft and just purchased my first piece. Love the way you decorated this one, nice clean lines and great woodgrain! And this is where I found out about the blog hop, thanks!

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  76. Gorgeous!! I just love advent calendars. Now I'm wondering what fun stuff you'll put inside the drawers. :) The presents and star at the top of the tree are perfect finishing touches.

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  77. tfs your Advent Calendar. I bought the square kit with the shadow box in the middle--need to get busy working on it!

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  78. wonderful advent calendar, I think it is one of my new favorites. love the shadowbox in the center. thank you for sharing.

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  79. Wow! That is a lot of work! And such a fun advent calendar. We don't have any children, so I have never done an advent calendar, but this one is amazing.

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  80. Thank you for another great example of your work, Lowri! I've been wondering how to finish my Dusty Attic Advent calendar but now I have a few ideas... where did I put that time to do it?

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  81. This has to be my FAV advent calendar ever!!

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  82. Love your advent project. It's very inspirational as always.
    Hope to win! :)

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  83. This looks like the centerpiece of a Christmas grouping. It's really special! What surprises me the most is that you inked & stamped the frame!

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  84. Wow! I have never seen anything like this! Definitely a one-of-a-kind advent calendar and in the shape of a tree, how unique is that! I love it! The colors are marvelous! Wonderful work! Thanks so much for sharing, hugs, Debra

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  85. This is great. I love the little scene you put in the middle. It is really a wow piece.

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  86. AMAZING Advent Calendar! Really beautiful...

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  87. How incredibly special that is. I just love the framing idea of the tree. Amazing.

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  88. Your advent calendar is absolutely gorgeous. I LOVE the way you added the woodgrain effect. You'd never even know it didn't come that way! Great job!

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    1. Just want to let you know that I think the time is off on your blog. I posted on Nov. 24 at 11:13 pm (Eastern time). :)

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    2. I am on New Zealand time!! It's Sunday afternoon here...

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  89. Your advent calendar is so beautiful, and it looks spectacular! Love the idea of having little drawers to have treats for each day, too!

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  90. LOVE Advent calendars - especially ones that you can switch up a bit. This one is great. The next one (Advent Bowl) is another I'll have to try! Pinned it.

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  91. Stunning !! I would love to have one at my home
    Two thumbs up !!

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