Advent Calendar (Echo Park)

Hi Everyone – I have my first Christmas Post to share today! I know it is early, but November is only days away and if you wanted to make an Advent Calendar – now would be a good time to start.  I created this project as part of my month as Fresh Face Designer on the Echo Park blog. 

This fun project was a lot of work – but really worth it! The fabulous mix of colors in the collection make for a nostalgic feel and I am really excited about using this as a home for little treats during the Christmas countdown! 

Each drawer front is decorated with paper squares, stickers from the Element Stickers Sheet and a Brad

To create the centerpiece I have layered more stickers and made the little 3-d trees using symmetrical die-cuts I cut from the papers using Spellbinders. A chipboard “Merry Christmas” painted red completes the scene. I really wish you could see and touch this project in person – it was very hard to photograph and get a sense of dimension and I don’t feel the pictures do it justice!

There are heaps of this type of project available now and a little internet searching will give you plenty of guides to making your own too. 

This particular calendar was from Dusty Attic – an Australian company. To be perfectly candid – most of it came together beautifully, but the final assembly was very difficult – and I am not a novice at this type of project! 

I have another Advent Calendar to showcase next week – this week using the Silly Season Collection from Kaisercraft. 

Please post a comment if you have any questions. 

Lowri :-) 

I am linking up this project to these websites here

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  • Reply HI THERE! October 28, 2011 at 5:10 AM

    Fabulous!! I love your little trees! I am so ready to move on from Halloween to the Christmas projects – two kids parties to go and then I am done!! Have a great weekend!
    Jenn :)

  • Reply Sarah October 28, 2011 at 5:42 AM

    I love this Lowri!! Absolutely Beautiful!

  • Reply Katelyn- Domestic Charm October 28, 2011 at 6:25 AM

    Very fun! Looks great! I can't wait to make one for my son this year! Thanks for sharing :)

  • Reply Amanda October 28, 2011 at 8:12 AM

    This looks gorgeous! You did a wonderful job.

  • Reply Margriet October 28, 2011 at 8:35 AM

    Wow, this is realy gorgeous. Great job!

  • Reply paperchains October 29, 2011 at 8:23 AM

    Absolutely stunning Lowri

  • Reply Sommer October 29, 2011 at 4:04 PM

    Wow what a beautiful piece! It's priceless. I can just see the love that went into making it. Please come link this to my VIP party this weekend http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/10/vip-party-34.html and have a Happy Halloween!

  • Reply Kerstie October 29, 2011 at 4:54 PM

    Fantastic! Love it.

  • Reply Amy K October 29, 2011 at 10:27 PM

    love this!!

  • Reply Jamie October 30, 2011 at 3:02 AM

    Oh my goodness!! This is BEAUTIFUL!

  • Reply Sweet Little Smoothie October 30, 2011 at 7:00 AM

    Wow this is just spectacular!! The shadow box center is lovely and all those little details on each box are beautiful! I'm sure it's even more amazing in real life. Thanks for such an inspiring project!

  • Reply michele October 30, 2011 at 3:40 PM

    fabulous and so cheerful!

    visiting via TTJ and so glad to find your post! would love to have you stop by for my shabby chic giveaway!


    best to you.


  • Reply Carolyn King October 31, 2011 at 5:45 PM

    Fabulous!!!!! ( as were all your ep projects this month!!) your attention to detail is fabulous!!! You are very talented!
    Thanks for your welcome on the EP blog today too!!

  • Reply Kimberly November 9, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Beautiful! I love the christmas 'diorama' in the middle. It really makes this project pop!

  • Reply HI THERE! November 13, 2011 at 10:06 PM

    Thanks so much for linking up to The Creative Spark. Although I already have two advents, this toally makes me want to do another one! Thanks so much for linking up to The Creative Spark. I'll be featuring this today. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!
    Jenn :)

  • Reply Life's Like That November 15, 2011 at 6:30 AM

    That is a beautiful project. Certainly looks like it took a crazy amount of time. But worth it i'm sure:)

  • Reply Sheena November 15, 2011 at 3:38 PM

    Where did you get the drawers? I really like it. Thanks!

  • Reply Sara November 15, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    This is absolutely ADORABLE!!! Would LOVE it if you would link these up at my turquoise lovin' party going on right now!! http://www.sweetlittlegals.com/2011/11/turquoise-lovin-13.html

  • Reply Lowri November 16, 2011 at 5:45 AM

    Sheena – I replied on your blog but for anyone else…
    The calendar is from Dusty Attic – an Australian company – I am not sure how widely available their projects are in the US but there are several similar ones available like this one – http://store.scrapbook.com/nm-sb2066.html

  • Reply Sheena November 16, 2011 at 2:09 PM

    Lowri, I got your comment. Thanks so much!!

  • Reply Heidi November 18, 2011 at 5:35 AM

    WOW…that is awesome!! I would love for you to come link up at our link party…junkintheirtrunk.blogspot.com/2011/11/link-it-up-wednesday-3.html
    Heidi @ {Junk in their Trunk}

  • Reply Michaela December 3, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    This is beyond amazing! I love all the details. Its wonderful.

  • Reply WillieburgScrapper December 5, 2011 at 1:56 AM

    Fantastic! I really like the individual drawer titles- those are super cute! I really wish I had room for one of these! The combo of papers, the brads and snow flakes- this is awesome.

  • Reply 701a5574-1fb8-11e1-93e1-000bcdcb8a73 December 6, 2011 at 3:14 AM

    This is so, so cool. I'm going to make one for my son, and I've never attempted a project like this so I'm wondering – what sort of adhesive did you use for the paper? Did you use anything on top of the paper? Thanks in advance – I hope mine turns out even half as great as yours.

  • Reply Lowri December 6, 2011 at 3:23 AM

    To the poster above – thanks for the compliment! I generally use a solvent based adhesive to adhere my paper to the wooden form but I know of many other crafters who use tombow, mod-podge and other water based glues very successfully.

    For this project I did not use anything on top of the paper. Hope this helps!


  • Reply Christina December 29, 2011 at 2:58 AM

    Amazing advent calendar. Thanks for linking up! Feel free to link up any other great party or holiday ideas here:
    Your newest follower,

  • Reply Lisa's Creative Niche November 29, 2012 at 2:27 AM

    This is so pretty! My son loves advent calenders, thanks for the inspiration!

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