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Monday, December 5, 2011

Countdown to Santa

That's right!

We're officially counting the days in our house until Santa arrives! And our calendar shows...just 20 yes...20 more days until Santa arrives.

Designer Patti Milazzo has a fun and unique project to help you and your family count down until the man in red arrives at your home! GlueArts Accent It All makes the perfect way to create this and ensure durability as well!

Countdown to Santa
GlueArts Designer: Patti Milazzo

 Supply List: 

Glue Arts- 
1/4 Perma Tac PRO+ Cartridge Refill - Pro
Glue Gun
Glue Gun Stick Refills
Accent It All – White Out
Accent It All – Black Out
Accent It All – Razzle Dazzle Red
Accent It All – Sterling Silver

Other: 4x6 acrylic frame; 18 – 20 guage craft/floral wire, wire cutters, pliers, holiday pattern paper and stickers

Instructions:
1. Remove any protective film that may cover the frame. Cut Red Accent It All to fit the front of the acrylic frame – a bit longer to overlap the top and bottom is ideal. With the White Accent it All create a scalloped strip for the center of the frame. Punch/Cut a buckle from the Silver Accent it All. I used a square punch and trimmed around it, then used a small rectangle punch for the silver “prong”.

2. Remove just the top portion of the backing on the Red Accent It All. Overlap the top of the frame a bit and then carefully apply it to the rest of the frame – peeling back the remainder of the backing and smoothing as you go to avoid any air bubbles. Next, add the white scalloped strip and the black belt - again smoothing as you apply the strip. Don’t worry if the scallop shape shows through the black a bit – the buckle will cover that up.

3. For the buckle, do not remove the backing. Instead use the Glue Glider Pro with Perma Tac Pro+ Adhesive and affix the buck to the front center of the belt. Do the same to the silver “prong”. 

4. With a 8” piece of craft/floral wire, fold it in half to create “V”. Turn that upside down “^” and bend each side to eventually make the shape into a “W”. From this fashion a 2 “hooked” hanger for the tags – the back should fold over the top of the frame where it will be glued and there won’t be any sharp points. Adjust the width between the curled hooks as needed.

5. Next, hot glue the back of the wire to the frame with the Glue Gun.




6. Punch/Cut tags to fit on the hooks – you’ll need 3 tags for the left prong (a blank one, then the numbers 1 & 2); for the right prong you’ll need 10 tags (0-9). I used number stickers for the tag on my project. 

7. Finally, create an embellished accent for the top – this will also hide where the wire curves around the top of the frame. 



How fun is that! And this is a craft that kids can absolutely help! Or better yet...give them supplies and letthem great and design their own! This could also be made for a birthday countdown, vacation countdown...so many possibilities!

We'd also like to help you craft and create with your family by sharing a few of our favorite products!! Simply post a comment today and we'll enter you to win...



.. our PRO handle, new PRO+ Perma Tac cartridge, our Adhesive Squares and yes...our U Cut It Foam! The more you comment...the more chances you have to win!! We'll collect the comments over the next two weeks and pick one random winner. 


And here is a sneak peek of what talented Designer Kristen Swain made for us!

Be sure to visit us tomorrow to see how Kristen made this!! 


38 comments:

  1. what an adorable santa project...so cute!

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  2. love it! a good substitute for an advent calender.

    Anne

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  3. Oh my goodness! I love this; so adorable!

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  4. such a cute idea! AND ONLY 20 DAYS??? How did that happen!?! Must go shopping!

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  5. L*O*V*E the countdown calendar!! So very cute, and love how easy it would be to make. Thanks for the inspiration!!

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  6. super cute idea for the frame!!
    kacee

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  7. How cute. I'm sure the kids are going crazy waiting...

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  8. Way fun! My kids love advent calendars. The more the merrier!

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  9. Can't wait to see what else you have to show us this week.

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  10. Great project to make with the Grandkids! Thanks for the instructions and the chances to win.

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  11. Love your super-cute countdown calendar Patti!

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  12. Very cute countdown calendar!

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  13. wow, that is a great idea for my impatient son! He would love this Santa reminder!

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  14. Great idea for the little ones Thanks for the tutorial on this. grands can help make one!!! Linda Harris Lsunflower58@aol.com

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  15. Too cute! Love the wire hanger idea! Thanks for sharing.

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  16. I love that count down! It's so cute!!

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  17. Wow! That is beautiful!! can't wait to see what else you have lined for this week!

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  18. Super cute, all I want for Christmas is my very own glue glider!

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  19. LOVE that countdown calendar--so clever:)

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  20. Your Santa project is wonderful!! Thanks for sharing
    mexicopetshop at hotmail dot com
    cathyplus5.blogspot.com

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  21. Such a cute project....just adore it. Thank you for the inspiration.
    Julie G.

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  22. Cute idea. Thanks for the how to. I think mine would have to show me looking frenzied, trying to get ready for Christmas.

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  23. What a great idea to use the 4x6 acrylic frames! I have a ton of these lying around the house. I like the idea of having a smaller size for count-down calendars.

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  24. Love the Santa! Great project.

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  25. Beautiful. A cute way to have the candle inside a glass. Neat-o!

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