Pillow Box Advent Calendar Xmas 2017

Happy New Year! Today I am sharing a project I created for my Granddaughter back in late November. This is probably one of the most useless posts at this time as Christmas is now past and Stelli has opened all these little pillow boxes to collect her small gifts and treats. The die used to create the little pillow boxes is in the Trim Your Stocking Thinlits Dies, which is from the 2017 Holiday Catalogue and retiring on 2nd January.

However, I did promise one of my team members who helped me create the 24 little pillow boxes that I would post the photos of the finished advent calendar …. so this is for you Colleen! I couldn’t have completed it without your help.

PIllow Box Advent Calendar

The pillow boxes are made with Sahara Sand card stock and adhered with Fast Fuse.  I have kept the colour scheme to Whisper White, Real Red and Gold. The numbers are die cut with the Large Numbers Framelits.

It was such fun to trawl through all my supplies for items to use to decorate each box. Some items are retired Stampin’ Up! product and some are found items. I probably should have given myself more time to put the boxes together and I ended up taking some bits and pieces into town to complete them on the day we presented the Advent Calendar to Estella.  Hence I ended up short a coupe of numbers and had to improvise.  Can you spot the dodgy numbers?

Boxes 1, 2 and 3

Most box decorations are self explanatory … for boxes 1, 2 and 3 I used Washi Tape, Linen Thread, Delicate Doilies, White Enamel Dots, Gold Metallic Enamel Shapes and some retired Red Pom Pom trim.

Boxes 4, 5, 6 and 7Enamel Shapes and Gold Ribbon are perfect embellishments. The Round Shape is die cut from Red Felt and the Red Stitched Felt Star is a retiring item. The large white bell is a found item.

Boxes 8 and 9I pulled out all the Christmas die sets I have … the white trees are from Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies. I also found some Thick Whisper White Baker’s Twine, and mixed it up with some Gold Metallic Thread.

Boxes 10, 11, 15, 16, 17Aren’t those bunting dies adorable?!  They are from the Trim Your Stocking Thinlits Die Set as well.  Such a pity this set is retiring.
Stamping snowflakes in Whisper White Craft ink is a quick and easy way to decorate a box. The hanging baubles are buttons from the retiring Tags & Trimmings Stamp Set. They are stamped with Real Red ink and clear embossed before being hand trimmed. Strings are added with white gel pen.

Boxes 13, 14, 16, 17, 18Box 13 is wrapped in Whisper White Baker’s Twine, and the red bow is created with the Bow Builder Punch and Real Red cardstock. I also pulled out a retired doily and wooden snowflake embellishment.

Boxes 19, 20, 21The leafy branches on box 19 are die cut from Whisper White card stock with Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies. The red Enamel Dots give them a “faux holly” look. Lots of die cut hearts make a lovely embellishment and you can’t go past a gold tassle.

Boxes 22. 23 and 24

The last boxes form the very top of the tree.  Box 22 is wrapped in Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding (a retired item unfortunately).  Some white feathers are a fun addition and a die cut star tops the tree perfectly.

I filled the boxes with edible treats and small gifts, making 24 little boxes in total.  I believe 24 boxes is the traditional amount, although I have seen some advent calendars with 25 elements. We attached the boxes with velcro dots to strips of cardboard to form the tree shape, which can then be hung on the wall.

I hope you have enjoyed this project as much as I enjoyed creating it! Next year, I plan on starting well in advance of Christmas!

xx Cheryll


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    • Yes, I definitely hope to start on this type of project earlier in 2018! It was fun, but I can imagine the little gifts inside would be much more fun to collect up during the year and have on hand ready to go! 🙂 xx

  • Hi Cheryll, what a beautiful project, I will have to do one for my Grandson Joseph he would just love it. I may even start now ready for next year. I was thinking that I would put bible verses in mine as well as a little treat :-). Thank you Cheryll for your inspiration and creativity. Cheers Bridget

    • Thanks so much Bridget! Starting now is a great idea! 🙂 Especially as once you know what size you are working with, you can start collecting up the little gifts and treats all through the year! xxx

  • Cheryll my pleasure, it was fun I glad to see the finish product. I am sure your Granddaughter had fun in opening all the little boxesxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    • Thanks Colleen! I believe Stelli had a ball opening each box … I had fun finding suitable sized gifts and treats to go inside! xxx

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