Hello everyone! I know It's been busy on the blog lately, haha! But it's better to share a Christmas advent calendar earlier than later, right? Even if you don't do countdowns for Christmas,  you could use it to collect love notes to family members or simply as a decoration, in a fabulously festive way. I've got lots of photos to share today! nina-yang-christmas-countdown-calendar Learn how to make the big 3D star, paper trees and reindeer in my post here.

Supplies

Printable Christmas Countdown Activity List (free download here!) Paper Scissors Adhesive String (I used twine) Envelope Punch Board (Or a scoring board to make envelopes) Crazy Mesh (Gold Metallic) [Optional] Decorative Punches [Optional] * All supplies were found and bought at Jo-Ann Store (coupon linked below) nina-yang-christmas-countdown-calendar-supplies

The Tree

The first thing I did was to wrap the tree with some gold metallic mesh for an instant festive lift. nina-yang-christmas-countdown-calendar-mesh We've had this tree for a long time. I think it is easy to find an alternative or you can just hang the envelopes together on a hook or a string across your mantel. nina-yang-christmas-countdown-calendar-envelopes

How to make the envelopes

I used two sizes of envelopes on my tree. The activity cutouts from my list (linked above) will fit nicely in the smaller envelopes: nina-yang-christmas-countdown-calendar-activity-list Cut paper to 3"x3" and start scoring at 1-3/4" to make this envelop: nina-yang-christmas-countdown-calendar-mini-envelope-scoring For this envelope size, two of the corners will stick out a little. You can snip off the extra or use a corner punch with a bigger radius: nina-yang-christmas-countdown-calendar-punch-corner I used an 1" circle punch to punch the numbers out here but you can just cut around them by hand. Remember to put the twine (for hanging) and the activity cutout in before you seal it. nina-yang-christmas-countdown-calendar-mini-envelope-numbering For the bigger envelope - Cut paper to 4"x4" and start scoring at 2-1/4". nina-yang-christmas-countdown-calendar-envelope-scoring I made this envelope size so I can use the bracket numbers cutout from the paper. nina-yang-christmas-countdown-calendar-numbering

Decorate the Envelops

Almost all paper pads have a couple of journaling or accent paper. I cut the elements out to decorate the envelopes. nina-yang-christmas-countdown-calendar-embellish nina-yang-christmas-countdown-calendar-embellish-envelope

More Photos

nina-yang-christmas-countdown-calendar-closeup-1 nina-yang-christmas-countdown-calendar-closeup-2 nina-yang-christmas-countdown-calendar-closeup-3 Did you notice the big red doily the tree is sitting on? It was punched with a doily punch! I've been wanted to try one of these ever since I saw them at CHA back in January this year. And Thanks to the coupon, I finally brought it home! nina-yang-christmas-countdown-calendar-punch-doily

The 50% Off Coupon

JoannDecemberCoupon Use it in-store or online. Use it on the Envelope Punch Board, Martha Stewart Circle Edge Punch Starter Set, or any other cool stuff you've wanted. This post is part of the Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores® Celebrate the Season campaign. I received compensation in craft supplies; however, this is my personal, honest opinion based on my experience.  All products used were my personal choice.

More Inspiration

I would like to take the chance to thank Jo-Ann for having me in this campaign. I've known that Jo-Ann has the widest selection of products and best deals all along. And now I've grown the habit to check out the Idea Sheets displayed at my local Jo-Ann store every time I go there. I can tell that Jo-Ann has put a great effort in providing us with more craft inspirations. You can find some really amazing projects in their Holiday Craft Catalog here: http://bit.ly/1dZqWsw. Here are the links to my other posts for this campaign: Rustic Fall/Thanksgiving Tablescape Pom-Pom Spider for Halloween Decoration I hope that you will have tons of fun creating for this fabulous holiday season. Stay warm! Stay connected via FacebookTwitterPinterest, Instagram and YouTube