Etsy is my go-to for cool printables. Someone else does the work, I purchase it and can print it as many times as I want.
I love the whimsical mash up of authentic Christmas colors and one of a kind numbers. It was totally worth the price of $3.50 which I don’t count in my costs because I can use it year after year. If you click on this photo, it will take you to the Etsy shop so you can purchase it.
I used a 10 x 10 gallery wrapped canvas painted with forrest green acrylic paint. I buy packs of 10 canvases and use a 40% off coupon so they cost $2.00 each! However if you don’t have a canvas to use, you can a paint a sturdy piece of cardboard.
Step One: Purchase the sheet of numbers from Etsy, print out on cardstock and cut each number out.
Step Two: Paint your board (whether it is a canvas or cardboard)
Step Three: After the base is dry, attach each number with hot glue.
Step Four: Use hot glue to attach a magnet to 25 pieces of Christmas wrapped candy.
Step Five: Magnetize the back of the canvas with a sheet metal shingle (get it at your local hardware store) or use a cookie tin can like I did. I cut the metal with tin snips and the metal is easy to cut.
Since this calendar is going to a Christmas bazaar, I had to keep track of my costs: $2.00 for the canvas, $2.00 for the Christmas candy, $2.00 for the magnets. The tin canister had been sitting in the studio for a long time so I count is as a freebie. I don’t include the cost of the Etsy numbers because I can print it out for years. I am pricing this advent calendar at $18.00 and hope it sells!