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 Blog Hop * Thinking outside of the Box/ Advent Calendar - free tutorial!

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Hello everyone and welcome!
I'm an Independent Stampin' Up Demonstrator in Japan.
This is the second project I'll be introducing as a member of the blog hop "Thinking outside of the Box".

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I made this for Advent "Sundays".
It's an exploding box and also like matrioshka.
This shall be opened every Sunday during Advent.


The lid of the box is in the color of Advent Candles. Colors and what each symbolizes are:
Week 1 (December 3) purple/  hope
Week 2 (December 10) purple/  peace
Week 3 (December 17) pink/  joy
Week 4 (December 24) purple/  love
Christmas Day white/ Jesus Christ

So, how this Advent Calendar works is:
First Sunday (this year it'll be on December 3), it just sits there.
Don't open it yet. This is a purple box which symbolizes HOPE.
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Second Sunday (this year it'll be on December 10), open the first box. You'll see a purple box which symbolizes PEACE. Have some chocolates. They're behind the box.
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Third Sunday (this year it'll be on December 17), open the second box. You'll see a pink box which symbolizes JOY! Have some chocolates.
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Fourth Sunday (which is Christmas Eve), open the third box. You'll see a purple box which symbolizes LOVE. Have some chocolates.
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On Christmas Day, open the last box. You'll see a star. This star will be placed on top of the lid. Have some chocolates.
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Stack all these lids together with a star on top to celebrate Christmas.
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I should have done more to this box... but ran out of time, so my project turned out to be very simple. I am thinking about adding Bible scriptures and prayers, and even hymnals to sing during Advent on the sides of the box. 

 

And here is the tutorial.
Click each photo to enlarge an image, if needed.

-- BOX
I am making 4 boxes in different sizes (XL, L, M, S) using Gift Box Punch Board.

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There are many different ways in making a box, but I find this simple and sturdy especially when making exploding boxes.

This is where I cut.
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Fold according to the score line and glue as shown in this photo.
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-- LID
Score and cut. Assemble to make a lid.

<XL>
Paper size: 20.5 x 20.5 cm
Score line: 5.0 x 15.5 cm
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<L>
Paper size: 16.5 x 16.5 cm
Score line: 4.0, 12.5 cm
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<M>
Paper size: 13.0 x 13.0 cm
Score line: 3.0 x 10 cm
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<S>
Paper size: 10.0 x 10.0 cm
Score line: 2.5 x 7.5 cm
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-- Stars
Die cut stars from glimmer paper.
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Because glimmer paper is only one-sided, I made 2 die cuts and glued back to back.
I used STARLIGHT THINLITS DIES for this.

Made a small cut on the <S> BOX so the star can stand.
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The star will be set in this slit on Christmas day.

These are how these boxes would look like when assemble.
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I actually glued down all of the bases together.
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-- Ribbon
For the <S> BOX, I didn't want that small CUT that I made for inserting a star to show. Therefore, I decided to put a ribbon like this; just beside the cut. 

I find it easier to glue down all ribbons separately instead of tying.
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-- Decorate
I've glued papers to all sides. Or, you can stamp, put photos, or whatever decorations you'd like.

<S> 4 pieces of 4.5 x 4.5 cm papers
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You can also have a piece at the center.

<M> 4 pieces of 6 x 6 cm papers
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This is for the 4th week of Advent.
Here, I used green to represent "evergreen".

<L> 4 pieces of 8 x 8 cm papers
<XL> 4 pieces of 10 x 10 cm papers
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-- Chocolate pockets
This is how I made pockets for chocolates.

Used Foam Adhesive Strips.
This will act as a stopper, so the chocolate will not move down.
This is double-sided adhesive, but I would use just one side.
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-- Chocolate pockets for <M> BOX
Cut out 4 pieces of paper that is 3.0 x 6.0 cm.
Score 0.5 cm and 5.0 cm.
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Glue down the sides, making room for chocolate.
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-- Chocolate pockets for <L> BOX
Cut out 4 pieces of paper that is 3.0 x 8.0 cm.
Score 1.0 cm and 7.0 cm.
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Glue in the same way as in above <M> BOX.
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-- Chocolate pockets for <XL> BOX
Cut out 4 pieces of paper that is 5.0 x 10.0 cm.
Score 1.0 cm and 9.0 cm.

Dry embossed using Ruffled Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.
Hand-cut the edge.
Glue in the same way as in above <M> & <L> BOXes.
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-- Trees
I've placed several trees using Quilt Builder Framelits Dies
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That's about it. It took me about 3 hours to make (and think). I'm not sure whether you consider this as a QUICK Advent Calendar, but hope you've enjoyed, and help you get inspired.

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