Momma Told Me: Craft Something Amazing: D.I.Y. Magnetic Advent Calendar + Candy Cane Door Greeter Tutorials

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Monday, December 7, 2015

Craft Something Amazing: D.I.Y. Magnetic Advent Calendar + Candy Cane Door Greeter Tutorials

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#CraftAmazing creations with colorful, mess free, easy to use Scotch® Expressions Tapes availible in multiple sizes, prints, and even washi! Find them at Walmart! Click for our D.I.Y. Magnetic Advent Countdown tutorial! (ad)
Momma Told Me: Express yourself.

 This time of the year every aspect of my life seems to kick into overdrive. I volunteer to help out at ever event I can, I take on extra work for the blog, and my social calendar fills up (sometimes with double bookings!) As you know, I like to have several things in the air at once so, I'm always challenging myself with multiple types of tasks simultaneously. In one day I'll be dabbling with a recipe while tweaking a craft and composing a lifestyle blog post. I get bored easily, so I even fill my spare time with D.I.Y. projects and crafts. Some might think it crazy to want to take a time out doing more of the same thing I've been grinding away on all day- but the beauty of crafting is that it truly can be whatever you want it to be!
There are few things I enjoy more than taking a leisurely stroll down the craft aisle; and Walmart has several creative and crafting aisles to tickle my fancy. Believe it or not, most of the time, I have no idea what's in store for me. If I'm drawn to a vibrant print, or fun new medium I build a project around it; as opposed to the other way around. So, when I discovered the dozens of colors, prints, and textures Scotch® Expressions Tapes came in, I was immediately inspired.  Walmart not only has a great supply of Scotch® Expressions Washi and Masking Tapes, but an equally inspiring range of Scotch® Create products as well.
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What are Scotch® Create products? Think of them as the 'glue' to your crafting project. In fact, some quite literally act as glue, such as Scotch® Glue Dots and Scotch® Magnetic Tape, or even Scotch® Spray Adhesive, while the Scotch® Utility Knife literally connects (or divides, depending on how you look at it) the lines between your projects raw materials and final completion. Ever since I was a young child I've found the idea of magnets fascinating, so I chose a first project that allowed me to make my own magnet set; an everyday Magnetic Advent Calendar, to be exact. The Scotch® Magnetic tape is as easy as peeling and sticking, to instantly turn virtually any item (within reasonable weight) into a magnet!
#CraftAmazing creations with colorful, mess free, easy to use Scotch® Expressions Tapes availible in multiple sizes, prints, and even washi! Find them at Walmart! (ad)
To begin I gathered 10 lightweight tin containers with clear window pane tops. You'll find these in crafting departments, or the home essentials aisle (think spice rack organization.) I picked up 8 of my favorite Scotch® Expressions Washi tapes, some fun little stuffers/toys and treats, and a paint marker from Walmart. I started by cutting my Scotch® Magnetic Tape to size, keeping in mind the width of the tin's backing and the overall weight of the items I would be putting in it. Larger tins will require 2 rows of magnetic tape to help hold them securely on the refrigerator.
#CraftAmazing creations with colorful, mess free, easy to use Scotch® Expressions Tapes availible in multiple sizes, prints, and even washi! Find them at Walmart! (ad)
Next I arranged all of my tins in the order/shape in which they would live on my fridge. Because I was using different sizes of tins, this was essential to build an organic advent calendar that flowed naturally. Using the paint marker I wrote a number, 1-10, on the window lid of each container. Because of the shiny surface of these lids, the paint took a little longer than usual to dry. I set my lids aside while I began working on the next step.
#CraftAmazing creations with colorful, mess free, easy to use Scotch® Expressions Tapes availible in multiple sizes, prints, and even washi! Find them at Walmart! (ad)
Now was for the fun part- decorating my advent tins with beautiful, fun, and vibrant Scotch® Expressions Washi Tape. Prints like Teal Lattice and Geo Washi really helped make my tins pop, especially when striped over a solid color like Fuchsia or Lime Green. Be careful when wrapping the tins, not to go over the lip of the tin, as the lids will fit snugly and the extra width of tape can interfere with this. Scotch® Expressions tapes are very easy to manipulate, and one Washi roll goes a long way. I only used a fraction of my tape rolls for this project, which makes me very happy. More beautiful colors for another day!
D.I.Y. Magnetic Advent Countdown- Reuse it everyday for concert, birthday, vacation, achievement countdowns and more! #CraftAmazing creations with colorful, mess free, easy to use Scotch® Expressions Tapes availible in multiple sizes, prints, and even washi! Find them at Walmart! (ad)
Once my tins were dry, and decorated, I decided what I would put in each. While many people only observe Advent Calendars or countdowns during the holiday season, we like to countdown to something almost every month. It's simply nice to have something to look forward to in the near future whether it's an upcoming concert, date night, or birthday. Advent calendars like this are especially great for families, as they can e reused endlessly, and everyone can take turns choosing the theme and filling them up! They also teach and reward patience in younger kids- an advent calendar can really make the school week go by in a flash!
For our first advent, we're counting down until Winter break. I filled each tin with something sweet or colorful and fun. The local party store offers individual party favors as low as $.05 a piece, so you really can't go wrong. Who doesn't get a little boost in their day from a stick on mustache or sticky wall crawler?  Scotch® Expressions Washi Tapes are also the perfect size to stash inside- and tweens love them! Don't have time to run to the store? An advent countdown can be just as magical with notes of encouragement, jokes, or even memories written inside!

As in love as I was with the advent countdown, the Scotch® Metallic Washi Tapes I'd picked up hadn't quite made their way into the project, and that made me sad. But the Red and Silver sparkles quickly spoke to me and inspired another project, this time, seasonal.
D.I.Y. Candy Cane door greeter tutorial- #CraftAmazing creations with colorful, mess free, easy to use Scotch® Expressions Tapes availible in multiple sizes, prints, and even washi! Find them at Walmart! (ad)
With Scotch® Expressions Tape in Metallic Red and Metallic Silver Washi, a travel toothbrush holder, and some 12 gauge colored crafting/floral wire you can whip up a festive door greeter in about 10 minutes. Grab some candy canes and cocoa and let's begin!
For this project you'll need a travel toothbrush, pencil, or sunglasses holder that opens at the top (as opposed to lengthwise.) Go ahead and toss the top/cap as you won't be needing it for this project. Begin by wrapping Scotch® Expressions Tape, in Metallic Silver, width wise around the container, starting at the bottom and working up towards the top. For an even and smooth finish you will want to cut the tap in strips each wrap around, and re-position each row as needed. Fold a strip of tape in half  across the top rim, lengthwise, then secure the seam with a strip of tape running along the inner edge. On the bottom cover and curled edges with a few rows of cut strips.
Scotch Expressions Glitter Washi Tape
Next run your strips of Scotch® Expressions Tape, in Metallic Red, vertically and at an angle, spaced 3/4" apart to create a candy cane stripe effect.

Cut a strip of crafting/floral wire approximately 7 times the length of your container- For example, if your container is 10" long cut a 70" strand. Gently double it over, folding it in half evenly with a loose bend in the middle. The bend should create a 'U' shape about the width of your thumb. Place the container atop the folded wire so that the thumb sized 'U' protrudes from the bottom of the container about twice the depth of the container. Gently fold this portion up to create a bottom holder for your container.
Turn the container over, while still in the wire frame, and gently bend the right wire about halfway down the length of the container. Fold it around the side of the container, to the front and make another thumb sized 'U' approximately at the middle of the container's front. Bring the wire back around to the back and gently bend it upward to the top of the container. Repeat this process for the opposite (left) side.
Scotc Expressions Glitter Washi Tape
Gently cross your back wires, grabbing them securely where they meet at the very top of your container. With light force twist them to about 8" in length.
Gently bend the twisted wire strand in a round shape to create a 'hanger' circle for your doorknob. Trim any remaining wire and wrap it in tape to create a smooth edge. You now have a festive Candy Cane Door Greeter- all that's left if to fill it with candy canes and hang it from your door. Guests will love to snag one as they come and go!
D.I.Y. Candy Cane Door Greeter Tutorial- #CraftAmazing creations with colorful, mess free, easy to use Scotch® Expressions Tapes availible in multiple sizes, prints, and even washi! Find them at Walmart! (ad)
I made both of these fun projects in just over an hour, at a skill level that truly anyone can do. My favorite part? Aside from all of the fun, colorful sparkly, expressive Scotch® Expressions tapes I can choose from, these projects are mess free- no glue or paint involved. That means instant results and instant satisfaction- and projects that are appropriate for any age! These little tapes truly inspire my crafty side, and I can't wait to see which new styles I can add to my Scotch® Expressions collection the next time I stop by Walmart! What sort of fun projects have you been crafting up lately? Do you find this season inspires you more than others?

What Daughter Says: My life may be one big creative outlet, but I still find joy in 'me time' that lets me create without guidelines or boundaries.

20 comments:

  1. That candy cane door greeter is ADORABLE. What a super fun idea :)

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  2. I think that's so adorable. I love the look of it, and I think it's the perfect DIY Advent project of any family.

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  3. I love to washi all the things! I'm so obsessed with washi tape because it's so easy to use and personalize things. I absolutely love the door greeter though, that's SO cute and creative!

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  4. These are super creative. I'll have to look for these Scotch products the next time I'm out. I would love to get crafting with these.

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  5. What a great idea! I would have never thought of this! We have a boring advent calendar this one is SOOO much cooler.

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  6. These are so cute! I love the advent calendar idea my kids love to count down to the holiday!

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  7. Oh my goodness. This is a fabulous idea, I wish I would have seen this sooner! and I love the candy cane holder that is super adorable. - Jeanine

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  8. What an easy way to spruce up any container. I love that candy cane holder, it is seriously so cute!

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  9. These are such cute craft ideas. I will have to get the supplies i need to make the Calendar.

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  10. I love finding new craft projects to do. I love the candy cane door greeter. I will have to make one for my door.

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  11. This is such a cute idea for an advent calendar! Very creative inside and out. I also love that candy cane greeter!

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  12. Wow! such a great idea indeed. This is really cool and fun to do.I want this too.

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  13. Ah you are so creative! I'm loving both of these ideas. I'd love to put one of those greeters on the door.

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  14. I love that crafting lets you get so creative! It's probably the most fun part of holiday prep!

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  15. Whenever I go into a store that has a crafts aisle I get lost in thinking creatively, just like you did. As your crafts show, great things begin with Scotch products.

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  16. I have never seen anything like that candy cane door greeter. That is SO cute and crafty! I also love how you decorated the advent calendar containers with the different tapes. Very unique!

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  17. Oh my goodness, you are so crafty... I love them both. I have always wanted an advent calendar but they can be expensive. Thanks for sharing.

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  18. Ok, that door greeter is about the cutest thing I have ever seen! I am totally stealing this idea!

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  19. I am loving these because they are not only festive, but full of candy. I LOVE me some candy!!!

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  20. I love your advent calendar idea! It's so creative and the magnets make it more versatile in where its home could be.

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