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Christmas Countdown Calendar

By: Julie Lewis
Julie Lewis
Julie Lewis
Julie Lewis was destined to be an artist…at least that was what she was told from Kindergarten on. Born outside of Cleveland, Ohio, she was blessed to have been given an incredible art education all through her school years and from her creative and talented parents. Growing up in a world where every day brought some new creative adventure, it was no surprise that she went on to graduate from the Cleveland Institute of Art with a B.F.A. in graphic design. Her professional life included working in many fields from industrial advertising to American Greetings. Most gratifying was working as a designer for the largest craft company, Plaid Enterprises in Georgia where she now resides.She paints and creates felt soft sculptures inspired by said paintings and now sells them through her shop STELLALOLA on Etsy. She is inspired by many things around her…most importantly, a wonderful family, an insanely happy German Shepherd and one stoic Alaskan Malamut.
Use Mod Podge Photo Transfer to craft this advent calendar counting down the days until Christmas!
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Skill Level: Intermediate
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Supplies

Mod Podge ® Mod Melts - White Milk Glass
Item #24887
Use Mod Melts to create custom embellishments for crafting projects that can be decorated with craft paint. Each package contains sixteen 10" long mini melts.


Mod Podge ® Mod Molds - Gems
Item #25118
DIY has never been easier or so much fun! Create your own embellishments to paint and attach to projects. Molds are made of durable, easy-to-use silicone.


Mod Podge ® Mod Melts - Colors
Item #25128
Use Mod Melts to create custom embellishments for crafting projects that can be decorated with craft paint. Each package contains sixteen 10" long mini melts.


Mod Podge ® Mod Molds - Alphabet
Item #25129
DIY has never been easier or so much fun! Create your own embellishments to paint and attach to projects. Molds are made of durable, easy-to-use silicone.


FolkArt ® Painting Stencils - Carribbean
Item #30735
These intricate, laser-cut designs are perfect for backgrounds, borders, focal points and so much more! Durable and reusable, these stencils even come with project ideas, how-tos and a supply list.


FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Linen, 2 oz.
Item #420
Premium, all-purpose acrylic paint for decorative crafts and home décor. Superior coverage. Exceptional brushability. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are certified AP non-toxic, water-based, and acid neutral.


FolkArt ® Acrylic Colors - Warm White, 2 oz.
Item #649
Premium, all-purpose acrylic paint for decorative crafts and home décor. Superior coverage. Exceptional brushability. Use on all porous surfaces. All colors are certified AP non-toxic, water-based, and acid neutral.


Mod Podge ® Photo Transfer Medium, 2 oz.
Item #CS12652
Create decals or appliques from any original photo. Use it on hard surfaces or fabrics that you can handwash.


Other Supplies
Burlap
Laser photo copies of seasonal images 2 ½” x 3”
Red grosgrain ribbon ¼”
Pinking shears
Scissors
Polyfil stuffing
Baker’s twine
Hot glue gun
Small eye screws
Picture frame with 18” x 27” opening
Illustration board the size of the frame back
Foam roller
Stencil brush ¼”
Foam brush
Miniature clothespins 1”
Muslin
Wax paper
Sponge
Sewing machine or needle and thread
Foam plates
Paper towels
Water basin

Instructions

Find all the Mod Podge and FolkArt items featured in this project at your local Michaels® store!

  1. Using foam brush, apply a liberal, even amount of photo transfer medium to front of trimmed photo copy. Place photo copy medium side down onto piece of muslin. Smooth with fingers and gently roll transfer medium bottle over paper to distribute medium evenly. Repeat process with all images and let cure overnight.
  2. Create numbers for countdown calendar by inserting green melt into glue gun and squeezing into every third number in mod mold. Repeat with the red and blue melt again creating every third number after green. Make multiples of the pearl border from the gems mold using milk glass melts.
  3. Dampen surface of cured paper with a sponge and begin slowly rubbing paper off of photo transfer image in a circular motion. Let paper dry and repeat process until all paper is removed.
  4. Trim excess fabric from image and place on trimmed pieces of burlap. Sew or hand stitch around image leaving an opening at the top. Trim with pinking shears and stuff with polyfil. Glue opening shut.
  5. Create bows from grosgrain ribbon. Glue to transfer side and burlap side over glued opening.
  6. You will need two strips of pearl border six beads long and two strips five beads long to create rectangular frame.
  7. Use hot glue gun to attach one six bead strip at bottom edge of burlap side of pillow, then the two five bead strips vertically inside the bottom strip. Finish with top six bead strip. Glue numbers inside bead frame.
  8. Paint board with Linen using foam roller. Let dry.
  9. Stencil images from Caribbean stencil randomly in Warm White.
  10. Mark five rows equally spaced along inside edge of frame hung vertically. Insert eye screws. Tie lengths of bakers twine to screws making them taut.
  11. Glue stenciled board to back of frame.
  12. Attach pillows to twine with clothespins starting with all numbers facing out. Turn each pillow over as the days count down.

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Important: Please be sure to thoroughly read the instructions for all products, paying particular attention to all cautions and warnings shown to ensure the proper and safe use of the product.

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