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Project

Glittered Magnetic Advent Calendar

Introduction

This beautiful Advent calendar adds holiday sparkle to any refrigerator.

Materials

  • Number templates
  • Heavyweight white or neutral card stock
  • Glittering glue with fine-tip applicator
  • 24-pack of glitter
  • Glittering glue with brush applicator
  • Scissors
  • Circle cutter
  • Red card stock
  • Double-sided tape
  • Twenty-five 3 1/2-inch clear-lidded spice tins
  • Bone folder

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Print the number templates on heavyweight white or neutral card stock.

  2. Step 2

    With the fine-tipped glittering glue, trace each number and glitter with onyx glitter. Let dry completely.

  3. Step 3

    Trace around the outside of each glittered number with the fine-tipped glittering glue, and "flood" the rest of the colored space with the brush applicator glittering glue. Glitter with color of background. Let dry.

  4. Step 4

    Cut out each number circle with scissors.

  5. Step 5

    Cut twenty-five 3 9/16-inch circles from red card stock with the circle cutter.

  6. Step 6

    Apply double-sided tape to the back of each glittered circle and attach each to a red circle.

  7. Step 7

    Insert each circle into the lid of a spice tin, with glittered side facing out through clear top. Press each circle in around the edge with a bone folder, securing it inside the tin's lid. Repeat for each number.

  8. Step 8

    Arrange tins on your refrigerator in tree shape and fill with small gifts.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, November 2009

Reviews (14)

  • Kinderhook 28 Nov, 2010

    To thegrantgirl: You'll have to add your own magnets to the bottom b/c I don't believe the Specialty Bottles tins come w/ magnets. But they have the best prices anywhere PLUS a huge assortment of sizes (in case you don't want to make one the same size as Martha did).

  • Kinderhook 28 Nov, 2010

    To thegrantgirl: You'll have to add your own magnets to the bottom b/c I don't believe the Specialty Bottles tins come w/ magnets. But they have the best prices anywhere PLUS a huge assortment of sizes (in case you don't want to make one the same size as Martha did).

  • LalaBltr 8 Nov, 2010

    Hi Caroleev123-
    The same thing happened to me- check your printer settings- mine printed out at "scaled to fit" by accident which means about 94% instead of 100%. Make sure it is set to 'none' or 100% scale. Luckily I only got through about 1/4 of the glittering before I realized it- I feel your pain :) Good luck!

  • caroleev123 7 Nov, 2010

    Help!!! The grundtals I bought at IKEA (which are the only ones they carry) must have changed sizes since they made this. There is a very noticable gap between the edge of the tin and the paper. How can I fix it. I have already glittered and everything. Is there a way to change the template size to make it a bit bigger? Any suggestions???

  • MrTim 12 Oct, 2010

    Martha said on one of her shows that you can buy those tins at Ikea for a pretty reason.able price. Btw I love this poject!!

  • acidalia94 2 Dec, 2009

    How do you make the background/frame? My refrigerator isn't magnetic, so I need something to display them on.

  • cjduck 1 Dec, 2009

    I found the tins on e-bay, you can also Google GRUNDTAL Containers.

  • ALittleLollipopTree 1 Dec, 2009

    You can also find the tins (for $9.36 plus shipping) on papermart.com. Here's the link:
    http://www.papermart.com/Product Pages/Product.aspx?GroupID=20967

  • KLB2009 30 Nov, 2009

    I found it on the IKEA website. It's called a GRUNDTAL
    Container. The link is http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/80102919. You can't buy them online though. And unfortunately we don't have an IKEA in Nebraska. :(

  • DAVALON 30 Nov, 2009

    CLEAR MAGNETIC TIN FOR ADVENT CALENDAR--IKEA ITEM NUMBER? CAN'T FIND

  • jaykolby 30 Nov, 2009

    Hi Martha, can not find the clear top spice tins on Ikea, do you have there stock number, HAVE LOOKED EVERY WHERE. love your show!!

  • cheerio786 30 Nov, 2009

    where can I find that nifty circle cutter? =)

  • thegrantgirl 30 Nov, 2009

    Try specialtybottle.com I just ordered 25 of their clear top tins (model # TCT2) from them for $15 plus shipping. They are a bit smaller, but you if you dont mind making your own circle/number templates, then you will be set!

  • YiayiaBarbara 30 Nov, 2009

    I can not find the clear lidded spice tins on Ikea website. How do I purchase the tins?