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Greeting-Card Advent Calendar

Photography: Charles Schiller

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December/January 2001


Open a numbered window for each December day before Christmas. On Christmas Day, open the front door.


  • Card stock

  • Pen/pencil

  • Old greeting cards

  • Scissors

  • Glue stick

  • Ribbon

  • Red paper

  • Gold trim


  1. Enlarge template by 200 percent; repeat. Trace outline on two sheets of heavy card stock to use as the front and back "walls."

  2. Mark position of door and window shutters with a pencil.

  3. Cut slits for door and shutters; number shutters randomly. Place images from old greeting cards behind each opening; adhere with a glue stick.

  4. Edge roof, chimney, and foundation with red paper; add gold trim.

  5. Glue ribbon loop between boards, to use as hanger, before gluing back to the front.

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