Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Advent Calendar

We made these last night in young women's.
  I found the numbers {here} and the idea from this website

Basic instructions:
~You will need: a cookie sheet,  Mod Podge, sponge brushes, spray paint, scrap-book paper, one bottle-cap, and one circle magnet 

~ spray paint the back side of your cookie sheet

~Print out your numbers onto card stock and cut them out

~Select your scrap-book paper for your background and cut it to fit your cookie sheet

Using Mod Podge

1. Mod Podge is not Elmer's glue.  It looks like Elmer's glue, is used like Elmer's glue in some ways, but it is not the same thing and must be respected.

2. Cover your surfaces.  Mod Podge is unforgiving and will not come off of your wooden kitchen table.(personal experience)  It is more of a sealer than a glue. It does come off of ceramic dishes and laminate counters.
3.  It dries fast, so you have to work fast.

4. Using a roller really helps alleviate all the bubbles that can form when working with Mod Podge.  I used my Pampered Chef roller and it worked perfectly.  (Mod Podge did come off of the roller.)
5. Mod Podge each layer  and let it dry between coats.  Don't be tempted to go the easy route and use a glue stick for part of your project. You will not like the results. It will bubble up and drive you crazy.
6. Mod Podge gives an oil-painted vintage look to your project.  It is OK to use your fingers to smooth out wrinkles or bubbles. It adds to the look. 
~Paint Mod Podge onto your painted cookie sheet.  Add your background scrap-book paper and smooth it on

~Place your numbers and "December" on your project to see how you want to it lay before you Mod Podge them on.  When you have it how you want it, start Mod Podging.

~Mod Podge over the whole project letting it dry before adding the next layer.  I have noticed it will bubble-up more if it doesn't  dry between coats.

~Add Mod Podge to the inside of your bottle cap.  Add your circle piece and press down inside firmly. Add more Mod Podge to the top.

~Last, add you circle shaped magnet to the bottom of your bottle cap.  One note about the magnet: make sure it is a strong enough magnet to go through 2 layers of card stock and still adhere to the cookie sheet.

We had a lot of fun and the girls loved making these advent calendars.

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