3D Christmas Countdown

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In honor of the Silhouette Giveaway,

today I am sharing a tutorial on how to make a 3D Christmas Countdown.

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Are you as excited as I am for the Silhouette Giveaway? Who would love a Silhouette Cameo? and right before Christmas too!  I cannot think of a better early Christmas present than a Silhouette Cameo.

I absolutely love mine, and it definitely gets a work out especially this time of year.

I downloaded the file from the Silhouette Shop, you can find it here.

Here is a list of the paper that I used:

4-sheets of 12 x 12 white card stock {to make the shadow box & sides}

13-sheets of 8 1/2 x 11 white cardstock. {to make the individual box shape – 2 boxes per sheet}

1-sheet of patterned cardstock {for the front of the box}

1-8 1/2 x 3 coloured cardstock {for the numbers}

When you open your file it will open all of the shapes at the same time. I ungrouped my shapes and cut whatever I could fit on one page at a time.

To ungroup click edit, select all, then object, ungroup.

Here is a series of pictures to show what my screen looked like when I was cutting the files.


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Inner Frame

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Outer Frame

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Individual Box

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Box Front

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First I started with the inner frame, fold along all perforations.

Use double sided tape to attach each piece as in the pictures below.

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Then adhere the back to the inner frame, this is what it should look like now.

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Repeat the same process for the outer frame, just fold in the opposite direction. Use double sided tape to attach the outer frame to the inner frame. Then attach your top, this gives a clean front, so there are no seams showing. Now you have a shadow box.

I then put my individual boxes together. Fold along all perforations.

It’s a little hard to see in a picture how these boxes go together but once you play with it a little you’ll figure out the steps easily.

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Then glue the fronts on the boxes. And then the numbers.

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Place the boxes in the frame and voila your finally finished!

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It is a long project but so worth it!

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Add little toys from the Dollar Store or mini treats!

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Make sure to come back on Thursday for the Silhouette Giveaway!


  1. Wow, that is so cute!
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  2. So cute! You did a fabulous job!
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  3. Love this Sarah! Great job! I thought it was wooden until I read through the post!

  4. I love this advent calendar idea! So cute! I would love to have a Silhouette for xmas! Have a great week!
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  5. Adorable! I love advent calendars and this one is fabulous!

    Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!
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  6. Love this advent clendar! It looks great. The 3d adds a nice dimension to it too.

  7. That is so cool! I am emailing this to my friend. Too bad, I couldn’t probably make a box. Love it though!

    Julie @ Naptime Review
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  8. That is gorgeous! You did a fabulous job, I can’t believe you made all those little boxes by hand. It turned out beautiful.
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  9. This is absolutely adorable. I just love it!

  10. This is adorable! What a great idea :) Hope you have a great day!

    Shannon @ Sewing Barefoot
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  11. This is fantastic! I love advent calendars especially the kind you can put something in. :-)
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  12. Sarah this is so cute! I want a Silhouette so bad! It’s at the top of my Christmas list…unless I win one first!
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  13. Adorable!
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  14. This looks very sharp – and a lot of fun for little ones. I’m going try making one box first. If I can pull it off, I’m going to make this for sure.

  15. That looks like so much fun for the little ones! Adorable! Can’t wait for the giveaway!
    Thanks Sarah!
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  16. Love it! I will be back to enter the giveaway! :)
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  17. Hi Sarah, great project! I love love love working with paper products. There may be some things at Maddalee that you like, thank you for sharing! I’m a new follower.


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  18. That looks amazing! Great project
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  19. So fun! and great description. Thanks! Joining from Shine On Fridays – http://allthoseartsygirls.blogspot.com/
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  20. Wow this is so cute Sarah!!! you did a brilliant job Love it!!!
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  21. so cute! I love advents. I seriously need to get a silhouette. cross my fingers i win the giveaway:)
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  22. Wow the Silhouette is an amazing tool! Thanks for sharing your posts with my NO RULES Weekend Blog Party :))

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  23. Wow! now THAT’s talent! My two year old would have it destroyed in about 10 seconds. Thats how you know it’s good. :)
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  24. That turned out so cute! I NEED one of those! Love the colors you choose. Thanks for linking up Sarah.
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  25. This is so cute Sarah! Kids would love it. It’s alot of work, bu yes well worth it. I kind of have a advent fetish. I made three a couple years ago and then found a third that I had to purchase. Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup.
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  26. That is amazing! Makes me want a silhouet! Thanks for sharing at Mom’s Library.
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  27. Adorable! Makes me wish I still had little ones at home. Stopping by from Busy Monday link up.
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  28. SO cute! I love it and yes I think this is like the 20th time I have tried to win one of these! Thanks for your wonderful link ups as always and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
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  29. What a fun Christmas countdown! I can just imagine the kids looking forward to opening it each day. Looks like it takes a bit to make, but so worth it with the memories that will be made!

  30. This is too cute…I’m your newest follower from Marvelous Monday, would love it if you could come by and follow back?

  31. Looks like one of those projects that takes a lot of work, but it’s totally worth it in the end!
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  32. I love this! I think next year my little guy will be ready for a fun advent calendar ;o) Can’t wait!!

    Thanks for partying with us at Keep Calm & Link Up last week! Our party is starting a tad later this Thursday evening at 9 PM EST! Come join us when you get a chance sometime this weekend…can’t wait to see what you’ve been working on.
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  33. Thanks so much for sharing this creative countdown calendar on Simple & Sweet Fridays.

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  34. This is so darn cute. I want to make one but don’t know if I would have the patients. Glad you linked up at “I Gotta Try That” Have a great Thanksgiving!
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  35. Oh my goodness Sarah this is so cute! My kids would LOVE it if I made one of these. Thanks for sharing at Creative Thursday :)

  36. I love Christmas countdowns and yours is so unique. I love the boxes and the chevron pattern. Thanks for sharing at Fabulous Friday. I’m pinning this to my Christmas board.

  37. I love it, Sarah! It reminds me of the little Advent Wreaths we used to get when I was a kid.

    Thanks for sharing on Marvelous Mondays! I’d like to invite you to my new blog hop – Grow Your Blog Hop. This party is all about networking and growing your blog. I hope to see you there. It starts at midnight tonight! http://www.thisgalcooks.com/p/grow-your-blog.html

    Have a wonderful rest of your week!

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  38. Hey, That looks awesome. My wife wants to do something like this.

    Garrett @ Growing Patch
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  39. Just sprinkled this at all my favorite places: Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

    Hope your week is filled with lotsa laughter!
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  40. Love this, it turned out great!! Thanks for linking it up at Artsy Corner!

    I also wanted to let you know that you were featured today :)
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