Still dithering about the Advent calendar. One thing that kept me very busy yesterday was designing my own cones, to supplement the ones I linked to originally. I wanted them to be a little bigger around the base than the elves and a bit taller and slimmer (who doesn’t wish for that? LOL!) for a reason. My first ones were too squat and stumpy
but I finally got what I wanted
I also wanted the cutting and sticking to be kid-friendly, which I think it is. Once cut you need only add a bit of double-sided tape to the flap and score and crease it
For folding, I find it is easiest to almost fold the cone, without actually creasing it, matching up the edges and sticking
You can then gently roll it into shape. I added a little star just to make the gripping of the top easier
Now for the tip. I was making a cuppa and what drew my eye was the milk bottle top. I don’t know about where you live but where *I* live the bottles are recyclable but not the lids. They are the PERFECT size and make a nice little cup (and far easier than the paper one from the other day – really, making 4 or 5 of them, sure, fine, but 24?? No.
And the 2″ circle punch fits inside with a bit of a push to get past the ridges (which is good, they won’t fall out that way)
Just stick them to your base and place the cones over them.
The printable PDF has a total of 12 different patterns. If you really want to make a full-month calendar, print it more than one, print it once then mix in the three major characters from the original and as many elves as you need to fill in.
The bottle lids are a bit too wide for the elves, but you could stick them inside the elves, or just stick the circles to the base, for a little more variation. I haven’t provided the circles for “treats” cause you will have your own ideas of hat your kids will like, and I’ve not added numbers, so you can mix and match as you like. A number sticker, a stamp, a die cut or punched circle will all work.
Now, if you aren’t keen on printing them print one page and use it as a template to cut the cones from cardstock and let the kids decorate them instead! I rather fancied making a Vintage one, all lace and gold and pearls and pretty bits, and may still do. Could be pretty but a big task – I’ll speak to that another day…
More on the ongoing Google word verification issue. I was testing a theory and I think I have more info, almost enough to tailor my WOYWW commenting so I can carry on without having to log in to Google to do it. I checked today to find that number verification was back, but I wasn’t fooled. What I thought last time was that after commenting on a number of blogs, the word verification popped up. I thought I had typed the number in right, but word verification came with a message saying I had typed it WRONG. So today I was very very careful to check that I was typing the right thing. All went well for about the first 5 blog comments. On comment 6 I noticed that the number was cut off. I typed what I saw and SURPRISE! Word verification, cause I “typed it wrong.” Now every blog is WV again.
So what I have gleaned is that I can comment on up to 5 blogs. If I see the number cut off in any way, I should step away from the keyboard. I’d like one more test to see if indeed the number being cut off is the key – if I refresh the choice, will it stay cut off or give me a new one? And I don’t know if giving it an hour or two will keep number verification or if I have to wait a day (-ish – might be 24 hours from my last comment not 00:00:01.) I think it means I can comment on a few Blogger blogs each day till I get thru all my visits. Not giving up, I’ll work it out. And yes, I know I am being pedantic. Sorry. Feel free to skip these bits….