Monday, December 12, 2011

12 Days of Christmas

Hi Everyone! Jana Eubank back again with another project idea using the fabulous Mistletoe & Holly Kit.

I wanted to do something extra special for my kids this year and decided that I wanted to do a 12 Days of Christmas for each of them. I thought to myself how fun for them it would be to find a little trinket or treat each morning as they woke up with a note from me and their dad. I came up with the idea to make doorknob hangers to hold their treats so that they could find them before leaving their room each day.

There are several templates available online for doorhangers, but I actually cut this one using my Cricut machine and the Art Philosophy Cartridge. This particular design had a box or pocket attached to the front, which I thought would work perfectly for holding the "12 Days of Christmas" treats for my kids. To make your own, simply add a flat square box to the front of your doorhanger shape. For strength, I adhered a couple of layers of cardstock together on the back doorhanger section so that it would be able to handle the weight of the wrapped treats I will be tucking inside each day.

First, I created the doorhanger box with cardstock, then I used the My Mind's Eye 12 Days of Christmas papers from the kit to cover two of the panels. I added a piece of diecut border along the bottom of each panel to anchor my label design (also cut with my Cricut machine) and other embellishments.

For depth, I embossed each label shape with my Cuttlebug machine and Swiss Dots embossing folder before adding my child's name with the Crate Paper letter stickers from the kit. I used the My Mind's Eye 12 Days of Christmas dimensional stickers and gems from the kit to accent each name. It was easy and fast! LOVE that!

Finally, I added a bit of the green ric rac trim to the top of each doorhanger accented with the Pebbles wood buttons. Waaalah! They are ready to go! Beginning tomorrow, I will place a goodie or small trinket in the box each day for 12 days . . . that means the final day will end the morning of Christmas Eve.

This idea would also be fun to do as a secret for a neighbor or co-worker! If you don't want to commit to a 12 day time period, it would be a fun way to surprise someone with a special treat even one time. Or maybe you want to use a decorated doorhanger as a special way to present that first "clue" for a Christmas Scavenger Hunt leading your loved one to the grand prize at the end. You could even tuck this idea away to use for a future birthday or even Valentine's Day. The possibilities are limitless.

I hope you are enjoying the holiday season!

Merry Christmas Wishes to you!

Jana Eubank

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