Magnetic Advent Calendar

by Stephanie Kraft

Create a magnetic advent calendar.


  • Magnetic Board, 14" x 24" Red Steelmaster Soho Collection used here
  • 8 small metal hinged tins, small Altoids tins used here (1 1/2" x 2 1/4")
  • 16 hinged metal tins, measuring 2 1/4" x 3 3/4"
  • Die cutting machine, Vagabond used here
  • Wood Veneer Paper
  • Patterned Paper, Simple Stories December Documented used here
  • Cardstock Stickers, Simple Stories December Documented used here
  • White Cardstock, TE Choice Snow White used here
  • Chalkboard Paper, TE Chalkstock used here
  • Number and Letter Dies, TE Poster Graphic Alpha, TE Circle Numbers used here
  • Number Stamps, TE Christmas Countdown used here
  • Various Holiday Stamps, all TE: A Winter View, Baby, It’s Cold Outside; Big Bold Christmas, Christmas Doodles used here
  • Various Dies, all TE: Arched Window, Banner Stacklets 1, Branches Banner & Bloom, Christmas Treat Toppers, Fly Your Flag 2, Gift Card Frame, Pinwheel Parade, Simple Tabs, Snowflake Cutting Plate, Tag Stacklets 1, Train Track Border used here
  • 1 1/2” and 1 1/8” Circle Punch
  • Ink, Vintage Photo Distress, Memento Tuxedo Black, Memento Rhubarb Stalk, Memento Northern Pine, Versamark Watermark, MFT Sweet Tooth used here
  • Heat embossing tool
  • White detail embossing powder
  • Embossing buddy
  • Foam blending tool
  • Sponge
  • Copic Markers, or other coloring medium
  • 8" x 10" Magnetic Sheets and Strips (both adhesive backed)
  • Adhesive, red line tape, foam tape used here
  • Xyron 150 and 900 Sticker Machine, or other adhesive
  • Paper cutter
  • Scissors
  • Embellishments sequins, wood veneer shapes and frames, burlap ribbon, twine, jingle bells, pearls, rhinestones, brad, glitter tape used here
  • Sewing machine and thread, optional


  1. Step 1

    Cut 8 pieces of wood veneer paper to fit small tins (TE Banner Stacklets 1 die used here, middle size of 7 dies).

    Cut 8 pieces of magnet using same die. Trim both to 2 3/4" from banner point to short end. Adhere tag and magnet back to back. Ink distress edges (Vintage Photo Distress ink used here).

  2. Step 2

    Die cut letters to spell out December out of Chalkboard paper. Distress edges using sponge and white ink. Die cut numbers 1 through 8 out of patterned paper. Punch eight 1 1/2" circles out of patterned paper. Adhere letter to center of each punched circle.

    Stitch each letter onto circle before adding to banner.

  3. Step 3

    Adhere letters and numbers to banners made it step 1. Attach each to top of small Altoids tin.

  4. Step 4

    Add a strip of magnet to the back of magnet tin. This completes days 1 through 8 of the advent calendar.

  5. Step 5

    Cut 16 magnet pieces for back of hinged metal tins tins (TE Gift Card Frame die used here). Adhere to back of tin.

  6. Step 6

    Using same die, cut 16 pieces of cardstock and/or patterned paper for front of tins.

    As you do this, you may want to plan your layout so that you know how you plan to arrange your tins onto your magnetic surface. This will determine how you want the orient your patterned paper.

  7. Step 7

    Adhere pieces to tops of tins with your favorite strong adhesive (Xyron 900 used here).

  8. Step 8

    Decorate tin tops for days 9 through 24. Stamp numbers and punch them out (1 1/8"circle punch used here). Distress edges.

  9. Step 9

    At this point, it is helpful to arrange your tins on your magnetic board or work surface as you plan to hang your final project. This will allow you to decorate each tin so that it compliments the ones surrounding it.

  10. Step 10

    Stamp open images onto white cardstock. Color and die cut or fussy cut various images. Stamp sentiments onto chalkboard paper with Versamark Ink. Emboss with white detail embossing powder and a heat tool. Die cut various shapes. Decorate and embellish tin tops.

  11. Step 11

    Arrange tins onto magnetic board and enjoy!


Your Turn

You've seen the tutorial, now you try it! We've got a section of the gallery set aside for Magnetic Advent Calendar. Try this technique, then upload your artwork to the gallery. Show us your creations!

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Questions and Comments

We'd love to get your feedback or questions. Leave your comment below.

This is so ingenious! What a wonderful project. Thank you for sharing. I especially love the beautiful papers.
Anne Fletcher  |  Tue Nov 12, 2013 at 8:23 AM
Love this! Beautiful work!
Amy  |  Tue Nov 12, 2013 at 8:58 PM
lovely idea, Stephanie, thanks for sharing!
Alina Meijer-Petrescu  |  Wed Nov 13, 2013 at 3:49 AM
Thanks, Ladies!
Stephanie Kraft  |  Thu Nov 14, 2013 at 11:38 AM

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