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Christmas Tree Advent Calendar Tutorial + Giveaway!

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Note: most of the links on this post no longer work, as we moved to a new Web site in 2018. However, you can see the supply list items from Laura’s project that are still available on the new site.

 November 16th Update:
 The Advent Calendar Giveaway Winner is…

Before Miz Bella waxes poetic about Laura Carson’s timely Advent Calendar project (December 1st is right around the corner!), just a reminder to scroll down for the related new products & Giveaway.

Needless to say, Laura Carson has been at it again!

Last year Laura showed you how to make an Advent Calendar from Match Boxes. This year she’s showing you how to make an Advent Calendar from New and On Sale! 2 Inch Cube Kraft Boxes!

Each box (which is plenty roomy for little goodies for little kiddie hands) is adorned with beautiful paper from the New! Silver and Gold 6×6 Paper Pad. Don’t you love the gorgeous, classic color palette of the paper? How about that New! Mini Pine & Berry Garland and the sweet New! Gold Star Ornaments? Rudolph, bring me my slippers! I’m so ready for the holidays!

Laura (as we all know, is from another planet) does not really ever do things on a very small scale. The overall size of the Advent Calendar is 19” tall (with ribbon) and 9” wide AND Laura created a New! Advent Calendar Collage Sheet for this project! You say that you don’t want single use collage sheet? Well guess what? Laura also created a New and On Sale! Advent Calendar Set Download (with some additional images not on the collage sheet version)! I’m thinking that if I had 1/4 of Laura’s energy I could rule the world in a Pinky & The Brain sort of way. But I digress!

Now don’t go getting all freaked out that you can’t possibly make an Advent Calendar like Laura’s because once you see how easy it is — you’ll be cranking them out to give as holiday gifts! So hop into your glittered-up, rhinestoned-out sled (with wine glass in hand) and head on over to Laura’s blog to see the tutorial.

Check out all the supplies that Laura used here.

And don’t forget to look below for the Giveaway Miz Meghan chose, based on Laura’s artwork!


Yay! An Advent Calendar Giveaway! Beside the items that Laura used in her artwork (see photo below), Meghan pulled a few (!) extra items she thinks would be fun to mix into your own Advent Calendar! (See larger photo at right… and don’t you think we’re all benefiting from Meghan being a bit of a frustrated artist?) And remember: you can click on the Giveaway photos here in this blog post to see more details.

See the FULL List of items in the Giveaway! (I’m going to have to have a contest at some point to find all the items in a Giveaway photo…) Note: I included 6 sets of the 2 Inch Cube Kraft Boxes so you’ll have enough to make a whole tree!

To enter the Advent Calendar Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment below on this blog post by midnight, November 15, 2013 (Friday night PST).

Don’t forget to leave your (hello! correct) email address, too, so I can contact the winner; your email address does not need to be made public. Note: I’m offering free shipping, too, but only within the USA. International shipping will still apply.

Please be patient! Spammers try to post crap here a lot so comments are moderated. So if you don’t see your post in the comments section, be patient and check back in a few hours before re-posting it, please!

By Sunday morning’s newsletter, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via So make sure to check back Sunday to see who won!

Posted by MizBella, November 14th, 2013

143 responses to “Christmas Tree Advent Calendar Tutorial + Giveaway!”

  1. Holly Day says:

    Beautiful collection!

  2. Ann C says:

    A beautiful project and one that will be enjoyed in years to come!

  3. Karen says:

    Advent calendars bring back such wonderful Christmas memories. My grandmother gave me a beautiful, glittery German one evert year. I still have them! This new one would be fun to make and a great addition to my collection.

  4. Kim Rayko says:

    Gorgeous collection + what a beautiful idea!

  5. Marcia says:

    From plain Kraft to gorgeous. ..super project!

  6. THIS IS THE BEST GIVE-AWAY YET! Beautiful Advent Calendar. I used to have a different one every year for my children. I would love to give this one to my grand-daughter to continue the tradition.

  7. Deb Neerman says:

    WoW, this Advent Calendar is simply stunning! Kraft boxes; who’d a thunk it?! Thanks so much for the chance to create one of my very own!

  8. Nelda Johnson says:

    I adore advent calendars and Laura’s is fabulous!

  9. Debbie Rollier says:

    What a great idea! I love it

  10. Lynn Stevens says:

    Once again Laura amazed me!
    Christmas giveaway? Me me me !!!

  11. Phyllis Rollins says:

    Simply. Stunning.
    I want to make this for my daughter as a Christmas gift, she will love it so much!
    Can’t wait to get started.

  12. Carolyn Summers says:

    This advent calendar project is stunning and I’d be so proud to display it in our home.

  13. Victoria Harris says:

    Wow– this is beautiful! What an awesome give away!!

  14. Beverly S says:

    This as awesome! Please put my name in the pot!

  15. kim says:

    OH NO !
    It’s time to start on Christmas projects. I haven’t finished my Halloween ones.
    Thanks for the chance to win another great giveaway.

  16. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    I’m scrolling and drooling over this great giveaway. Thanks for inspiration, always!

  17. Traci says:

    Another fantastic project from Laura-I wonder where she gets all her awesome ideas?

  18. OMG!!! This is your best giveaway ever!! My mind is racing with all kinds of design ideas with this one. Love it, love it, love it!!

  19. Sar Tann says:

    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas… I was wondering when you would start posting Christmas projects. This is a perfect way to kick it off.Yeahhh! I’m so excited and just love this! 🙂

  20. Lindy says:

    Oh my it is AMAZING! What a fabulous job!

  21. angelic says:

    This is beautiful Christmas project. Thank you for the giveaway.

  22. Carrie says:

    Amazing! Love all of Ms.Carson’s creations. And the papers featured are just beautiful.

  23. Shari Czerwinski says:

    The advent calendar is great and what a fantastic group of colors and embellishments!

  24. Lori Devoux says:

    I’m so making one of these advent calendars! I just adore this giveaway. Thank you for the opportunity to win. I’m keeping my fingers crossed!

  25. carol says:

    I’m still working on finishing Halloween but this makes me want to start on Christmas. wonderful inspiration

  26. Pam Straus says:

    This is so cute and would be so much fun to make and fill the boxes for the kids. Love it!

  27. Jackson e Benedict says:

    What a fabulous lot of goodies! Getting wine glass in hand….

  28. Pat Tillery says:

    Laura Carson has done it again! Brilliant! Thanks so much for the tutorial and chance to win.

  29. Paula Meehan says:

    Loving this advent calendar.
    So creative!

  30. Mary Mac says:

    Just beautiful, love this take of an advent calendar.

  31. Blair Lowery says:

    Wow, love the tree idea

  32. Victoria says:

    Love the new paper! Can’t wait to make this!

  33. Susanne says:

    This might be my favorite Alpha reveal ever! No skeletons, but lots of boxes and Christmas images all creating a gorgeous advent calendar! Amazing!

    And thank you for the Pinky and the Brain reference … bit by bit the Alpha Stamps team is achieving Brain’s ultimate goal …

  34. Donna H. says:

    beautiful! love the advent tree!

  35. Wow. This is gorgeous.

  36. Rose Cavalli says:

    Love this one! Beautiful and unique!

  37. Jen R says:

    Love the calendar!! Thanks for the opportunity to win this kit

  38. Chris says:

    Nothing like an advent tree to start the creative juices flowing!!!!!!!!

  39. rebecca jeffress says:

    Amazing! The project is fabulous and the giveaway is just lagniappe! (I’m from Louisiana, that means ‘a little something extra’!)

  40. Sheree says:

    This is so beautiful…I’ve never had an advent tree or calendar…This is so wonderful!
    Thank you!

  41. Leila Klaiss says:

    I have sort of lost my muse the last few months! This project and all the goodies would go a long way to bringing my muse back!

  42. Robin says:

    What a beautiful way to get the Christmas crafting time started. Thanks for the chance to win.

  43. Mary White says:

    Wonderful! What a great way to start a creative holiday season.

  44. Dottie in CT says:

    What a wonderful project! Christmas is my favorite holiday. I would love to win the Advent Calendar giveaway to get me going into the holiday spirit.

  45. sue brunst says:

    gorgeous!!! I have 9 grandsons and would love to make this for each of 3 families <3

  46. Ah, don’t we all love this time of year? Just itching to get myself immersed in glitter and shiny stuff. Laura, you are amazing and thank you Alpha Stamps for bringing this to us all.

  47. Lura Brown says:

    i love this so much. what a project. i am going to see my grandkids and thinking it would be a great project with them just putting it together. what fun. thanks for the chance to win. xoxo

  48. Jo says:

    Lovely giveaway!!!!

  49. Lois says:

    Beautiful and unique! Am thinking this would be a great gift for friends who just had their first baby…start of a Christmas tradition! Thanks!

  50. Athena Hapner says:

    I’ve seen so many projects for the holidays. But, I can honestly say this is the most creative and pretty one of the year. I love, love, love it!

  51. Deanna Green says:

    Very beautiful tree! Would love to win the giveaway so I can make this tree! Thanks.

  52. Carlene says:

    Awesome pile of goodies! I’d love to make the tree. Thanks for doing the givaway 🙂

  53. Vic Bills says:

    Wow! What a great idea for an advent calendar! Love it. Love the tree tower and love the “Christmas goodies” giveaway!

  54. Kathy Bumb says:

    Another gorgeous tutorial and fantastic giveaway from a great store. Love them!!!!

  55. Jo says:

    How cute!!! Love this Christmas giveaway!

  56. Victoria Donchi says:

    This is beautiful. So clever. Wonderful like all the giveaways.

  57. Denise Humenik says:

    Oh what fun it would be to win and make such an advent calendar!!

  58. Pam Weiler says:

    I am addicted to advent calendars. I would love to win this. It is beautiful. Thank you for another great giveaway.

  59. Kathy M says:

    Wow Laura’s advent calendar is just amazing!!!! What a talented woman she is. It would be amazing to win this kit. Thanks to you guys for all your amazing ideas and giveaways!

  60. Lorna Dufrane says:

    What a lovely advent calendar. Would love to make one.

  61. Janet Turner says:

    What a great idea. I would love to make an advent tree for my grandkids.

  62. Lou Anne says:

    I love this 3D advent calendar! Please include me in the drawing.

  63. kimb says:

    Gorgeous! I would love to make one!!! I absolutely love advent calendars!!

  64. Oh my, oh my….I’ve been a good girl all year! Santa, please send this beauty to me.

    Gloria in Virginia

  65. Sandy says:

    I’ll be nice!!!

  66. Once again you guys just blew me away!! Everytime I think your products just can’t get any cooler BAM you come out with more!

  67. Noreen says:

    Beautiful advent calendar! And I love all the bits and pieces on it! Thanks for the chance to win it – I would love it.

  68. Cyndy says:

    I love your advent calendar! Just beautiful.

  69. Tanya says:

    I wish I had her creative skills!

  70. Barb says:

    THis is perfect for my 3 year old granddaughter!!
    That is such a cool creation!

  71. Russell says:

    Nothing like a little Christmas crafting as a balm to ease the pain of Hallowe’en been and gone. Yes, a kit like this just might do the trick and would definitely be a real treat… 🙂

  72. LeAnn A says:

    Very Cool!

  73. Ritva Karhunen says:

    so christmas is coming!

  74. Jeannie says:

    How ingenious! I love it.

  75. Thalia Kottke says:

    This is a really terrific give away!

  76. What a beautiful tree, and some giveaway, I would love to win, Thanks for the opportunity

  77. Sally Peters says:

    What an awesome project!

  78. Brenda Lubrant says:

    What a great idea to decorate little boxes with Christmas embellishments and stack them up as an advent calendar.

  79. Kris Hill says:

    I love Advent Calendars. So cool!

  80. Lori SW says:

    Great idea for an advent calendar! This is a fantastic piece of art.

  81. Jane T says:

    Tons of gorgeous makings for Christmas fun.

  82. Deborah Sorenson says:

    I love this idea for an advent calendar and since it is small enough to set on a table it would be perfect for my daughters dorm room at college. She is spending Christmas with her Dad this year so wanted to do something special for her this year.

  83. Roberta Schinner says:

    What a great way to start off the holiday
    season! This is a terrific giveaway-thank you!

  84. Sandy Holva says:

    Thanks for the wonderful opportunity to win such an awesome kit!

  85. Juanita M says:

    Once again…such a great kit to win.

  86. Karen Mallory says:

    I love this project! Want to make one for my youngest granddaughter!

  87. Yvette LeBlanc says:

    I Love it !!

  88. Luanne Shoup says:

    I really really want this!

  89. Jeanne Kelly says:

    what an adorable little tree!

  90. marla b says:

    Fingers crossed- I’d like to count on this one!

  91. HawaiianLibrarian says:

    F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S! project that I would love to replicate. So please pick me! Mahalo for the op to see this project and win.

  92. Sue Chesley says:

    Beautiful! Such a great idea, and thanks for another chance to win a great giveaway!

  93. kathleen m says:

    What a wonderful idea and oh so do able

    Thanks for sharing this idea

  94. Beth W says:

    Wow-that is beyond gorgeous. Laura’s talent knows no bounds. Thank you for the chance to win such a wonderful prize.

  95. Meredith says:

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  96. Cindy Fitch says:

    This will make a great gift. No, wait! It’s too cute. Think I will make and keep it for me.

  97. What a stunning project!

  98. Linda K says:

    Wow, I would love to win this give away. Thanks for the wonderful project.

  99. Marilyn H says:

    Beautiful unique take on an advent calendar. I love it!

  100. Missy says:

    So beautiful this really pits me in the Christmas spirit

  101. Kate says:

    What a pretty advent calender. I love it!

  102. Cindy says:

    What a great advent calender. Thanks for the project and giveaway.

  103. Jan W in TX says:

    A beautiful advent calendar! Would make a great gift for my granddaughter.

  104. Theresa Grdina says:

    I tried to post a comment this morning but was having great difficulty!!! I just have to say this calendar is AMAZING! I absolutely LOVE it!!!

  105. Ginger S says:

    Love Laura’s work! thanks for the giveaway!

  106. Linda L in Tennessee says:

    So festive! Would definitely be the focal point of decorations!

  107. Wendy Ross says:

    Gorgeous and I want to make one asap! This would be PERFECT for a gift for a best friend who has everything, lives for Christmas and loves beautiful, hand-crafted items. I think this would be a wonderful centerpiece at a Christmas party for my quilt group – 25 guests, each choosing a number between 1 and 25 – taking a turn opening a box with a fun surprise inside (thimble, spool of thread, needles, etc.)

  108. Laura McGregor says:

    How beautiful! This will become a tradition in our family for years!

  109. LynneZ says:

    This is really superbeautiful. Thanks for sharing!

  110. Diane D. says:

    Absolutely amazing. Another fantastic Give Away. It just keeps getting better and better. Thanks for a another chance to win a great Giveaway.

    Take care,

  111. Vickie says:

    This is so Laura! Really beautiful, love boxes, so this is right up my alley. Thanks, ladies!

  112. Lisa M says:

    It’s simply stunning. What a nice substitute, also, for a real tree if you can’t have one. I need to find out how to make this; what fun!

  113. Mandy says:

    I have always wanted to make my own Advent Calendar! I love them!

  114. Kay Wilkinson says:

    What a beautiful way to celebrate the month of December!

  115. Christine N says:

    That advent tree is awesome!!! Perfect for celebrating the season! Thanks for the chance of winning these wonderful products!

  116. Sylvia L. says:

    I always buy my nephews advent calendars for Christmas; this would be a much nicer alternative. The embellishments in the giveaway are beautiful!

  117. Beth Jones says:

    Oh!!!, The JOY!!!!!! Precious, precious!

  118. Carol House says:

    What a great project!

  119. Karen Crowder says:

    This could be the “advent” of a new project for me!

  120. Missy Faught says:

    Really, really, really want to win!

  121. Leslie Hanson says:


  122. Nancy T. says:

    holy snitcherdoodle..look at all of that scrumptiousness…is that even a word…thanks for a chance to win…

    Nancy T.

  123. Kathryn Nowosielski says:

    This is soooo beautiful!! And, all the stuff in the giveaway is making me dizzy!! I’ve already started on Christmas and this would be a wonderful addition! Thanks!

  124. Phyllis B. says:

    I would love to win all these beautiful Christmas items.

  125. Dottie F says:

    Absolutely stunning!!

  126. Kathy says:

    Gorgeous stuff.

  127. Judy says:

    Another beautiful project. I would love to win this.

  128. Marilyn McCormack says:

    What a beautiful collection!

  129. Ginger Benedict says:

    It’s beginning to look at lot like Christmas! What a great Christmas giveaway. I think I’ll win, I hope I win.

  130. Sharon says:

    First, THANK YOU so much for the last giveaway. It is an amazing kit, just stuffed with holiday (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas) goodies. Second, I am going to be greedy and say “I want the Advent calendar kit!” “Yes siree I do!”

  131. Julie Ray says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! My kiddos would be so excited to open each day on such a beautiful calendar. Thank you for the opportunity.

  132. Lynn says:

    Alpha Stamps always has the best stuff to create projects that are different and wonderful! Look at all the goodies in this kit! Love the Advent calendar, too!

  133. Ami Crawford says:

    I would love to make this advent calender. I used to have one every year for my daughters that I would buy at the store…not nearly as beautiful as this one! I’d like to have this one to start the tradition again with my 3 year old granddaughter.

  134. Michelle says:

    Wow this is a great one! Love it!

  135. Alice says:

    Thank you for offering such a super giveaway. I’m ready to make this calender, it is the most gorgeous of them all!!!!

  136. Alice says:

    Advent tree is amazing. What a fun project to do with the kids out of school!

  137. Jackie P says:

    Miz Megan! A fine giveaway choosing indeed! Toss my name in the hat please!

  138. Lisa Mills says:

    An advent tree-What Fun!! Count me in.

  139. Ronda Liebert says:

    Awesome – just made it in under the wire. Please add me to the drawing. Thanks.

  140. Phoebe Diamond says:

    Looks fun, I’d like this.