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Christmas Advent Calendar Shadowbox: Using the Silhouette (Plus DISCOUNT)


I know, I know…….it’s not Christmas yet.  Or really even time to start the Christmas decor.  Because Thanksgiving is first.  And there’s still more autumn weather to enjoy. 

(Both of which I enjoy.  Oh my word, I can hardly wait to slice into some pumpkin pie.


But, in case you want to get a head start on Christmas, gather some supplies, and take advantage of a good deal going on right now……….you may want to take a peek at this.



Remember the new Silhouette CAMEO that came out last week?  (And if they ran out of stock before you were able to get one…….word on the street is that another big shipment is on its way.  Silhouette just isn’t sure on an exact day.  Before Christmas though.  But they sold out so fast, they had to hurry and put their little Silhouette Elves to work, to create more.  So no worries……I’ll let you know when more are available.  And maybe, hopefully, cross your fingers, they’ll offer another promo for you guys.  Yay.)


Anyway, Silhouette sent me a great little Advent Calendar Shadowbox to try out. And oh my, I had my little Silhouette humming along while it did all the work, and I sat back and listened to Christmas music and then taped the boxes after they were cut for me.  Nope, no tired hands from using scissors.  (Only a small hankering for Christmas to hurry and get here.)



And let me be honest…….I’m not much of a scrapbooker.  But I loved loved loved this project.  All I needed was the Silhouette, some paper, and some ribbon.  Done.  I didn’t have to pull out a whole warehouse of supplies to create this little beauty.  Yay!  And I know that some use their Silhouette exclusively for scrapbooking and card making.  But I’ve only used mine for home decor, clothing, and other items (take a look here).  But now I see why scrapbookers probably adore this machines as much as I do for other reasons.  (I think I’ll be making more paper cutouts with my Silhouette……it was just way too easy.)



Anyway, the wood shadowbox has 25 little compartments, perfect for 25 little unique box shapes.



Use any color scheme, any type of embellishments, and decorate them just how you like them.  (I used the Silhouette to cut out my numbers and letters too.)  And just look at that great detail that was all cut for me!



And then admire your little boxes.  Because they didn’t take you much work at all.



My little boxes will be filled with a little Christmas trinket of some sort, a little quote or Christmas scripture, and a small treat.



Each night leading up to Christmas, a box will be pulled, the quote/scripture read, the treat gobbled up, and the trinket for the day will be hung on the tree by one of my little ones……creating a little mini Christmas tree for the kids to enjoy.  (And you know, this tree can be re-arranged and changed up all they want.)



I know my kiddos will love hanging an ornament on “their” tree every night.

 **I got the tree and all of the little trinkets (plus more not pictured) at Hobby Lobby.  All of their Christmas stuff is 50% off right now.



Each little box looks like a present…….of course they’ll be thrilled!

**As a side note:  You DO need to own a Silhouette to make this advent calendar.  You can only access the digital templates that come with this Advent Calendar through the software that comes with the Silhouette.




And just in case you’re unsure how the Silhouette makes all these little boxes…..let me show you a few things.  (Oh, and since the CAMEO has the wider cutting space, you can use a full 12 x 12 inch scrapbook piece of paper.  Pretty cool.  But if you have the original Silhouette, just use more narrow paper [or cut yours down smaller].)


To cut, you simply lay a piece of paper down on the sticky mat face up and feed it into your Silhouette machine.  Your Silhouette will use the image that you selected in your computer program and cut it out, in the position you told it to.  (I actually filled up my paper with more cut outs…..this one was just an example to share.)   Then as you peel up the negative space, the sticky mat holds onto the box shapes.



If there was any sort of design cut out of your boxes, the sticky mat will hold onto those as you peel up the box cut outs.  Easy.



Also, the Silhouette makes little perforation cuts, making folding simple too.



So fold along each perforated line, tape (double sided to hide it) or glue it together, and you’re done.



I loved the ease of it.  I can’t wait for the night of November 30th.



And just so you know, with your shadow box purchase, you also receive the free downloads to make a whole different variety of box cutouts for your shadow box.  These are little drawers.  So no lids are involved.  But just as cute.

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Just think……you can use the box all year round for all sorts of reasons.  And you can use the box downloads to place goodies inside and give away as gifts.  Ooooh, cute.


**As a side note:  You DO need to own a Silhouette to make this advent calendar.  You can only access the digital templates that come with this Advent Calendar through the software that comes with the Silhouette.


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And yes, Silhouette is offering a darn good discount right now for their Advent Calendars. 


They are taking $10 off the total if you use the discount code ‘makeit’ at check out.  So instead of $39.99, you can receive one for $29.99. 


Your $29.99 purchase would include:

  • The 15″ (and almost 4 inches deep) wood shadowbox
  • a download card redeemable for 25 boxes (with lids) and 25 drawers from the Silhouette Online store.  Each box and drawer template is downloaded into your Silhouette Library and is pre-sized and numbered for your shadowbox


**Use ‘makeit‘ at checkout to receive your discount.

Promo lasts until November 11th, 2011.


And if you make one, let me know how it turns out.  After you make each box and set it in its slot…….you’ll be so excited, I’m sure of it.  So share!



Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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  1. Nicki says:

    Is there no way to find/purchase the templates??? I’ve searched and searched! Someone has got to be willing to sell them!?!?

  2. christy says:

    Where might I find the wooden shadow box?

  3. Jennifer G. says:

    This looks like grea fun to make. It brings back many memories from my childhood at my grandparents house. I will keep my fingers crossed about the giveaway!

  4. Erika says:

    Just got mine in the mail today…I know, I know advent has already started, but I couldn’t resist. And with my oldest being 3, I don’t think he will know the difference! My downloads are ready. Now to select my paper from my own insane supply. I can’t wait!!

  5. Kristi Hales says:

    Ashley, got my Silhouette today….we are sooooooo excited to play with it. We are hooking it up now!… Thanks again

  6. jen says:

    Is this something that you could (and/or would?!) make and sell the finished product? If so I would be quite interested in buying one (I have no silhouette and no craftiness in my body!).

  7. Kelly says:

    Wow I just love this idea!!!! Unfortunately I won’t be able to do this tho… Silhouette does not ship to Canada:(

  8. Le Chateau des Fleurs says:

    I love this idea!!! There is so many possibilities with it and sooo pretty!
    I have Featured you on my blog!

    I would love if you would grab a Feature button. If you would like.
    I really love your blog!
    You are doing such a good job and you are so talented!

  9. Meaghan says:

    I’m trying to find a way to get one of these magical machines in Australia – any tips? I’ve been putting off buying a Silhouette for a while but I just can’t resist this one….the extra width is a massive bonus.

    I love your idea of giving the kids a little tree of their own….it really makes it special for them doesn’t it.

    I can’t wait for Christmas either…….woo hoo….

  10. Tammy @ Godly Homemakers says:

    Wonderful idea!

  11. Jacquelyn DeSonier says:

    I am in LOVE… I just ordered mine from Silhouette…. and I don’t even have the machine yet… C’mon Santa, Mama wants a Silhouette Cameo…. I figure I will wrap little goodies in the calendar for this year, and then by next Xmas (even if I have to sell a few things extra) I will have the Cameo

  12. Jeanie says:

    wow I was going to order but shipping was over $10 so it still made it $40. Isn’t there a way to just get the box designs (I can’t find them in the online store)? I can make my own shadowbox, I just need the drawer cutouts.

  13. Becky Woods says:

    I would love to know what trinkets and scripture you put in your boxes. I love this idea!

  14. Teri pastorinotp says:

    Ok, thank you so much for the code. I just ordered this. I was checking it out last week. So now for the funny part. I don’t own a sihouette! I was convinced I was going to win one, and didn’t. LOL!. And then of course my hubby did not order me one. So now I wait til they are back. Soooooooooo if I whine pretty please and send you money and or paper will you cut out boxes for me. Cuz I seriously doubt that I have one in time now to do my advent boxes. So awesome. Any way I hope you think I am as wacky as I really am asking you, but really I am serious? :-)

  15. Erica says:

    Oh what fun! I would love to have a silhouette – – it looks like there no end to the fun.

  16. Katarinka says:

    This is just SUPER!! I love your blog, but do not write because of poor knowledge of English. You have so many ideas and so joyous, aptimistichnoe. Thank you for my positive emotions.
    I also love all the colorful.
    Kate from Siberia
    I used a translator. )))

  17. Kristi Hales says:

    will the discount work on the kits for the silhouette other than the calendar?

    1. Ashley says:

      No, I don’t think they will. I guess you could give it a try but I think it’s just for the Advent Calendar. Bummer. :)

  18. Cameron says:

    Sure wish I had a Silhouette! Maybe if I do well at my next craft show, I’ll have enough “profit” to justify buying one! Looks so cute – – – I heart advent calendars of all kinds. I had to pin yours!

  19. Claire says:

    I just finished mine and now there’s a discount!!!????? Crap!!!!!

  20. Erin @ Small and Simple Things says:

    I’ve seen a lot of these popping up on various blogs, but I have to say that I like yours the best. The colors are great!

  21. Pam says:

    This is adorable. I don’t think I would ever need to make boxes again, and really couldn’t justify it, but if I could….

  22. Jess says:

    Where did you get the darling “kid-friendly” ornaments? I would love some of those! Such a fun and cute idea! Thanks for sharing :)

    1. Ashley says:

      I bought them all at Hobby Lobby

  23. Sarah says:

    I would love to do this!! SO stinkin’ cute! Sadly, I bought my own little Advent box last year and I don’t *really* need another one. If only they’d had this last year!!!

  24. Paula says:

    This is beautiful. Your children are very fortunate that you made this and now they have this wonderful countdown to Christmas to look forward too. What a lovely addition to your Christmas decor as well. I can see adapting this to work for Easter countdowns, Halloween etc.

  25. estefani says:

    i really want to buy this but do you have to have the silhouette machine? i would have thought you can order them pre made and just put it together once they come in the mail ..

    1. Ashley says:

      Yes, you have to have the machine. Bummer……sorry about that!

  26. Brittany says:

    Oh my goodness. Now I’m mad I spent the money on stuff for my iPad. I want this!

  27. Marissa says:

    This is the cutest idea ever. I love it. I have got to get one of those. I was good this year. Maybe Santa will bring me one.

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