How to make the cal­en­dar

Cardmaking and Papercraft - - 10 Ideas With Sugar & Spice -

1 Cut 24 boxes from pat­terned pa­pers us­ing the tem­plate from page 86. Cut all the tabs and neatly score 20mm in on all sides. Score across at 70mm from each nar­row end.

2 Neatly fold along all of the scored lines to cre­ate each of the lit­tle boxes. Ap­ply a small blob of glue on the four small tabs and stick firmly but gen­tly in place in­side the box bases.

3 Mak­ing sure they are po­si­tioned cen­trally, at­tach the wooden num­bers – from 1 to 24 – to the lid of each box, at­tach­ing in place with a hot glue gun, and leave to dry.

4 Mark along the long top edge of a 420x240mm piece of mount board at 180mm and 240mm, and score down. Fold up along the score lines to cre­ate the book shape, as shown.

5 Cover the front and back of the book with pat­terned pa­per. Fold down the edges and close the book to make sure the cover fits be­fore glu­ing in place. Cover the spine with a piece of co­or­di­nat­ing pa­per.

6 Cut two 300mm lengths of white satin rib­bon and glue to the side edges of the front and back cov­ers. Cover the in­side with con­trast­ing pa­per. Cut pa­per to fit the in­side of the spine and glue in place.

7 Glue 12 boxes to the in­side front cover, as shown, and 12 to the back cover in any or­der you wish, mak­ing sure the boxes are in a ran­dom or­der so you have to 'find' the cor­rect day. Leave the boxes to dry.

8 Fill each box with a lit­tle treat or gift for each day and tie the book closed neatly with a bow, to fin­ish. Store it safely away be­fore get­ting it out on the 1st of De­cem­ber!

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