How to make the calendar
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!