Merry Advent Calendar by Thienly Azim

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3D Advent Calendar SVG

Christmas is so exciting – why not count down and enjoy every day of it? Who wouldn’t like the idea of getting something to remind them of the big holiday? For this Design Team project, I put a twist on the Classic Christmas Advent Calendar SVG Kit and combined it with the ever popular 3D Letters SVG Kit!

SVG Collections Used

3D Letters SVG Kit
Classic Christmas Advent Calendar SVG Kit
3D Wintergreens SVG Kit
Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree SVG Collection
Shaped Christmas Cards SVG Kit
Give a Gift Card SVG Kit
Kate’s Holiday Silhouettes SVG Collection
Winter Bliss SVG Collection
Snowflakes SVG Mini Collection
Christmas Village SVG Collection
Holiday Traditions Stampables SVG Collection

Supplies Used

  • AC Cardstock
  • Patterned paper (Used Echo Park Season’s Greetings)
  • Number stickers (Used stickers from Echo Park Christmas Dots & Stripes)
  • Punkin’ Patch Stamps – Holiday Traditions
  • Punkin’ Patch Stamps – Gingerbread Kisses
  • Natural & brown twine
  • Crinkled ribbons
  • Buttons
  • Rice (can be beans, pasta – anything that adds weight for inside the letters)
  • Pearls (for inside poinsettia)
  • Snow Writer (creates dimensional snow effect on the pinecones)
  • Snow glitter (used to create snowy ground under the car)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Foam adhesive
  • Scotch Quick-dry glue

Dimensions

Here are the exact shapes, sizes and colors I used. Click "Keep Proportions" before sizing when width is the only measurement listed.

Letters

3D Letters SVG Kit (M)
m1.svg 11.7" wide beige
m2.svg 11.7" wide beige (front M in patterned paper)
m3.svg 11.7" wide beige
3D Letters SVG Kit (E)
e1.svg 11.7" wide moss green (front E in patterned paper)
e2.svg 11.7" wide moss green
3D Letters SVG Kit (R - cut 2)
r1.svg 11.7" wide red, turquoise (front R in patterned paper)
r2.svg 11.7" wide red, turquoise
3D Letters SVG Kit (Y)
y1.svg 11.7" wide beige (front Y in patterned paper)
y2.svg 11.7" wide beige
Classic Christmas Advent Calendar SVG Kit
face.svg (doors 1,4,11 and 15) 11.3" wide (break apart the doors, and group doors separately) (bring the doors onto the front letters)
interior_boxes1.svg (compartments 1, 4 and 11) 11.3" wide (break apart the compartments, and then make it 2.75" high but keep the width the same) white
interior_boxes2.svg (compartment 15) 11" wide (break apart the compartments, and then make it 2.75" high but keep the width the same) white
(cut 5 - compartment 1, 7 - compartment 4, 12 - compartment 11 and 1 - compartment 15)
bright_red.svg (door 1 only) 7" wide (cut 5) various
pale_green.svg (door 11 only) 5.8" wide (black out, cut 12) various
medium_green.svg (door 4 only) 5.9" wide (cut 7) various
dark_green.svg (door 15 only) 7.7" wide (cut 1) various

Letter M Embellishments

3D Wintergreens SVG Kit (Poinsettia)
leaves.svg 5.23" wide moss green
petals1.svg 5.23" wide deep red
petals2.svg 5.23" wide deep red
Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree SVG Collection
orn_bottom.svg 0.84" wide (cut 2) deep red, moss green
orn_lg_star.svg 0.84" wide (cut 2) silver
Shaped Christmas Cards SVG Kit
ornament.svg 1.00" wide (cut 2) moss green and turquoise patterned paper
Give a Gift Card SVG Kit (Ball Ornament)
red.svg 0.74" wide striped patterned paper
silver.svg 1.04" wide (cut 5) silver
Holiday Traditions Stampables SVG Collection
have_yourself_merry.svg 2.5" wide cream
have_yourself_merry.svg 2.5" wide (+ shadow pointy 0.6) deep red

Letter E Embellishments

3D Wintergreens SVG Kit (Holly and Berries)
holly.svg 3.50" wide moss green
Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree SVG Collection
car_body.svg 3.54" wide deep red
car_glass.svg 3.54" wide cream
car_tires.svg 3.54" wide black
car_tree.svg 3.54" wide moss green
car_tree_trunk.svg 3.54" wide brown
car_white.svg 3.54" wide silver
Kate's Holiday Silhouettes SVG Collection (All I Want is You Card)
cream.svg 3.00" wide (cut only the tag) cream
red.svg 3.00" wide (cut only the tag) red

Letter R (red) Embellishments

Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree SVG Collection
airmail_white.svg 2.78" wide cream
airmail_green.svg 2.78" wide moss green
airmail_red.svg 2.78" wide deep red
fedora_green.svg 1.82" wide moss green
fedora_red.svg 1.82" wide deep red
fedora_brown.svg 1.82" wide tan
holly_flourish.svg 2.50" wide moss green

Letter R (turquoise) Embellishments

Snowflakes SVG Mini Collection
snowflake4.svg 1.75" wide white
snowflake5.svg 2.00" wide white
Winter Bliss SVG Collection
icicles_short.svg 1.00" wide by 1.00" high white
icicles_medium.svg 2.25" wide by 1.50" high white

Letter Y Embellishments

Christmas Village SVG Collection
santas_sleigh.svg (cut 3) 7.85" wide tan, red, dark brown
3D Wintergreens SVG Kit
pinecones.svg 6.00" wide and 6.30" wide dark brown

Instructions

  1. Letter Face – Open the Classic Christmas Advent Calendar SVG Kit and break apart/group the doors separately for days 1, 4, 11 and 15. Save. Copy door 1.
  2. On a new page, open the letter M that you need from the 3D Letters SVG Kit, adjust to the correct size, and paste in the door 1 in the bottom middle. Save.
  3. Repeat for the rest of the doors as shown in the diagram. If there is a door that is used more than once on a certain letter, you can copy and paste. Cut.
  4. Do this for the rest of the letters.
  5. Compartments – open the Classic Christmas Advent Calendar SVG Kit and break apart/group the compartments separately for days 1, 4, 11 and 15. Keep the same width, but adjust the height only to match the depth of the 3D letters. Cut all the compartments.
  6. Doors – Cut.
  7. Assembly – You will need to trim off the folding tabs (for both compartment and letters side tabs much thinner to fit the space. Try to keep the areas where it’s not necessary to trim the tab at its full width. This will keep it more stable when gluing. Glue the compartments first and then the letter sides.
  8. Fill the bottom portion of the letter with a heavy weight material and then finish off the letter by gluing the back. Mary has a great video on the assembly – (put a link to the video)
  9. Add the ’front’ of the door, add dates, and embellish as needed.

Design Tips

Thienly - SVGCuts Design Team Artist

  1. Pick a style/theme that you’d like and stay with it. Don’t try to add so many elements – it can become too busy. If you work with a certain paper collection – pick out the colors off from it.
  2. I inked the edges of the letters and some of the embellishments with a similar ink color of the cut outs. It brings out the elements enough without adding too much.
  3. Don’t be intimidated to use embellishments in place of an SVG. For example, I added pearls inside the poinsettia, used twine instead of ties for the car, and buttons for berries. Adding a different element gives a character and dimension to your project.
  4. If you’re thinking of using different elements, cut out all the elements that you need, make sure that the colors and the size of them balance on the letters before gluing all of them down.

Wouldn’t this be so fun to open them with your kids every morning? Don’t be intimidated from this project – all you need to begin is the Classic Christmas Advent Calendar SVG Kit and the 3D Letters SVG Kit to begin. The rest is up to you! Try making them with different words, or even make one to countdown to a birthday or even a wedding! Have fun!


15 Responses to “Merry Advent Calendar by Thienly Azim”

  1. Kalicoblocks November 13, 2011 at 8:56 pm #

    OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!    Your right my gaw did drop!!!   That is the coolest idea!!  I want to make this!!!   This is really really nice!!!   Good Job Thienly!!!  Amazing!

    • Thienly November 22, 2011 at 12:35 pm #

      Glad you liked it – and I’d love to see your version of it! Thanks for the comment :)

  2. Linda November 13, 2011 at 9:10 pm #

    Thienly! you are amazing! i don’t normally like many advent calendars but this is at the top of my list! Congrats

    • Thienly November 22, 2011 at 12:36 pm #

      Awww… thanks Linda! Glad that you liked this version of advent calendar! Can’t wait to see your take on this!

  3. Jan November 14, 2011 at 2:36 am #

    Thienly, this is fabulous!  Thank you so much for sharing your amazing talent and the joy that it brings to all of us as we ohh and ahh over it! 

  4. Tambur8 November 14, 2011 at 5:16 am #

    WOW!!  Amazing job.  Thank you so much for sharing your ideas with us.  This really is jaw dropping. Makes me want to stay home from work and play…..lol!!

  5. Patti November 14, 2011 at 9:01 pm #

    This project is what I call thinking out of the Letter box, for sure…………awesome project!!!! So much wonderful detail in every letter. Geeze……right up my alley………must carve time to make……..wow…….there isn’t anything to describe how wonderful the cut files were used to create this.

    • Thienly November 22, 2011 at 12:33 pm #

      Thanks Patti – I remember you sharing with me the pop-up lever cards that you made.  I loved seeing your version of it, so can’t wait to see this one!

  6. KtsAngels November 18, 2011 at 6:03 am #

    OMG!! WOW that is so stunning (?spelling sorry) but omg is all I can say…looks amazing…I love it…can I copy you? oh that’s why you put the insturctions.huh…oh well thats cool…I am going to have to do this one QUICK!! its getting that time…lol great job

    • Thienly November 22, 2011 at 12:32 pm #

      Katie, of course, I’d want to you to make this! Post it up on SVG Cuts and my wall – I would LOVE to see your take on it!

  7. Kandybuck November 19, 2011 at 10:20 pm #

    Thienly  i am so excited to make this calendar.  I have friends out of state and this is going to make them soo happy!!  I have been getting this ready to cut and have had a problem bringing the score lines and number markings with interior boxes and face.  is there a step I am missing?  I am planning on just hand scoring them, but if you know an easy secret, that would help.   Thanks for all your great projects they really make me happy!  Kandy Buck

    • Thienly November 22, 2011 at 12:30 pm #

      Kandy – Thanks for your comment and wanting to make this project! I am so honored that you’re making them for your friends! Anyway, as for the score lines and number markings, make sure that you break apart all the elements separately, select the score lines/box/numbers together and group them to make it easier to move them.  Does that help???  Let me know if there are any more questions – I’d love to help you along!

  8. Camille December 20, 2011 at 3:37 pm #

    I made seven of the Classic Advent Calenders this year . . . Was hoping for something new for next year. Think I found it! Very Cool!

  9. Pamela Soucy-Chartrand October 6, 2012 at 10:34 am #

    This is so great, I have a couple of nice books of paper and this will be perfect. Is their a reason why all the doors have to be those numbers? Did you do it because of the size of the 3D letters. I have not purchased the 3D letters yet because I didn’t think of a use for them until now. Your projects are so great. I print them all out so when I get all the kits I can make them. I am going to purchase 3D letters right now !

    One other thought, I am thinking of hanging these rather then weighting down them, my mantle and other table holds my villages so I thought on the wall. Do you think it would work? The other reason is I have 3 dogs and if at their level I would wake up to a lot of empty candy wrapers on the floor. I can see them sniffing it right now. LOL

    Pamela

  10. Pamela Soucy-Chartrand October 6, 2012 at 10:37 am #

    I am going to make my daughters name advent calendar first as a trial her 16th birthday is Nov. 13th and trust me she is counting down. I better get to work if I am going to have it done 25 days before her birthday.

    Thanks again.

    Pamela