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Christmas Countdown Gift Holder

Seasons Greetings and Welcome to the May Arts Blog.


It’s me Shelly, and boy do I have a fun project to share with you today.

If you’re anything like me, finding that special holiday gift gets harder and harder each year.  Every year, I try to come up with something unique and different to put a spin on gift giving.  I’ve created my version of Oprah’s Favorite Things, I’ve gone down the clothes route, and I’ve relied on magazine subscriptions way to often.

To change things up a bit this year, I decided to create my own unique version of an Advent Calendar, or as I call it, a Christmas Countdown Gift Holder.

If you’re not familiar with the meaning behind Advent Calendars, simply put, it is a special calendar that is used to count or celebrate the coming of Christmas.  The 24 days leading up to Christmas are celebrated and often a small gift is opened each day as a sign of love and sharing amongst family.

So, to create my version of an Advent Calendar, I turned a 24 Pocket, Plastic Over-the-Door Shoe Holder into a Christmas Countdown Gift Holder for my mom.

Here’s the 411 on how my gift holder came to life….


I started with this…


And created this



To make my Christmas Countdown Gift Holder, I gathered the following supplies:


  • Clear 24 pocket over-the-door shoe holder—I purchased mine at Wal-Mart
  • Holiday Themed Scrapbook Paper
  • Paper Studio Blank Tags
  • Anna Griffin Holiday Traditions 3-dimensional stickers—purchased at Michael’s
  • K & Company Glittered Chipboard Letters
  • The Paper Studio Stickabilities Letters & Numbers
  • Assorted Brads
  • Red and White Felt Balls
  • Heart Shaped Rhinestone Barrette
  • Hot Glue Gun  (will I ever learn how not to burn my fingers?)
  • Scissors


And then I went to work embellishing all 24 pockets.  I decorated each of the pockets differently, and numbered each pocket to correspond to the 24 days leading up to Christmas.  Pocket #1 holds a gift to be opened on Dec. 1st; the gift in pocket 2 will be opened on Dec. 2nd and so on thru Dec. 24th.


Here’s an up close look at the pockets.


I used my Glue Arts adhesives to adhere ribbon differently on each of the pockets.  I used cardstock circles, blank tags and glittered letters to embellish the pockets.  On pocket #4, I edged my paper heart with plaid ribbon (AKB15) and added a Bazzill Basics Paper Flower in the center. The number 6 at the bottom of the heart corresponds to Dec. 6th.


On pockets 9 thru 16, I again used my embellishments to create a different look for each pocket.  Pocket 12 used decorative paper as the background, and on top of that I placed one of the Anna Griffin 3-d stickers.  I edged the paper with Bazzill Basics Cardstock Edge Strips.  A length of velvet ribbon tops the cardstock tag.


Here’s a look at pockets 7 thru 24.  I tried to give each of the pockets a 3-d feel and used the Bazzill Basics Gemstone Buttons and May Arts ribbon to add a touch of elegance.

I also created different ways to highlight the numbers (dates) on each pockets.


Check out some of the pockets, up close and personal….


I love the glitter ribbon (377-38-14), combined with all the other glitter elements on pocket # 1.


Both of these pockets use May Arts plaid ribbon # AKB 14 and AKB 15.  This ribbon comes in a great range of colors.


On pocket 18, I hot glued a mini frame to the outside of the pocket and used a wide satin ribbon to create a vertical stripe behind it.  This is one of my favorite pockets!


Pocket # 15 has my mom’s initials on it and the cardstock circles are topped with a red jingle bell.



So now that my Christmas Countdown Gift Holder is complete, the next step is to fill all the pockets with special trinkets and gifts, and get it shipped off to my mom.  Since I won’t be spending Christmas with her this year, this gift holder will let her know how special she is every day in December.


I hope you enjoyed my version of an Advent Calendar, and that every day during this holiday season brings you joy and happiness!


Blog Posted By: Shelly Dozier-Mckee



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  1. Ann House

    This is a great idea! I cant wait to make one for my family and my mother – "you know the most sincerest form of flattery is imitation!!" Absolutely love this idea and the great space to hold gifts! A beautiful job done!

  2. Donna Przybylowski

    Now thats a very creative project and great idea, wish my Mom was still around to make one for her, this is such a great idea!! Very prettily done!!

  3. Karen K

    Very cute idea, I bet she will love it.

  4. Lexi

    very creative and a great way to use up some stash!

  5. Charlene

    Shelly, this is an absolutely ingenious idea. I will making one for our grandchildren next year for sure! TFS!!

  6. Beth W

    This is fantastic-might be my favorite Advent calendar ever. Thanks for such wonderful inspiration!

  7. Pam Loris

    Thanks for your very crafty version of an advent calender! Very clever way of holding those gifts!


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