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Charlie Brown Christmas Advent calendar

by: Chica

Charlie Brown Christmas Advent calendar
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Jo challenged me this year to an Advent calendar showdown! We both started with the same 25-compartment chipboard box from Hobby Lobby, and each transformed it using our own inspiration. She created a retro Santa Advent calendar with hers, and I focused on one of my seasonal favorites, the movie A Charlie Brown Christmas. I made the box into a replica of Snoopy’s doghouse, decorated for Christmas, and added a few more fun touches along the way.

In addition to the blank box, I used Americana Multi-Surface in Cottonball, Lipstick, and Turf Green. I also grabbed some Americana Decou-Page and a green pine sprig I found in the floral section at Hobby Lobby.

Snoopy Charlie Brown Christmas Peanuts Advent calendar

I basecoated all of the boxes with Cottonball. I probably could have skipped this step, but I wanted to be sure the brown didn’t show through the paper.

Snoopy Charlie Brown Christmas Peanuts Advent calendar

Then I painted all of the inside of the box with Turf Green.

Snoopy Charlie Brown Christmas Peanuts Advent calendar

I used the side of my brush to dab white paint onto the edges so that there was a nice white frame around all the compartments.

Snoopy Charlie Brown Christmas Peanuts Advent calendar

I painted the outside of the box white, then made sure to let all the paint dry for a good long time so that I didn’t risk the boxes sticking when I put them inside.

Snoopy Charlie Brown Christmas Peanuts Advent calendar

To decorate the fronts, I made a mosaic of the most classic scene from the movie, where all the Peanuts gang is standing around the tree, singing. I also made some funky numbers for labeling the days of the Advent countdown. To make it easy for you to reproduce at home, I made a handy Charlie Brown Christmas Advent calendar printable for you to download for free!

Snoopy Charlie Brown Peanuts Advent calendar

I printed the pages onto regular white paper and cut the pieces out. For the numbers, I just cut a general oval shape around each one.

Snoopy Charlie Brown Christmas Peanuts Advent calendar

The most important part of this step is keeping the tiles in order and properly numbered. I suggest stacking the numbers on top of the corresponding pieces so you don’t get them mixed up.

Snoopy Charlie Brown Christmas Peanuts Advent calendar

To account for the rounded notches in each box, I started by holding a paper tile onto the front…

Snoopy Charlie Brown Christmas Peanuts Advent calendar

…then I flipped it over and traced the curve…

Snoopy Charlie Brown Christmas Peanuts Advent calendar

…then I cut it out with scissors. I double-checked to make sure it fit, then I used that one as a template to cut them all out.

Snoopy Charlie Brown Christmas Peanuts Advent calendar

I used the Decou-Page to attach the image tiles to the front of each box. I applied one coat of the glue, stuck the paper on, then brushed over top to seal it in.

Snoopy Charlie Brown Christmas Peanuts Advent calendar

The numbers went on the opposite side of the boxes as the image, and were glued on in the same way.

Snoopy Charlie Brown Christmas Peanuts Advent calendar

Next is the tricky part of the construction, but fortunately I’ve got all the measurements to share! I cut a piece of cardboard box to 13″ tall and 15″ wide. Then, along the 15″ side, I measured from the left and made marks at 1.5″, 7.5″, and 13.5″.

Snoopy Charlie Brown Christmas Peanuts Advent calendar

I scored lines at these three places and folded the cardboard.

Snoopy Charlie Brown Christmas Peanuts Advent calendar

When it was all folded up, it was the perfect base for the roof for Snoopy’s house!

Snoopy Charlie Brown Christmas Peanuts Advent calendar

I put a very liberal amount of hot glue on the top of the main box…

Snoopy Charlie Brown Christmas Peanuts Advent calendar

…then added the roof, holding it firmly in place until the glue was completely cooled and set.

Snoopy Charlie Brown Christmas Peanuts Advent calendar

To create the second layer of the roof, I cut another piece of cardboard that was 6″ wide and 13″ long. I scored right down the middle and folded to create a peak.

Snoopy Charlie Brown Christmas Peanuts Advent calendar

A little more hot glue near the crease…

Snoopy Charlie Brown Christmas Peanuts Advent calendar

…and the peak of the roof was ready to stick right on top. Again, I held it until it was completely cooled and set. Cardboard can be pretty resilient, and you don’t want it popping off while the glue is still melted!

Snoopy Charlie Brown Christmas Peanuts Advent calendar

One more piece of cardboard finished it off, and that was a 18″ x 6″ piece that I glued to the bottom. I put the box/house over to the side to make room for something special on the left.

Snoopy Charlie Brown Christmas Peanuts Advent calendar

And that something is my Charlie Brown Christmas tree. I just used a simple, fake, pine sprig and twisted the end of the wire into a loop. I attached the loop with a huge glob of hot glue, and held it forever until it was fully cooled and set. So cute!

Snoopy Charlie Brown Christmas Peanuts Advent calendar

Then I painted the roof red, and it was really starting to come together. What a transformation it made to add that pop of red.

Snoopy Charlie Brown Christmas Peanuts Advent calendar

Time to add some finishing touches! I wrapped a small scrap of blue fabric around the base to resemble Linus’ blanket.

Snoopy Charlie Brown Christmas Peanuts Advent calendar

I got a little battery-operated string of 20 lights and wrapped them around the roof, tucking the switch and extra cord inside.

Snoopy Charlie Brown Christmas Peanuts Advent calendar

Then I popped all the boxes into the slots, in order.

Snoopy Charlie Brown Christmas Peanuts Advent calendar

Finally, I added a “1st place” ribbon just like the one Snoopy won on his house, and I hung a big red ornament on the scrappy little tree.

Snoopy Charlie Brown Christmas Peanuts Advent calendar

Okay, you see the numbered boxes, but what about that image mosaic? The fun part is that it’ll be revealed a little bit at a time. Each day, you take the numbered box out and open the prize. Then you flip it around and stick it in the other way, showing a piece of the picture.

Snoopy Charlie Brown Christmas Peanuts Advent calendar

Eventually the whole image will be complete as the last piece is displayed on Christmas morning.

Snoopy Charlie Brown Christmas Peanuts Advent calendar

So what do you think about my response into Jo’s Advent calendar challenge? I’m not necessarily saying mine is better than hers, but… well… it DOES have a ribbon on it saying 1st place!

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11 comments so far:

  • 1
    Mercedes 12/01/2015 at 3:10 pm

    I love this Charlie Brown advent calendar!! I want to make one right now (but, alas, I’m stuck at work and have been instructed by the hubby to NOT spend any more money).

  • 2
    Chica 12/03/2015 at 8:19 am

    Thanks, Mercedes! I don’t want to encourage you to push the limits with the hubby, but this didn’t cost much to make. I’d say I spent $15-$20 in supplies.

  • 3
    Jeannie 12/27/2015 at 4:21 pm

    This is really, really a cute Advent calendar! This is getting bookmarked. Does Hobby Lobby typically have those 25-day boxes?

    So cute!

    (P.S. Came to your site while searching for a clone to Sahale Snacks. Dear Husband is going to make those later today. So good! So expensive to buy!)

    Merry Christmas!

  • 4
    Jo 12/28/2015 at 10:59 am

    Thank you! Yes, you can usually find them at a few of the craft store. Enjoy your pecans, we are so addicted and I give them out as Christmas presents.

  • 5
    Sarah 12/01/2016 at 2:57 am

    I absolutely love this! I have already bought all my supplies and am in the process of painting everything!! Thank you so much for the adorable idea ladies! I hope you both have a Merry Christmas!

  • 6
    Anne 12/01/2016 at 1:51 pm

    Thank you so much for your tutorial on the Snoopy advent calendar. I made it on time to start the countdown to Christmas today and the huge smile on my little ones face this morning was just the best. We all love it!

  • 7
    Jo 12/02/2016 at 3:35 pm

    Anne, I’m glad we could help! Have a wonderful Christmas season!

  • 8
    Jo 12/02/2016 at 3:36 pm

    Sarah, Merry Christmas to you too!

  • 9
    Melissa Mehta 12/05/2016 at 1:37 pm

    Hello,

    I bought the chipboard box but my drawers are 1.5 inches and the free printable you provided is a bit bigger. Is there any way to make it smaller?

    Melissa

  • 10
    Chica 12/06/2016 at 1:59 pm

    Melissa, try adjusting the scaling on your print settings to reduce the size of the printout. The exact steps will be different for each computer/printer, but after you hit “Print” a pop-up should appear with options. Look for an option for scaling, sizing, or zooming. (You might need to look in the advanced options.) Play around with the scaling (for example 90%) until you get a size that works for you. Hope that helps!

  • 11
    ~mary~ 02/09/2017 at 4:01 pm

    I LOVE this! So clever!

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