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Tutorial: the Junkyard Tales Printable Advent Calendar

Look everyone! It's a PRINTABLE Advent Calendar! Our very first.

We couldn't resist creating one to go with the Junkyard Tales Audio Advent Calendar. The stories are so fun and delightful, they begged for more engaging activities to go along.

Each of the 25 little doors hides a clue to the matching story in the Junkyard Tales Audio Advent Calendar - so you can listen and open a door each day from December 1st to the 25th!

https://youtu.be/pH-AfsPh7Ec

 

This calendar involves a little DIY (cutting and glueing) - so we've created a tutorial video and post to show you what to do.

 

Junkyard Tales Advent Calendar

Materials:

  • an x-acto knife
  • a metal-edged ruler
  • a glue stick
  • a surface for cutting (ie: an art board)
  • the 2 pages of the Advent Calendar

Junkyard Tales Printable Advent Calendar 2nd page for Blog

Instructions:

1) Download the 11x17 color printable HERE.

(Click the text above to download.)

There are two pages: a front and a back. (These will be overlaid to create the finished Advent Calendar.)

Suggestion: I recommend doing this project without children so they can be surprised by the images behind the door.

 

2) Send it out to a printer.

You'll want to print on 11x17 cardstock. We chose glossy because it looks so sharp.

I used the UPS Store down the street - and simply placed the order on their website. But you can use any business that can print on 11x17 cardstock. You can email it to a printer, upload it to a website, or move it to a flash drive and take it to the print shop.

Suggestion: Print 2-3 copies of each page so you have a fresh copy in case you make a mistake.

 

3) Cut the doors of the first page.

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Place the first page on a safe surface (that you're OK cutting on).

Using the metal-edged ruler as a guide, cut where you see the lines for the 3-sided door with the x-acto knife.

Try not to open or bend them.

Suggestion: Go slowly and take breaks. It requires focus and a steady hand.

 

4) Glue the back side of the first page.

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Turn the first page over (carefully so as to protect the newly cut doors) and add glue from the glue stick to the areas outside the doors.

Important: Be sure to keep glue OFF the doors, otherwise the doors won't open!

 

5) Lay the 1st page on top of the 2nd page.

Make sure the sides match perfectly, and then use your hands to smooth the entire top.

 

And there you have it! Your own Junkyard Tales Advent Calendar!

Junkyard Tales Audio Advent Calendar image for blog, centered

Download the 11x17 color printable HERE.

(Click the text above to download.)

 

Would you rather have an 8.5 x 11 version? Download it HERE.

 

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About the Author

Lisabeth Sewell McCann
Doer of Many Wonderful and Odd Things (including CEO)

Lisabeth Sewell McCann has worn many hats at Sparkle over the years, from Sparkle Kitchen Blogger to Editorial Director to Doer of All Odd Jobs. Her primary role is as CEO. Lisabeth and David live in Austin, Texas with their two sons.