1.Using a ruler and a sharp pencil/pen, draw over all the lines that need to be folded before cutting the templates out. This will make the folding easier!
(Also, for some reason , some of the dotted lines on the templates, that indicate where to fold the paper, doesn't show up when printed, so do this next to the images of the templates on your computer to make sure you draw up every line that needs to be folded)
2. Cut out each template
3. Fold. Make sure that the printed side of the paper faces inwards..
4. Glue the tabs to assemble the paper gems. I used small strips of double sided tape instead of glue, as it is less messy...especially as I wanted to fill mine, as it can be a bit fiddly to assemble the gems!
I placed small pieces of double sided tape where the tabs would meet the shape of the gems, then peeled off the backing to stick together bit by bit...
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I used colored embroidery thread to string a numbered luggage tag on each of the gems, for each day of advent.
5.Before you finish assembling each gem, tape a piece of thread on the inside of the gem, tie a knot to secure, then thread the cotton through the top of each gem...
6.Fill with treats and sweets...
7. I got these plain white luggage tags , then Used my stencil from tiger to draw on a number for each day... As my luggage tags was a bit big, I trimmed them down later.
I attached a numbered tag to each paper gem...24 in all!
If you find, like I did, that your paper gems are opening up a bit when filled, simply secure with a bit of clear tape
Now, you have made your advent calendar, you can display the gems as you like....maybe hang them from a branch/piece of dowel or on the Christmas tree....or dot them around your home for a fun game of "find the number"....
I used a big glass jar:
I placed all the filled paper gems inside, along with some battery powered fairy lights for a bit of twinkle...
...and simply let the numbered luggage tags hang out from the top of the glass jar..
I made sure I placed the higher numbers at the bottom, and that the strings didn't get tangled.
It'll be fun to see Little Miss Moo "fish" out her daily treat during advent, as we count down the days till Christmas..