Thursday, December 4, 2014

Christmas Countdown Day 4 - Advent Calendar Ornament

Welcome to Day 4 of my countdown to Christmas.

This little pillow box can be used for hiding a small present like jewelry, a gift card, or even a wrapped square candy bar somewhere on the tree.  Add a tag with the recipients name on it and you are good to go.

Here is how I created it.

1. Recycle an old toilet paper or paper towel roll.

2. Wrap with decorative paper attaching it with Club Scrap® Book Binding Glue.

3. Run the flattened tube through a Big Shot using an embossing folder. Be careful when you create your "sandwich" as the paper towel roll is much thicker than regular paper.  I used no tabs and it was slow rolling it through.  I also laid the paper towel roll closer to the bottom of the folder and avoided the top of the folder at the hinge.

4. Trim to a smaller size and fold in the ends to form the pillow shape.

5. Wrap with a decorative ribbon and create a paper flower to embellish.

6. Punch decorative paper using retro flower and trim off the petals as shown.

7. Create three different size flowers using one punch.  Form using a ball stylus and foam pad.

8. Punch green paper using same punch to create leaves.

9. Attach with hot glue, add a hook and hang on the tree!

Add a bit of red glitter glue for the flower center.
Club Scrap® Supplies:
Darice Embossing folder included in Tin Tiles Anniversary collection 2014
Memoirs 2009 Green paper
Ornamental 2009 sparkle fiber
Clock Tower Workshop paper (taught by Kay W. at Retreat 2013)
Book Binding, Padding, and Laminating Glue

Other supplies:
Studio G red glitter glue
paper towel roll

See you tomorrow!


  1. The flower is the perfect touch! Now to figure out how to fold those ends...

    1. Wendy they almost fold themselves. Just push down on the middle of one side and press in at the corners. Really easy. :)

  2. Genius! From a dang toilet paper tube even!

  3. I'cw made some from toilet paper rolls, but love this idea. thanks

  4. Julie, you can be creative with ANYTHING! I am not sure I can wrestle the empty toilet rolls away from my cat, though :) I am loving all your ideas.

  5. Fun idea,Julie! You are the recycle Queen!!