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Mini Muffin Pan ADVENT Calendar

Mini muffin pan advent calendar imageIf you like advent calendars then you’re going to love this!

I turned a mini-muffin pan into an advent calendar.

It is brilliant, if I do say so myself!

It makes the perfect gift for a friend that enjoys baking too! It’s like giving a gift within a gift, as she has all the fun of the advent calendar and then keeps the muffin pan in the end!

I’m not going to take all of the credit, I’m sure I saw this idea somewhere… Pinterest maybe? I don’t know, I’ve had this idea in the works for over 2 years, so I can’t remember!

Here’s the backstory…

I bought the pan 2 years ago, but didn’t get it turned into a calendar in time to gift it to my friend. Oops!

This year I was determined that I was going to create this calendar, so I’m thrilled to finally see this project completed!

Create a mini-muffin pan advent calendar.

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Start with a mini-muffin pan. This one is from Pampered Chef and makes 24 mini-muffins.

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To make the numbers on the doors I found this gorgeous paper from Shimelle’s Christmas Magic line. It’s called Countdown.

It’s cream-coloured cardstock with beautiful gold-glittered numbers.

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I began cutting apart the sheet into strips of numbers. My Fiskars trimmer has a wire that show you exactly where the cut will be made and that made it super easy!

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Next I took the strips of numbers and cut them apart.

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I used my Tim Holtz scissors to cut the little corners off of each square. I set the number 25 aside for use in my scrapbook! 🙂

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This next part was a bit tricky. I measured to see how far apart the muffin holes were, then I cut strips of red cardstock that were the right width.

The paper wasn’t long enough to reach the entire height, but that was okay, I just spliced it together.

I wrapped the strips around to the back.

I didn’t want to get a bunch of glue on the pan, so I used scotch tape to temporarily stick it down and removed it once the grid was made.

The top/bottom and sides are all wrapped around the edges. This is the only thing holding it on, but it is pretty secure.

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I picked some cardstock for the door flaps. I cut it to a size that would work and then folded an edge over.

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I applied a strip of adhesive to part of the door flap.

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After lining everything up I started sticking down the flaps. I used the ruler to hold the flaps down flat as I adhered the next ones. This helped me to keep them as straight as possible.

I had debated about which way the flaps should open. In the end I decided that they would open up, so that the opened days would hang almost closed.

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Next I glued the numbers onto the door flaps.

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That turned out good!

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The obvious next question…

What do you put inside?

I thought it would be fun to have little gifts that you unwrap, so I wrote little notes that hinted at the content of the gift that would be unwrapped each day. A few of the days had small chocolates hiding behind the doors too!

I hope this mini-muffin pan advent calendar helps to bring a bit of extra joy into my friend’s December.

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  • Beth Soler 5 December, 2015, 8:04 pm

    What a wonderful idea Alice I think that this is just darling. Did you hang it up in your house?

    • Alice. 6 December, 2015, 12:35 am

      I filled it and gave it to a friend for Christmas! She loves to bake so when she’s finished with the calendar she’ll have the pan as a final gift!