– 24 K-Cups
– One 9-1/2″ x 14″ shirt box
– Wrapping Paper
– Enough toys or candy – or both for the 24 K-Cups
What is so great about this project is that it doesn’t cost much, reuses something you would probably throw away any, and is a wonderful gift for any child! If you don’t use K-Cups, some doctor’s offices or business offices are using them in their waiting rooms and break rooms. Ask them! I’m sure they would be glad to get rid of them! BTW I tried to take a picture of every step along the way. Some of the pictures are blurry because it’s hard to take some pix one handed – sorry. 😉 Also, you want to read the whole tutorial through to the end before you start – just so you have a general idea of what you are doing.
So………Here we go
First things first – clean out the K-Cups!
Now you need to use a little bit of math – or use my measurements if you are using K-Cups and have a 9-1/2″ x 14″ box – grid out the box so that the K-Cups fit fairly evenly. I found that if you have about 1/4″ between each K-Cup it comes out pretty even. Don’t worry about messing up the box with pencil marks – it gets covered anyway. Once you have everything done, cut out the circles about 1/16″ inside the circles – for the lip to glue the K-Cups onto.
Okay, so now the circles are cut out. Place some other (not used yet are fine) K-cups upside down where the space between the K-Cups will be. These are used for support. Don’t worry, you can take them out later!
Now, place the box with the holes you cut over the bottom of this box, place glue around the very edge of the cut out circles and insert a K-Cup. You can see how the upside down K-Cups act as spacers.
Now for the fun part. This should already be done, of course, but gather the toys and/or candy that you have accumulated. This one is for a girl. You can see barrettes, hair bands, bracelets, light-up rings, pedometer (I thought that was pretty cool), shrinky-dinky washcloth egg (also super cool – when you put it in the bath it becomes a washcloth!), gold coin chocolate, puffy stickers, hershey’s kisses, a bracelet, and a christmas ornament. Make sure each one fits inside of your cups. I actually went shopping with a couple of cups in my purse. Most of the items seen here were purchased at the Dollar Store, Michael’s and Big Lots. Once you are sure you have all you need, proceed!
Okay – time to shore up the box. First, make sure your box corners for both the lid and bottom are pretty stiff. I taped my corners down. Then, once your K-Cups are pretty well glued in and dry, flip the box over, put a dollop of glue on the bottom of each cup, and place the bottom over the box. Of course, you remembered to take the spacer K-Cups out – right ?????
Before you go any further with your closed up box, cut your wrapping paper! You should cut it as if you were wrapping a present, with overlapping on both ends and in the back. It is important to do this now, before you go onto the next step.
Now is the best part – fill up the cups! I used a combination of candy and presents, so I mixed them around a bit. But, I made sure that on December 24th the K-Cup would hold an ornament for the tree!
Now – CAREFULLY place the wrapping paper over the top of the glue and K-Cups. Don’t slide it or you may get some inside the cups! Make sure you are getting the paper on so that you will be taping the seam shut on the back side! Now, put some cardboard over the top and then some things that aren’t too heavy on top to weigh it down. Not too heavy – you don’t want to crush the whole thing! Yes, I know the juxtaposition of the pumpkins against the Christmas wrapping paper is a little strange….. please don’t judge me!
While you are waiting for this glue to dry, cut out or stamp out some shapes, then write or stamp numbers on them 1-24.
Now, lightly with your fingers, figure out where the center of each K-Cup is, put a dollop of glue there, then stick on your numbers. You can go in order, like I did, or you can do them randomly – which ever you like!
Now, you can leave as is (you’re done!!!) or decorate further with ribbon, bells, ornaments, whatever floats your boat! I put the ribbon on because these are fairly lightweight and with the ribbon they can be hung on a wall like a picture!
So there you have it! Each day, the child pokes his finger through the paper, corresponding to the day where the number is, and receives his prize!
Yes, this can be done with Yogurt cups also! For the Yogurt cups, however, you need a much bigger box, or you could just do 12 yogurt cups. This can also be done for Hannukka, Kwanza, or even for the 12 days of Christmas.
If you make one of these and have a blog, I would love to see it! Please let me know in the comment section that you have posted a picture of it because I would love to have a post with just pictures of all the calendars!
Stay Tuned! Next week I will post a tutorial on Snow Man Kits!
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