Cupcake Box Advent Calendar + Free Printable Countdown Stickers

Make an advent calendar out of individual cupcake boxes! Fill with gifts or sweets for a fun daily present count down till Christmas! Free printable stickers. @ajoyfulriot Make an advent calendar out of individual cupcake boxes! Fill with gifts or sweets for a fun daily present count down till Christmas! Free printable stickers. @ajoyfulriot Make an advent calendar out of individual cupcake boxes! Fill with gifts or sweets for a fun daily present count down till Christmas! Free printable stickers. @ajoyfulriot And we’re jumping right in to Christmas here at AJR! Honestly I’m surprised we didn’t do it earlier but this year has been a little weird with Malissa and I being in the spirit to begin our holiday decorating and crafting. We’re typically day-after-Halloween gals and while I definitely listened to some music {it’s my guilty pleasure!} that early on, I’m just now getting the decorations out and lights up. I think it’s mostly because I just moved in and have been in that mess the last month. Now I want to re-design much of the house so it’s hard to want to fill it with seasonal items that will need to be moved to do so. So I think this year I’ll keep it all fairly minimal, which my husband will appreciate.

One thing I absolutely did want right away was an advent calendar. All of my siblings always got our own chocolate one every year growing up and I loved that tradition. Even if chocolate wasn’t included, it’s just fun to wake up every day and see that you’re one day closer to the best day of the year. I want that tradition for Stella and when I saw these individual cupcake boxes at the restaurant supply store down my street I knew they’d be perfect for it. Little boxes that fall right open to reveal treats and presents and stacking them in to a tree shape provided a cute pink tree for her room! I LOVE IT!

Make an advent calendar out of individual cupcake boxes! Fill with gifts or sweets for a fun daily present count down till Christmas! Free printable stickers. @ajoyfulriot I love that half of them have the little window so I can put ornaments in them which enhances the tree effect. And I love that the ones without windows make it so exciting for the little one to open everyday. Its a tiny Christmas present surprise every single day of the month! I want that!

Make an advent calendar out of individual cupcake boxes! Fill with gifts or sweets for a fun daily present count down till Christmas! Free printable stickers. @ajoyfulriot Make an advent calendar out of individual cupcake boxes! Fill with gifts or sweets for a fun daily present count down till Christmas! Free printable stickers. @ajoyfulriot

Individual cupcake boxes
Glue
Countdown stickers
Gifts, treats, ornaments, toys, etc to fill boxes
Star topper

I found my boxes at a restaurant supply store, I have seen similar ones at craft stores or in the Wilton sections at stores. I found these similar ones online without looking too hard, I’m sure there are many more options.

Make an advent calendar out of individual cupcake boxes! Fill with gifts or sweets for a fun daily present count down till Christmas! Free printable stickers. @ajoyfulriot Fold up all your boxes and arrange them in to a tree shape. Attach the countdown stickers, available by clicking here:

Make an advent calendar out of individual cupcake boxes! Fill with gifts or sweets for a fun daily present count down till Christmas! Free printable stickers. @ajoyfulriot Apply glue (I just used school glue) to the bottom of each and press it down. I filled my boxes before applying glue but doing it after is also a good idea, whatever works!

Make an advent calendar out of individual cupcake boxes! Fill with gifts or sweets for a fun daily present count down till Christmas! Free printable stickers. @ajoyfulriot I found this perfect sparkly silver star at Family Dollar and attached it to the top middle box with hot glue.

Make an advent calendar out of individual cupcake boxes! Fill with gifts or sweets for a fun daily present count down till Christmas! Free printable stickers. @ajoyfulriot I can’t wait till Stella is old enough to understand this concept and Christmas! For now she sure loves staring at those lights and that makes me happy enough!

Make an advent calendar out of individual cupcake boxes! Fill with gifts or sweets for a fun daily present count down till Christmas! Free printable stickers. @ajoyfulriot Make an advent calendar out of individual cupcake boxes! Fill with gifts or sweets for a fun daily present count down till Christmas! Free printable stickers. @ajoyfulriot Let my favorite countdown begin!

Make an advent calendar out of individual cupcake boxes! Fill with gifts or sweets for a fun daily present count down till Christmas! Free printable stickers. @ajoyfulriot Make an advent calendar out of individual cupcake boxes! Fill with gifts or sweets for a fun daily present count down till Christmas! Free printable stickers. @ajoyfulriot Make an advent calendar out of individual cupcake boxes! Fill with gifts or sweets for a fun daily present count down till Christmas! Free printable stickers. @ajoyfulriot

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Happy Thanksgiving + Nursery Inspiration

Well another holiday is upon us and I sure hope you’re enjoying yourself! While Thanksgiving is not my favorite of the celebratory days, I will admit that I am looking forward to this afternoon. Seeing family and having other people hold miss Stella :)

On the subject of the human I am most thankful for I have been thinking a lot about her room lately! I never got to do the nursery I wanted to because I thought we would be moving before she arrived. By the time I realized we weren’t going to be so lucky, I was way too tired and pregnant to put together a room. Now, in our new home she can have exactly what I want {within reasonable costs of course!} including new paint, wallpaper, possibly new flooring and new light fixtures! Oh boy I’m so excited!!

I am fairly certain I’ve landed on a color scheme. Its pretty broad but I really love it. Basically it’s gray, pink, gold, silver, black and white prints and florals. Got it? Me neither. But I put together a board to help us visualize what the crap I’m saying! Let me know your thoughts or any items you’ve seen that would fit in with this scheme!

Oh and, happy food day!!
Gray, gold, silver, pink, black and white nursery inspiration. Bold prints, florals, glittery metallics. @ajoyfulriot

 

1. Tall Mirrored Gem Box   2. Short mirrored Gem Box   3. Pink Ceramic Jar   4. Silver Candle Holder   5. White & Gold Ceramic Jar   6. Sputnik Chandelier   7. Gold Dot & Flower Wallpaper   8. Flamingo Print   9. Stay Gold Print   10. Oh La La Print   11. Dream To Me Print   12. Starburst Mirror   13. Gray Polka Dot Wallpaper   14. Unicorn Candle   15. Flower Bowl   16. Gray Crib   17. Plastic Rocking Chair   18. Gold Triangle Pillow   19. Heart Pillow   20. Sequin Bow Pillow   21. Black Dot Pillow   22. Gray Pillow   23. Sequin Cat Pillow   24. Pink Moroccan Rug

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Single Slice Pie Boxes | Free Printable

IMG_3237 This might be my last pie post before Thanksgiving. Might. Never say never.

Free Printable Pie Wedge Boxes | A Joyful Riot @ajoyfulriot Sometimes you just need to wrap up a single slice of pie or cake whether as a gift, a party favor or to bring home leftovers and these boxes are a great way to give out personal slices of happiness! I made 4 glittery gold designs for you featuring pies, chevron prints, thankful notes and a “just for you!” message so these are good for any occasion and not just Turkey Day.

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Home Tour Part I

room2 room21 Ok so my house is by no means amazing but I thought I would share some pics of it in it’s current state. Greg and I rent a cute little townhouse and it is very important for me to feel at home where I live- regardless of ownership type. And hopefully some of what I have done can inspire you renters out there! While I don’t love everything about our space, I have tried to make it unique within the confines available to me. And we have been able to paint in our rental which has made a huge difference! Thanks landlord!

Entryway

First up, our little entryway! I painted bright blue horizontal stripes on about a third of the wall and then did a simple black and white collage:

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Pie Labels | Free Printable Friday

Thanksgiving Pie Labels, Free Printable | A Joyful Riot @ajoyfulriot Well this week has sorta been all about pie huh? Obviously that’s not a bad thing and if you’re planning on celebrating the next closest holiday then you’ve probably been thinking a lot about pie too!

Thanksgiving Pie Labels, Free Printable | A Joyful Riot @ajoyfulriot If you’re planning a pretty dessert table then these labels are for you! I made 8 labels with the most common kinds of pie on them. Grab them here:

Thanksgiving Pie Labels, Free Printable | A Joyful Riot @ajoyfulriot I loved how they looked glued on to wooden forks and then stuck in the pie but they could also be put on skewers, sucker sticks or glued on to card stock folded tents and placed by the pies instead of in them.

Thanksgiving Pie Labels, Free Printable | A Joyful Riot @ajoyfulriot Thanksgiving Pie Labels, Free Printable | A Joyful Riot @ajoyfulriot This week’s faves:
This is amazing not only because of its construction but it’s probably my favorite saying.
I love rainbows. I love invitations. I love this.
Clever idea for making mis-matched dinnerware go together.
Origami taxidermy is all the things.
Chocolate cream puff tree. Yummy + Cute

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DIY Shelf Sconce

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It is a basically a given that I can never have enough shelving/storage or enough lighting in almost any room of my house. Especially my craft room! As I was thinking of some ideas for how to increase one or the other I realized “why not do both at once?” So here is my attempt at combining lighting and practical shelving.

I love the look and ease of using crates as shelves and already had a small crate just sitting in my closet so thought I would finally try it. And seriously – it is the easiest shelving ever.

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  • Small wood crate (any craft store should carry it, mine is from Michael’s)
  • 5/16 drill bit
  • Drill
  • Lamp kit (or just a cord and light socket)
  • Screwdriver
  • Nail
  • Ruler
  • Pen/pencil

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1. Measure the length of the smaller side of the wood crate and use a pen to mark in the center at the bottom. This is where the light will go through.

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2. Use your 5/16 drill bit to drill a hole right where you marked the center.

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3. Take the cord through the middle slit in the back of the crate near the bottom and pull it through the hole a little ways (according to the below picture).

4. Next you will secure the wires to the screws on the socket. To do this, first remove the socket sleeve and then you will want to take your screwdriver and loosen the screws up. Next, place the socket on top of the crate and take the ribbed wire and wrap it around the silver screw. Take the other wire and wrap it around the bronze screwdriver. For both of them you want to wrap it around clockwise. If you need additional instructions, I found this resource helpful.

5. Next, take the screwdriver and tighten the screws. MAKE SURE THE CORD IS NOT PLUGGED IN.  DIY Shelf Sconce | A Joyful Riot @ajoyfulriot

6. Take the socket cover and place it on top.

7. Once the socket is all connected, take the light bulb and screw it on.

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8. To hang, just hammer in one nail and slide the crate on.

DIY Shelf Sconce | A Joyful Riot @ajoyfulriot

Note that I painted the socket gray using spray paint but you can keep it bronze or paint it a fun bright color. You can also stain the crate but lately I’ve been into lighter wood so I kept it natural.

Fill in your new shelving space with little trinkets and supplies! Make sure to even out both sides so that the shelf/crate stays stable. I didn’t have a great way to hide the wire but I ended up placing a framed map directly below it and it covered almost all of the wire. And when I plugged it in and flipped the switch, the bulb worked perfectly!

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