Last month we used the Mini Curvy Keepsake dies in my Sale-a-Bration Club class. During the class Brenda asked me if the box would fit into the Christmas Countdown Calendar and lo and behold, a new idea was born!! Thanks Brenda. Immediately all sorts of ideas came flooding into my mind.

The first one I chose to tackle is a Family Feel Good Box and it is going to make Thursday dinners warm and fuzzy for the next month.

Here’s what I did;

Super cute Bird Ballad boxes in the making!

First, using the Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper (#149592 $15.75) and the Mini Curvy Keepsake Dies (#150644 $46.00), I cut out 25 boxes and 25 heart tags.

Creating 25 Mini Curvy Keepsake Boxes with the Bird Ballad DSP.


Next, I gave each member of the family (there are 5 of us at home) 4 tags and 4 little lined sheets of paper. Their job was to create a tag for each family member. With the lined sheet of paper, I asked them to write one of their favourite things about each person and one of their favourite memories with each person. When they finished with their task, they chose a box to conceal their note and we added the name tag using baker’s twine.

I kept this super simple for my younger ones.

If you’re doing the math, you will have realized that we were then left with 5 empty boxes. I used these boxes to create a simple but fun family experience. You can add whatever you like to your extras. I chose to keep it simple and inclusive for my family as this entire experience is intended to bring us together. My family boxes contain things such as – create an entire meal and a dessert together, family game day, ice cream sundae party, build a snowman together, etc. It’s so much fun to look forward to something and it’s the little things that mean the most.

Christmas Countdown Project kit

Completed Family Feel Good Box using the Christmas Countdown Project kit.

How will we put it to use?

Every Thursday at dinner we will each get to choose one box with our name on it. One person will also get to choose the family box each week. We will start with the youngest and work up from there. This will take 4 weeks to complete and we will be left with one bonus family box to look forward to the following week. I am so excited to see what memories mean the most to my family and to fill our hearts this month.

I have oodles of other ideas floating around and have already cut another 25 boxes for the next one! What ideas can you think of for your Christmas Countdown Calendar?

FYI – for those that missed out on the Christmas Countdown Project kit this Fall. It will be available again September 2020!

Christmas Countdown Project kit

The original Christmas Countdown Project kit.

Halloween Countdown

I used the reverse side of the boxes to create a Halloween Countdown.