Mousetrap Advent Calendar or Christmas Card Display

November 26th, 2013 | Christmas Decor, Home Decor, Learn How, Seasonal

Remember those ‘choose your own adventure’ books from when you were a kid?  They were my favourite! Well, today’s project is a bit like that. I started out making an advent calendar, and by the time I was done I had came up with a completely different idea and I couldn’t choose which I liked best!

Check out this advent calendar turned Christmas card holder…

Make an attractive Advent calendar or a #Christmas card holder from one simple pattern

This idea started when I found these fabulous festive labels from Tiny Prints. They are 100% personalized, so I decided to just get ‘December’ printed on them. Using numeral stamps I gave each one a day of the month.

Tiny Prints Labels, stamp to create a unique advent calendar

I then slapped on my thinking cap to figure a way to display them.

I thought about clothespins or binder clips, but when I was cleaning up from a Halloween project I realized mousetraps are just like mini clipboards, and they would work perfect!

Mouse traps used to create an advent calendar

Remove a bit of the mousetrap hardware, and give the traps a coat of paint. I added a few strips of double sided mounting tape to give the date labels a firm hold.

The frame is made with 1″trim boards, you’ll need 2 x 8′ lengths (it will cost around $12). Use the measurements below to create your own stand. Then attach each mouse trap with a dab of wood glue and small finishing nails.

Moustrap DIY advent calendar or Christmas card holder

I gave my stand a coat of walnut stain, but I’ll leave that decision up to you!

Mousetrap advent calendar from

Handmade mousetrap advent calendar, with tied muslin bags

After I got that all done and tediously sewed two sets of bags (because I couldn’t decide which colour scheme I liked best), I thought it looked perfect.

But then… I got to thinking I never have a good way to display my Christmas cards, and one thing led to another, and…

Perfect way to display your holiday cards. like these cute ones from Tiny Prints!

I chose a new adventure!

I simply removed the labels and added a bright red May Arts ribbon bow to the top.

What a simple resolution to the ‘how store all these cards?’ holiday crisis!

Christmas tree Mousetrap holiday card holder. Click over to find the pattern to make this simple project!

Doesn’t it look festive with all the beautiful Christmas cards? How would you use it, as an advent calendar or Christmas card display?

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