Advent Calendar Supplies

Mia's provides the template and here you will find all the other supplies you will need to make your own advent calendar. All items have been carefully chosen to help you find the best supplies. I have either used these products myself or carefully gone through the many customer reviews to find those most suitable for the task.

The quick links below will let you jump to the products you are most interested in. At the end of the page you will find related products that may be of use for this particular craft.

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Materials and Equipment Quick Links


Knives


Stanley 10-099 6-Inch Classic 99 Retractable Utility Knife



This Stanley box cutter is a great general purpose knife. I have used one of these for years with no problems.

The replacement blades are easy to find and cheap to buy and come in different types for a variety of uses.

The knife itself will hold up to 5 blades inside it so you have spares on hand.

The blade can be retracted to different settings and completely retractrable for safe storage.

You do need a screwdriver to change the blades but a general purpose one does the job.

They can be used for lots of other crafts and household jobs too.


Darice Retractable Razor Knife Set, Assorted Color



This set of 3 box cutters are also a great choice.

I use these when I need more control over the knife. 

The casing is smaller and more comfortable to hold for long periods than the metal body of the Stanley box cutter above.

The plastic casing isn't as strong as the metal casing of the Stanley knife and may crack with heavy use.

The blades come in a long strip which can be snapped off as the blade dulls. Replacements blades are easy to find and cheap to buy.

Great for most paper crafts though not recommended for heavy duty use.


X-ACTO #2 Knife With Safety Cap



For even more control over your knife use this X-acto knife.

It's almost like using a pen with a blade instead of a nib.

The blade is very sharp and cuts through paper and card easily.

The #2 blade is slightly thicker than the #1 so won't snap so easily.

Replacement blades are easy to find and cheap to buy.

Comes with lid with little wings to stop it rolling off the table and for safe storage.


X-ACTO Compression Basic Knife Set



If you like the X-acto knife above then this set will be perfect for many of your crafty needs.

Comes with 3 different knives and a variety of blades.

The blades are very sharp and will cut through paper and card easily.

Replacement blades are easy to find and cheap to buy.

Comes in a soft nylon case so would make an ideal gift for any crafter that uses precision blades.

The only problem I've had with these knives is that the handles are completely round so they will easily roll off the table. There is no lid for the knives with this set as the single knife above. Not good if you have small children around. Either keep the case handy and put them away after use or keep a small tray on the table to stop them rolling off.


Cutting Mats


Dahle 10670 Vantage Cutting Mat, 9" x 12", Black



Dahle have a great range of cutting mats which are fantastic to use.

3mm thickness and durable 5-ply self healing construction.

Both sides are black with grid lines on one side only but both sides can be used for cutting.

Also available in blue or clear.

Grid is marked in inches but does have metric (cm) markings on outside of grid. Diagonal lines included on top surface.

Comes in a variety of sizes to suit any craft space.

Great for most paper and card crafts.


US Art Supply 18" x 24" GREEN/BLACK Professional Self Healing 5-Ply Double Sided Durable Non-Slip PVC Cutting Mat



This cutting mat is self-healing and reversible.

I've not tried this but they have great reviews on amazon.

Durable 5-ply self healing construction.

One side is green the other is black with grid lines on both sides.

Diagonal lines on both sides.

Grid is only marked in inches not centimetres.

Comes in a variety of sizes to suit any craft space.

Great for most paper and card crafts.


Alvin Professional -Self Healing Cutting Mat GREEN/BLACK



Here is another cutting mat that is self-healing and reversible.

I've not tried this one either as I prefer my cutting mat to have both imperial and metric measurements but again they have great reviews on amazon.

3mm thick and extra durable.

One side is green the other is black with grid lines on both sides.

Diagonal lines on both sides.

Grid is only marked in inches not centimetres.

Comes in a variety of sizes to suit any craft space.

Great for most paper and card crafts.


Steel Rule


Shinwa 12" 300 mm English Metric Rigid (1.250” wide x .040” thick) Zero Glare Satin Chrome Stainless Steel E/M Machinist Engineer Ruler / Rule with Graduations in 1/64, 1/32, mm and .5mm



I purchased my steel rule many years ago, it has no company name on it and I can't remember where I bought it from.

I've done some research and found this steel rule that has some great reviews.

It is 12" long which is a good size for most craft projects. I do have a 6" rule but rarely use it unless I'm working in a small space.

For most craft projects you won't need the precision you get with this rule but it won't hurt and it's there if you need it.


Glue and Tape


Elmer's Craft Bond Tacky Glue, 4-Ounce, Clear



Elmers is a well known for it's great adhesives range.

This glue comes in an easy to use bottle and dries clear.

Works great on paper or card, so ideal for any of your card or paper based crafts. 

Doesn't stick fingers together and easy to clean up.

This is a multi-purpose glue and can be used on other surfaces such as fabric, plastic and wood so can be used for lots of other crafts.


Aleene's Tacky Pack



Aleenes is another well known company for it's great adhesives range in the US.

If you do lots of crafting this set of minature bottles is a great buy.

A great set to try different glues from the Aleenes range.  The set includes one bottle of embellishing glue, one bottle of  OK to wash-it and three bottles of the original tacky glue in the iconic gold bottle

The tacky glue works great on paper or card, so ideal for your this project. Doesn't stick fingers together and easy to clean up.

The tacky glue is a multi-purpose glue and can be used on other surfaces such as fabric, plastic and wood so can be used for lots of other crafts.


Double-Sided Adhesive Sticky Tape



This double-sided sticky tape works well for all sorts of paper or card crafts.

The tape measures 27 yards(25m) length by 3/4 inch (18mm) width.

Suitable for paper, card, scrapbooking, embellishments, ribbons and more.

Easy to use and unlike glue you don't have to wait for it to dry. 


Hole Punch


Swingline Comfort Handle 2-Hole Punch, 1/4" Hole Size, 28 Sheets



For most of Mia's craft ideas you only need a basic office style hole punch and this is more than adequate for the job.

The one I use was purchased many years ago and is no longer available.

I have looked through several product pages on amazon and found this one to have some great reviews. If I was to buy another this is the one I would choose.

From reading the reviews I have discovered it will cut through several sheets of paper at once and should have no trouble cutting through thin card.

The measuring bar is fully adjustable.

The cover at the bottom has a non-slip grip and easily removable to empty the paper cuts.

This will be useful for lots of other crafts and office jobs as well.


Paper Punch Hole Puncher -- (3 PACK Circle Maple Leaf Retro Flower)



If you want a bit of variety then this set will give a choice of 3 designs.

These paper punches have some great reviews from several satisfied customers.

This set has a circle, maple leaf and flower design.

Easy for kids to use.

Will cut through thin card.

They have a removable cover to catch the paper cuts.

There are other designs in the range including apple, palm tree, flowers, sun, butterfly, angel, heart, flower, crown, bear, star, ribbon, musical note, snow flake, happy face. 


EK Tools Circle Punch, 0.50-Inch




Here's another single-hole punch that has some great reviews.

Will easily cut through thin card.

Easy to position it exactly where you need it.

Locks closed for storage.

Comes in a variety of sizes.


Ribbon


Red Satin Ribbon with Gold Edges



For the advent calendar you won't need a lot of ribbon.

This festive ribbon would look great and really aff the extra finishing touch.

At 3/8" wide by 50yd long you will have plenty left over for other Christmas projects.

Double sided, so the colour and gold edge can be seen on both sides.

Other colors and sizes available.


Solid Color Satin Ribbon Asst.



If you want a bit of variety then this assortment will give a choice of 10 different colors.

A good selection of satin ribbon for various crafts.

You should get the colors in the photo not a random selection. 

Each color is 3/8" wide and 5 Yards long.

The rolls are in one long length so you can cut to size.

A great selection for the price.

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