December 10, 2012

The Punch Poster: 12 Days of Christmas

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Doing the 12 Days of Christmas is one of my favorite holiday traditions!  Anyone else?  Well, how about a fun, new way to gift your secret surprises this year?  I introduce you to…


As soon as I saw this fun Punchbox on Pinterest, I knew I wanted to make my own!  I mean, punching for a prize- how fun is that?  But instead of using it for party favors, I decided to make a Christmas advent to do the 12 Days of Christmas for my husband.  And to go along with the holiday theme, I decided to use the shape of a Christmas tree so that the circles would look like ornaments.  Festive, right?

It was so simple to make and turned out great.  Plus, I think it’s so much more fun that just leaving the gifts out.  Don’t you think?  We even designed cute Christmasy, printable notes for each day for you too!

Want to make your own Punch Poster?

You’ll Need:

Here’s What You Do:

1.  Draw a large Christmas tree shape on your poster.  Place your plastic cups up-side-down where you want your ornaments, and trace around them.  (I used a variety of sizes of plastic cups that I already had, and it worked great)

2.  Add ornament hooks to the top of your circles.  Draw in Christmas lights or anything else you want to “decorate” your tree with.  Trace everything with a black marker.

3.  Color it all in!

4.  Draw an X with a line through it on all of your ornament circles, like this…

5.  Use your X-acto knife to cut along the lines inside the circle.  Do NOT cut around the circle itself!  (If you don’t have an X-acto knife, you can open your scissors and run the sharp blade along the line, pushing against a ruler.)  Afterward, it should look something like this…

6.  These cuts will allow you to slide the plastic cups inside your circles.  Test it out and see if you need to make any additional cuts…

7.  But before we get to those cups, it’s time to add all of the finishing touches to your poster.  Add a tree trunk to the bottom, a star at the top, and any words you want.  (After you start putting the cups in, it will be really hard to draw or write.)

8.  Now go download and print our cute “12 Days of Christmas Notes”

9.  Gather a small surprise to go with each note.  (Remember, it has to be able to fit inside your cup!)

 Here’s what we recommend…

  • “For your Mistletoes”:  new socks, lotion, or a DIY coupon for a foot rub
  • “Merry Kissmas”:  Hershey’s candy cane Kisses, mistletoe, or chapstick
  • “Santa Baby”:  a Santa hat, hand Santa-tizer, or anything with a picture of Santa
  • “Tis the Season to be Jolly”:  any Jolly Rancher flavored candy
  • “As long as you love me so… Let it Snow!”:  hat, scarf, gloves, DIY coupon for a date playing in the snow or watching “White Christmas”
  • “I’ve brought some corn for popping”:  small bag of microwave popcorn or bag of popcorn kernels
  • “Hot Cocoa for my Hottie”:  hot cocoa packet with marshmallows or gift card to Starbucks
  • “It’s a Wonderful Life”:  a picture of the two of you or a DIY coupon for a Christmas movie date night
  • “Baby It’s Cold Outside”:  hand warmers, gloves, hat, scarf, or DIY coupon for a date night watching “Elf”
  • “One a day keeps the Grinch Away”:  any red and/or green candy
  • “May your days be Merry & Bright”:  flashlight keychain or DIY coupon to go look at Christmas lights
  • “Fa la la la la…”: iTunes giftcard or DIY coupon to a night of Christmas caroling

10.  Stick the surprises into your plastic cups.

11.  Cut a small square out of your Christmas tissue or wrapping paper for each cup, and secure it over the top of the cup with a rubber band.

12.  Very carefully, slide your cups into the circles one at a time.

13.  After you pull each cup through a hole, flip your poster over and secure it to the back of the poster with tape.  When you’re all done, the back should look like this…

14.  Almost done!  Punch two holes in the top of your poster for hanging.

15.  Don’t forget to write your numbers on top of your ornaments.

16.  All done!  Now all that’s left is to wait anxiously for your honey to discover his prizes…

Totally fun, right?!
 The 12 Days of Christmas is the perfect tradition to get the kiddos focused on giving, instead of getting during the holidays.  My girls had so much fun helping me make this for their dad, and they were SO excited for him to come home and see it.  (And his reaction did not disappoint!)  In fact, it was such a hit, my oldest keeps asking if we can make another one for our neighbor.

So DOWNLOAD OUR 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS NOTES and start making some holiday memories!

But if things are crazy and you’re not sure you’ll have time to make a punch poster for your sweetie this year- then just print out the little notes to stick in his stocking!  Or even better, check out Tara’s Spouse Christmas Countdown or B Lovely’s 12 Days of Love Notes.  Seriously, the instant downloads make it so easy to show some love this holiday season.

Or if you’re looking to do something as a family, head over to Lisa’s “The 12 Days of Christmas” post.   Then just grab those darling, clever printables and everything you need to surprise a family with the 12 Days of Christmas!

Go spread some holiday cheer!

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15 Responses to “The Punch Poster: 12 Days of Christmas”

  1. Julie Julie says:

    I LOVE this!! My man would think this is the best…the trick will be keeping it high enough my kids don’t get it. So fun Becca, I can’t wait to try it out:)

  2. Kp says:

    LOVE LOVE LOVE! Making this TO-DAY. I love doing silly things to keep the kids in us giggling.

  3. Melinda T says:

    I love this! We have our friends and family Christmas party this weekend and I know the kids will love this! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Amy says:

    Oh my! I love it! I was thinking this morning about how un-decorated our house is, and how my hubby was a bit disappointed that I didn’t really have a lot planned yet. Then I remembered some previous posts by some of the other divas about a Christmas countdown, and then I thought of a 12 days of Christmas thing. And then I turn on my computer, and BAM! There is THIS awesome post! Thanks SO much for the inspiration :) :)

  5. Michele says:

    Hello, I totally love this idea and can’t wait to make it for my hubby. The only thing is, I have a MAC computere and none of the diagrams/pictures which go with your step by step instructions show and the link to the notes doesn’t work either.
    Not sure if it is just me or otehr shaving the same problem?

    Thank you

    Michele

    • Becca Becca says:

      Oh no! I’m so sorry Michele. We’re having some issues with our website, but we’re working on it. Sometimes trying a different browser does the trick. I’ll shoot you a quick e-mail.

  6. Carolann Leibenguth says:

    Oh how did I ever miss this on my Pintrest marathon sessions. Thank you so much for sharing.

  7. Michelle Michelle says:

    I love, love, love this Becca!!!! I think I’ve just found my Christmas gift!!!! Love your tutorial and the darling pictures. Seriously I’m going to start working on this ASAP!!! xox

  8. Licia says:

    I’ve tried several times and I can’t get this to print in Adobe. Is there any way to get it saved to another program?

    Thanks!

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