Advent Calendar Tree - free!

I’m offering this design for free - just in time for the beginning of Advent.
See my story about making it here, including more photos:

The ornaments are designs taken from 2 websites which claim all to be in the public domain.
http://www.clker.com and https://svgsilh.com. Only design I’ve taken out is the lantern, which I bought from https://www.silhouettedesignstore.com. I’ve left the cutline and base for it in.

Some intstructions:

:proofgrade: Medium walnut ply – all the pieces are on the sheet - the moose doesn’t quite fit so should move that to another piece and you probably have to rotate the board a bit to fit all in. The kerf for the box and holes are for walnut so I wouldn’t pick another wood. Slide the church doors closed in the slot and put the nativity behind it. On the 24th, slide the church out, take off the doors and put church back to reveal the nativity.

:proofgrade: Medium basswood ply - I did the squirrel in cherry ply - but you can pick another wood. The ornaments are set up in such a way that you can print front and back. First set the ornaments to engrave (including 3 errand ornaments), hat to score, rectangle to cut. Set the rest to ignore. When done, without moving the sheet, flip over the rectangle to the back, and set everything you did to ignore, circles to score, numbers to engrave, and the last cut step that will cut all the ornaments. If all is well the circles and numbers should be set perfectly on the back of each ornament.

:proofgrade:Thick basswood ply - I tested the posts for the ornaments with the holes in the tree so they would be a good fit, not too loose so they’d fall out when you walk by.

For personal use only as per forum rules!
Inkscape svgs:
advent calendar.zip (3.1 MB)
Pdfs:
advent calendar basswood.pdf (1.4 MB) advent calendar thick bass.pdf (2.5 KB) advent calendar walnut.pdf (46.7 KB)

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I love this piece! Thank you for sharing!!!

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Thanks! Thanks to your liking of walnut I’m using it more and more. It seemed a nice choice here to offset the lighter basswood ornaments.

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You are an inspiration and so generous with your designs and time. Thank you. :santa:

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LOL. I really do tend to use a lot of walnut. I think I need to branch out. And you are correct, it definitely offsets the basswood perfectly!

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How generous of you to share it for the holidays! (I sure snagged it! I love advent calendars and have never made one.) :smile:

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I’ve made a few over the years.
This miniature one is fun: http://www.paperminis.com/dollhouse-scale/festive1.htm. Scroll down a few kits till you see it. A quarter would look big next to it! It has pride of place in my Christmas dinner miniature room box.
Many years ago I won 2nd price for coming up with an advent calendar for the HP color laser printer contest. Darn - not good enough for the big prize (laser printer)! :cry:

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Oh I like this! If only the store had basswood :frowning:

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You can use maple for the ornaments. The posts are critical - if you have another thick ply, test it first so you have a tight fit. It took me about 6x tries to get it just right.

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Aww thank you for sharing, this really is a great design.

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Thank you so much! This is lovely…and you are a lovely person for sharing it with all of us.

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Wait…is that the card calendar next to the humongous thimble?
(That’s impressive!)

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Yay!

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How kind of you! Thank you very much!

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Really impressive.

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So very generous and fitting for the season. Thank you!

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What a great Thanksgiving present for us. Lovely design.

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What amazing gift! Thank you!

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