This month's DIY craft project for the Cricut Designer challenge is Home Holiday Decor & Gifts. My teams theme is a Sparkly Holiday and so I give you the Personalized Winter Wonderland Mobile/ Advent Calendar.  Anybody got a catchier name for it? So not only does it make the kids room pretty for the holiday season ahead but it also makes 24 lovely gifts to discover. 

I made this one to hang over for MissE's bed. Someone was a little jealous, so now I have to make something for MisterM too, I predict a new post in the future. 

I used 3 different size embroidery hoops for the main structure and some nylon transparent thread and a small hook on the ceiling to mount the mobile. It was a little tricky to get all three hoops parallel, as you can see. 

First up I made some boxes in shapes of mountains and houses. A total of 6 mountains of different sizes, let's not forget the snowy tops and 4 houses in 2 sizes.I created these templates and still have to tweak them a little, but shoot me an email if you would like them. The wonderful thing about the  Cricut machine is that it does all the cutting and scoring for you, all is left for you to do is fold and glue. I also made 3 icicles from the Mini Eco Gems template.  
If you are making the Advent calander version, don't forget to fill the boxes with small gifts. Also, these are fun to make small villages and sceneries to play with as well. 

Next I tried the newest feature of the Cricut Explore machine: Print & Cut. I created these bubbles/ ornaments in illustrator and added the woodland animals on top. I got the illustrations from Vector Stock for 1$. I then uploaded my drawings to the Cricut Design Space™ website which instructed me step by step to print from my printer and then cut in the machine. The program adds a bleed to your image and cuts all around your image. No more jagged edges! The Cricut has many print and cut images to choose from if you don't want to design your own. 

The other side of my ornaments were plain white, so with a little modge podge I glitterized them for a little holiday sparkle. 

I also made some 3-D stars- to stuff them with more small presents. I used the cake topper project already available on the Cricut  site and added some more glitter to a few of the stars.

To make this project extra special I personalized it with MissE's name. I downloaded the 3-D letter font called Punched Out and create my templates by retracing my letters in Illustrator. You can download the font here for free. The letters were by far the hardest thing to do.

 Finally, no winter is complete without snowflakes and since every snowflake is unique there are no two the same in my set. There are a few snowflake templates available on Cricut for you to download already.

There you have it.... a Personalized Winter Wonderland Mobile/ Advent Calendar. I have to say I am quite proud of my little project, especially for someone who isn't all that crafty! You should come check out my IG to see the mobile in action, it's so pretty and sparkly.

Here you have a view from on top and a view from below.

I was inspired but this advent calendar and this paper craft to make my mobile, I hope this inspires you a little too. 

Don't forget to check out what my wonderful team has been up to, here is a sneak peek...

1. The Sweet Escape Glitter Cut Out Card
2. Pretty Providence Nativity Board
3. Petit a Petit + Family Winter Wonderland
4. Andrea's Notebook Advent Countdown
5. Simply Sadie Jane Corn Tassel Banner
6. Pars Caeli Snowflake Toppers
7. East Coast Creative Geometric Christmas Ornament
8. Suburban Bitches Let It Snow
9. That Girl Katie Party Hats
10. Sew Creative Let It Snow Recycled Pallet

Disclosure | This post includes affiliate links and  I did receive a Cricut machine for free and may receive prizes in exchange for my winning projects. Even though I am not directly compensated for these posts, I am under consideration for a prize with Cricut Design Space Star. All opinions are 100% my own. Wish me luck!