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Eric Carle Advent Calendar

Posted by Ray Marshall on February 20, 2009 in Paper Engineering, Pop-Ups |
Eric Carle Advent Calendar

Eric Carle's "Dream Snow" Advent Calendar

Published by Chronicle Books, Christmas 2008, was this fun advent calendar with a difference.  Based upon Eric Carle’s best selling Christmas book Dream Snow, this advent calendar features a pop-up Farmer’s Tree that can be trimmed with decorations hidden under the date flaps.

This was probably one of the most challenging pop-ups I’ve worked on!

The concept for the calendar was that it would open to reveal the Farmer’s tree surrounded by gift boxes. Children (or adults!) would then open a new window each day to pop out a decoration to hang anywhere on the tree, counting down towards Christmas.

The concept in fact, presented a number of challenges!  The first was fitting in both the Tree and the Farmer at a good size.  The second was getting the gift boxes to pop-up around them.  The next hurdle was positioning all these pop-ups in a place where they wouldn’t get caught on the lift up date windows!  These little windows are not normally something that appear on the background of a pop-up.

Following are some early development photos.

Early Farmer and Tree Development

Early Farmer and Tree Development

Early Dream Snow Pop-Up From Above

Tree Changes Place - Seen From Above

The calendar isn’t year specific, so we hope it will be available every Christmas.

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