Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Hello everyone! Kim here with a holiday hybrid project to share with you. It’s great to be able to kick off the holiday fun here on the blog. There are going to be a TON of great posts coming this week and next. Stay tuned for all of them!!
The last few years I’ve been wanting to create a handmade advent calendar for my children. But this time of the year always gets so busy that December 1st comes quickly and I never made it happen… until this year! So although this post may be too late for you to use this year, maybe it will inspire you to have something ready for next year!! (You could always work on it now so you’ll have it then!)
There are so many different kinds of advent calendars that I’ve seen, and I wanted to take some inspiration from others but also make this project my own. I definitely encourage you to do the same with your project! I will tell you how I put my advent calendar together, but there are many many directions you can go with this project. Here’s what my finished project looks like…
These are the supplies I used:
2 foot by 3 foot dry erase board
double sided adhesive
red craft paint
plastic badge holders
design for numbers printed on cardstock
candy or other goodies to put in each pocket
dry erase marker and eraser
And here’s how I put the calendar together:
I had a very basic dry erase board as the base for my calendar. I wanted to dress it up a little, so I used wrapping paper to “frame” it. It was a little tricky to cut and wrap the paper evenly around the edges of the board, but I like the effect I ended up with. I used double sided adhesive squares to attach the wrapping paper.
I used SP’s Believe kit to design the numbers and printed them on cardstock.
I painted my clothespins red and hot glued them onto the dry erase board. It was nice that I was using a dry erase board because I could lay all the clothespins out and get them evenly spaced, then mark where they all needed to go and the marks would easily erase later.
I stuffed the badge holders with the cardstock numbers and the candy for each day, then hung them each on a clothespin.
To finish off the calendar, I used the “extra” space to write how many days are left until Christmas. This is the reason I chose to use a dry erase board for my calendar. I thought my kids would like to erase the number each day and see it get smaller as the month went on.
This calendar has been a hit with my children. They are so excited each morning to take out their treats and talk about how many days are left until Christmas. They can’t even wait until after breakfast!!
For a little more advent calendar inspiration from the Shabby Shoppe Blog…why not check out last year’s project – HERE, if you happened to miss it or you’ve only just started visiting!
Hope you all have a lovely day!
Hi everyone – Kylie here!! What an awesome advent calendar Kim! Thanks for sharing this fun and very festive project with all of us! I LOVE the plastic pockets and I’ve got some cute mini pegs/clothespins that are just waiting to be hot glued! :o) Well, why am I here, you ask?!…I’m just popping in with some exciting SHOPPE NEWS and also to make sure that you keep scrolling down to read Jenelle’s AMAZING Subway Art post that was also published today. This week the team will be posting all sorts of crafty holiday hybrids…so enjoy all the inspiration and ideas…and let’s get crafting together in preparation for the holidays!!
Now, over at the Shabby Shoppe…
…also, COMING SOON -> the brand new 2011 HOLIDAY CARD COLLECTION (volume 6)…they are ‘hot off the press’ and SP is stocking the Shoppe shelves as we speak! LOL!! You’ll see them in store very, very soon…so keep an eye out for the latest Shoppe Newsletter to hit your inbox! (and if you haven’t signed up for the newsletter yet…CLICK HERE for help!)
Alrighty, that’s it from me! I’ll now leave you in Jenelle’s more than capable hands….:o) (please just keep scrollin’!!)