> This another “rewind” post of sorts and it includes a couple of my all time DIY Christmas projects that I did last year. I wanted to highlight these now so you would have plenty of time to work on them if you are so inclined. 🙂
I’ll show you a couple of my advent calendars and then show you some inspiration for advents. FUN! First up is my vinyl countdown. I had an Uppercase Living party just to get this sucker for free. (That’s how I roll.) In the catalog it says to put it on a pizza pan, but I wanted something I could put anywhere in the house and a pizza pan didn’t sound like it would work (more on that later!)
So, I got a round table top from Lowe’s, painted it with magnetic paint, then put a coat of white over the top. After the paint was good and dry I put my vinyl on:
Then got a little wooden tree from Hob Lob, painted it, and hot glued a magnet to the back for the countdown marker:
I love this one. It’s fareeeking adorable, yes it is.
As I mentioned last year, it was a very good thing the Bub had no sense of time because I didn’t finish up this next project till about 12 days before Christmas. He got day 12 a couple times, day 23 a few…you get the picture. 😉
I just took the cardboard boxes you can find at most craft stores and painted them — half red, half green. Then I attached paper to the fronts, some fun stickers, brads and stuff. I went a little overboard with the stuff, but that’s half the fun don’tchaknow…
This whole advent calendar cost less than $18, because I got the boxes on sale. If you’ve got older kids they could totally join in and make these with you!
I get little trinkets for the boxes from the dollar store, etc. Starting this year I’ll also write down activities we can do together and put those inside. Maybe take a drive to look at Christmas lights, make cookies, watch a Christmas movie, things like that.
Of course after I did this, I saw Carrie’s adorable version, that is to. die. for.:
I am considering hanging ours the same way, or even trying to get it into a Christmas tree shape. For now, I kind of like the idea of just one sitting out every morning for the Bub to open. Less temptation for him. 😉
Here are some other fun ideas I found looking around the net…
Speaking of pizza pan advents, this one turned out soooo adorable, I kinda wish I had seen this before I did our round one! Love the ribbon woven through!:
I LURVE this idea!! Match books covered in fun paper with numbers attached:
This one would be only for written activities but I love that idea. (And how GORG to put them in an apothecary jar! Gleeee!) The site I found this on was from years ago and she got it from an old magazine, so sorry there is no source for this one.
I scanned this one from my Women’s Day holiday mag — same idea, but on a corkboard:
Oops! She did it again… Martha never fails to amaze me:
These are from an Etsy shop (click pic) but look easy enough to make on your own: