Thursday, November 29, 2012

Advent Calendar

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mrs robert griffin
Mrs. Robert Griffin III

(An introduction from Mrs. Williams)  I am so excited that my friend, Mrs. Robert Griffin III, (Kate) is sharing one of her creative ideas with us today (she has many).  I met Kate when I answered a roommate wanted ad that she had pinned onto a cork board in Kittery, Maine.  We met.  I moved in.  We've been friends ever since.  Actually, we're more than friends now, she's my cousin-in-law.  That's right, she married my cousin.  (You can see him dressed as a spider here.)  Kate is really special in my world.  Not only is she an old friend, she is also one of the most creative people I know.  Today, she's sharing an idea for a handmade advent calendar.  I think you're going to love it!

Hi Ladies,

Thank you so much for inviting me to be a guest on your blog! 

Since we are now past Thanksgiving, the countdown to Christmas is in full effect at our house. For me, the Christmas season starts with the advent calendar.  A couple years ago I decided I wanted to make one for my kids.  I also didn’t want to spend any money.  So, as I was piddling around the basement, and looking through boxes of saved stuff, I came across a box of old Christmas cards.  That’s when the creative juices started flowing and I thought, “I can make an advent calendar out of cards!”  So, here is a super easy to make, up-cycled, Christmas card advent calendar.

What you’ll need…

  • Old Christmas cards
  • Glue and doubled sided tape
  • Embellishments – glitter, sequins, ribbon, trim and anything else that is sparkly
  • Numbers  
  • Wire curtain hanger with clips– Ikea has the best ones since they can be cut to any length

Start by picking out all your favorite cards, you’ll need 25.  For the larger cards I cut them in half to make more than one.  It also adds some continuity to the project, which I like.

Then, use the double-sided tape, to tape three sides, making a pocket.  I use the non-pretty part of the card to make the backside of the pocket. I also turn the message and writing from the inside of the card and display that on the back of the pocket.   If you like things to be a bit neater, you can always use card stock instead.

Next, glue on your numbers.  I used an old advent calendar to cut out the numbers from. Other options would be to use any past-month calendar page, stickers, or print them out.

Now, it’s time to embellish!  I use glitter, sequins, ribbon, cut outs from other cards etc.

Once the glue has dried, it’s time to stuff with prizes and hang. For little advent prizes I get stickers, chocolates and small toys. I also put coupons in for things we are already planning to do, like, get a Christmas tree, visit Santa, or, go to a puppet show.  Coupons help to cut back on the stuff, and get them excited for what we have planned for the day. It also means that you don’t have to have every pocket filled right away, just slip in the coupon the night before, and you’re ready for the next morning.

I hang ours from the underside of the mantle using a wire curtain hanger from Ikea. Make sure you have extra clips and hooks so that you can hang some of them lower than others. 

I think it also looks nice hung across a window. If you don't have an Ikea nearby, you could use twine or ribbon and hang the cards with clothespins or curtain clips.  Or, it would be really fun strung along some Christmas lights.

So, Naptime Notebook girls, you only have a few days let before the Christmas countdown, so get crafting!

Thanks for having me,

Mrs. Griffin

Mrs. Kelly Comment:  Love this.  Will steal it!  Also, can we come visit you and then make a trip to Ikea?  Thanks for sharing!

Mrs. Gosling comment:  Ikea?  Yes, I'm coming.  Thanks for sharing Mrs. Griffin!!!!


Geri Laufer said...

Love the coupon idea! so creative. <3

Naptime Notebook said...

Agree Geri! Coupon idea is fantastic!

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