DIY Advent Calendar
This project was easy to make and is filled with fun activities to do each day with my children in the lead-up to Christmas.
I started by getting my hubby to nail gun two cheap canvases together to make one large rectangular frame. This was then covered with cheap red fabric (I found this marked down at Spotlight). I then added strips of Christmas ribbon across the fabric and nailed them to each side at the back.
Next I painted 24 plain white envelopes green (using a sponge) and 1 brown one for the base. To these I added the numbers (printed on white card stock & circle punched with a red cardstock scalloped backing). Then it’s just a matter of positioning them to the ribbon with little wooden pegs (from the $2 shop) that I painted with green KindyGlitz.
I made and printed a list of the activities I wanted to do with Miss M and Master M and have them all in an envelope – I haven’t put them all in as there could be a few last minute changes to the activities depending on weather etc – I’ve been placing them in the night before.
This is my favorite part…I’ve also taken a picture of each activity on my iphone and printed it on my home printer –When I add the next days activity I replace the last one with the photograph…we will have a lovely photo board filled with all our Christmas memories to share with our relatives on Christmas Day.
Here are just a few of the activities we have planned but the possibilities are endless–
- Set up & decorate the Christmas Tree
- Make Christmas ornaments
- Attend our local Carols by Candlelight show
- Write a letter to Santa
- Make candy cane playdough
- Head to the beach & build a Snowman out of sand (Sandman).
- Make Christmas Cards
- Have a photo with Santa
- Make Reindeer noses
- Attend the Christmas Kindy (school) party
- Bake & Decorate Gingerbread Men
- Attend a Church Christmas service
- Check out the local neighborhoods Christmas lightsI will update this blog as we go along and share some pics from our adventures…so watch this space!!!
I have been wanting to make my own Wreath for years and after seeing some amazing and easy ideas on Pinterest, I decided this was the year!
My Christmas “theme” is always Silver & White so I decided to match in the wreath with my theme.
I bought a styrofoam ring for a whopping $3 from Lincraft (you can get these from most craft stores). I went ball shopping! I went to all of the $2 shops and bought up all the white & silver balls I could find.
For this Wreath, I used about 80 – 90 balls in total and used small, medium & large sizes. I also found the beautiful holly leaves with a touch of red at the local Christmas Shop.
The first step was to tie or glue gun a ribbon onto the the ring/wreath. Then it’s just a matter of glue gunning all the balls onto it – no pattern to it, just where ever it looks good. I then finished it all of with the few pearl & silver beads & to add as a finishing touch. I just love the end result! What do you think? Let us know via the comments below!
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Well we’re not sure if it’s hit you yet, but it’s definitely hit us…The Chalk Art Craze! We love to create (and sometimes re-create) scenes drawn out of chalk for the kids to play a character amongst…makes for some awesome photos!
The kids love to pose (and let’s face it sometimes, not so much, but a little bribery can go a long way!). They love the end result and some of these look amaze balls on canvass! We played around with the images with a few great apps on the iPad too – iDarkroom, Photogene, Picfx & Snapseed are a few great ones!
We used a step/stool (that the kids use to reach the sink) so we could get some height over the shot.
We’d love to see some of your creations! So please send them in to us!
I thought I would try my hand at a glass bauble ornament to get us into the Christmas spirit! So I got on good old Pinterest for some “Pinspiration” and came up with my version….a very girly one of course!
I found a pack of 6 glass baubles at Spotlight for about $6.99 (I have since found some plastic ones – more appropriate for the kiddies at The Reject Shop for $2 each).
Then I just needed a pipe cleaner, pom poms, googley eyes, cotton balls, a small length of ribbon, a few beads & the trusty glue gun and of course some bling! The best thing about these ornaments is you can get creative and stick on what ever you want!
So first things first, get your bauble & stuff it with cotton balls.
Then cut the pipe cleaner to size and glue to either side of the bauble/head. Then glue a pom pom on top each side to form the cute ear muffs.
Add the googly eyes, then tie a bow & glue (add bling if you like, you could also use a bead or button or just leave it plain).
Glue the beads for the nose and mouth – I also had a little bow in my “headband craft” box so I used that too….
Voila! You are done, ready to hang on the Christmas Tree!
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