Thursday, December 1, 2011

Advent Calendar


Since today is December 1st, I thought I would share something special to start the month off.

Growing up I have such fond memories of going to my grandparents & opening up each day of their advent calendar. The excitement of what was under each number is still so fresh in my mind. I wanted to give my children the same opportunity that I had growing up.

I saw this super cute idea on Pinterest, so I thought I would tweak it for my own.

Here is what I came up with..

Supplies needed:
Frame--bigger than 8x10 works better
Scrapbook paper
mini clothespins
Jute or string
Hot glue
Stick glue
Cutting machine--or you can hand cut them


To start, I simply painted the frame green, then glazed it. You will notice that the frame I used is not the frame I initially started with. I tried to make the smaller frame work, but it was just too little for this project.


For the little cards, I used my Cricut to cut them out, but you could also cut a basic shape if you don't have a cutting machine. I cut the numbers & red vinyl using the Cricut as well.


I printed off all the activities from my computer, then glued them to the back. I found some good ideas here.


To finish, hot glue the jute on the back of your frame, using the correct spacing, then attach your clothespins & the cards.


It's really that easy!

And now I have some very excited little ones who can't wait to see what the card will read each day! And that is exactly why I made this. :)

Happy Holidays!
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45 comments:

Bonnie said...

Incredibly cute Lindsay!! LOVE the green! :)

amanda persinger said...

I Love this!! I have waited the very last minute to make one now I know just what to do..I think I even have all the materials. Thanks for sharing! Amanda

lewisinlove.com said...

Lindsay this is so cute! I love it!

Vanessa said...

Love, love, love it!!

Jamie said...

Love this idea! Adorable.

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

LOVE it Linds!! You are one creative Momma! We just bought a pre made one but this is so much cooler!

Kimberly said...

I love this! I have a frame that I have been wanting to do something with, this is perfect! Great Job, I love the color green you used!

Tonia @ TheGunnySack.com said...

How very simple but oh so cute! I love it!

Kristen said...

This is adorable!!!! You could sell this on Etsy ♥

EvA. . . said...

very cute! love love love the idea!

Tonii said...

Love. This. It is so simple and chic...I totally want one for next year. Thank you so much for sharing!!

Rachel W K said...

this is great! i think ill make one, thanks for the tutorial! ive been needing a quick advent calendar... since it's already december n all :)

-rachel w k
rwkrafts.blogspot.com

Sherika Lovett Alston said...

So cute! Can't wait to start doing fun things like this with my daughter! Thanks so much for sharing it with us!!

The Corson Cottage said...

So cute! I just found your blog through The Shabby Nest. I'm your newest follower. I hope you'll stop by The Corson Cottage and share this at our {Home for the Holidays} link party. Carrie

The Andersens said...

K I love this!! I might just have to make one! Thanks for sharing Lindsay! :) super cute idea!!

Nat and Holly said...

Perfect! I was racking my brain for something quick and easy that I could make for my kids, and then you posted this :) I went out and got a few supplies tonight and I'm going to make it in the morning. Thanks so much for the idea!!!

Erin {Lavender and Lemon Drops} said...

What a cute idea! I really need to make a new advent calender. My parents had the one with a little mouse that you moved to the next day. No special treats or anything... we use to fight over who moved that mouse every morning though ;) lol

Jennifer said...

So cute!! Jealous of the Cricut!!
I'm pinning the wonderfulness!

Natasha in Oz said...

I love this wonderful idea! It definitely beats the chocolate one I bought from the store!

I am hosting two link ups at the moment and I would be so honoured if you could join in with one or even both of them! The first is my weekly Pinterest party @ 5 Minutes Just for Me and the second is an Advent calendar link up as part of my 12 Days of Christmas series at my Christmas blog. I sure do hope you can pop by and visit!

Best Christmas wishes,
Natasha.

Six Sisters said...

Love Love Love! So simple, but so cute!! I am pinning this! :)
Have a good day!
Camille

Kirsten- The Foreign Domestic said...

That's so cool! I love it..I may need to borrow this.

Carmella said...

I have to make one of these with my kiddos! The would love this project so much...thanks for sharing!

Vic said...

Bright & easy - what more could anyone want?

brittlfife said...

I love all the fun ways people use picture frames. This one's a keeper.

Tenille said...

This turned out so cute. I love the colors and everything about it. Thanks for sharing. I would love it if you could link this up to our linky party going on right now.

http://www.junkintheirtrunk.blogspot.com/2011/11/link-it-up-wednesday-5.html

craftytexasgirls said...

Great project! I need to get going on my calendar- I have been stumped for ideas. Going to try a few of yours :)
Visiting from Not So Simple Housewife.
:) crafty texas girls

Kellie said...

What a cute idea! I've been looking for something that won't take up a ton of room. This is perfect.

I'm your newest follower!

Crafty Cousins said...

I'm in the middle of something similar. So cute!

Kara @ Mine for the Making said...

LOVE this Lindsay!!! You did such a nice job. I love how simple and inexpensive this is!

Amy said...

So adorable, Lindsay! Fabulous job, as usual...I just love your projects. :) So glad you linked up to Shine On Fridays, girl!

Danielle said...

Love your advent. You rock! You should totally link up to my Christmas Linky Carnival.
http://blissfulanddomestic.blogspot.com/2011/11/homemade-in-december-link-carnival.html

Jenny said...

I love this Lindsay! It's so cute and the shade of green you used is perfect. Thanks for linking it up today!

Cherished Bliss said...

I love how this turned out! Great job!

Leslie said...

VERY cute! I am going to have to copy this.

Amanda said...

This is super duper cute! I think I'll do this for next year!!

Heather @ Raising Memories Blog said...

This is SO SO CUTE!! I'd love to see you link this post up at the December Sharing Time Linky Party! http://heathernow.blogspot.com/2011/12/sharing-time-december-2011.html
Merry Christmas!
~Heather

Melissa said...

Oh that's adorable!!! Love it :)

~Joy-N-Jesus~ said...

That turned out great! Love it!

Melanie @ bear rabbit bear said...

Cute and simple! Thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursday!

Melanie
Sew Rugged @ bear rabbit bear
bearrabbitbear.blogspotcom

Crafty Cousins said...

I made something similar to yours...So fun! http://crafting-cousins.blogspot.com/2011/12/advent-calendar-just-in-case-bag.html

Jenifer Harrod said...

This is a great idea!

TaylorBaynton said...

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Ginger said...

It so hard not to feature every week...you just that fabulous! ;) Buuut I couldn't resist this one...so cute! Love! Featuring YOU tomorrow on my blog. Great job!

Ginger

The Prudent Pantry said...

This is so cute! I'm glad I found it while it's still warm enough to do the spray painting outside. I just love advent calendars!

I would love it if you would share this at my new 12 Days of Christmas in July linky party. You can link up here:

http://theprudentpantryblog.blogspot.com/2012/07/twelve-days-of-christmas-in-july-linky.html

I can’t wait to get organized for a peaceful and frugal holiday season!

The Yates said...

Can you tell me what size frame you used? Was it not normally mated? Thanks!!

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