Wednesday, November 18, 2009
make a simple advent calendar this year!
By simple I mean ridiculously easy, very cheap, and at least mostly natural materials. Oh, and I have one hour to do it while my three year old helps. Can I get an Amen?
1. Small muslin bags. You can order them online here. Tip- order more than 25 because your toddler will want to help and you'll probably mess up at least one.
2. 1 inch number stencils and spouncers. Unless you have awesome handwriting like Kaite, in which case you can just use a paint brush.
3. Acrylic paint. Before going out for the perfect Christmas Red, check your stash. I used brown and silver because I love the way they look together and I had them on hand. Warning- this does not wash out of clothes but it does wash off the face and hands.
4. Some kind of string or twine or ribbon. I always keep a roll of twine handy so that's what I used.
5. Small suction cup hooks to hang the whole strand on a glass surface. If you don't have enough glass, try those command removable sticky hooks. No need to put a hole in the wall just for a Christmas decoration.
Just lay out your bags and get to stenciling. I use cleaned out baby food plastic containers for the paint but you can use anything.
Once they are dry, string one side of the drawstring through and hang on any flat surface.
Done! Now some candy canes and some scripture verses or any trinkets you want go inside and you have a gift-a-day advent calendar.
Now go get your baby because naptime is over and your preschooler has paint on her hands and face and needs to use the potty.
Here are some resources for more information on advent calendars, background and ideas.