Now, I will be honest, the job that pays me has had me on lock down, and I have not been in the mood to entertain one person for Christmas (gasp) . However, the constant questioning and curiousity and excitement that my has for the Little Baby Jesus' birthday (OMG - allow me to digress - I just found some candy canes that someone left on my desk - SUGAR FIX) really started to put me in the mood to make the holiday special for her. So, I decided to start with giving her a visual of how many days it would be until Christmas. So I created an advent calendar for her and I thought I'd share it with you.
Now, it's nothing fancy, but I was able to put my Cricut to work for once. Basically, I took a cork board and covered it with gift wrap, painted the frame, cut mailing envelopes in half, glued the numbers to the front, one of them has a Merry Christmas stamp for the big day, and each envelope is attached with doublesided tape and filled with gumballs - something both of my kids love.
It's not too late for you to put up a calendar of your own. You can either purchase on at the store or make one really quick and easy. Here are some ideas for inspiration.
This was on Country Living - I like the idea of matchbooks and you can hide little pepperments or chocolate coins in them - maybe even a folded dollar bill or quarter!
Found this one on the Better Homes and Gardens site and it's sort of like the one that I made but a bit more casual, hanging the envelopes with string.
This was made by Shelley at Fresh & Fun - she even offers a tutorial - this is where I got my original inspiration for the calendar I made. I decided to use envelopes because I didn't want to buy the favor tins.
This is another BHG ditty. I liked this idea a lot - but my wallet didn't. Here individual gifts are placed on a
tiered stand and opened each day.
If you're a FOM - Fan of Martha, you might have seen this advent calendar on her show. It's a cute idea and I almost did it - but there are those metal tins again!
BHG had this playful calendar and it would be a really cute idea to hand in your kid's room. Just use scrapbook supplies and paint an inexpensive or old baking tray!
Here is a good idea found from Pottery Barn, hang tags on a canvas board and add ornaments - each day a new ornament is added to the Christmas Tree.
Here is a super easy idea. Basic white coin envelopes attached to a string with clothespins and numbered labels.
Here's a fun idea that your kids could help with - also found on the BHG site. Cut leaf shapes & stars, assemble to create a decorated Christmas tree and attach peppermint candies!
Here is another adorable idea from Martha. Cut out stocking shapes and either hang from a decorative ribbon or potted tree. This would work well for an office area or even an entryway.
I know Thanksgiving was last month, and honestly, I wasn't in the mood to set the table after cooking all that food, but again, I did it for my baby girl. Here's a picture of the place setting I whipped up. It's definitely not fancy, but something quick and simple!
I have plenty more to share with you. I have a baptism cake, red velvet cupcakes and paper chains & snowflakes that I'm working on. Lots of fun stuff!