Entries in christmas decorations (2)

Monday
Dec102012

[MAKE] ADVENT CALENDAR 2012

PHOTOGRAPHS BY SALLY J SHIM

One of my favorite things to make every holiday season is our Advent Calendar. Although I like some of the ones I made in the past , I always feel compelled to make a new one each year. There are so many amazing homemade Advent Calendars out there. I wanted to keep it simple and consistent with our black, white, and metallic color palette for holiday decorations. All of the supplies, except for the particle board, I had in my stash. 

MATERIALS

1. Particle board (or plywood) - 24"x36"

2. Black cotton twill tape

3. Mini wood clothespins

4. Glassine envelopes - 2"x3"

5. White sticker paper

6. White cardstock

7. Circle paper punch - 1.25"

8. Masking tape

9. Paper cutter or scissors

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Print out numbers 1-24 on to white sticker paper. (I used Helvetica.)

2. Punch out all the numbers using a 1.25" circle paper punch.

3. Cut off the flap of the glassine envelopes.

4. Place number stickers on to front of the glassine envelope.

5. Cut white cardstock in to 24 2"x3" cards (you may have to make them slightly smaller in order for them to easily slide into and out of the glassine envelope).

6. Write advent calendar activities on one side of mini card. (You can also print activities on to a 8.5"x11" piece of cardstock and then cut them down to size.) Slide advent calendar activity cards into envelopes.

7. Cut 4 28" pieces of black cotton twill.

8. Using masking tape, adhere ends of twill to back side of particle board, making them an even distance apart.

9. Use mini clothespins to clip on numbered envelopes on to twill tape.

10. Enjoy your new advent calendar!

Wednesday
Nov282012

[CELEBRATE] ADVENT CALENDARS 

PHOTOGRAPHS BY SALLY J SHIM

One of my favorite holiday crafts to make is our family advent calendar. I am currently putting the final touches to our 2012 advent calendar, but I thought I would share some of the ones I made over the past few years. Our 2011 advent calendar consisted of simple kraft envelope pouches. Our 2010 kraft box advent calendar, which was recently featured on HuffPost Home, has apparently been re-pinned on Pinterest over 1,500 times! You can find more advent calendar inspiration on my Happy Holidays Pinterest board.