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Thursday, December 1, 2011

{DIY Advent Calendar}

Have you checked your calendar today ....?
It's December, folks!!!
YIPPEEEEE!! 
I mean, who doesn't love December, right?


Last week, I posted a bunch of awesome advent ideas ....
And since every morning for the past three days - as I've carried her down the stairs in the morning - Lucy has asked, "Mama, is today Christmas!?!" ...I clearly needed some kind of advent calendar to help her get the picture and count down the days until Christmas is here!

So after much procrastination, I finally buckled down the last few days and got 'er done!
I began with one of my old window frames that I had added some chicken wire to. 
(To see the original project, go HERE.)
I gave it a fresh coat of paint .... Martha Stewart's Bay Leaf Green.  {LOVE it.}
*I even ended up painting the chicken wire (which took a while, but it was so worth it! -- I love the difference that made!).
**By the way, I think these little tester-size Martha paints totally ROCK.  I love being able to quickly unscrew a little can of  paint AND have a brush attached to the lid!  PERFECT for little projects!  

For the countdown, I used two things:  tags (which I simply made, see below) and little card stock "pockets" (which I bought at the craft store, 12 for $1.00, and then altered a little bit, see below).  

Tags:
I traced a tag-shaped template onto cute shabby Christmas craft paper, then cut out little squares out of brown craft paper, distressed the edges with walnut Distress Ink, added numbers with glittery stickers, punched a hole in the top, and added a hemp loop.  
The "tag days" on the calendar are for activities or events we will be attending this Christmas season ... such as watching special Christmas movies, going to get pictures taken with Santa, hunting for our Christmas tree, baking Christmas cookies with Nana, going to see the Zoo Lights with friends, etc.  
I printed the date and description of the activity on cream-colored card stock and glued them to the back (with just a smidge of gluestick glue so that I can easily take them off and replace them next year!).  

Pockets:
These little "pockets" are SIMPLE:  a piece of card stock, folded in half, with small holes punched on each side and hemp twine tied at each end.  They came with kinda cheap white plastic-y twine ... I cut that out and replaced with hemp (which you can see on the left below).  Much better. :-)
The "pocket days" on the calendar are for little treats, such as candies or holiday stickers .... as well as a little ornament for the day we're decorating the tree,  a tiny cookie cutter for the day before cookie-baking day, birthday candles to put on Jesus' birthday cake, etc.  

I alternated tags and pockets on the calendar so there is a good balance between "getting" and "doing" ... although I think the "doing" things are SO much more special, as a three-year-old, I'm sure the goodies in the pockets might be a little more enticing for Lucy! .... or Scott, too, for that matter! (If you know my husband, you understand.) 
I guess this way there's a little something to make everyone happy!  

I LOVE this advent calendar.  
The old shabby frame and chicken wire fits right in with the everyday decor in our house ... but with a little Christmas flair thrown in!  



A cute woolen Santa hangs at the end of the countdown! :-)



How adorable are those little tree-embellished clothespins!? 
Got 'em at the craft store -- 24 for $1.99!


What do you think of the painted wire!?  
So much cuter, don't you think? :-)
Added bonus...?
When Christmas is over, I can unclip the tags and pockets to keep for next year .... and continue using my cute shabby frame for hanging special family photos!  

Total cost for this project was maybe $10.00, considering I took the frame off my wall!
And it took me about three hours, including paint time.  
I hope you like it! .... I know I have SO enjoyed being inspired by many of YOUR advent projects already!

49 comments:

  1. So adorable! I love the green--it shows of all the numeric tags on the chicken wire. December 1st and my lists are growing---I gotta get busy too! Love your project/posting.

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  2. It turned out adorable, I really love how creative you are! We have a pottery barn pocket advent calendar and this year I'm doing an activity each day (same idea as what you've got) and a hershey kiss each day, too. I think I may be just as excited as he is (will be) for each day's activity! Playdates, christmas lights, movies, books, sleeping by the christmas tree one night, etc! Yay for Christmas!!

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  3. how cute! i never did get around to making one this year. yours is super cute :)

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  4. Hi, new follower via Mingle with Us

    http://www.sjb-myphotopage.com/

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  5. LOVE the chicken wire. i am making my advent calendar (yes a little late hehe) and i love this idea! thanks so much for sharing.
    {love} lauryn @ lovenotesbylauryn.blogspot.com

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  6. Okay!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this!! One of my most favorite calendars I've seen! I love the chicken wire on the frame! SOOO cute!! :)

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  7. AH!! I just went back and noticed that you used a WINDOW frame! Now I love it even more!

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  8. This is too cute.

    I'm stopping by from the Mingle with us hop and following by gfc, facebook and twitter. I'd love if you'd stop by my blog too. Have a great day!

    Lisa @

    http://frugalmommieof2.blogspot.com/

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  9. This is SO perfect Bec!!! The chicken wire frame just gives it that perfect, unique, charming touch that you are SO good at getting! I LOVER it sooo much that I kinda want to make a new one now...bummer. :)

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  10. LOVE this Bec!! And your pictures turned out so gorgeous!! I actually posted an advent calender today too...if you can believe that! ;) HA!

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  11. This is a really cute Advent calendar...I would love for you to share it at my "25 Days of Christmas" Linky party...

    http://mydailyphotojourney.blogspot.com/2011/11/25-days-of-christmas-linky-party.html

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  12. This is the cutest advent calendar I have seen. I love love love it! I am going to share on my facebook page. I mean seriously! So adorable! I may not get one done this year but it is on my list for next year. I would love for you to come link up to my party if you had the time - http://www.literallyinspired.com/2011/11/wytbw-i-am-almost-30.html

    Hope to see you there!

    Ginger

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  13. Very cute idea! The girls usually draw ours on the chalkboard in the kitchen and then take turns putting an "X" on each day. I think they'd like the candy better, don't you?

    Hope you have a great weekend. Enjoy the sunshine:-)

    xoxo
    Kathleen

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  14. Yet again, you have blown me away with your crafting skills!! Seriously, this is so dang cute!! I LOVE IT! :)

    Oh, and I wanted to say thank you for linking up to the Mingle with Us Blog Hop! :)

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  15. Darling advent project :) Very sweet indeed. Thanks for sharing

    Visiting from LadyBirdLn linky party,
    ~Suzanne in Cold, NW Illinois

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  16. SO cute! I'm hosting an advent link party and would love for you to join!
    http://nap-timecreations.blogspot.com/2011/12/december-1st-beginning-of-advent.html
    oh and I pinned this-LOVE

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  17. Wow, that is so stunning! You are very talented. That sure beats our chocolate ones from the supermarket!

    I am actually hosting a 12 Days of Christmas series at my blog and I would be so honoured if you could stop by and link up this amazing post/idea!

    Best Christmas wishes,
    Natasha.

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  18. Great idea and a nice fresh idea :) I love that it reuses an old window frame!!! visiting from whipperberry :)

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  19. oh how i love your blog and i certainly love what you did with the advent calendar! very creative. good job!

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  20. I love your advent calendar! The Bay Leaf Green is such a fun color! Thanks for sharing this with all of us! Hope you stop by for a visit!
    www.sweetavakate.blogspot.com

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  21. So creative! I could even do this :) I just needed you to spark my imagination. Thank you!

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  22. Fabulous project, I hope you don't mind but I am sharing it over at my blog today! Take care, Laura

    findinghomeonline.com

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  23. Adorable! I love the green! The clothespin tree clips are precious!

    www.uncommondesignsonline.com

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  24. That's really cute. I think I really like the openness of the background better than a "normal" solid background advent.

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  25. So cute & colourful, love! It looks like a very grown up version of an advent calendar to me - perfect for a nice truffle or two... or twenty four... ;)

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  26. So cute Bec! I am hosting my first EVAH link party this weekend. It is up and running now and I would love for you to come link up some of your projects!
    Kim @ Too Much Time
    http://kim-toomuchtimeonmyhands.blogspot.com/search/label/get%20schooled%20saturday

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  27. this is so cute! i've never attempted to do an advent calendar simply cause i didn't want to have to buy a bunch of little presents. i love the written ideas on the cards! very simple and sweet.

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  28. Love this! So festive and rustic! I love your mix of patterned papers and all the ideas you have hidden in behind. 22 days to go!!

    PS I am a new follower!

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  29. This is so smart! Absolutely wonderful idea and so cute!

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  30. How festive and colorful! I love the color of your frame and the different sized advent envelopes. It would make a wonderful addition to Find Your Craft Friday. Please come join us!!

    http://thequickjourney.blogspot.com/2011/12/find-your-craft-friday-link-party.html

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  31. absolutely GORGEOUS! I so want to make one! Thanks for linking up

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  32. This turned out so cute!!! I love the painted wire and the adorable clips. You did a great job!

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  33. I love this. The color, the paper, everything.
    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

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  34. Love love love!! love your blog name too!

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  35. I added your great idea on my blog to share with my readers thank you for such a cute idea for the holidays
    http://ourlittlenestonthelake.blogspot.com/2011/12/i-love-these-advent-calendar-ideas-hope.html

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  36. Thank you so much for linking up your lovely projects at Get Schooled Saturday. We will be open for business again Friday night-Sunday night!
    Kim @ Too Much Time
    www.kim-toomuchtimeonmyhands.blogspot.com

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  37. I absolutely love this! One of the cutest advent calendars I have seen! Thanks for linking up to Strut Your Stuff Saturday! We hope that you will come back tomorrow and share more of you amazing ideas!
    Camille @
    SixSistersStuff

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  38. Pinned this! Love it! I am so in love with everyones creative Advent Calendars! Would you please share this with my readers for Fun Stuff Fridays linky party? http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2011/12/fun-stuff-fridays-3.html

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  39. What a fabulous advent! So fun and I love the colors. Thanks so much for linking up to The Creative Spark - it's so nice to see you back! I'll be featuring this on My Sunday Sparks. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!
    Jenn :)

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  40. What a cute advent calendar. I love creating old window picture holders like this! And I sure like your idea of using some green to make yours pop!
    I'm your newest follower! Stop on by sometime. I have a weekly linky party called Terrific Under Ten Tuesdays. It's for projects made for $10 or less. I would love to have you!

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  41. Absolutely ADORABLE advent calender. So creative!!! Love your blog btw.

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  42. This is adorable and super creative! I'm so inspired to create my own advent calendar now! It will have to be for next year, but that's ok! Thanks for posting pics and sharing your ideas and enthusiasm!

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  43. Awesome Advent Calendar .Beautiful pictures and easy-to-follow instructions . Like to link to my Squidoo lens : How to make a stuffed Advent Calendar Tree .

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  44. Thank you for sharing, I love this idea. I have created a round-up of all my favorite Advent calendars and I have added yours! You can check it out here http://www.thecraftyblogstalker.com/2012/11/25-diy-christmas-advent-calendar.html If you would like me to remove your feature please let me know and I will take it down right away. Oh, and please stop by and grab a feature button and wear it proudly! You deserve it!

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  45. I don't know if I love the idea, the look, or the price of this project more! Very cool!

    You definitely inspired me last week to make my own advent calendar at shaunanagins.com. Traditions like this are such a nice way to bring the family together.

    http://shaunanagins.com/

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