DIY Advent Calendar

Remaining section of $1 scrap peg board + piece of burlap + clothes pins + various pieces of scrapbook paper = fun advent calendar

The result of a fun Girls Night In crafty night and a morning of crafting with the boys…I couldn’t decide which one to use, so we’ll use them both.

Kid Made Salt Dough Ornament Advent Calendar

It makes me smile to see the boys’ handy work displayed. I am excited to put ornaments ON our tree for the first time in four years. No little toddler hands to pick them off. An ornament a day until Christmas…

A combination of salt dough ornaments and the handmade clay ornaments…

No Scrap Left Behind: Paper Plate Yarn Wreath

Scraps and leftovers from various projects this weekend + small paper plates
Cut out the center of paper plates (I used three to make sure they would be sturdy enough to hold the wreath shape). Use a glue gun to place a small strip of glue, adhere yarn, and start wrapping. And wrapping. And wrapping.
Keep wrapping yarn until you have gone all the way around and covered the entire plate surface. Place a small strip of glue on the back with glue gun to adhere the final piece of yarn.
Adhere leftover felt flowers. Super easy, super cheap wreath ornament. Or gift tag (you can punch out a tag using card stock and glue to the flowers). Or photo frame. Or place card setting for Christmas dinner. So many possibilities…

Christmas Wreath

One more wreath before I hang up the glue gun for a while. Christmas colors:
Experimenting with two-tone flowers:

Thankful Turkeys

Both boys were home sick all week last week, sick enough to have to miss school but energy enough to challenge my last nerve. In an attempt to keep them busy, indoors, we did a lot of arts and crafts. Project number one: Thankful Turkeys. A fun, multiple step project that took most of the morning. Drying time for the markers and paints worked nicely as snack breaks. Tyson began the project by cutting one inch strips of paper. Good practice for him: he had to slow down, line the paper up to the one, and cut carefully.
Meanwhile, Jake decorated lunch bags with his favorite dabber dot markers. The bags would become the body of the turkey.
Tyson decorating his turkey bag:
Each kiddo also decorated four strips of paper:
I then asked them what they were thankful for, knowing they are still a bit young to completely understand the overall concept.
The end result:
Jake is thankful for: Mommy, Daddy, and Tyson, Grandparents, Umizoomi, and Target.
Tyson is thankful for: Mommy and Daddy, Grandparents, his Transformers, and his toys and trains.


Batman and Optimus Prime

Christmas Advent Calendar

I have been wanting to make an advent calendar for a long time but couldn’t decide on the overall format: fleece, paper, pockets, booklet…then I came across a set of magnet boards. And the Echo Park Times and Seasons collection. Inspiration struck.
A magnetic, interchangeable advent calendar:
We’ll count down the days to Christmas with numbered cards that can be put up each day. The two flower magnets can be rearranged according to where the number was placed:
The actual magnet board without any of the goods:
Two magnet flowers:
The goodies: number cards, magnet flowers, and embellishment cards:

The paper made this project. I loved the colors and patterns and non-traditional red and green.