How To Make An Easy DIY Christmas Advent Calendar {Tutorial}

We love having a Christmas advent calendar. The kids bounce out of bed each day giddy to see what is inside. When they were really tiny it was always a little note about how we would celebrate the season that day. Reading a book together, hot chocolate, etc.

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Last year they really wanted to the LEGO advents in addition to our regular advent. My oldest got the original and my youngest got the Star Wars. They were fun and the boys wanted to do it again this year. After looking at the 2013 sets and how similar they are to the 2012 sets, I decided I’d rather buy a bigger Christmas set and separate it into the advent myself. The set was only a bit more and it is much cuter!

Well of course to make this magic happen that meant I had to create my own DIY advent calendar. Let me tell you, it is a huge hit with my kiddos and it looks pretty in my living room. {grin}

So let’s get crafty!

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To make your own advent calendar, you can find all of these supplies at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores:

  • 4″ boxes or bags for the number of days that you’ll be celebrating (these exact boxes are from Pick Your Plum, but JoAnn has similar boxes & paper bags)
  • Mini clothespins (in the wood section)
  • Bakers twine or ribbon
  • DCWV The Christmas & Winter Glitter Cardstock Stack
  • DCWV The Holiday Cheer Stack
  • DCWV Chipboard Christmas embellishment (shown on top of frame)
  • Elmer’s Craft Bond Glue Spots 1/8″ thick
  • Whimsy frame 2.5″ punch
  • Circle 1″ punch
  • Foam adhesive squares
  • Optional: 30″ wide frame and hot glue (a banister or mantel would work great too)

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And these are the easy steps:

  1. Measure – if you’re hanging your boxes or bags inside a frame, measure the width of your packaging and the inside edges of your frame. Lay them out on the table in the arrangement you want.
  2. Select paper colors – flip through the DCWV The Christmas & Winter Glitter Cardstock Stack and select glitter paper.
  3. Punch frames - punch the sheets and set aside
  4. Punch and/or cut numbers – in the front of the DCWV The Holiday Cheer Stack you’ll find two sheets of frames and numbers. I punched the numbers from 1-19 out with a 1″ circle punch. I then cut out the frames for the 20-24 boxes.
  5. Attach frames and numbers – using 3/4 glue dots, attach the frames to the center of your packaging. Top with a foam adhesive dot and add the day/number.
  6. Hang – string bakers twine inside your frame (or along a banister or mantel), attach with hot glue or push pins (depending on the surface) and clothespin on each box.
  7. Give – I chose to only put the next morning’s gift in each day. There are two reasons for this. One, my boys might look… {grin} and two, it keeps the weight on the string to a minimum.

And if you’re like me, and you’re filling yours with LEGOs, take 24 resealable bags (or 48 in my case) and separate the LEGOs according to the instruction book. My boys are loving getting a new piece to their creation every day!

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I used small detail scissors for the whimsy frames on the numbers.

DIY Advent Christmas Calendar | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

And this is what the foam adhesive dot looks like between the frame and number. Gives it just a bit of 3-D effect!

Guess what?! DCWV and JoAnn are offering you a coupon to get your craft project started!

 click here, print your 50% off coupon and let’s get crafty!

 

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

This #papercraftedChristmas project was created in partnership with JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores and DCWV. The Celebration Shoppe did receive compensation and supplies, but all opinions and ideas are my own. You know I’d have it no other way!

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DIY Christmas Ornament: Paint Dipped Snowman

Our Christmas tree tells a story… the holiday story of our family. And I love every inch of it!

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Almost every ornament was either collected during a holiday outing, given to us as a gift or handmade by my sweet babies. There is nothing designed or matchy-matchy about it, but it’s completely beautiful and wonderfully sentimental!

This paint dipped, hand-drawn snowman ornament is our latest ornament addition. To make these with your kiddos, you’ll need:

  • circular, flat front, clear plastic ornaments (I picked mine up at JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores)
  • pearl white craft paint
  • orange and black Sharpies
  • flat paint dish or plate
  • sheet of paper

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To make your own:

  1. Trace an outline of the ornament on a sheet of white paper and draw a simple snowman face in the outline to get your proportions correct
  2. Place paint on a flat surface and roll the back side of the ornament around in the paint until covered
  3. Flip ornament over and allow to dry completely
  4. Using the guide you or your child drew on the sheet of paper, draw the snowman face on the ornament with Sharpies
  5. Hang and enjoy

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In my opinion, there is nothing sweeter than something your little one made for you.

Here are a few of my other favorite holiday projects you might enjoy!

Rudolph Treat Bags

Snowman Gift Wrap + FREE Christmas Gift Tags

Christmas Tree Footprint Art

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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easy DIY fabric Christmas goodie bags

Hi everyone! I whipped up a few fabric goodie bag designs for Christmas gift giving.

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I’m sharing one here and I’m thrilled to be over at Amy’s blog, Positively Splendid, as part of her Swell Noel, sharing a second tutorial!

So let’s get crafty and make a few goodie bags. They’re easy to make, easy to personalize and fun to share!

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First you’ll need to make a Snowflake Cork Stamp. Grab a wine cork, Sharpie and Xacto knife. Draw a basic snowflake with the Sharpie, trim it out with the Xacto knife and instant stamp!

Now that you have your snowflake, you’ll also need:

  • Red canvas (my bags are 4 1/2″ x 6″ each and my fabric is from JoAnn)
  • White thread
  • Sewing machine (I used a simple blanket stitch)
  • White and blue fabric paint
  • Letter stamps (S-N-O-W-B-A-L-L-S)
  • Pinking shears
  • Fine paint brush
  • White gumballs (I got mine from Candy Gallaxy)

And now for the easy DIY steps:

  1. Cut red canvas in 4.5″ x 6″ pieces, you’ll need two per bag.
  2. Using a fine paint brush, lightly paint each stamp and apply design to fabric.
  3. Allow paint to dry completely.
  4. Set sewing machine to blanket stitch and sew three edges.
  5. Trim off the top of each bag with pinking shears.
  6. Fill with candy. I used large white gumballs… SNOW BALLS. {wink}

Wanna know how I made the Santa Stache Stamp and bag in the “materials” picture above? Hop over to my post at Positively Splendid and check out the full tutorial!

As always, hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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easy leaf applique napkins for Thanksgiving

Who’s hosting Thanksgiving dinner?

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I made these simple leaf applique napkins for our Thanksgiving table this year. My mom has these amazing blue dishes and I wanted something fun and festive to match.

I picked up standard tan fabric napkins at Target, some felt from JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores and using a quilt die cut press, cut out these fun and color leaves. No mom with a quilt die cut press?! {wink} No worries.  These would be super simple to cut out by hand using a paper template, straight pins and good scissors. Nothing fancy needed.

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I attached these with fabric glue, but you could also work around the design with a simple machine stitch if you wanted.

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and as always, celebrate!

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DIY Halloween costumes: werewolf and werewolf hunter

DIY Halloween costumes are the way to go in my opinion. And these werewolf and werewolf hunter costumes thought up by my boys were so fun! My youngest thought it would be cool to be a werewolf for Halloween this year. And his brother jokingly said then he would be the werewolf hunter… well… as you can see the idea was born.

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My mom is the genius behind Sew Jewell and she made both of these Halloween costumes, which my boys adored!

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For the werewolf there was nothing in stores that wasn’t just downright creepy. All bloody and gruesome… I couldn’t stand it. So we purchased gray silver faux fur from Fabric.com and my mom made it into a slipover vest for his chest with Velcro on the sides. She also made him cuffs for his wrists. We paired her creations with some holey jeans and a button down shirt. A little silver hair paint and some gel… plus some glow in the dark teeth (minus the blood), and we were ready!

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For the werewolf hunter, my oldest, that required a bit more work on Sew Jewell’s part. She picked up a pattern for an overcoat / duster (I’ll find out the brand and update the post), purchased black denim fabric from Fabric.com and created this fun 3/4 length jacket. She also monogrammed “WEREWOLF HUNTER” on the back just to be clear. {wink} Then I got to work and used Krylon Stainless Steel Spraypaint on one of his NERF guns and a plastic bullet belt.

They turned out so fun and got tons of comments as they roamed the neighborhood.

If you’re looking for a custom Halloween costume next year I encourage you convo Sew Jewell on Etsy. She’s amazing! And I’m not just saying that because she’s my mom. {grin}

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Halloween Game: Bowling for Witches

Hosting a Halloween party this year? How about a party game!

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This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Cottonelle, but all my opinions are my own.

We hosted our annual Halloween party this past weekend and our guests ranged from 9 years old down to 18 months. As you can imagine, we had to have two sets of games set up for the kiddos.

My sons and their friends played outside most of the evening. We decorated our backyard with lights, spider webs, and a sort-of haunted tree house complete with monster eye window decorations, lanterns, jumping spiders, glowing lights and more. (Here’s a quick tutorial for the monster eye window decorations!)

For the little siblings, we kept them indoors and entertained with fun games like this one: Bowling for Witches!

To make this Halloween bowling game you’ll need:

  • 5-6 rolls of Cottonelle Triple Roll (I’ve even got a Cottonelle coupon for you! Buy Cottonelle Triple Roll 12-pack or larger and get a FREE box of Kleenex while supplies last.)
  • Washi tape (for your alley)
  • Ball
  • My free Sinister Sister Witch Download

Three easy steps to set up your Halloween bowling game:

  1. Craft your witches with a 2.5″ circle punch for the head / scissors for the hat and foam adhesive dot (so the hat appears raised) to attach them to each other
  2. Arrange the toilet paper and attach the witches
  3. Use washi tape to make an alley

To play the game, we let the little ones try to knock the witches off! The bigger kids of course knocked the whole thing down. {grin}

As for the witches, they’re also darling as cupcake toppers! The download includes the cupcake wrappers too if you’d like to give them a whirl as well.

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easy monster eye Halloween window tutorial

Make your windows a little spooky this Halloween with this simple monster eyes window décor idea!

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This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Cottonelle, but all my opinions are my own.

My family hosts an annual Halloween party every year, the Byers Family Boo Bash! {grin} And this year my boys are finally old enough to help me decorate. And with them being old enough to help, that also means they have their own ideas!

With 15 giggling kiddos coming over, my boys wanted to decorate their tree house to be a bit spooky. Nothing too creepy… but just enough to get a “eeek!” out of their friends! There is a flip up, hatch-type window, on the front so the boys made a Monster Eye Window. It was super easy and a big hit with the kiddos!

To make monster eye windows this Halloween, you’ll need:

  • Roll or two of Cottonelle Triple Roll (I’ve even got a Cottonelle coupon for you! Buy Cottonelle Triple Roll 12-pack or larger and get a FREE box of Kleenex while supplies last.)
  • 2 Sheets of Black Cardstock
  • 2 Nails and Hammer (or tape if you’re covering a real window)

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And here are the three easy steps:

  1. Cut two large circles out of cardstock.
  2. Nail to window, or tape if glass.
  3. Wrap with toilet paper (tape at each side if you can’t wrap around).

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In addition to the monster eyes, we also had a mummy wrap game during the party. Sadly, it was a bit too dark to get good pics, these were taken with my iPhone, but it was a riot! Just have the kids pair up and choose who is going to wrap and who is going to be wrapped. Then, starting at the legs, ready-set-go and wrap to the top. The first to finish without the toilet paper breaking wins!

AND, we had a “Bowling for Witches” game. I’ll be posting about it next and it will include FREE printables!

As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!

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easy Washi Tape Halloween pumpkins

Who loves Washi Tape?! And pumpkins?! Yep. Me too!

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I needed something fun for my kitchen Halloween decorations so I spent two minutes and dolled up a few pumpkins with Washi Tape. My favorite part besides the designs of the Scotch Expressions tape… the two minutes it took me. {wink}

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Gotta love an easy craft!

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no-carve pumpkins: fun faces, typography & stripes

Who loves decorating pumpkins?! If you raised your hand, my next question is, do you love carving them? Pulling out all the goop?! Well, I love decorating pumpkins, but I’m more of a no-carve pumpkin kinda girl. {grin} Don’t get me wrong, we carve pumpkins with my boys every year. As a matter of fact, we’re carving 10lb pumpkins tonight, but it makes me sad when they get all icky and collapse so I have to make a few pretty pumpkins that I can keep year to year too!

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This year I wanted black and white pumpkins and black and orange striped pumpkins for my front porch area to go with my Countdown to Halloween pallet. Let’s start with the striped pumpkins. Whatcha think?

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Scotch Blue Painters Tape is the best for making all kinds of designs. I hear there is even “shape tape” now!

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Once taped off, just hang them from a branch and paint. I recommend three light coats to keep down any dripping. And to hang, I used garden tape (you could also use ribbon) and a short nail. Just tie the tape to the nail, insert the nail in the underside of the pumpkin opening and tie to a tree.

Allow to dry, peel off tape and you’re done!

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Now, for the fun face and typography no-carve pumpkins, hop over to my most recent post with Parade Magazine. I share the full tutorial. It’s super easy and your kiddos can help!

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countdown to Halloween pallet sign {it’s all about the candy}

Halloween is coming and my kiddos are counting down the days with this easy Halloween pallet art.

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I saw an idea from Laura at the Corner House on I Heart Naptime last year and I swore I’d make a version for my kiddos. And this year it happened, except I decided to go economical and use a free pallet from my husband’s office. {grin}

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 To make your own Halloween countdown pallet you’ll need:

  • Pallet
  • Orange and white craft paint
  • Flat black spray paint
  • Block number and letter stencils
  • Nails (hangers for letters)
  • Planks (cut into squares and drilled in the same spot for the nail)
  • Candy Corn template

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Now for the easy do it yourself steps:

Space plan – I suggest you “layout” the design before you use a drop of paint. I used strips of paper and a Sharpie.

Measure – Determine the size of your number (date) blocks. Mine were 3×3 inches, but it will vary with the size of the pallet.

Cut - You’ll need 14 blocks (0-3 for the left and 0-9 for the right)

Spray paint – Paint the number blocks with two coats of flat black paint

Stencil – Measure the center point for each word and start stenciling

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My boys love changing the numbers each day and I love to see the excitement on their faces as we get closer to all that candy! I may or may not pick out all my favorites while they’re sleeping… {wink}

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And you see these cute pumpkins?! I’ll be posting about these and a few more pumpkin ideas in my next post. Stay tuned!

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