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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Peppermint OREO Cookie Balls {White Chocolate Recipe}

I love OREOS! My kids love OREOS! And now, we’re all loving this classic cookie as a OREO cookie ball!

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Have you tried them? They are so super simple to make and can be modified in so many ways. OREO asked that I give them a try and wow! So yummy!

And since I’m craving all things peppermint these days, I made Christmas OREO Peppermint Cookie Balls! You know, out of the red cream filled holiday OREOs. {grin}

To make your own OREO cookie balls, you’ll need:

  • 1 pkg. (8 oz.) brick cream cheese, softened
  • 36 OREO Cookies, finely crushed (about 3 cups)
  • 1 pkg. white chocolate, melted
  • 1 pkg. soft peppermint (I prefer the old-fashioned soft kind!)

Easy steps:

  1. Crush the OREO cookies in a resealable plastic bag or bowl with a ladel
  2. Mix cream cheese and cookie crumbs until well blended
  3. Shape into 1-inch balls, makes about 48
  4. Freeze 10 minutes
  5. Crush peppermint
  6. Melt chocolate in microwave safe bowl in 30 second increments, stirring in between
  7. Insert lollipop sticks and dip
  8. Sprinkle with soft peppermint and allow to cool/dry. (TIP: I use a shallow bowl, grid cookie rack and wax paper to stand the pops up in to that all sides are pretty!)

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Want more cookie ball recipes?! Hop over for tons of yummy and clever ideas! Or, maybe a few more peppermint ideas? I have a “Peppermint Please” Pinterest board you’ll love!

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

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black, white & red chalkboard Christmas gift tags {free download}

I’m spreading a little Christmas cheer with my FREE “Let It Snow!” Christmas gift tags! If you love classic black, white and red on a chalkboard canvas, these lovelies are for you!

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My 2013 Free Christmas tag collection includes 11 designs!

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This gift tag is one of my very favorites! A bit of washi tape to attach it to my black and white polka dot bag, a silver Sharpie for the name and done!

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Download your FREE Christmas Gift Tags now and ENJOY!

(NOTE: The fonts look a little odd on Scribd depending on your browser, but perfect when you download.

Also, I recommend 100# white cardstock for printing. I get mine from JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores.)

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

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5 fun & creative football party foods

Do you love football? Do you love tailgating? You wouldn’t have a choice if you lived in my house! Football games can be lots of fun, but admittedly I love the football food more than the game itself (unless I’m watching my little guy play flag). {grin}

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You all know me. I love fun food for all occasions, and these are just a few of my favorite for football! With a Diet Pepsi in hand, whip up these amazing goodies:

1. guacamole and pretzel crackers from well, me {wink}

2. grilled cheese football sandwiches

3. chocolate covered ice cream footballs from Rust and Shine

4. football cupcakes

5. football pizza bites

Know what’s better than these yummy ideas?! The fact that you can get in on the fun too by entering the Diet Pepsi #fanenough contest (official rules). All you have to do is share your Sunday funday pics on your social channels and tag them using both #fanenough and #dietpepsi for a chance to win game day packs, Covergirl fanicure sets and more! {giddy}

Want more football fan day ideas? Have a look at my Football Party & Tailgate Pinterest Board and hop over and visit Diet Pepsi to see if you’re #fanenough!

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

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stamped gift wrap {featured in All You magazine}

Giddy to share I’m featured in the December issue of All You magazine!

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All You magazine editors asked if I’d like to participate in their Take This, Make That article for December. The challenge was to take an average wine cork, create a craft using it, and do NOT spend more than $5.

Crafting is super easy, crafting for less than $5 is the challenge! I chose to create pretty Christmas gift wrap with a few things. To make my Cork Stamp Gift Wrap, you’ll need:

  • Kraft wrapping paper, $2.49
  • Cork, $0.00 (upcycled)
  • Paint, $0.50 per color
  • Glitter, $.99
  • Tools – Xacto knife, scissors and tape
  • Optional embellishments – twine, ribbon, bells

How to make:

  1. Wrap gifts with brown or white Kraft paper
  2. For snowflake design, cut four small triangles out of end of cork with an Xacto knife. For dot design, not cutting required
  3. Dip cork in paint, blotting off excess, and make pattern on Kraft paper
  4. Sprinkle design with glitter and tap off excess
  5. Allow paint to dry and embellish with twine, ribbons, bells, etc.

Crafting time: 10 minutes plus drying time

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The holidays are such a magical time, and can also be a hectic time. Projects like this one, help me bring the family together, slow down, and get creative. The result is a gift with a more personal touch and something the kids can brag about.

Here’s a shot of the article in the magazine:

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As always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate! And make sure you pick up a copy of this month’s issue of All You. It’s an amazing magazine full of recipes, craft ideas and lots and lots of coupons! You won’t be disappointed!

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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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double chocolate chip marshmallow soft batch cookies & peppermint mocha coffee

I’m a coffee lover. Can’t get my day started without it. And this time of year that means Coffee-mate’s Holiday flavored creamer. {swoon}

Peppermint Mocha and Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

My favorite creamer flavor right now is the Peppermint Mocha. It’s just the right splash of peppermint to make you think you stirred it with one of those soft peppermint sticks your grandma always kept in the candy jar. {mmmmm!}

Did you know Coffee-mate has more than 25 flavor options? So if peppermint isn’t your thing, no worries. They have something yummy for everyone!

And who can have such a decadent coffee without a sweet treat?! Okay, I admit it. I can. Every single morning. It’s like I told my kiddos “no sweets until after lunch” and I then I sneak up each morning and start my day with Peppermint Mocha. If they only knew! {smirk}

I digress, let’s get to my Peppermint Mocha coffee’s sweet complement: double chocolate chip marshmallow soft batch cookies. They are amazing if I do say so myself. Oh, and if you want to make the dairy-free recipe version (like I do for my youngest with food allergies), I’ve included how to modify the recipe too!

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Let’s bake a batch! For Double Chocolate Chip Marshmallow Cookies:

  • Pkg Dark Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter melted (alternative for dairy-free: substitute Smart-Balance in blue container)
  •  3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (alternative for dairy-free: Trader Joe’s chocolate chips)
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Place cake mix, eggs, butter, brown sugar, and vanilla extract in your mixer. Blend.
  3. Fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Spoon onto parchment paper and add marshmallows, pressing down a bit
  5. Bake for 7 minutes (chewy) or 11 minutes (crispy)
  6. Allow to cool completely and store in airtight container

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I’ll meet you at the coffee pot! And as always, I hope you’re inspired to craft, bake, create and celebrate!


I was selected for this opportunity by Clever Girls Collective, however all content and opinions expressed here are my own.

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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.

DIY Werewolf and Werewolf Hunter Halloween Costumes | TheCelebrationShoppe.com

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}

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

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