It’s DIY Friday & today it’s black Friday! Will you be shopping today? Growing up my family and I use to always go out shopping ALL day on black Friday. It was quite an activity, but now I’m finding more comfort staying in my own home and doing online shopping while in my pj’s drinking hot coffee. (that’s not reality though because I have Johnny to take care of and he keeps me on my toes!) Johnny and I will be staying home to finally decorate our home for Christmas! (I’m sure he’ll be a big help!) Anyways if you’re staying home today why not get creative and make your own Advent Book Calendar.
Below I will guide you through the steps of how to create your own Advent Book Calendar. The best part is it’s easy, cheap, and so pretty for an added Christmas decor! I’ll let you in on a little secret I bought all the items for $9 (say…what?!) Plus I shopped at a mom’s favorite store…TARGET. (specifically TARGET’s dollar section, my FAV!)
- 11X14 picture frame (Dollar Tree)
- Decorative mini clips on a string (Dollar Tree)
- Advent Number Stickers (Target)
- Foil Printed Paper Pad (Target)
- Decorative pieces, such as hollie berries and a pine cone (optional, Dollar Tree or Target)
- Americana Chalky lace paint (Optional)
- glue gun
- fine point marker
1.paint the frame (optional) I used 3 coats of the chalky paint, but you can choose to use spray paint as well
2. while the paint is drying cut out your squares using the foil printed paper pad (Target buy). I cut 25 2 inch squares.
3. place your advent number stickers (Target buy) on the 2 inch squares (I decided to cut around the print of the stickers and just have the numbers, the extra wording on the sticker was too much.)
4. get your clips out that are already on a string and place your cut out squares on the clips (Dollar Tree buy)
5. before tying the string onto the frame arrange the squares to your liking (5 rows)
6. tie both ends of each string around the picture frame and make sure to double knot (disregard the glass part for this project, we will only be using the actual frame part)
7. once the strings are tied then take your glue gun and hot glue the knotted part to the back of the frame (this is just for extra support)
8. take your decorative Christmas items (I used hollie berries and a pine cone to give it more of a textured look) use a hot glue gun and place it to your liking on the frame
9. use a fine point marker to write your choice of Christmas books for each day, OR print and cut out the Christmas book list that I made and glue to the back of the squares (this will fit the 2 inch squares) Click christmasbooklist for the FREE document!
Below are more resource for Christmas books!
P.S. as an added twist from teachingmama.org wrap all 25 of the books and have your child open one each day. The best part is you can wrap up library books. GENIUS!
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Wishing You Well,
Happy Mama, Happy Wife, Happy Life