Thursday, December 09, 2010
Over the last couple of years, we've done a few Advent calendars. Ben has had the Playmobil pirate and the Lego City ones, Faith has had a Ponyville and a Littlest Pet Shop one. They've also had the regular ones with chocolate candies in each.
However, since we go to Canada, they open the first 15-20 days on schedule, then the last 5-10 doors all at once. It loses the fun, and honestly, they are kind of expensive that way. After thinking it over, I decided to make my own that fit better with our countdown to our trip versus a full out 25 days that we won't be home for.
With the help of my friendly neighborhood Dollar Tree, a whole lot of paper towel & toilet tissue rolls, and the already existing art display in my breakfast room, I constructed our countdown calendar for about $7 with a few extra goodies, lots of extra tissue and ribbon!
If you haven't been in my kitchen, I have a curtain rod mounted on one wall with cafe clips to hang artwork. I pulled down all the artwork temporarily to make room for the calendar. As a bonus, it looks really really cute hanging there.
Want to make your own? It was really, really easy! Gather up your goodies, tissue paper and ribbon. I made one tube for each day, with two of the same goodie in them. And I do mean the same goodie, right down to the identical color.
The next steps are pretty simple, stuff your tube with goodies, tape to the edge of a large piece of tissue paper, roll it up, tape off the other edge. I cut each sheet of tissue in half since I didn't really want huge fluffy ends to deal with.
Pinch/twist one of the edges together so it stays put.
Tie that end with a bit of ribbon, then repeat for the other side!
Trim the ribbon, add a number of tag! I cut my out on my Sizzix with a tag form and the Fun Serif numbers.
Repeat about 15-25 times, depending how many you need! They look just like Christmas crackers and so sweet hanging in the kitchen.