I love using advent calendars to track the days to Christmas. Mr. Printables has this free printable Christmas Street Advent Calendar available in black and white or with pops of accent color. Your city grows by a building each day, and every building is a tiny box if you’d like to include a small gift. Just print them on cardstock, cut them out, score along the dotted lines to help in folding and add a couple pieces of tape here and there. (I used the blunt tip of a knitting needle to score mine.) In no time at all, you’ll have your own gorgeous little city!
The finger puppet Advent calendar is DONE and ready to go off to its new home! While completing this project, I discovered that spray painting is a skill that takes a little practice. (Sorry Joyce, your spool rack was my first ever attempt, and it shows.)
I purchased the blank tags, then used stamps to add the numbers to count down the days until Christmas. The tags looked pretty bland, so I grabbed a fine tip Sharpie and traced a little red border along the edges, then tied on a short piece of red and white twine to loop over the little spool posts.
They look so excited at the thought of their new home, don’t they? (And I really should rig up a light box, see my dining room intruding in the top of the picture? Sorry about that.)
My next challenge – finding a box for this and getting to the post office before it closes. Wish me luck!
This week has been all about finishing up lots of little projects – and I’m still not done. This little finger puppet Advent calendar has been a huge challenge! The puppets themselves are easy and fun to make, the tough part is trying to decide which animal to make next and how to create a recognizable animal with just a few shapes cut from felt. Twenty five animals, done!
And I have a spool rack which will be used for display.
Now to work on painting the spool rack, creating a numbering system and then shipping it off to its new home with a friend of mine. Nothing like a deadline to add a sense of urgency to a project, huh?
I’m also working on several other projects, and they look a little like this:
This features prominently in a huge project I’m trying to complete:
I’ll show you the rest of it later. :)
Here’s hoping for a productive weekend ahead for all of us!
P.S. Did you notice the lion next to the lamb in the top photo? Not sure if that was biblical or to celebrate New Moon’s release this weekend, but it felt right.
This is a project I started months and months ago, wandered away from and now have to kick my own butt to get myself going on it again. Eventually, this will be a set of 24 or 25 finger puppets, numbered somehow and displayed as an Advent calendar. A coworker/friend of mine loved the idea, so these little guys will be off to live at her house. (They’re very excited about that!)
I purchased a spool rack to use as a stand for the finger puppets, and I have a vague idea of numbered tags since an Advent calendar really comes down to the counting. Mostly I’m making this up as I go along, and I’d appreciate any ideas as far as animals that might like to join the herd.
If you want to try making an Advent calendar of your own, you might consider joining Craft Apple’s challenge for encouragement and accountability – or just to nab some great ideas. :)
I’ll post more pictures as this project moves along!